Joan Armatrading

 

Music Mill

Thursday, June 14, 8:30 p.m., $35

Joan Armatrading has worn many musical labels in her 35-year career. She’s wearing her latest one, blues musician, well. Her new album, Into the Blues, debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at No. 1. The record is receiving some of the best reviews in her lengthy career.

Armatrading may be known for her fabulous telling-you-a-secret voice, but her guitar chops are just as impressive. She gets a chance to show them off with this blues-tinged tour.

Armatrading is in the second month of an extensive North American tour. She is known for traveling with a world-class band, and this tour is no exception. Bassist Scott Firth, keyboardist Spencer Cozens and drummer Gary Foote will join her on stage.

Armatrading was named one of the 100 most influential women in rock in a 1999 VH-1 poll. Born in the West Indies, she moved to the U.K. when she was 7. Her remarkable career has inspired scores of female musicians. She has earned critical acclaim and countless platinum, gold and silver records, but as her proudest achievement, she recalls singing “The Messenger” to Nelson Mandela, the song she wrote for him.

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