Picks and Pans Review: Diva La Grande
No one can hold a tassel to this 32-year-old stripper turned blues belter when it comes to musical moxie. For her genre-bending third album, the Southern Californian recruited some stellar sidemen—including Texas blues guitarist Derek O'Brien, rockabilly bassist Ray Campi and guitarist Dave Alvin of the Blasters—to create 14 rousing blues-abilly tunes. The soulful "Freak Lover" features stride piano, violin and slapped bass, while the kicky remake of Nancy Sinatra's hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin' " is propelled by banjo, washboard and accordion. On Diva la Grande, Kane shows she can liven up any party, even when she's not shedding a stitch. (Antone's/ Discovery)
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