Karen Carroll

Karen Carroll

Talk to the Hand, Delmark DE-707

 

The best musicians transcend styles and techniques. They deliver their hearts and souls, connecting on a primal level, one on one with each and every listener. Karen Carroll is just such an artist and one of the most universal artists to come on the scene since Nina Simone. Within one line, indeed almost one word of a song, she can lay down the grit of Howlin’ Wolf stroked by the sass of Sarah Vaughan. “Talk to the Hand” features six Karen Carroll originals and a blues style, heavily influenced by gospel, all her own. Of her first album, “Had My Fun,” critics had this to say: “Karen Carroll appears poised to make her bid for blues queen of Chicago–her thundering performance should leave the competition quaking.” Stephen Sharp, Living Blues. “Karen has an instrumental quality to her vocals–a quality usually reserved to describe the world-class artistry of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.” Larry Hoffman, King Biscuit Times.

The album “Talk to the Hand” contains the following Wagadelic Music songs:

Don’t Make Me Wait
Tired of Being Mistreated
Can’t Fight the Blues
Talk to the Hand
Neked J Blues
Please Come Back Home