“Even before Koko Taylor's passing, the number of outstanding female blues singers was alarmingly small. Things are looking up, though, due to the emergence of Karen Lovely.”
"utterly gripping...stunning musicality." Lovely’s performance was one of the most unexpected pleasures of recent memory.[Her] style begins from sources within such classic blues singers as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. And, like Janis Joplin before her, she has translated those influences into an utterly gripping contemporary style of her own. Her set, which ran non-stop for nearly two hours, was superbly supported by a band that could do no wrong.
“I think Karen Lovely is the most talented singer I have been associated with since my early days with Robert Cray.”
"One thing is for certain, Karen Lovely is the real deal. Straight off the heels of their success at the 26th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the Karen Lovely Band is turning heads wherever they perform."
“2010, 2009 WINNER Muddy Award PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - Waterfront Blues Festival”
"When 2nd Place Winner Karen Lovely belted deeply that the 'blues ain't far behind' her poise and control showed why she was one of the [2010 IBC's] top club acts."
“2009 Muddy Award BEST NEW ACT”
"Every song is a jewel to be listened to time after time. I am excited and proud to be putting these great new tracks on the station. Blues lovers will want this in their collection."
"The standout performances [International Blues Challenge] came from four female participants...of the four, only Karen Lovely made it into the finals...finishing second. The buzz on the street was that she was getting standing ovations throughout her performance at the New Daisy Theater."
"From a soft, sexy, whisper to a powerful crescendo, Karen's vocal range... is absolutely masterful. ...with a voice like this, business is going to stay good."
“...her voice cracks my heart in half.”