CD Review: Kathy Raven – Rooibos Tea Blues

y3Kathy Raven has, in a comparatively few years, created a massive fol-lowing in South Africa and also in the US. She is arguably the ‘go-to’ lady when sourcing a blues singer. But, her strength lies not in her amazing voice nor her passionate singing, but her rapport with her audi-ence. Her song writing skills endear her to local audiences, especially those songs that relate Kathy’s experiences and knowledge of every thing Seffrican.
And, thus was Rooibos Tea Blues born. Let us ignore the fact that some pesky Yanks tried to register the name rooibos. This tea (caffeine free) has been a staple in this country on the southern tip of Africa for more than 300 years.
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The album is a nice mix of folksy blues and some really upbeat songs, and what makes each track special is Kathy’s selection of accompanying musos. At home in Jozi, Kathy performs solo or with her band , featur-ing the talented Ben Amato, multi-instrumentalist who has done openers for UB40, Crowded House and Crosby Still and Nash, Mike Meiring-Lead guitar, lead man for the awesome Highway Jam and Reuben Samuels – drums has played with Rodriguez and more and is a sought after session groove machine and the wonderful Kai Horsthemke on bass. Extra Artistes featured on the Rooibos Tea Blues comprise of Bronwyn Krige on the Squeezebox and Michael Canfield on the Washboard!
And here is the link to the title track The Rooibos Tea Blues track the Rooibos Tea Blues
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