Angela Strehli, Blue Highway

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This rarely recorded blueswoman can wail with the best of them

This cornerstone of the '70s Austin scene (now transplanted to California) has recorded seldom, and what she has done rarely captures her full authority. But this sometimes-reflective 2005 set comes closest, starting with the sassy title song. Though considered a throaty wailer, when she shifts to her more nasal, plaintive voice she can bring wonderfully delicate inflections to efforts like "Hello My Lover" and "Always Love You." The closing "C.O.D.," recorded live at Carnegie Hall in 1985 with backing from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, is a delightfully trashy, thrashing stomp.