Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli, all highly regarded vocalists in their own rights, have joined forces as The Blues Broads. Reflecting more than two centuries of collective experience in blues, country, gospel and rock, the awesome aggregation is nothing less than a roots music “super group” of the first order. The Blues Broads, the group’s recording debut is a CD/DVD combination set, recorded live, that will be released by Delta Groove on September 18th.
Delta Groove Music president Randy Chortkoff stated, “I’m overjoyed to have these fabulously talented women join the Delta Groove family. They bring a history and commitment to the music I love, and I know they’re a perfect fit for our label.”
The Blues Broads CD/DVD includes both familiar songs associated with their respective august careers as well as newly written material that underscores the creative might of these four remarkable women. Each brings a unique perspective and history to the group that coalesced earlier this year under the aegis of Bob Brown, the album’s executive producer and whose Rancho Nicasio venue in Marin County serves as the Blues Broads’ unofficial home base. The DVD was directed by John Korty, the noted filmmaker, awarded both an Oscar and Directors Guild Award for the documentary Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? and an Emmy for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. He called the Blues Broads “living testimony to the persistence and longevity of musical talent, proving the value of life experience in making art.” He added, “It was an honor to work with them.”