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Carolyn Fe Blues Collective / Press

“Top Pick for March 2012! There comes a time if an artist is lucky enough, that critics know at just what point to call an album their break out album. For the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, there is no doubt in ... "Original Sin", is certainly their break out album. After listening to "Original Sin" just once, I had already come to the conclusion that this album was not only Fun, Witty, Creative, & New, but above all, it was also very Refreshing...This ain't your grandfathers Blues...Carolyn Fe Blues Collective were not ones to stay inside the box when dealing with the Blues, ... it is extremely Original. "Original Sin", was one musical adventure after the other and an album that was not only hypnotic, but also addictive in nature, something that I have not gotten from an album, in a long long time... I enthusiastically give my highest rating of 5*****. It is one that I continue to Thoroughly Enjoy and Highly Recommend.”

“Original Sin: Nominee for 2011 Best International Release by Blues 411! International Release of the Year: Ana Popovic – Unconditional Sunday Wilde – What Man ? Oh That Man! ! ! Ian Siegal & The Youngest Sons – The Skinny Carolyn Fe – Original Sin Shelley Hardinge- Reclaim Your Land Todd Sharpeville – Porchlight”

"Da wird heftig abgerechnet mit miesen Mitmenschen (großartig allein so eine Zeile aus "Rant": “You’re just one of Satan’s Army brats”). Da gibt's Bezüge zur Bibel (nicht nur zur Erbsünde und den Apfel sondern auch zur Offenbarung des Johannes), Und überhaupt gibt es für den Blues ja von früh bis spät Gründe. Doch Carolyn Fe ist keine der Blueser, die ihren Kopf hängenlässt und weint, sondern eine die wie Big Mama Thornton ihren Blues herausbellt und schreit, wenn es nötig ist."

"This is an excellent example of the evolution of blues music ... Music, like all species of living things evolve in different ways. This recording has most of the clues of a contemporary blues band, ...It has a different sound and that's what evolution is all about. If you want to look down a different path of the blues ... and I always advise that... here's one to try."

“Carolyn Fe ... offers up 2 solid, straight-up “1-4-5” blues...But just as the listener gets a feel for the sound & original songs...they do a bait and switch...becomes evolutionary with its blues fingerprint applied to several other styles. “Baby Bye Bye”...a Patsy Cline rockabilly turn...“Let’s Soar”...a tribal Ted Nugent married to Allman Brothers’ groove. “Devil’s Food”..a fun TexiCali party blast...short of a Tijuana joy ride!..the band excels and vocals shine with the three variations on Swamp Boogie blues. “Some More” answers the question ‘What if Bif Naked let her blues flag fly?’ “Don’t Be So Sad” recalls the kings of Canadian dirty blues: McKenna-Mendelson Mainline. The true outstanding track on the album is “Rant”...slows down ZZTop’s excesses & ads a diatribe of Fe’s personal dislikes, a la Tom Petty..features one of the best catchphrases heard in a song in ages: "You're just one of Satan's Army brats"..refreshing..!”

"Carolyn Fe seduced many thousands of listeners to my radio program, The Black Cat Alley, with her song, "Indigo Heat." Rarely have I experienced such a positive, instant reaction from listeners to a song or new voice. The song drips sensuality and Ms. Fe commands the song's tension with grace and power, like one of the grandes dames of the blues. I am eager to hear what she delivers given the full scope of a full-length blues cd." Randy Renaud (CHOM FM 99.9, Montreal) Radio Host: The Black Cat Alley & The Randy Renaud Show

Randy Renaud (CHOM FM 99.9, Montreal)

“Over the years I’ve interviewed many of the blues greats from Lucky Peterson to Bonnie Raitt and BB King to James Cotton, and seen so many of the legendary old-timers perform live: Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bobby Bland, Big Mama Thornton, this list goes on. And lemme tell you, Carolyn Fe is the real deal. Her song The Curse is one of the nastiest blues songs ever written.... ”

“12 pièces originales..Carolyn signe tous les textes. À la 1ère ORIGINAL SIN, le band pulvérise le déjà entendu avec une nouvelle approche..De couleur acoustique..jusqu’à l’implosion électrique & sans compromis..cette pièce symbolise parfaitement le chemin parcouru de cette auteure. BABY BYE BYE..du Rock&Roll avec Carolyn qui pousse sur l’accélérateur & ses musiciens qui lui donnent la réplique. Une des plus remarquables pièces de cet opus,YOU & ME & THE BLUES, 6 minutes de blues torride, un amalgame de voix sensuelle, de guitare quasi érotique & un solo d’orgue B3, instrument presque essentiel à cet univers de blues. SOME MORE..dans la veine des Bonamassa..élargi encore plus ce produit à d’autre facette..Carolyne Fe (s'est) bien amusée à produire ORIGINAL SIN. Elle croque dans la vie tout comme dans la pomme de la pochette aux allures de la nouvelle mode vampire..Cet opus commande la réécoute afin d’y remarquer d’avantage toutes les subtilités & l’”

“..des (compos) orientées en direction de la face la plus sombre du blues..mais également un retour vers les racines..que Carolyn Fe..choisi de faire en retrouvant les sonorités roots & sales du delta & en les remettant au goût du jour avec des arrangements intelligemment trouvés. Rompue à l’exercice de la scène, Carolyn a adopté le ton le plus juste pour que son album sonne de façon brute & spontanée, s’attachant à chaque instant à mettre un max de force dans son chant mais (sans) de laisser à ses complices le soin de s’exprimer..un sens particulier du jeu collectif conduiront l’auditeur à succomber instantanément à des morceaux comme «Broken String»«You & Me & The Blues»«Rant»ou«Bow Wow» qui,.., contribuent à faire de cet «Original Sin» un très grand moment de blues capable de convaincre un public très large grâce à une voix chaude et racée..une pointe d’inventivité pour l’adapter à sa propre personnalité..Carolyn est à n’en point dout”

“Carolyn Fe is a Montreal-based blues singer who performs with all the heart and soul of this deep-rooted musical form. Drawing from the past with a modern, bold and sensual style, Carolyn's powerful vocals match the intensity of her well-crafted lyrics. Graeme McDonald, CJIM, Montreal's Real Rock Station ”

Graeme McDonald, CJIM, Montreal's Real Rock Station

“Carolyn is a true blues artist like they used to be….she is completely dedicated to the blues and her career. That is been reflected in her music. 100% Carolyn pure blues artists! Yves Trottier, Program Director 101.9 DAWG FM (Ottawa) ”

Yves Trottier, Program Director 101.9 DAWG FM

“The multi-talented Carolyn Fe – professional dancer, actor, director and choreographer – is also a musician, singer and songwriter who loves to push the envelope. An innovator who has been influenced by a wide range of musical styles, all tempered by the blues, the artist recently released an impressive EP called 100%. Look out – with the launch of her follow-up album, Carolyn Fe just might turn out to be Canada’s “next big thing”! Brant Zwicker, Station Manager: CFBX 92.5 FM (British Columbia, Canada)& Host of Syndicated Radio show: At The Crossroads Blues Radio ”

Brant Zwicker, CFBX 92.5 FM (British Columbia, Canada)& Host: At the Crossroads

“Hosting my radio show for the 11th year, I’m always looking for the best new artists that can surprise me and give me once again the pleasure of doing this job for the blues fans around. One day, I received a 4 songs CD from this lady and that was it! Carolyn Fe is among the blues women that we are looking for…Keep both of your eyes on her! Michel Rochette, 10,000 Blues Show Quebec City’s spirit of the blues CKIA-FM 88,3 ”

Michel Rochette, 10000 Blues Show Quebec City's Spirit of the Blues CKIA-FM 88,3

“Sometimes you come across a hyphenate and you think “Jack of All Trades, master of none.” This is definitely not the case with Carolyn Fe. She is a talented, multilingual singer-writer-director-actress-social activist (count the hyphens) and she does them all well! Whatever she touches spells “success!” Peter Anthony Holder Host: The Stuph File Program Global TV News Anchor, Montreal Former CJAD Radio Host, “Holder Tonight” ”

Peter Anthony Holder, Host: The Stuph File Program & Global TV News Anchor

“J’aimerais par la présente souligner le merveilleux talent de Carolyn Fe qui depuis plus d’un an charme avec sa magnifique voix l’auditoire de l’émission Montréal en blues. Son parcours artistique et professionnel est impressionnant et mérite une attention toute particulière de la part des différents intervenants culturels de l’industrie du disque et du spectacle. Je lui souhaite le plus grand succès dans sa carrière et la recommande sans hésitation pour toutes formes d’aides pouvant lui permettre de poursuivre son cheminement artistique. Régent Martin: Animateur de l’émission Montréal en blues.Radio-Montréal CIBL 101.5 FM ”

Régent Martin: Radio-Montréal CIBL 101.5 FM

“Let me say how much I love how the lyrics and musical arrangements are used to convey with subtlety and class, a clear message of raw emotion and sensuality that only a woman can experience. "The curse" really caught my attention due to its blatant and obvious anger. It's like the theme song for anyone who has been scorned by love. Well done! "Mocha Cream Pie" is self explanatory, and "Indigo Heat" has me all fired up! I can’t wait to see what Carolyn will come up with next. I can guarantee it won’t be disappointing! Darragh Hemmings, The Double D Show www.mohawk-radio.com ”

Darragh Hemmings, Host: The Double D Show at mohawk-radio.com

“Carolyn Fe is one of the most vibrant and talented musician/entertainers on scene today. She have proven without a doubt her music is relevant and timeless. Certainly a person you must see “LIVE” and on your iPod. Hiio Kirby, Radio Morning Show Host Www.Mohawk-Radio.com ”

Hiio Kirby, Radio Morning Show Host, Mohawk-Radio.com

“Chanteuse Énérgique! ”

Dan Berhman, Former Host of CBC Radio Espace Musique

““You guys are different, the music and the lyrics make people feel the thrill, you bring us back to our memories as if it was just yesterday. When I listen to you, It’s easy to let go of today’s troubles and just enjoy the moment!””

–Luisa (Carolyn Fe Blues Band Fan)

"Il y a quelques jours que mes amis m’avaient suggéré d'acheter le CD de Carolyn Fe, chanteuse de blues Montréalaise… introduit via Black Cat Alley, …. Merci beaucoup de l’avoir introduit cette dame avec une voix onctueuse."- Mélanie

97.7 CHOM FM's Black Cat Alley listener

"I saw this lady play live a couple of months ago doing an acoustic gig at a small bar on Bishop Street. She has quite a stage presence and pipes to back it up. It's a pleasant surprise to hear her on air. Please keep playing her songs.Long Live CHOM's Black Cat Alley!" - Max

97.7 CHOM FM's Black Cat Alley listener

"I checked CHOM's website and playlist. Indigo Heat, by Carolyn Fe is an amazing song. This lady has a haunting voice. I hope you play more of her songs in your upcoming shows." - Alison

97.7 CHOM FM's Black Cat Alley listener
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