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1 	Sweet Love Blues 	5:00
2 	No No Baby 	3:00
3 	What To Do 	5:28
4 	Road Blues 	4:08
5 	Sell My Jewelry 	3:22
6 	From The Delta To The Golden Gates 	4:24
7 	Red Cadillac & The Blues 	2:37
8 	(Shuffle) All Night Long 	3:23
9 	Careful Blues 	5:05
10 	The Road Comes To Me 	3:51
11 	Daddy's Love 	4:26
12 	Low Down Dirty Dawg 	2:52
13 	Blue 	4:20
14 	All You've Got 	4:59
15 	Too Late Blues 	4:03
16 	Maryjane & Muscadine 	4:27
17 	A Woman's Blues 	5:01
18 	Handsome Jack 	4:15


Barbara Blue is the Reigning Queen of Beale Street in Memphis TN. Holding court 5 nights a week for the past 15 years (June 7, 1997 - present Silky O'Sullivan's ) audiences from around the world have enjoyed this gutsy, sultry blues lady. Nominated the 2007 Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year by the Blues Foundation, Self Produced multiple 1st round Grammy Nominated CD's, and traveling the world performing as an Emissary of Memphis Music .... If you haven't caught a show yet you should add this Diva to your bucket list. But for now an autographed CD will do the trick!! Enjoy!!


Titled "The Reigning Queen of Beale Street", by the Memphis Music Elite, her Piers, Colleagues, Friends, Fans, Family & Loved Ones, Barbara Blue respectively takes her place in the music mecca of Memphis, TN. Honored and humbled by it's overflow of talent, this native of Pittsburgh PA wears her crown proudly and vow's to do her best to keep the Blue's & Memphis Music alive. As an National & International Performer Barbara proudly represents Beale Street & Memphis Music. When not traveling the world or USA for Festival's, fundraisers and GREAT Clubs, Bars & Restaurants BB makes her home base at Silky O'Sullivans 183 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103. She has been performing there for the past 15 years 5 nights a week since 1997.

"Jus' Blue" is Barbara's 9th self produced/co-produced CD with 18 tracks either written or co-written by Ms. Blue. This exciting, challenging and fulfilling CD gives you a total look at 18 years of BB's recording career to date. There is a lot of love her, for the blue's and listeners alike. From her very first recording in the year 1994 titled "Out Of The Blue", to 3 critically acclaimed CD's with The Phantom Blues Band & The Texicali Horns: 2002 Sell My Jewelry, 2004 Memphis 3rd & Beale & 2006 Love Money Can't Buy you can hear and feel the maturity of time. Then finally in 2010 Royal Blue was recorded in Memphis TN at Willie "Pops" Mitchell's Royal Studio and received World Wide acclamations. So to put the icing on this project Barbara went back to Royal Studio's to create "Jus Blue". Three glorious new tunes and a re-do of her classic "Sweet Love Blues" from her first CD "Out Of The Blue". Sit back relax and enjoy life!

Special Thanks , Love & Blessings are sent out to: Mom, KK, John Henry, Omar, Silky & Joellyn Sullivan, ALL of my band mates from all of my recordings, Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, "Pops", Lester Snell, Lannie McMillan, Earl Randle, Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms, Steve Selvidg, Royal Studio, Tony Branagel, Johnny Lee Schell, John Porter, Mike Finnigan, Darrell Leonard, John "Juke" Logan, Robert Kasper, Larry Nix, Thomas Halfacre AGMW, Nancy Apple, All of my loving family, friends, The Krew @ Silky's, fans, DJ's, supporters, and a cast of thousands, without y'all I would be lost!! ---Xox BB,

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]]> (bluesever) Barbara Blue Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:51:52 +0000
Barbara Blue ‎– Memphis Blue: Sweet, Strong & Tight (2014) Barbara Blue ‎– Memphis Blue: Sweet, Strong & Tight (2014)

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1 	Hands Off 	4:22
2 	No Time To Cry 	3:19
3 	Rudy's Blues 	2:42
4 	VooDoo Woman 	3:53
5 	Me & Jesus 	5:10
6 	Rolling Up On Me 	3:45
7 	Love Is After Me 	3:01
8 	Coat & Hat 	4:33
9 	Sweet, Strong & Tight 	3:32
10 	I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 	3:25
11 	SuperBlues 	4:26
12 	Memphis Stomp 	3:25
13 	800 Mile Blues 	4:53

Barbara Blue - vocals
Lester Snell - piano (Wurlitzer)
Rev Charles Hodges - Hammond B3
Leroy ‘Flick’ Hodges, David Smith - bass
Michael Tols on - guitar
Steve Potts - drums
The Royal Horns:
- Lannie McMillan - saxophone
- Joe Spake - baritone saxophone
- Marc Franklin - trumpet
- Steve Graham, Jason Yasinsky - trombone
Bobby Rush - harp
Ronnie Earl - guitar
Sonny Barbato - accordion, piano
Dedric Davis - trumpet
Cody Dickinson - washboard
Shontelle, Sharisse Norman - backing vocals


Memphis’ Barbara Blue has stayed close to home for this album which was recorded at Royal Studios, produced by Lawrence ‘Boo’ Mitchell and features songs mainly taken from Memphis writers past and present, with Barbara having a hand in five of the songs. As one might expect from the recording location, the album covers a wide range of styles including soul, rock and roll and country.

Demonstrating the variety of the music here Barbara starts with the jump style of Jay McShann’s “Hands Off”, a song covered by many female singers including Janiva Magness. The horns punctuate the song with some soulful blasts that root the song in Memphis and Bobby Rush’s harp solo is the icing on this particular cake. “No Time To Cry” is an interesting song from Joe Sanders which fits Barbara well with its lyrics about making one’s way in the music business, Ronnie Earl taking a poised solo in the middle.

“Rudy’s Blues” is another strong song lyrically as Barbara tells us about one of the old-time Memphis characters: “Rudy had a three-handed woman, she kept giving him the blues; she was right-handed, left-handed and underhanded too.” Guest Dedric Davis adds some fine trumpet playing that also fits with the story of old Rudy. Accordion and shakers give a suitably swampy feel to “Voodoo Woman” before another change of style in the superb “Me And Jesus”. PW Cox’s song has a strong gospel and country feel with rolling piano and churchy organ and talks about belief and whether one needs to demonstrate one’s faith in public: “I talk to God at least once a day and I don’t need anyone to know” sings Barbara before concluding that “Me and Jesus are all right”.

Barbara co-wrote “Rolling Up On Me” which takes us right on to Beale Street with an insistent beat and some soulful guitar and organ rhythm interplay, Ronnie Earl again providing a beautiful solo section. For those of us who developed our musical interests in the 60’s no names are more evocative of Memphis than Hayes, Porter and Cropper and those three are the writers of the funky “Love Is After Me”, a classic piece of Memphis soul. Barbara’s vocals are well supported by the backing vocalists and the horns provide the punch we associate with the heyday of Stax to provide one of the highlight tracks here.

“Coat & Hat” again features the accordion and it’s a strong song (credited to T Plunk) lyrically though Barbara’s deep voice is less suited to this slow country song. The sub-title of the album, “Sweet, Strong And Tight” brings back the horns for a barnstorming tune written by Barbara on her own in which she explains what she can bring to a relationship and Bobby Rush plays the main solo.

Another classic Memphis artist was Ann Peebles and one of her best known songs is covered here. “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” is a great song and it suits Barbara’s voice well in a very polished version with wonderful horns. Memphis singer Reba Russell is the writer of “SuperBlues” which brings Bobby Rush back on harp and “Memphis Stomp” is a co-write between Barbara, Lester Snell and Boo Mitchell which pays tribute to the late Willie Mitchell and appropriately has more fine horns.

To close the album “800 Mile Blues” really takes things back to basics on a quiet country blues with minimal instrumentation, just bass and guitar, a tune credited to Barbara and Ronnie Earl.

For this reviewer the highlights here are the tracks with the horns, but Barbara has done a good job in selecting material across styles and making most of them work well so that the album provides something for everyone to enjoy. ---John Mitchell,

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]]> (bluesever) Barbara Blue Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:47:01 +0000
Barbara Blue - Out Of The Blue (1994) Barbara Blue - Out Of The Blue (1994)

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1    Smoke Rings in the Dark
2    Tap on my Window
3    No No Baby					play
4    What To Do
5    Old Man's Moving Out
6    Out of the Rain
7    Can't Stand the Rain
8    Bed Bug Boogie				play
9    I've Got To Have It
10    Piece of my Heart
11    Sweet Love Blues
12    Shake

Vocals:   Barbara Blue
Bass:  Will Franklin
Drums:   Ray DeFade
Tenor Saxophone:   Chris Patarini
Harmonica:   Garth Assmussen
Guitar:   Ford Jeffery Thurston


Out Of The Blue is Barbara Blue's first recording. Recorded in November 1994 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Control Room on the South Side. In the beginning there was "OUT OF THE BLUE" ...... what a long strange ride it's been!!! To the present day Barbara still teams up with some of the musicians who performed on this CD to do shows in Pittsburgh and along the east coast. ---


Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pa, Barbara has had the blues since the day she was born. She has performed with various top notch artists such as: Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, Jeff Healey, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton, Maceo Parker, Al Jackson, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Tab Benoit, The Nighthawks and Big Mike Griffin to name a few, from Pittsburgh to Detroit to Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, LA and Memphis.

Since forming her own band in 1989, Barbara has been progressing right up blues alley. With the release of her Debut CD "OUT OF THE BLUE", Barbara has reached a wider audience of blues lovers world wide. Now residing in Memphis Tennessee and performing nightly (See Schedule) on historical Beale Street for the past seven years, Barbara's understanding and cultivation of the Blues is deeper and richer than ever.

Barbara has also accomplished studio recordings for Sony Records Nickelodeon project "Peanutbutter and Jam" (Many thanks to the late great Tom Pompesello) and the theme song for "Lucille's Car Care Clinic" a national cable TV show. ---

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]]> (bluesever) Barbara Blue Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:33:15 +0000
Barbara Blue – Memphis 3rd & Beale (2004) Barbara Blue – Memphis 3rd & Beale (2004)

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1	24-7-365			
2	Rainy Night in Memphis			
3	Don't Need No Man Like That			
4	If I had you			
5	Red Cadillac & The Blues				play			
6	Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave			
7	Road Comes to Me			
8	(Shuffle) All Night Long			
9	Careful Blues			
10	Lie No Better			
11	Lake Charles			
12	One Good Man			
13	You Can't Stop My Love					play

Lead Vocals: Barbara Blue 
Bass: Larry Fulcher 
Keyboards: Mike Finnigan 
Guitars: Johnny Lee Schell 
Drums and Percussion: Tony Braunagel 
Texicali Horns: Joe Sublett, tenor sax and Darrell Leonard, trumpet 
Background vocals: Susan Marshall, Nancy Apple & Julie Dalgado on tracks 1, 3, 4, & 10. 
Johnny Lee Schell on track 11 
Special guest appearance by John "JUKE" Logan on Harmonica.


Barbara Blues e-mail address begins memphisqueen, and if that is an indication that she is known as the city’s ‘Queen of the Blues’, then there will be no arguments from me, as this lady has talent in abundance, which no doubt explains the fact that her backing band is none other than Taj Mahal’s Phantom Blues Band featuring the Texicali Horns of Joe Sublett (sax) and Darrell Leonard (trumpet).

The set opens with ‘24-7-365’, BB strutting her stuff over a funky Stax styled horn riff, repeating the formula on ‘Rainy Night In Memphis’, but this time the funky riffs courtesy of Mike Finnigan’s B3 and John ‘luke’ Logan’s harp, giving this track a bluesier feel. The Stax sound rears it’s head again on ‘I Don’t Need No Man Like That’, but this time BB voice mines a soulful R&B groove that is accentuated by Johnny Lee Schell’s funky guitar chording.

‘If I Had You’ veers into deep soul territory, the backing vocals, baying horns and Joe Sublett’s smokey sax solo echoing the poignancy of BB’s vocals, which then take on a gritty arrogance, underpinned by Finnigan’s percolating B3 and Schell’s succinct guitar on ‘Red Cadillac & The Blues’. Charlie Rich’s ‘Don’t Put No Headstone On My Grave’ is transformed into a deeply impassioned late night blues, baying horns and rolling piano swathed by Finnigan’s B3 enhancing the perception of BB as a female Ray Agee.

If the first half of this set highlights BB’s soul and R&B credentials, the second sees her getting “down and dirty” as her overtly sexual vocals ride a Muddy styled guitar riff on ‘The Road Comes to Me’, the “down in the alley” feel accentuated by moaning horns and slow rocking piano, a premise that is repeated on the brooding ‘Careful Blues’ with it’s stomping piano and Junior Wells styled harp (Logan). ‘One Good Man’ continues in the same vein, as BB oozes sexual arrogance on this churning blues that reminds me of Muddy’s ‘You Need Love’, Schell’s guitar chiming as like BB he struts his sexuality proudly.

The Tex-Mex influenced ‘countrified’ soul of ‘Lake Charles’ and the gritty duet with Mike Finnigan on the Dixie influenced 5O's styled R&B of ‘You Can’t Stop My Love’ are further highlights of this impressive set. ---Mick Rainsford, Blues In Britain


If you never heard of Barbara Blue I hope you soon get the chance to hear her, for the lady from Memphis is really a great singer. On her album "Memphis 3rd & Beale" she gets great accompaniment by Taj Mahal´s Phantom Blues Band and the Texicali Horns, so the playing is very tight and powerful. The musicians also helped in producing (drummer Tony Braunagel) and as engineer and mixer of the album (guitarist Johnny Lee Schell). Barbara Blue is the right singer for powerful Rhythm and Blues but is equally great as an interpreter of ballads as she proves in her version of Lucinda Williams´ Lake Charles which divides her from singers only suited for power. For my taste she could do even more of this kind of material. On Janis Joplin´s One Good Man (as on Don´t Put No Headstone On My Grave by Charlie Rich) she really manages to sound like Janis´ older sister. On 24-7-365, If I Had You and other pieces she shines like an uncrowned soul queen. And Barbara Blue is also a writer, getting writing and co-writing credits on four bluesy selections including the albums center piece The Road Comes To Me. As a singer both powerful and sensitive Barbara Blue really should get some attention. She is an independent artist and I think you won´t find her records in stores, so those interested should look for information on her website. --- Ansgar Hillner,

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]]> (bluesever) Barbara Blue Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:28:33 +0000
Barbara Blue – Sell My Jewerly (2003) Barbara Blue – Sell My Jewerly (2003)

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01.Trouble With A Capital "T" - 3:48
02.Back By Popular Demand - 4:05
03.Toolbox Blues - 3:33
04.Don't Lead Me On - 5:55
05.Road Blues - 4:07
06.Can't Get Your Lovin' Off My Mind - 3:06			play
07.Sell My Jewelry - 3:22
08.From the Delta To The Golden Gates - 4:23
09.Low Down Cheatin' Blues - 3:34
10.Drunken Angel - 3:40
11.Brought Together By The Blues - 3:11				play
12.Turtle Blues - 5:14

Lead Vocals: Barbara Blue
Bass: Larry Fulcher
Keyboards: Mike Finnigan
Guitars: Johnny Lee Schell
Drums and Percussion: Tony Braunagel
Texicali Horns: Joe Sublett, tenor sax and Darrell Leonard, trumpet
Background vocals: Teresa James, and Tamara Champlin on tracks 1,2, and 7 
Johnny Lee Schell on tracks 3, and 10
Special guest appearance by John "JUKE" Logan on Harmonica.


Barbara Blue is a fixture of the Memphis Blues scene and performs many nights of the week on historic Beale Street. When you are there you owe it to yourself to check out this classic rockin Blues belter. Until then you can check out her second CD, Sell My Jewelry. It’s been out awhile, but it is worth your time, if only for the great backing by Taj Mahal’s backup band, The Phantom Blues Band.

Blue sets the pace for this album with the opening cut, EG Kight’s and Richard Fleming’s “Trouble With A Capital ‘Ti” Blue sings a bit like Kight, but is more on the dirty side of Blues Street. ,.Joe Sublett of the Texicali Horns offers a tasty solo and the background vocals fill in great. From the outset this album is well produced and the band is tight. This is followed up by a little bit jazzier take on the Jodie Seigel/Tony Bra unagel (who also produced the album and played drums) song, “Back By Popular Demand”.

A couple of songs later Blue gets down and dirty on the slow Blues “Don’t Lead Me On.” The Texicali Horns do a good job of building the chorus up and letting Blues’ voice pick it up in the wake. On the fifth track Blue is back to wailing on her own song, “Road Blues,” but this time with the accompaniment of John “Juke” Logan on harp who really squeezes out the treble end. This is the kind of roaring song that Blue can really get a hold on in a Janis Joplin sort of way. In fact Joplin is one of the most obvious references one falls back on when listening to Blue, and Memphis Minnie, but in a different sort of way. Another good song is the Blue/Finnigan/Braunagel written title cut, “Sell My Jewelry,” which swings with some fine honky-tonk piano from Mike Finnigan. --- Blues Wax,


I tossed this disc in the player like I do so many and headed up the stairs on a mission to clean house. I try to listen to the music I am about to review without 'knowing anything" that might skew my perceptions of what I'm about to hear. That way, I decide if it kicks ass or not based on what I hear. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. My ears perked up instantly when I heard the unmistakable wail of Mike Finnegan's B-3, and I knew this one was something special. Within 10 seconds, I was down the stairs with the case in my hand, and the hell with cleaning the top floor. I went to instead and checked this babe out! It turns out that Barbara Blue is the current reigning Queen of Memphis, performing nightly on historic Beale Street. To record this album, she borrowed the entire Phantom Blues Band from the man himself, Taj Mahal. Besides that, she's the best-kept secret on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. By the middle of the disc, she had a very enthusiastic new fan.

Twelve tracks in length, the recording is about evenly split between original material and covers. Versatility is definitely a long suit. Whether she is wailing like Sippie Wallace or singing deep, raw blues from the center of her soul like Janis Joplin, her voice is captivating and powerful. She opens the disc by just flat-out tearing up that Georgia songbird E.G. Kight's "Trouble With A Capital T". James Solberg's "Tool Box Blues" takes a sultry win when she sings it, and Janis Joplin's "Turtle Blues" is very nicely done indeed. But the best track on the album, in my opinion, is Ms. Blue's cover of Lucinda Williams instant classic "Drunken Angel". This track achieves perfection with her voice, the musicians, the arrangement and the song itself all coming together beautifully. A talented songwriter as well as a vibrant and enchanting performer, she offers a heartfelt tribute to the late, great John Lee Hooker with the moving, melodic "From the Delta to the Golden Gates". The title track is a standard 1-4-5 blues number with catchy lyrics and instrumental hooks that will have the listener singing along before the song is through. In fact, most of the songs on the disc can stake that claim. There is not one track on the disc that I skip over when I play the disc, and believe me when I tell you, this one is getting a lot of play! --- K.T. "Trouble" Booth, Kansas City Blues Society

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]]> (bluesever) Barbara Blue Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:34:07 +0000