I like the blues. And I like Etta James, also known as the Matriarch of the Blues. You may know her classic songs: Tell Mama, At Last, A Sunday Kind of Love, I Would Rather Go Blind.
You might recall the Etta James of your parents' or grandparents' generation looking like this a few years ago:
But Etta James today looks like this:
And her voice hasn't changed at all. Even with her 200 pound weight loss -- she did the surgery and talked about it in Ebony Magazine a couple years back. Well...
She's got a new project, All The Way, coming out in a few weeks, in which she covers Prince, R. Kelly, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye. A small departure from her projects of the past five years, primarily blues, but still a great project.
And... unlike some of our 60-something artists who go into seclusion, Etta James has recorded a project almost every year for the past 15 years, still tours, has stayed true to her original musical roots, and includes her sons on all her projects as producers and musicians.
Let's hear it for Ms. James. And "tell mama" that Etta James is still around in 2006.
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