Drive Me Home

by Jan James

Released 2006
Blue Palace Records
Released 2006
Blue Palace Records
Sultry, blues with a rock edge, this is the 7th CD release from this Chicago artist showcasing her powerful, soulful voice with the best of the blues from the front porch to the backwoods and back downtown, featuring the awesome guitar of Craig Calvert.
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Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones’ Jan James’ performances have
always provoked these comparisons. With her sandpapered voice and
tough-blossom ethos, Jan has clasped the enthusiasm and acclaim of US and
European audiences to her blues-rocking heart.

The Detroit Metro Times voted her “Best Female Vocalist” just in time to
send her off to her new hometown, Chicago, where she soon became a favorite
in venues such as Buddy Guy’s Blues Legends, Taste of Chicago, and The House
of Blues. Along the way Jan has shared the stage with greats such as Koko
Taylor, BB King, The Divinyls, John Mayall, Little Feat, and James Brown.

In time the buzz spread to Europe and Jan went on to release her European
debut album Last Train on the Netherlands’ Provogue label. This
collection was co-produced by Jan, Craig Calvert, and well-known Chicago
producer Steve Shafer. Mastered by Greg Calbi (famous for his work on
classic albums by The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Cheap Trick, and many
others), Last Train’s infectious mix of flat-out rock-and-roll, blues, and
heady gospel music received spirited praise from the European press.

In response, Jan embarked on a promotional tour of acoustic and electric performances
aired on radio and television throughout The Netherlands, Belgium and
Germany and Scandanavia with a feature on NBC’s television program Talking Blues.
Again the press raved, “Voices of the caliber of Jan James’ are rare in
today’s pop music...” and “Her upbeat rock/blues is exceptionally
radio-friendly and very stylishly executed.”

Meanwhile, in Chicago, Jan was lured to the stage in the starring role of Janis Joplin,
performing 20 of the late great's classics. She easily adopted the
stage persona of the woman to whom she is most often compared. Audiences
loved the results and responded with standing ovations.

Comparisons, however, are meant to be outgrown. Two more CD’s, Soul Desire
and The Color of Rose have since been released on the Dutch label, the
latter as a passionate sequel to Last Train. Now, Limousine Blues, James’
most traditional blues album, awaits its 2003 release. With its ten
original songs in the roots genre James returns to what she calls the “front
porch” of the blues, referring to the Delta style popularized by artists
like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. This recording was done at Bombay
Studios in Chicago. James’ partner, the songwriter and guitarist Craig
Calvert, teamed up with Terry Abrahamson (Bus Driver, Muddy Waters) to pen
the first track called Gonna Build Me a Man.

The long anticipated release of Jan's 7th CD "Drive Me Home" is finally here.
Look for reviews of the latest at www.janjames.com
The story continues...

Super...front-porch acoustic, cocktail-lounge swing, stop-time shuffle, or sultry pop.
James delivery is powerful, clear, unmannered and witty. -Blues Revue
With her sandpapered voice and tough-blossom ethos, Jan has clasped the enthusiasm and acclaim of US and European audiences to her blues-rocking heart. infectious mix of flat-out rock-and-roll, blues, and heady gospel music received spirited praise from the world press.

Rolling Stones’â€"Jan James’ performances have
always provoked these comparisons. The Detroit Metro Times voted her “Best Female Vocalist” just in time to
send her off to her new hometown, Chicago, where she soon became a favorite.