Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Roadhouse blues singer Lou Ann Barton, was born on February 17, 1954, in Fort Worth,Texas.Lou Ann's fans are just happy to get something new from the seldom recorded Barton. She's seldom on the stage either, and knowledgeable blues fans are always seeking information about where to see her or where to get her music (nobody knows...). Her frustrating elusiveness is a problem for the true blues fan.
Lou Ann Barton is one of the finest purveyors of raw, unadulterated roadhouse blues that you'll ever hear. She's a veteran of thousands of dance hall and club shows all over Texas.

Considered her finest album, "Old Enough", was first released in 1981. She belts out her lyrics in a twangy voice so full of Texas that you can smell the barbecue sauce, and so full of sexy sass that you know she's found her genre and it is a perfect fit. "Old Enough" was reissued on compact disc in 1992 on the Antone's label.

In the early 1970s, she based out in Austin and became a member of the Triple Threat Revue, with W.C. Clark and Stevie Ray Vaughan. She was a founding member of Vaughan's band Double Trouble, and did a stint with the jump blues band Roomful of Blues. During that time, in 1975, she joined up with W.C. Clark to form his W. C. Clark Blues Revue.

Her release the 1989 album "Read My Lips" for the Austin-based Antone's Records, a triumphant return to her blues roots that featured inspired versions of songs made famous by Slim Harpo,Hank Ballard and Wanda Jackson, among others. Barton later collaborated with singers Marcia Ball and Angela Strehli on the release "Dreams Come True" (1990).

In 1990 Barton made an appearance on Austin City Limits with the W. C. Clark Blues Revue.

The show was taped in celebration of Clark's 50th birthday. Other artists included Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughn, and Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

In 2001 she again appeared on Austin City Limits, as a guest of Double Trouble. In 2006 she was a featured act at the Austin City Limits Music Fetival.

Lou Ann sings "Shake a Hand"
Recommended CDs.
1982 Old Enough (Asylum Records)
1989 Read My Lips (Antone's Records)
1990 Dreams Come True (Antone's) (with Marcia Ball and Angela Strehli)

Reference - Wikipédia

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