Label: Delmark Records
Bio: ZORA YOUNG Biography from ALL MUSIC GUIDE, by Linda Seida
Despite the prominent presence of celebrated blues artist Howlin' Wolf in her family tree, singer Zora Young grew up singing not blues, but gospel. Even when the Mississippi native shook off her roots at the age of seven to relocate wit... See Full BioMore Info
Blues Festival - Cow Meadow Park, Freeport, NY - August 9th & 10th
7 & 9pm :: Zora Young w/ Delta Sonics :: $10 This is a sultry, sassy sistah with no shame in her game, Zora Young sings with a bold, unhurried, honesty that seems like a confession. She is deliciously imperfect. Zora’s epic original deep blues “Toxic” always brings down the house at her many riveting live shows. She is a master at improvising lyrics and making songs all her own, as demonstrated on this soon to be classic eclectic blues CD. We think you will agree that Zora’s got it all – she’s an entertainer supreme- sassy, classy, sexy, witty, humorous, and her distinctive, soul-drenched vocals put her at the head of the class. We truly think she’s the best female blues singer in this competitive town! She is a multitalented blues singer who loves nothing more than sharing her talents on the big stage. You have never heard blues music quite like this before. Ms. Young's mellifluous voice will caress your eardrums and leave you feeling calm, serene, and at peace. By the end of the performance, you will know what true blues music is all about. Not only is she arguably the best female vocalist on the Chicago blues scene today, she's quite the rage in France too. Zora Young fronts three French bands for this album blending acoustic and electric performances in both studio and live takes. The result is a display of her versatility and mastery of not only Chicago blues, but jazz, country and gospel too. Zora Young has been nominated for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year Award in 2007, 2008 & 2010 at the National Blues Music Awards in Memphis. The Delta Sonics have been playing in Colorado since 1992, and have established themselves as one of the finest blues acts in the area with their solid musicianship and exciting live performances. Their musical stylings include Chicago Blues, West Coast Swing, New Orleans R&B, and some early Rock n' Roll. Besides averaging 120 gigs a year, the band was featured at notable regional festivals like the Mile High Blues Festival (2009), Blues From the Top (2006 & 2007) Greeley Blues Fest ( 2006 & 2009)Belvedere Blues Fest ( 2008) , Pearl St. Brews and Blues Fest (2007 & 2009) and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival Main Stage( 2009) to name a few. Al Chesis was one of the only local harmonica players to be featured at the SPAH Convention held in Denver in 2006 and also appeared on Mark Hummel's Harmonica Blowout with harp heavyweights Magic Dick, Kim Wilson, Jason Ricci, and Mark Hummel himself in Denver and Colorado Springs in October 2008. The band was featured at the 1997, 1998, and 2001 Denver Blues & Bones Festival, the Boulder/Lyons Blues Festival five times, the Yellowstone Jazz Festival, and the Westword Music Showcase in 1996 and 1997. They have opened for many nationally known blues artists, including Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Taj Mahal, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, The Radiators, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Castro, and Charlie Musselwhite. In 1999 and 2004, the band brought blues piano legend Pinetop Perkins to Colorado for two successful tours. Most recently, The Delta Sonics have also backed Steadyrollin Bob Margolin , Big Bill Morganfield, Bo Diddley (2004), and Pinetop Perkins on their recent club and festival performances in Colorado. They are a sought after back-up band for national blues artists.