With the instincts and wiles of a seasoned pro, Ann Stockdale hits all the right notes throughout a diverse mix of Americana music styles on the blues and jazz vocalist's latest CD, "Boogie Woogie Woman." Following the path that brought musically like-minded Norah Jones to stardom, Stockdale leaves no stone unturned over the course of a 10-song album that deftly shifts between piano ballads ("Here Comes My Baby"), jazz-inflected boogie tunes ("Boogie Woogie Woman"), Sonny Terry-ish country blues ("Understanding Heart"), blues-rock ("After Memphis"), traditional country ("Hank Williams"), and even zydeco blues ("Movin' On"), expertly guiding a band that knows these particular backroads of roots music as instinctually as their leader. What ultimately makes the terrific "Boogie Woogie Woman" CD shine, though, is Stockdale's finely-aged voice, an instrument tailor-made for her heartfelt explorations into America's rich musical traditions.
-Rice B and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer team
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