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Tales of Love and Desperation

by Zola Moon

One of the most ballsy, most powerful singer-songwriters alive.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Never Give Up On Ya
4:06 $0.99
2. Hard Liquor
3:19 $0.99
3. How Long
4:31 $0.99
4. Bluesville
3:40 $0.99
5. Steel Bars
5:06 $0.99
6. Talkin' 'Bout You
3:53 $0.99
7. Snake Eyes
7:32 $0.99
8. Don't Blame It On God
4:19 $0.99
9. Sweet Pea
2:44 $0.99
10. House Of The Rising Sun
4:16 $0.99
11. Mechanical Beast
4:11 $0.99
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Album Notes


"A charismatic singer with a restless, wailing sound, Zola Moon's literate original tunes exude a Charles Bukowski wit and a lyrical immediacy. This longtime vet remains one of the Southland's best-kept musical secrets."--LOS ANGELES WEEKLY

"Zola Moon's pretty damn scary; she can belt 'em out like nobody's bidness. When she croons, she grabs you by your throat, knocks you out flat, sits on your chest, and makes sure you know how much she's hurtin'."--ORANGE COUNTY WEEKLY

"I was too young for Billie Holiday; I never got to see Janis Joplin perform, but I can tell the world that I've seen Zola Moon and, friends, she is something to see. Zola Moon is an artist you can tell your grandchildren about."--SOUTHBOUND BEAT

"Zola Moon's talent as a singer and a songwriter cannot be denied. She can be hurt by the end of a relationship or by economic hardship or by the state of the world, but she never gives in to self pity or despair; she's too tough, gutsy and hip for that. She keeps bouncing back and fighting back, because that's her nature; her voice won't be stilled. And what a voice it is, capable of hard-rockin' joy, bitter sorrow, deeply felt love."--THE SCOPE

"If talent is truly in the equation, this Moon should rise, indeed."--MUSIC CONNECTION

“Zola Moon sings the blues in an authentic way that's won critical acclaim from scribes all over the world. She's been often compared to Janis Joplin and Big Mama Thornton and is known for her burning live performances.”--PASADENA WEEKLY

"Zola Moon's live performances grab you by the throat."--INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN

"You get 200 percent when she's on stage. She must lose at least 5 pounds a night when she performs. Zola Moon is marked for greatness."--CULTURE WARS

"Her name is Zola Moon and she is a huge talent. Not only does she write the songs, she sings the hell out of them."--WHAT'S UP

"Zola Moon's incredible voice, smoldering presence, and powerful charisma have captivated everyone from legendary players to brain-fried club patrons."--BUZZ

"Wow! This gal has a great set of powerful pipes. Zola Moon pulls no punches. There is a real echo of Big Mama Thornton and Janis Joplin and I'd be the last to complain about that."--JAZZREVIEWS.COM

"Steamy, raw, wailing songs; she is completely original. Miss seeing Zola Moon at your own risk."--ROCK CITY NEWS

"Zola Moon is a riveting stage presence. With her flair for improvisation, each performance has its own unique flavor. Her powerful style and charisma are undeniable. Don't miss her act."--NEW MILLENNIUM

"Zola Moon can rip through a song with the ferocity of a caged lion that's finally been freed."--STEREOPLAY

"Zola Moon is one of the TOP TEN artists of the year."--FEMMUSIC.COM

"Zola Moon serves up fiery original songs and powerfully versatile vocals."--PLAYBACK

"Zola Moon is one of the most exciting singers in the United States."--THE-MP3 WAY.COM

"I think 'WOW' best sums up what I felt when I first heard Zola Moon."--Mark 'DJ Dawg' Douglas: DH NET RADIO

"From the first time of the many times I have seen Zola perform, I have always considered her incredible voice and power to be true forces of nature."--Vince Daniels: WPMD

"Man, if Zola Moon doesn't grab you by the soul, then you must be dead!"--DJ Smilestir: BLUE ICEWATER RADIO, blueicewater.cjb.net

"Zola Moon and her music are hot as Hell."--Johnny Timewarp, WFCS 107.7 FM, CONNECTICUT

"Zola Moon has a powerhouse voice. These are original songs sung by a woman who puts her heart and soul into her work."--Doug Lewis: The Doug Lewis Show, WGVN, 107.3 FM, St. Thomas, US VIRGIN ISLANDS

"Zola Moon not only sings, but writes from the heart, always with honesty, power and beauty."--LIVELY ARTS

"As Zola Moon sings, you can feel the hairs on your arms and the back of your neck standing on end. She grabs you by the throat and comes up fighting."--SOCAL SCENE

“Zola Moon is out of this world.”--SAN BERNARDINO SUN

“With a big voice and a cooking trio behind her, Zola Moon is in direct lineage with such past belters as Big Mama Thornton and Janis Joplin.”--LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM

“Zola Moon is definitely NOT a shrinking violet.”--SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE

“Zola Moon has delighted critics, fans, and radio personnel in multiple corners of the world, from Australia to Spain, Japan to Pasadena.”--INLAND POST

"Zola Moon is one of the all time great singers."--EDGE

Zola Moon is the REAL DEAL."--Karen E. Reynolds: WDVX

"Zola Moon is making a name for herself like there's no tomorrow."--4 FRONT

"It's not often that we get a singer that has the ballsy style of Zola Moon. TOTALLY original. If you love it hot & heavy with GUTS, you'll agree with me when I declare her to be one of the BEST OF THE BEST!" --IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION

"Zola Moon is a challenging talent and a master singer. Her incredible power and stunning vocals clearly prove that she is, indeed, a force to be reckoned with."--GOGIRLSMUSIC.COM

"I am more excited about Zola Moon than any female singer that has passed my way in 47 years. She is the best I have ever heard. She is SPELLBINDING."--BIG DADDY BLUZHARP

"Great musicianship and an incredible voice make Zola Moon a definite winner. For those of you who look at the Blues as an old man style of music, all I have to say is, listen to Zola! Those who have heard her, understand what I'm talking about. Those who are interested, are going to be shown the way. And those who say, ‘Fuck this Blues shit, I want my fucking RAWK!', are going to miss out. Zola is just simply fantastic!!! Highest rating A++."--LIVE MUSIC

"Not only does Zola sing her heart out, but she plays the harmonica, writes all the songs, and generally just shines."--SOUTHLAND BLUES

"Willie Dixon once said to Koko Taylor 'That's what what the world needs, a woman with a voice like yours that sings the blues'. If Willie were alive today you can bet he'd be saying the same thing to Zola Moon. Zola serves up some wild rocking blues complete with gut wrenching vocals, hot guitar licks and some pretty mean harp-and shows that the blues don't have to be the same old thing, they can be fresh, original and very, very HOT!"--BLUEZ4U.COM

"When Zola sings, you can just FEEL the blues drip down, like wax on a candle."--THE ONCE AND FUTURE BLUES

"Zola Moon should make any blues fan jump for joy."--BLUESBOYMUSIC.COM

"It's very refreshing to hear something new, yet still in a great blues tradition. Zola Moon will be heard on my show over & over & over."--Brett Parker: THE BLUES BOX, Logan 101.1FM, AUSTRALIA

"Zola Moon has a voice that places her on the same level with the legends of the blues. It is hard to find any accolades that haven't already been used to describe her talent."--DELTA SNAKE DAILY BLUES

"Zola Moon has been picking up hot reviews from several quarters."--BLUES ON STAGE

"Zola writes original songs that swing and rock, plays the harp, and is a full-voiced blues singer who can hold a note with power forever and still get soft and sultry."--BLUES ACCESS

"It's 105 degrees in Texas, but Zola Moon makes that seem cool by comparison. This woman and her music are HOT!!!"--Dave Johnson: Host of the nationally-syndicated BLUES DELUXE radio program

"South Bay blues legend Zola Moon plays a wicked harp and belts the blues like she grew up on the Mississippi Delta."--LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

"Zola Moon has one of the best voices in blues. It is an incredible voice."--MO' BAGS OF BLUES

"The blues would not be the blues without the timeless songs of people like John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Mississippi John Hurt, and Muddy Waters. Zola Moon's songwriting and singing put her in very good company."--EASY READER

"Zola is a great blues singer, but I got some problems with her. She's real good lookin' AND her butt is smaller than mine!"--Ann the Raven: KPCC

"It has been a long time since I have had the pleasure of listening to such a spectacular voice. Zola Moon is the Goddess of the Blues. Zola draws you in and makes you feel the blues like you've never felt them before. I grew up on the blues, and can tell you that it just doesn't get any better than this. If it does, I've yet to hear it."--THE GLOBAL MUSE.COM

"The 'living the blues' part of singing the blues has always seemed a bit far-fetched to me, but Zola just might come and kick my ass for saying that."--WIRETAP

"Right up there with the best of the best, it's ZOLA MOON! 'Are you Reaaaady for the BLUES?' If you are, then you are ready for ZOLA MOON!"--The Righteous NiteOwl: WIIS

"Zola Moon is a blues icon."--Left Coast Carl: KSPC

"Real blues fans, the ones with B.B. King and John Lee Hooker in their CD collections, will love Zola Moon."--INDIE-MUSIC.COM

"Zola Moon will be on our playlists for as long as forever is."--Larry Lowe: CYBRORADIO

"***** Zola Moon recordings are must-haves for any blues lover."--BEACH NEWS

"Zola Moon is the hardest working blues singer in Southern California."--RAVE

"Zola Moon sings some powerful original blues with a powerful voice that is not really like any other we have heard in quite a while.--GRITZ.COM

"Zola Moon has energy and style-an unbeatable combination where the blues are concerned."--Dave Butler: WHBN

"As both a singer and a songwriter, Zola Moon continues to add luster to her well deserved renown her with wild, rocking blues. Yet her music is, at the same time, very sophisticated, and when she wants to, in spite of her force-of-nature power, she can draw you in and create an intimate atmosphere."--HALLANDSPOSTEN

"So much of the blues nowadays sounds all the same. What a pleasure to hear someone fresh and original like Zola Moon."--Ted 'T' Tepsich: KSDS

"South Bay legend Zola Moon's CDs are packed with the kind of blues that makes you laugh, cry, sing along and tap your foot."--SOUTH BAY WEEKLY/LA TIMES

"Zola Moon is a powerhouse. She reminds me of Etta James and Koko Taylor at their peaks."--Erica Reed: KUOR

"Zola Moon is the best blues artist I have heard in many years."--Kjell Andreassen: RADIO HOLSTEBRO

"Ms. Moon HAS the fire, and she will charge you UP! Not only MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, but also 'PICK OF THE YEAR' for 'Best Female Blues'!"--MUSICDISH.COM

"Zola Moon is unique, insightful, passionate and genuine. My only disappointment is that I live in Australia and can't experience her music live all the time."--Stewart Dorman: WALKING THE BLUES, 4DDB FM 102.7, AUSTRALIA

"Zola Moon's lyrics are totally cliché-less and, with only slight inflections in her phrasing, her voice can convey irony, menace, or sadness."--BLUES BYTES

"Zola Moon is one of the finest blues singers I've ever heard."--Curtis Tillman (bass player for Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulson, Albert Collins, Bobby Blue Bland, Freddie King, Johnny Ace, etc., etc., etc.)

"Zola Moon can blow you away one minute, then take you to another place the next, still leaving you with the blues. She can sing, play harp, and write a bloody good song. If you have got the blues, you need Zola. Recommended? You better believe it."--Terry Iredale: HOT-FM 106.7

"Zola Moon sounds like no other blueswoman in the business. She scratches and bites with a vocal aggression seldom heard today. Nevertheless she´s no rock singer, but is deeply rooted in the blues. This is also evident in her songwriting. Her blues seem to come out of deep soul even when she swings. Her voice reminds me of Koko Taylor and Janis Joplin. Live, Zola Moon must be a phenomenon of nature."--CONCERTO, GERMANY

"Zola Moon delivers tons of passion with an incredible voice. Great original songs, great backing band, great production. Wow! Wow! Wow!"--Uncle Vasja: MOJO BLUES 103 FM

"Zola Moon concentrates on good songs (hers) and is a welcome different take on the blues, doing away with the cheesy, self-indulgent, fake-Stevie Ray noodlings many bands mistake as blues. She is enrapturing. One of our picks of the year."--SHADOWWORLD

"Zola Moon plays a deadly harp, has a tight hard-assed band, and belts the blues like the early shouters. The fact that she writes all her material is a bonus. When is she coming to Australia?"--Stephen Hall: RED HOUSE BLUES, Radio 2NSB, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

"Does Zola Moon know how to sing the blues?-Damn right she does!!! Does Zola Moon know how to play harp?-Damn right she does!!! Does Zola look GOOOOOD?-Oh, Mama, she sure does!!!"--Kruno: VFM BLUES RADIO, CROATIA

"Zola Moon has the ability to get deep under your skin. Listening, I felt that she was there in person and not just on my studio monitors."--Sharna Tierney: CRUZIN' FOR A BLUZIN, Bay FM 99.9, Byron Bay, AUSTRALIA

"Zola Moon is a staple of our radio show. Her vocals and songwriting are stellar. Plus, Zola's band is top-flight and keeps the party rockin."--Joe Kelly: THE UPPER ROOM WITH JOE KELLY, WVOF 88.5 FM, CONNECTICUT

"Zola Moon is one of the few contemporary American blues artists who manages to say some new things in a truly original way."--Gustavo Rozenberg: GOODTIME BLUES, VIERNES 91.3 FM, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

"As ever, Zola Moon is a cool artist full of vitality who shows what she is able to do, which is more than one can really imagine."--Vicente Zumel: THE BLUES HOUR, 96.6 FM, Barcelona, SPAIN

"An amazing Blues harmonica player as well as an incredible singer."--BELLY UP 4 BLUES

"You REALLY thrash!"--a very tattooed skateboarder at a show in Hermosa Beach

(to be continued)



to write a review

Chrys N' Kathy

Zola's powerful raw energy and lyrics keep us coming back for more
Zola definetly makes you want to shake, rattle and roll!
We love the lyrics,the raw energy and her AWESOME incredible voice.
This CD is a definite buy!
We can not get enough of Zola Moon!


Zola Moon is the bomb.
Wow! Wow! Wow! Zola reminds me of the power of Led Zeppelin. Her original songs are killer. She is like NOBODY else! Cdbaby should be telling people about her.


Zola Moon is AMAZING!
This CD has it all. Zola Moon has it all. Kick-ass rock. Deep soul and deep blues and deep passion. Fantastic original songs. She sings like an angel on steroids. Zola makes most of the so-called singers of today look like a joke. She is a real, true artist with huge talents.

tom petersen

love the way Zola sings the blues

Southbound Beat

I am not the first to compare Zola Moon with Jim Morrison
ZOLA MOON: tales of love and desperation. -----------------------There is nothing in the world more exciting than a beautiful woman—except a beautiful woman that can sing the blues, or even better, a beautiful woman that sings and writes her own blues. Zola Moon is just that; captivating, outrageous, and mystifying, Zola Moon can sing like an angel or shout like the Devil and everything in-between without missing a beat. This, her sixth album, entitled: tales of love and desperation (small caps), is a stunningly brilliant execution of postmodern blues, written and performed by one of the most unique and exciting ladies in music today.

There isn’t much I can say about Zola that hasn’t already been said. Zola has been critically acclaimed throughout her career; and yet with each CD release, her talent grows harder and harder for even the most conservative, mainstream record companies to ignore. How many Spice Girls must we endure until a talent like Zola Moon receives the recognition that she deserves?

"Tales of love and desperation" contains ten original songs that capture the heart and soul of the listener like no one else. Like the late, great Jim Morrison, Zola takes the blues and rock and dares to explore the forbidden emotions that are locked away inside of us all. From the opening line of the album’s first track, "Never Give Up On Ya," to the final heart pounding "Mechanical Beast," Zola growls and croons until the word ‘caution’ is but a distant memory. I found it hard to pick a favorite track on this CD, except maybe "Hard Liquor," for its simple honesty and heartbreaking original melody. Zola doesn’t just write a poem and then put it to music. It is obvious to the listener that Zola and her music are one and the same—breathtakingly beautiful.

"Bluesville" is a wonderful tribute to the blues. Many have tried to explain to the uninformed how the blues was misnamed, but "Bluesville" is the closest I’ve heard to explain this paradox. "Steel Bars" is a country-western flavored tale of a good girl who inadvertently finds herself behind bars. The lyrics are sly and witty, but Zola’s voice steals the show. On "Snake Eyes," Zola pulls out all the stops. She warns us that "Vegas ain’t no Disneyland; it’s a cold, cold gambling town."

To understand the meaning of "Postmodern Blues," one need only listen to "Mechanical Beast." This is a relentless, driving commentary on life in these United States that feature Zola playing harp. Let me rephrase that, for Zola doesn’t just play the harmonica, she manipulates it, bending the notes the way her music bends the listener’s mind, coaxing you to take that path into the woods that you hadn’t noticed before.

I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to compare Zola Moon with Jim Morrison. I can’t say exactly why Morrison comes to mind so readily when I listen to her. Perhaps it is the unbridled passion that permeates her music. Or, maybe it’s her total disregard for convention. Certainly part of the reason is her band. Like Morrison, Zola has surrounded herself with musicians that are unselfishly dedicated to the performance of her material. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Jerry Olson on drums, Eric Williams on bass and the incredible Vince Joy on guitar. Well done, boys!
Ten fantastic songs from the first lady of avant-garde, postmodern blues and an incredible version of the classic "House of the Rising Sun." This CD is of great comfort to me, for it reminds me that there is more going on in the field of music besides Madonna and the Dixie Chicks. This is music to stir your heart, excite your senses and fill your soul. It is breathtakingly sexual, hauntingly beautiful and completely original.----------------------CD review by Pat Benny