Vocalist Angela Strehli is an incredibly gifted singer and songwriter, a Texas blues historian, impresario and fan. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Strehli comes out of the same windswept town that produced Buddy Holly, Joe Ely, Waylon Jennings and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Inspired by the blues and R&B music that she heard on late-night radio, Angela took up the harmonica and bass before becoming a full-time vocalist.
Says Angela, "When I committed my life to the blues there were few who understood or encouraged it. The genre was at its lowest point of popularity this century. Disco had eclipsed the importance of live music in clubs, radio was no longer following blues and the younger generation of blacks was rejecting this part of their elders' culture. On top of this, 'blues purists' doubted not only the abilities but also the motivations of what they called 'white imitators.'"
Describing her own musical contributions, Ms. Strehli says, "My singing is a dichotomy of rough and sophisticated, I strive for phrasing and rhythm like the best straight-ahead jazz instrumentalists, but the emotion is raw and urgent and the presentation minimalist."