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Live At Legends

by Peaches Staten

Peaches Stanton is a world-class entertainer who is known for jet setting across continents spreading the joy of blues. Here we find her standing as the last blues artist to do a live recording at the original Buddy Guy's Legends.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Long Distance Phone Call
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2. Don't Rush Me
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3. Must Be Love
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4. Gotta Find My Man
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5. I Know You Love Me
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6. Rather Go Blind
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7. Bad Case of Loving You
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8. Hole In the Wall
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9. Keep on Keepin' On
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Besides serving as a source and advocate for the blues, another of Swississippi' Records' missions involves helping gifted but lesser known performers get their due recognition. One of these is the exuberant vocalist Peaches Staten, whose CD "Live At Legends" has historical value as well as being a dynamic release.

"It's the final disc that was done at Buddy Guy's club at itsoriginal spot," said producer Dave Katzman, who teamed with executive producer Chris Harper to issue this set. "This was one of those nights where everything was really working, and we wanted to make sure that the concert got the deluxe recording treatment it deserves."

The disc can also double as a showcase project for Staten, who acknowledges that a career singing the blues wasn't something she envisioned. Born in Doddsville, Mississippi before making the proverbial move to Chicago that's been a blues rite of passage for decades, Staten was exposed early to lots of vintage blues, soul and gospel music. Her stepfather was a disc jockey who played a lot of tunes featuring legendary acts when her mother hosted many of Chicago's finest during parties held at the Whale's Inn Cicero Bunch Social Club. But that wasn't the setting that launched Staten's singing career. Instead it came in a most unlikely way, through a friend's intervention.

"I was working as a waitress at Rosa's (a famous blues club in Chicago)," Staten recalls. "A friend of mine asked me if I'd ever done any singing. I told her, "only in the shower." But she insisted, told me I had a good voice and insisted that I give singing a try. The next thing I know I was actually up there performing."

It turned out Staten's friend had good ears plus a great idea. Gifted with a booming, powerful and rangy voice, Staten soon learned the tricks of stage presence, song choices and pace. However she didn't start out doing the blues. Her first professional experiences came with zydeco, and Katie Webster and C.J. Chenier were two of the groups that featured her vocal stylings. Staten also sang in a Samba band, as well as a female blues ensemble where she teamed with Bonnie Lee and Karen Carroll. Still, she cites jazz and R&B acts like Cassandra Wilson, Billie Holiday and Lavern Baker alongside the likes of Bessie Smith, Koko Taylor and Howlin' Wolf as influences. You can hear in Staten's delivery and pacing, as well as her great timing elements of improvisatory flamboyance as well as sheer power, authority and frenzied energy. Staten's established a sizable audience in both Europe and South America, a popularity Swississippi plans to utilize as part of its international marketing campaign, even as they also plan to hook domestic fans on Staten's considerable writing and singing abilities.

Almost half (four out of nine) of the tunes on "Live At Legends" were penned by Staten, including the opening two stompers that quickly set the mood and show this will be an energetic set. "Long Distance Phone Call" blends passion, irony and suggestiveness,while Staten displays a confident, independent edge on "Don't Rush Me." Her tender side emerges in a triumphant rendition of Chico Banks' "It Must Be Love," dedicating the tune to a beloved, sadly departed icon among modern Chicago blues artists. Banks originally wrote it for Mavis Staples, but Staten clearly holds her own as well.

While every number is a strong one, Staten's especially convincing on the blazing cover of "I'd Rather Go Blind," which reveals a connection with another influence, Etta James. She also provides a fresh take on the oft-performed "Bad Case of Lovin' You," rips through another original ("Hole In The Wall,") then concludes a wonderful set with "Keep on Keepin' On."

Another thing that distinguishes Staten from many of her contemporaries is her facility on the frottoir (more commonly known as the washboard). This device is usually confined to zydeco tunes, but Staten makes it a percussive, striking addition to both a straight blues piece ("Hole In The Wall") and "Gotta Find My Man," which would be right at home in any of South Louisiana's teeming dance halls.

Though Staten downplays any notions of impending stardom, saying only that she "loves to sing and play the blues and enjoys dealing with audiences anywhere," Katzman is particularly enthusiastic about her future prospects. "She's got the kind of personality and talent that just wins people over," he concluded. "This CD is ample proof of that, and we think that the more the fans see her, the more they'll really love everything about her as a performer and person."

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