Blue Empress Records presents

Blue Empress albums are now available at the CD Store page, including -

'Voodoo in the Shadows' (2018): New release!   Electric band album taking the listener on a 'virtual road trip' from North Mississippi down to New Orleans. Special guest Johnny Sansone (USA) on harmonica and accordion joins Fiona (vocals, electric guitar, baritone & cigarbox guitars) and her bandmates, Tim Neal (Hammond, piano, bass & baritone sax) and Mark Grunden (drums & percussion).  

'Box & Dice' (2015): Award winning release featuring unique cigar box guitars, reso-lectric baritone and more!

'Blues for Hard Times' (2011): Intricate solo acoustic finger-picking & small ensemble traditional blues styles from Classic Era blues to Mississippi Hills

  'Live From Bluesville' Recorded in the XM Satellite Radio studios in Washington DC, it features multi-award winning artists Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill, and Rich Delgrosso.  Blues Revue magazine says, 'Live From Bluesville' represents the sort of musical experience that doesn't happen often enough these days.  It's an 11-track treat from start to finish ... it deserves to go into heavy rotation.'  In its first month on release it's hit #5 on the Living Blues charts
  'Live in Atlanta' was recorded live at the Blue Note West Club in 2003.  Featuring multi-award winning guitarist and vocalist Fiona Boyes, with Muddy Waters' guitarist 'Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin' and Mark 'Kaz' Kazanoff, it brings the energy and immediacy of a small venue packed by an excited audience, and the spontaneity of great players.  As one reviewer said, 'You can smell the smoke on this album.'  Fiona is supported by Atlanta musicians John McKnight on drums, Jon Schwenke on bass, and Gina Leigh on piano.
  'Gimme Some Sweet Jelly Roll' is Fiona Boye's most celebrated acoustic studio recording.  This is the album that launched Fiona's international career, taking her to the winner's platform at the 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.  Fiona was the first woman and first Australian to win the IBC, the world's foremost accolade for emerging blues artists.  'Sweet Jelly Roll' also won the Australian MBAS awards for 'Blues Peformer of the Year, 'Blues Album of the Year', 'Female Blues Artist of the Year', and 'Blues Song of the Year', Australian Blues ‘Chain’ Awards Female Vocalist of the Year, the New York Jazz Review Top Female Blues Album (jointly shared with Marcia Ball and Rory Block), the Les Trophees France Blues Guitariste Femme

These originals could have been sung by Memphis Minnie … stinging resonator and vocals … her music has the ambiance of the 30’s … there’s a strength and purpose to each picked note … Boyes moves into classic blues woman territory ... fingerpicking that sparkles with imagination, texture, motion and ornamentation; her singing has the persuasive ease of confidence. Unreservedly recommended – Blues Revue (USA)
  'Blues in My Heart' is Fiona Boyes' first solo album.  After fronting Australia's premier all-women blues band, The Mojos, for 9 years, Fiona decided to record the many acoustic songs she'd been writing over the years.  The result?  APRA Blues Song of the Year (She Could Play that Thing), MBAS Australian Blues Awards for Album of the Year, and Female Blues Artist of the Year.
 
It’s been my intention to write this review for weeks now, but whenever I’ve sat down to do just that I’ve ended up mesmerized – paralyzed – by the pure pleasure of just listening to this wonderful music - Bjorn Wiksaas, Norwegian Blues News

To discerning readers, this young Australian cannot be unknown. Blues In My Heart is not only her first solo project but a clear acoustic album. The lovely Fiona attracts attention with her strong singing and tender guitar play … All Class!! - Dirk Fohrs, BluesNews (Germany)

ORDERING CDS

  You can purchase the above titles from Fiona's website at www.fionaboyes.com/buycdsthestore

  Blue Empress Records are distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Only Blues Music.  For commercial ordering info click on the link.


  'Live From Bluesville' is distributed in Nth America and Europe by Vizztone Label Group.  For commercial ordering info click on the link.