Went to 41 Bridge Street for the 2016 Ruf Blues Caravan: The Blue Sisters. The Ruf Records Blues Caravan is now in its 12th year. The Caravan serves as a touring showcase for some of the hottest young acts on the Ruf label. Past tours helped launch a number talented performers shooting for the stars. They include Joanne Shaw Taylor, Bart Walker, and Samantha Fish.
The 2016 Blues Caravan started its American tour by raising the roof at the North Atlantic Blues Festival. The Blue Sisters are doing it for themselves. The three talented singers capture you individually and collectively.
Had some time to hang out with Thomas Ruf, the head of Ruf Records before the show.
Tasha Taylor has the blues in her blood. The youngest daughter of R&B trailblazer and Stax icon Johnnie Taylor, she inherited his musical talent, but walks her own path, studying drama at Boston University before putting in time with hit TV shows including ‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘House.’ As the pull of music got stronger, she composed soundtracks for shows like ‘Men In Trees’ and ‘Lipstick Jungle.’ She get the Blues Caravan exposure and move up as a world-class contender.
Layla Zoe is ready to take the next big step. Like her early influences from Bob Dylan to Muddy Waters, the Canadian bandleader is a fearless writer, earning victory in 2006’s Blues Compo songwriting competition, and critical acclaim for albums including 2013’s ‘The Lily.’ With her live performances, she believes that the more raw and uncensored she is, the more she connects with the audience.
The third member is Ina Forsman, from Finland. When she steps up the mic, you’ll believe every word. The Finnish vocalist hit the radar with a show-stopping rendition of Etta James’s “All I Could Do Was Cry” on a TV talent show. Since then, she’s achieved international recognition, being able to guest with blues heavyweights Helge Tallqvist and Guy Verlinde and getting on the road, touring mainland Europe. She also proves herself in her own songwriting with her self- penned and personal material. When Forsman hits the stage, as she prefers the spontaneous and lets it happen.
Special Guest Debbie Davies came up for a number.
The backing band put in a lot of work for these three blues sisters.