Monday, September 06, 2010

Diunna Greenleaf Rocked the DC Blues Festival

Diunna Greenleaf and the Blue Mercy Band, with Jonn Richardson on guitar, was to these ears the highlight of this year's DC Blues Festival, this past Saturday, September 4. I had seen Diunna on the Blues Cruise several years back and at the Pocono Blues Festival. She was good now, but listening to her now was a revelation. She has grown as a singer and can really belt out a lyric without getting shrill or falsely frenzied. Jonn Richardson was superb as well. Highlights included a rendition of "Possession Over Judgement Day," a tribute to John Lee Hooker, and a terrific "(Call It) Stormy Monday," with great guitar. Some of the performance was songs from her last recording, "Cotton Fields to Coffee House," which is a few years old, but just touches on how good she is live. Its time for a new recording by her and her tight band.

The DC Blues Festival is a free festival for which I was one of those with a photographer's pass to shoot for the DC Blues Festival.

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