Kaye Bohler Live
Local blues songstress celebrates new live CD release.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
March 7, 2003 was a big day for blues singer Kaye Bohler. In addition to celebrating her 40th birthday, the singer spent the evening recording her first live CD in front of a full crowd at Santa Cruz''s Moe''s Alley. While a lot of live CDs are actually the best songs from different performances, Bohler had only one night to record her live disc.
Bohler says there was a scare when, just before the performance, a piece of equipment broke. But it was fixed and the show went on.
"I was really rolling the dice to see what would be captured," Bohler says. "Once I got going, it was all about focusing on the audience."
On the CD, straightforwardly titled Live at Moe''s Alley, Bohler proves she is a versatile singer and charismatic performer backed by a tight band. Though she is clearly the focal point on the CD, throughout the album, Bohler steps back to let her musicians play. On one of her songs, "Wrong Man Blues," guitarist Bruce Ferrell takes a long solo, while on a cover of Willie Dixon''s "Flamin'' Mamie," Michael Peloquin adds some nice blues harmonica.
The highlight of the CD is an eight-minute-long version of Etta James'' "I''d Rather Go Blind." On the CD, you can clearly hear Bohler giving the song all she has. "That tune alone made the whole day worth it," she says.
Kaye Bohler celebrates the release of her new CD at Sly McFly''s, 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, Saturday at 9pm. 649-8050.