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Keri Leigh

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Vocalist, songwriter, record producer, journalist, and author Keri Leigh is one of these multi-talented, accomplished individuals who the blues music world can’t seem to get enough of. And the fact that she’s barely 30 years old ensures that she’ll be around, pursuing her number one passion — singing the blues — for a long time.

Her latest album, Arrival, (1995), for the Jackson, Mississippi-based Malaco Records label, isn’t with her usual backing band, the Blue Devils, but it was recorded at Muscle Shoals Studios (which Malaco owns), and Leigh and her husband acted as co-producers of the record.

Leigh moved to Austin from her native Oklahoma with her guitarist/husband Mark Lyon in 1990. Fortunately, they were welcomed (for the most part) with open arms by the Austin blues community, and certainly by Clifford Antone, owner of Antone’s blues nightclub, who booked them into his place every week for about a year. Within a year of so of her moving to Austin, she began work on her first book, Stevie Ray: Soul to Soul, (Taylor Books, Dallas), a passionate account of the ups and downs of the late guitarist’s all-too-short life. Leigh first met Vaughan when she interviewed him in 1986, and after several interviews, they became friends. In May 1990, they began work on what was to be his autobiography, but in August of that year, Vaughan was killed in a helicopter accident in Wisconsin.

Leigh’s recordings all have a Joplin-esque quality to them, and one way to describe her singing style is as a Janis Joplin for the ’90s; in fact, some critics have described her as the greatest voice to come out of Texas since Joplin.

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  • bluesmope

    It's a blues mystery: she released wonderful CDs in 1991, '93 & '95 -- then dropped completely out of sight. Any clues? Anybody?

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • philo888

    What is she up to these days? Doing the music gig or on down time???? Want to hear more!

    8 Feb 2010 Reply

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