Big Time Sarah


Born Sarah Streeter in Mississippi, she came to Chicago with her family in 1960 and began singing in church. By her early teens she had fallen for the blues. Sarah's earliest experience singing in Chicago blues clubs came with influential electric Chicago blues band The Aces, Magic Slim and Buddy Guy also encouraged her by giving her stage time. In the late 70's Sarah toured with famed jazz and blues pianist Sunnyland Slim and then pianist Erwin Helfer, through most of her performing was done in Chicago blues clubs such as B.L.U.E.S., Kingston Mines, and Buddy Mulligan's. Since 1993 Sarah have been recording with Chicago's, Delmark Records. Streeter's debut album Lay It on 'em Girls (1993), spotlights the band Streeter formed in 1989, the BTS Express. She covers three numbers by Willie Dixon, as well as material from Bill Withers, George Gershwin and Leonard Feather, and displays both a vibrant style and versatility. Followed by Blues in the Year One-D-One (1996), and A Million of You (2001), Sarah's powerful, commanding vocal style and the arrangements of bandleader/guitarist Rico McFarland translate into a disc as exciting as one of her live performances, or as close as one can get without being there. Also with John Hill, Roosevelt Purifoy, Bill Hargrove, and Curfew Scott. Highlights include the traditional Train I Ride, and standards like Red Dress and The Sky Is Crying, all with fine solos from her band, and near perfect singing from Sarah: modern electric blues at its ...

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