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Trudy Lynn




Trudy Lynn - 24 Hour Woman - 1994 - Ichiban

From Houston, Texas, Trudy started her singing career at a time when early R&B and blues music was evolving into a new "soul" type sound. The young Trudy worked with legends like Albert Collins and Clarence Green. One of her biggest influences was singer-guitarist, Johnny Copeland. From these early influences, Trudy developed a vocal and music style all her own. She learned how to sing classic blues in a "new" Soul style. She has said herself, "I'm not a so much a blues singer; I'm a soul-blues singer," "Now I can do traditional. I can do ail types. I can even do country, you know. But my first thing is really soul--kind of soul and blues mixed together." "I write, and I enjoy, songs about real life". "I don't care about trends, you know. I like writing about life." "I've been writing songs a long time. I just didn't start recording them until more recently". She is a very talented songwriter. She has stated, "Once I get a hook, something that might happen to the average person---you know, a catchy way to phrase it -- I just trust that, just go with that". "Once 1 get that good hook, I start writing around it, you know, story-wise: trying to put over the idea, drawing from both my own life and my understanding of how it is for other people." "Normally when I'm writing lyrics, first I can just tell if it ought to be a slow song or a fast song. Don't ask me how". "Then I get with a piano player or a guitar player, and just hum out what I'm trying to do. And that usually comes through pretty good." "I'm from Texas, so I know about country music too." "I'm giving it all a pretty funky flavor though." "24 Hour Woman" is a really good album from the Houstonian soul blues singer. The album has 12 tracks of good Delta Blues and Southern Soul. There are some really good covers here of songs by artists including Jerry Ragovoy, Robert Johnson, and Isaac Hayes. Buy Trudy's great "Memories Of You" album

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1. 8 Days on the Road - Michael Gayle/Jerry Ragovoy
2. I Didn't Know (How Happy I Could Be) - Beane/Bell/Harson/Staton/Thomas
3. 24 Hour Woman - Badie, Doris/Robert Johnson/Sam Mosley
4. 2 Girls For the Price of 1 - Bram
5. Old Bitterness - Trudy Lynn
6. Your Good Thing - Isaac Hayes/David Porter
7. Real Lovin' - Rev. R.D. Holloway/Williams
8. I Still Believe in You - Vince Gill/John Barlow Jarvis
9. Pay the Price - Jerry Ragovoy
10. My Man - Johson/Sam Mosley
11. In My Arms - Kerry Michael Jones
12. Just Because - Michael Jones

MUSICIANS

Trudy Lynn (vocals)
Wayne Goins, Jimmy O'Neill (guitar)
LeBron Scott (bass)Frank "Buzz" Amato (piano, organ, synthesizer, percussion)
Tom Grose, Steve McRay (piano, organ)
Bryan Cole (drums)
Bryan Lopes (alto & tenor saxophones)
Ted Dortch (tenor & baritone saxophone)
Ernie Baker, David Ferguson (trumpet)
Kyrie, Natalye Howard, Stephen Swann, William Swann, Selina Smith, Jacqueline Sandy (background vocals)

SHORT BIO

Lynn was raised in Houston and continues to use the city as her home-base. She began her career in the late '60s as a Stax-styled R&B singer opening shows for Ike & Tina Turner and others passing through town. She began recording in late eighties for the Georgia-based British Ichiban label, cutting a fine mix of southern soul and Delta blues albums produced by Buzz Amato. Lynn currently appears on several blues festival bills, primarily abroad. © Bil Carpenter, All Music Guide

MORE ABOUT TRUDY LYNN

Born and raised in Houston's music-rich Fifth Ward, Trudy Lynn began singing in an era when the neighborhood's blues and early R & B culture was first turning on to a new sound known simply as soul. As a younger female working with established hometown favorites such as guitarists Albert Collins and Clarence Green, Trudy learned how to fuse classic blues elements with the music of the moment. Playing for savvy audiences at places such as Walter's Lounge, she quickly came to understand that the freshly budding flower had to be connected to its roots to survive. It's a lesson that Trudy has never forgotten. And, as she's evolved -- as both singer and songwriter -- it's been the fundamental philosophy behind her distinctive, multi-faceted style. "I'm not so much a blues singer; I'm a soul-blues singer," she says. "Now I can do tradition. I can do all types. I can even do country, you know. But my first thing is really soul - kind of soul and blues mixed together."Beyond any quibbling about musical categorization, Trudy's work also speaks to the universal human condition, experiences all people can appreciate. "I Write, and I enjoy, songs about real life." Combined with her capacity for delivering convincing vocal interpretations, a Trudy Lynn track simply tells it like it is - the straight and timeless truth."I've been writing songs a long time. I just didn't start recording them until more recently," she also points out. During her developing years in Houston, she began by filling the pages of paper tablets with original lyrics, words that often came to her spontaneously as she mused on life and it's ups and downs. Occasionally she would show the scribbled results to peers such as singer/guitarist Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, whom she particularly singes out as a valuable source of advice and encouragement. Over time, she figured out how to craft her rough ideas into polished musical statements. And the twenty-first century finds her now at the top of her game in this respect, as the seven new Trudy Lynn compositions on her latest disk so eloquently attest."Once I get a hook, something that might happen to the average person -- you know, a catchy way to phrase it -- I just trust that, just go with that, " she says. "Once I get that good hook, I start writing around it, you know, story-wise: trying to put over the idea, drawing from both my own life and my understanding of how it is for other people."As for the music -- that sound that blends the emotive power of the blues with elements of sophisticated funk and soul -- it comes to her naturally, despite the fact that she's never played an instrument. "Normally when I'm writing lyrics, first I can just tell if it out to be a slow song or a fast song. Don't ask me how," she says with a laugh. "Then I get with a piano player or a guitar player, and just hum out what I'm trying to do. And that usually comes through pretty good."Whether the final form is a love ballad such as he nostalgic "Memories of You" or a slick blues song such as the philosophical "No Deposit No Return", these songs are all Trudy, through and through.But as Trudy reminds us, "I'm from Texas, so I know about country music, too." Then she adds with a smile, "I'm giving it all a pretty funky flavor though." Ultimately these genre-blending experiments make perfect sense for an open-minded singer whose primary theme is the core reality of human relationships.It all goes back to what she learned starting out in Fifth Ward, creative self-statement can be enhanced by a grasp of tradition and the fundamental truths. Trudy Lynn understands. Check her out, and you will too. © Roger Wood, © 2005-2009 MaxC Talent Group All Rights Reserved. www.maxctalentgroup.com/bios/tlynn.htm

5 comments:

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shellg said...

Thank you kind sir! Beautiful Stuff.

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

Howzitgoin' Shellg? It's nice soul blues. Glad you enjoyed it. TVM, & ttu soon

Chris T said...

Greetings from Jamaica!
Great blog, just "discovered" it, and unfortunately the couple of links I really need are down.
Could you please re-up this Trudy Lynn & the Kenny Traylor for me.
Thanks and best regards.

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

Hi,Chris T in beautiful Jamaica. Apologies but I no longer have original albums to re-up. I'll keep my eyes peeled for alt. links. TVM for visiting & keep in touch. Maybe a reader could help with links?