Carol Fran and Harmonica Blues

September 4, 2010

Carol Fran at a rehearsal in Lafayette. Photo by Barry Yeoman.

Blues diva Carol Fran, a wondrous performer from Lafayette who is featured prominently in Still Singing the Blues, is spending this weekend in Phoenix, performing at the release party of a rollicking new CD.

Release party poster

The album is Harmonica Blues by Bob Corritore. It features an all-star cast of blues musicians from around the country. Corritore, who is 54, learned blues harmonica in Chicago in the 1970s—Muddy Waters played in his high-school gym—and became both a musician and a record producer in that blues-crazy city. He moved to Phoenix in 1981. Now, in addition to playing, he DJs at the public-radio station KJZZ and runs a blues-and-roots club called The Rhythm Room.

Carol Fran—a gutsy vocalist and pianist who has been been performing blues and R&B for more than 60 years—sang her hit I Need to Be Be’d With on Corritore’s CD. Henry Gray—an 85-year-old pianist and vocalist from Baton Rouge and the winner of a National Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment of the Arts—appears on the song 6 Bits in Your Dollar and two others. Both Louisianans will perform at the CD release party this coming Sunday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

The next day, Carol Fran will go back into the recording studio. We can’t wait to hear what she releases next.

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