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Joanna Connor (from the album Best of Me available on Gulf Coast Records) (by Danny McCloskey)
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Worcester, Mass, Joanna Connor was done with local sights and sounds by the age of seventeen. She packed a suitcase, a Fender Twin Amp, a guitar, and bought a bus ticket to Chicago, mecca of The Blues. Once her chops were sharpened, Joanna Connor became an ambassador, showcasing both her playing and her plans in “Highway Child”, furthering her late-night future she requests the role of “Shadow Lover”, quieting the message but not the pound of a beat for “All I Want is You”, and counting on intuition to win a bet made on love in “Two of a Kind”.
The recent release from Joanna Connor is Best of Me, the recording her debut for Mike Zito’s Gulf Coast Records. She is proud of the production, feeling that ‘there are musicians that play together and may do it extremely well. Then, there are musicians that move as one, that share moments of creating music that is mystically telepathic. The group of musicians we assembled here created a free-flowing and fiery blend of Soul, Rock, Funk and Country, all rooted in the Blues. Making this record with the go ahead from Mike Zito and Gulf Coast Records to have free reign was uplifting and inspiring. This recording definitely brought out the’ best of me,’ and solidified my band as a force to be reckoned with. Guitar power and nuance is evident on this record but so are convincing vocals, soul-stirring keyboard work, tighter than tight horns and a rhythm section that propels and compliments each song. The album touches on my maturing as a woman, facing mortality with grace and thanks, celebrating love won, love lost, lust and passion, the pain and pleasure of having this human experience. I hope the listener enjoys this record as much as we had making it’. The Best of Me title track reverently bares her soul over a slow-cooking stroll while electric guitars rip the door open to “Shine On” with ferocious noodling as the album watches notes melt around the melodies in “Greatest of These” as Joanna Connor walks with an assured strut across “Pain and Pleasure” and puts pedal to metal for her version of “Mercury Blues”. (by Danny McCloskey)
Listen and buy the music of Joanna Connor from AMAZON
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