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Lou Ann Barton

Although she doesn't tour nearly as much as she probably could, Austin-based vocalist Lou Ann Barton is one of the finest purveyors of raw, unadulterated roadhouse blues from the female gender that you'll ever hear. Like Delbert McClinton, she can belt out a lyric so that she can be heard over a two-guitar band with horns. Born February 17, 1954, in Fort Worth, she's a veteran of thousands of dancehall and club shows all over Texas. Barton moved to Austin in the 1970s and later performed with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

Although she has a few great recordings out, notably Old Enough (1982, Asylum Records), produced by Jerry Wexler and Glenn Frey, Barton has to be seen live to be fully appreciated. She belts out her lyrics in a twangy voice so full of Texas that you can smell the barbecue sauce. She swaggers confidently about the stage, casually tossing her cigarette to the floor as the band kicks in on its first number. The grace, poise, and confidence she projects on-stage is part of a long tradition for women blues singers. The blues world still needs more good female blues singers like Barton, to help to broaden the appeal of the music to diverse audiences and to further its evolution.

Barton has a pair of excellent albums out on the Austin-based Antone's Records, Read My Lips (1989) and her cooperative effort with fellow Texas blues women Marcia Ball and Angela Strehli, Dreams Come True (1990). Old Enough was reissued on compact disc in 1992 on the Antone's label. Her recordings at the turn of the millennium included Thunderbroad (1999, Blues Factory) and Someday (2002, Catfish), and she has also subsequently guested on albums like Omar Kent Dykes' Big Town Playboy (Ruf Records, 2009). Here's hoping that this premier interpreter of Texas roadhouse blues will be well recorded in the years ahead. ~ Richard Skelly
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Antone's Women: Bringing You The Best In Blues

3. Bigtown Playboy

4. Neighbor, Neighbor

5. Down South In New Orleans

6. You'll Lose A Good Thing

7. I'm A Good Woman

8. Queen Bee

9. But I Forgive You

10. Cuban Getaway

11. Twelve Bar Blues

12. Richest One

13. Wrappin' Up Our Love

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Track List: Antone's- Bringing You The Best In Blues

1. Look On Yonder's Wall

2. Double Trouble

3. Midnight Clothes

4. Havin' Fun

6. It Hurts Me Too

7. It Ain't Right

8. I Don't Believe

9. What's Your Name

10. Sugar Coated Love

11. Mean Mean Man

12. Two Steps From The Blues

13. If It's All Night, It's All Right

14. Fool In Love

15. Way Down South

16. Chicago Bound

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Track List: Gulf Coast Beach Blast

1. I Can See Clearly Now

2. Hey

3. Let It Bleed

4. Fool In Love

5. What's Your Name

6. Hey Do Right

8. Soul Deep

9. Sugar Coated Love

10. Cuban Getaway

11. Wang Dang Doodle

12. Hey Little Girl

13. Ya Ya

15. Ding Dong Clock

16. Goodnight My Love

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Track List: Solos, Sessions And Encores

2. Soulful Dress

3. Don't Stop By The Creek, Son

4. Miami Strut

7. Oreo Cookie Blues

8. On The Run

9. Albert's Shuffle

10. Change It

11. You Can Have My Husband

14. Let's Dance

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I hate spell check. That's SRV s band.
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Lou Ann was an integral part of one of ARCs early bands...
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wt.katherine
lou ann is so much better than many who are thought of as her peers. love her
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wt.katherine
lou ann is so much better than many who are thought of as her peers. love her
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Lou Ann is the REAL Thang!
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dougmarquis6
She's cool. She worked at same co. (Oncor comunication s ) back in
92-93. She sang at Christmas Party and blew us away. Last seen (by me anyway) at Allen blues fest 12' with Jimmy Vaughan. Great show.
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The sound is ssooo life
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Like so many, the disease of addiction ruined her chances for a great career. Is she in recovery now?
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bookwren
this says, "Gotta dance with my sweetie!"
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creativspiri t 1
likin' it!
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davegalusha
Can it get any better? Do not think so!
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walter.comis i a k
Love her. Great Honky Tonk Blues.
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chrysalis124 8 1
driving sond

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