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Kim Lembo

Kim Lembo - Blue Heat - 1994 - Blue Wave

Debut album from the Syracuse, NY blues singer, Kim Lembo, with fine harp playing from Pete McMahon and Nick Langan and great guitar and keysboard work from Mark Doyle. Kim's Blues/Rock vocal inflections are reminiscent of some of the best of the 60's Blues revivalists. She has being accused in the past of "trying too hard", and singing in an "over the top" Janis Joplin style. Regardless of these "criticisms". she sure puts real emotion and feeling into these songs, and lends her strong bluesy voice to good cover versions of songs like "My Tears Came Rolling Down" and Duke Robillard's "If This Is Love". She also sings a good version of the Peter Green/C.G.Adams song, "Stop Messin' Around". Not every lady can sing like Maggie Bell or Elkie Brooks. Kim Lembo has her own style of blues singing, and far too many "music critics" are too eager to compare modern day blueswomen with Joplin or Etta James. Kim Lembo has created a very good album here, and deserves more credit. Give the lady a break, and buy her great album "Kim Lembo & Blue Heat - Paris Burning: Live at the Chesterfield Cafe". Incidentally, A.O.O.F.C would be most interested in any opinions on Kim Lembo's voice, and/or her "Blue Heat" album. Also, little has been heard from Kim in the last few years, so if anybody has any info on the lady, A.O.O.F.C would love to hear it.


1. Killing My Love - Nick Gravenites
2. Stop Messin' Around - Peter Green/C.G.Adams
3. So Swell When You're Well - Aretha Franklin
4. As The Crow Flies - Tony Joe White
5. My Tears Came Rolling Down - Geoff Muldaur/Davis
6. If This Is Love - Duke Robillard
7. Temperature - Walter Jacobs/Cohen
8. Love to Ride - Keith Sykes
9. Taking Our Time - Grant Bond
10. Drift Away Again - Lonnie Mack


Kim Lembo - All Vocals
Mark Doyle - All Guitars, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass on Track 1
Nick Langan - Harp on Track 5
Pete McMahon - Harp on Track 3
Cathy LaManna - Drums on Tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7 & 9
Mark Tiffault - Drums on Tracks 5,8 & 10
Mike Doyle - Bass on Tracks 2,3,4,6,7 & 9
Paul Laronde - Bass on Tracks 5,8 & 10


Along with her band Blue Heat, blues vocalist Kim Lembo recorded several albums for Blue Wave beginning in 1994. The Syracuse, NY-based vocalist worked with multi-instrumentalist/producer Mark Doyle for her debut album, which she named after her band. Two years later, she again worked with Doyle for her follow-up, Mama Lion. During this time in the mid-'90s, Lembo built a sizable following in New York state, where she continued to perform on a regular basis and win much acclaim. By the time Blue Wave released her third album, Ready to Ride (1999), she'd built quite a following. This growing audience resulted in an opportunity to perform a series of shows in Paris during January 2000 at the Chesterfield Cafe. These shows were later compiled on the Paris Burning album released later that year. © Jason Birchmeier, allmusic.com


A.O.O.F.C said...


Anonymous said...

I feel the music industry in the U.K. felt intimidated by female rock singers. I think Elkie Brooks would have been really appreciated in the U.S. as a rock singer.

flinthill said...

Thanks for the Kim Lembo- Great voice Great Band.
Take Care John

A.O.O.F.C said...

Welcome back, flinthill. How are you? She's got what it takes despite the Joplin comparisons. Wish I could find some current news about her. Thanks, & ttu soon

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi! Anonymous. Thanks for comment. I agree with you. Blues ladies have definitely been appreciated more in the US/N.America. Must be something to do with tradition. Elkie could be a huge star Stateside. One lady featured on this blog, Kyla Brox is a phenomenal blues/soul talent, but she must be invisible in the UK. Her music is never played on TV or radio. There would be a market with proper management/promotion, but it's just not happening yet. Thanks for comment, and keep in touch.

Anonymous said...

ELKIE BROOKS, in the past has been compared to Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. As much as I love these singers I feel Elkie has a better vocal range.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi! Anonymous. Thanks for comment.Elkie HAS a better vocal range, and is a grear blues ballad singer. Janis Joplin had a powerful, "ballsy", and very dynamic voice, but didn't hit all the notes. Tina Turner is a great singer, but her vocal range would not be as broad as Elkie, Janis, or even Kim Lembo! This makes for a great debate! I love your comment, and hope to hear from you soon...Cheers!