2019 Blues Music Award Nominee!
• Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist)
• Music Victoria Award Nominee - Best Blues Album
• 2019 Australian Blues Music Awards Nominations (Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year "Call Their Name", Artist Of The Year & Duo/Group Of The Year)
Fiona Boyes is Australia's most successful and celebrated international Blues artist. Her previous Reference Recordings release, Professin' The Blues, received the 2017 Acoustic Album of the Year award from Blues Blast Magazine. The Blues Foundation in Memphis has honored her with 6 Blues Music Award nominations, including Acoustic Album of the Year and Best Acoustic Artist in 2017. In 2003, she won their International Blues Challenge, representing The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society.
This new album, Voodoo In The Shadows, is a self-produced session by the multi-talented guitarist/singer/songwriter, exploring the allure of the back roads from Memphis, through Mississippi, to New Orleans and down to the Gulf. In 11 songs, including 9 originals, we hear stories of respect, partying, attitude, mystery, sensuality and love.
Joining her are three Australian bandmates: multi-instrumentalist Tim Neal (Hammond B3, piano, bass and baritone sax), drummer/percussionist Mark Gruden, and Johnny Sansone, one of New Orleans' finest musicians, who adds his harmonica and accordion to richly season this international gumbo! As is customary, Fiona plays a cornucopia of guitars; her 6-string Maton, three cigar-box instruments and her rare baritone National Reso-lectric. Players combine in several groupings, featuring their different instruments, and a collaborative magic emerges, taking listeners along on the journey.
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"Fiona Boyes Voodoo in the Shadows is an excellent record. Worth multiple listens in part because it is clear and straightforward. The talent in the performances and the interplay of these seasoned musicians playing such stellar material washes over the listener in waves of understanding. One feels like Boyes and crew are right in the room with you, explaining the fundamentals of Blues, life and love." - Bucky O'Hare, Blues Blast Magazine, February 2019
"A blistering, hot blues set led by her stinging guitar and sounding like she really lives it voice, Boyes just plain owns it." - Midwest Record
"Really like the approach here and the different textures. Fiona is one of the few cigar box guitar players who doesn't fall into the 'drone & groan' Hill Country derivative when she plays; it's refreshing to hear her apply the 1930s six string patterns to three and four string instruments." - DJ Microwave Dave
"This is among Fiona Boyes' best albums due to the changing instrumentation and styles. She's convincing in her deep understanding of the idioms, singing emotively, and playing mostly in the pocket rather than trying to dazzle with her guitar soloing. The words 'voodoo' and 'shadows' usually connote darkness, but this album shines brightly throughout." - Jim Hynes, Making A Scene
"A simply excellent album, a blues must-have essential this year, this is kickass, badass music, exactly what blues has always been, and could and should remain." - Iain Patience, Elmore Magazine
"Voodoo In The Shadows is a terrific recording, start to finish. Fiona Boyes hits on all cylinders here and has without doubt put together a prime songbook that showcases her love of the music of Mississippi and Louisiana. But it is all her own here and breathes excellence throughout. Exceptional and very much recommended." - Cascade Blues Association
"With excellent musicianship and a spirited atmosphere throughout, Fiona Boyes' Voodoo In The Shadows casts a seductive spell." - Living Blues
"This new collection of songs is like a wild ride through Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas, up to Chicago and then all the way over to California. There is never any question that what is being heard is the real thing, whether it's from downtown or down under doesn't matter. It's the connection of feelings between people that completes the blues circuit, and makes the results so powerful. It's all here." - The Morton Report
"A cleverly selected and tasteful repertoire will lead listeners to stories that talk about respect, mystery, sensuality, love, attitude and... why not?, to good moments of joy and fun. GREAT. " - lahoradelblues.com
1. Call Their Name
2. Party At Red's
3. What You Put On Me
4. Dark And Dangerous Love
5. Little Things
6. New Orleans
7. Don't Leave Your Feet At Home
8. I Ain't Fooling
9. With A Little Respect
10. Tell Your Story Walking