Debbie Davies: "Holdin' Court"

"This newest release for Debbie Davies is an all-instrumental disc that both pays homage to those who's tone and styles she attempted to learn from and also some of the tunes she has written. She burst into public notice as the lead guitarist with Albert Collins and the Icebreakers for several years, 1988 to 1981. She also played with John Mayall's wife in, Maggie Mayall and the Cadillac's. Since 1993 she went out and formed her own groups and has been a band leader ever since. This is a foray into her roots in some ways, as she explores the electric guitar players of the 60s who had an influence on her—Otis Rush, Kenny Burrell, Gatemouth Brown and of course Albert Collins. Many of the tunes are her own compositions but she also includes a few that reflect her background, tunes by some such as Duke Robillard and John Lee Hooker."
~ Bob Gottlieb / www.acousticmusic.com/fame

Shakura S'Aida: "Brown Sugar"
"Born in Brooklyn, raised in Switzerland, resident of Toronto, and recording in Memphis, singer Shakura S'Aida turns in her second solo album, Brown Sugar, for the German Ruf Records label. On her first CD, UMI's Blueprint, she sang blues cover songs from the 1940s and ‘50s, but here she and her guitarist, Donna Grantis, have penned nine of the 11 songs themselves. They have done so in some familiar blues styles, starting with the opening trio of 12-bar blues tunes, "Mr. Right," "Walk Out That Door," and "Gonna Tell My Baby," then going on to less hardcore variations such as the blues-rock found on "(Did It)" Break Your Heart" and the bluesy piano ballad "Angel on High."
~ www.allmusic.com