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Janiva Magness - Blues Ain't Pretty

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With this release, Janiva Magness gives another snapshot of the retro-minded corner of the gutsy blues scene. The material here displays plenty of welcome variety incorporating the mournful, the minor-key mid-tempo tunes, swampy and reverb-drenched guitars, and riffing horns. The guitar of Kirk Fletcher snarls through some well-crafted leads, while Magness yelps with a sultry hint of nastiness. She delivers attitude and her lyrics have an appealing, defiant spunk. "Blues Ain't Pretty" stands out in a world of rocked-up shuffles. Janiva definitely puts her own stamp on the covers by such greats as Etta James, Ruth Brown, James Brown, Ray Charles and Marcia Ball.

1.   Blues Ain't Pretty

2.   Nobody Loves You Like Me

3.   It's Your Voodoo Working

4.   The More I Keep on Losin'

5.   I Don't Know

6.   Makin' Money

7.   St. Gabriel

8.   Act Right

9.   Tell Me How Do You Feel

10. Help Me To Find My Love

11. I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks

12. Tell Me What I Did Wrong

13. Every Dog Has His Day

14. Heartbreaker

Artist Video

Janiva Magness/Live at Jazzbones (07:02)
"Can't stop cry'in" live at Jazzbones in Tacoma, Wa
  • Janiva Magness/Live at Jazzbones
    "Can't stop cry'in" live at Jazzbones in Tacoma, Wa

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Blues Leaf Records
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4-Page/Panel 4/1 Professionally Printed
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2-Color Ink on Silver Disc
Standard Jewel Case with Black Tray & Shrink-Wrap
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Professionally Replicated
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