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Songlist

  1. Sweet Love Blues - 5:00
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  2. No No Baby - 3:01
    B.Blue/F. Kos/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  3. What To Do - 5:29
    B.Blue/F. Kos/BIG Bad Blue Music/ BMI
  4. Road Blues - 4:08
    B. Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music BMI
  5. Sell My Jewelry - 3:23
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music BMI/T. Tranagel Toknee
    Music ASCAP/M. Finnigan Irish Stew Music/ BMI
  6. From The Delta To The Golden Gates - 4:25
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/ BMI
  7. Red Cadillac & The Blues - 2:36
    B.Blue/B.Shaw/BIG Blue Music/BMI
  8. (Shuffle) All Night Long - 3:23
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI/N. Apple/
    Senorita Muchacha Music/BMI
  9. Careful Blues - 5:06
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  10. The Road Comes To Me - 3:52
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  11. Daddy's Love - 4:26
    B.Blue/C.Osborn/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  12. Low Down Dirty Dawg - 2:52
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  13. Blue - 4:20
    B.Blue/J.Henry/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  14. All You've Got - 5:00
    B.Blue/R.Tooms/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  15. Too Late Blues - 4:04
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  16. Mary Jane & Muscadine - 4:27
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI
  17. A Woman's Blue's - 5:01
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/E.Randle/
    IrvingMusic, Inc./BMI
  18. Handsome Jack - 4:16
    B.Blue/BIG Bad Blue Music/BMI

Executive Producers:
Barbara Blue Productions
Silky & Joellyn Sullivan

Producer: Barbara Blue & Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell

*Sample Song in Music Box

Titled "The Reigning Queen of Beale Street", by the Memphis Music Elite, her Piers, Colleagues, Friends, Fans, Family & Loved Ones, Barbara Blue respectively takes her place in the music mecca of Memphis, TN. Honored and humbled by it's overflow of talent, this native of Pittsburgh PA wears her crown proudly and vow's to do her best to keep the Blue's & Memphis Music alive. As an National & International Performer Barbara proudly represents Beale Street & Memphis Music. When not traveling the world or USA for Festival's, fundraisers and GREAT Clubs, Bars & Restaurants BB makes her home base at Silky O'Sullivans 183 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103. She has been performing there for the past 15 years 5 nights a week since 1997.

"Jus' Blue" is Barbara's 9th self produced/co-produced CD with 18 tracks either written or co-written by Ms. Blue. This exciting, challenging and fulfilling CD gives you a total look at 18 years of BB's recording career to date. There is a lot of love her, for the blue's and listeners alike. From her very first recording in the year 1994 titled "Out Of The Blue", to 3 critically acclaimed CD's with The Phantom Blues Band & The Texicali Horns: 2002 Sell My Jewelry, 2004 Memphis 3rd & Beale & 2006 Love Money Can't Buy you can hear and feel the maturity of time. Then finally in 2010 Royal Blue was recorded in Memphis TN at Willie "Pops" Mitchell's Royal Studio and received World Wide acclamations. So to put the icing on this project Barbara went back to Royal Studio's to create "Jus Blue". Three glorious new tunes and a re-do of her classic "Sweet Love Blues" from her first CD "Out Of The Blue". Sit back relax and enjoy life!

Special Thanks , Love & Blessings are sent out to: Mom, KK, John Henry, Omar, Silky & Joellyn Sullivan, ALL of my band mates from all of my recordings, Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, "Pops", Lester Snell, Lannie McMillan, Earl Randle, Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms, Steve Selvidg, Royal Studio, Tony Branagel, Johnny Lee Schell, John Porter, Mike Finnigan, Darrell Leonard, John "Juke" Logan, Robert Kasper, Larry Nix, Thomas Halfacre AGMW, Nancy Apple, All of my loving family, friends, The Krew @ Silky's, fans, DJ's, supporters, and a cast of thousands, without y'all I would be lost!!

Xox BB

Graphics:
Concept ~ Barbara Blue
Design ~ Thomas Halfacre AGMW
Photo: Cover ~ John Henry Photography
             Inside ~ Mark Krebs

Jus' Blue's Review's

BB's New CD Official Euro Release Oct 19 2012 ~ Official US Release Nov 28, 2012, contains 18 songs either written or co-written by The Reigning Queen Of Beale Street, Barbara Blue.  

Barbara Blue is the reigning Queen of Beale Street blues, no question about it.  For the past fifteen years, she’s held court five nights a week in Memphis, and has performed or recorded with an impressive list of artists such as Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, Jeff Healey, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton, Maceo Parker, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Tab Benoit, Corey Harris, Sean Costello, The Nighthawks, Candye Kane, Zac Harmon, Trudy Lynn, Carol Fran, and Gaye Adegbaloba. 

Blue has released eight albums, included a great 3-CD live set from Silky O’Sullivan’s (her stomping grounds), three discs backed by the Phantom Blues Band (Sell My JewelryMemphis 3rd and Beale, and Love Money Can’t Buy), and a set recorded at the legendary Royal Studios, backed by some of Memphis’ finest musicians (The Royal Sessions).  Given that body of work, it’s only fitting that Blue’s latest release is a retrospective, Jus’ Blue (BIG Blue Records), collecting fourteen of her best studio tracks, plus four excellent new track.

There are two remastered tracks from her debut recording, Out of the Blue, a rocking “No No Baby,” and the slow blues, “What To Do,” that show she’s was a pretty formidable talent even dating back to its 1994 release. Half the disc consists of her recordings with the Phantom Blues Band (Tony Branagel – drums, Larry Fulcher – bass, Johnny Lee Schell – guitar, Mike Finnigan – keyboards, Juke Logan – harmonica) and the Texicali Horns.  These tracks showcase Blue’s versatility as she ably handles blues, soul, blues/rock, and funk.

Blue’s most recent studio effort was the session at Royal Studios that included backing by the late Skip Pitts, Preston Shannon, Lester Snell, Robert “Nighthawk” Tooms, Steve Potts, and David Smith.  Produced by Willie Mitchell’s son, “Boo” (the elder Mitchell was slated to produce, but passed away before recording began), these three tracks represented here rank with Blue’s best work, and obviously she agrees, since she returned to Royal to record the four new tracks for this collection. 

“Sweet Love Blues” is a smoldering remake of the original track that was on her debut release and it was a great choice to lead off the disc.  “Mary Jane & Muscadine” and “Handsome Jack” are soul/blues tracks, and “A Woman’s Blues” is a great homage to the Memphis soul of the 60’s and early 70’s.

Jus’ Blues is a solid representation of Barbara Blue’s body of work to date, but you will be hearing more from her in the future.  

Graham Clarke
Friday Blues Fix Blog
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