Last week, the fine folks at Echoes in the Wind delivered an excellent post on one of my faves from way back, Lou Ann Barton. She’s a Texas blues/rock/country singer with a scorching voice.
That post featured a full vinyl rip of her seemingly-out-of-print 1982 album, “Old Enough.”
There must have been a review of “Old Enough” in Rolling Stone back then. I can’t think of any other way I would have learned about it or heard it.
Lou Ann toured with Bob Dylan last summer, but she hasn’t recorded much since “Old Enough” — just three more albums by my count.
One of those albums is something special, though.
In 1990, Lou Ann got together in Austin with singer-pianist Marcia Ball (another of my faves), singer Angela Strehli and bass player-producer Sarah Brown for “Dreams Come True,” on which they rocked, rolled and sang the blues. Everyone was great.
The liner notes quote Linda Ronstadt, having heard “Forbidden Tones,” Lou Ann’s 1986 release on the indie label Spindletop Records, as saying “this woman scares me to death.”
So here’s a cut from “Dreams Come True” that’s pure Lou Ann: A cover of Etta James’ “Good Rockin’ Daddy.”
Here’s another: “Bad Thing,” written by Sarah Brown.
Both are from “Dreams Come True” on Antone’s Records, 1990.
Listen to more Lou Ann at her MySpace page.