Artist of the day: Julie Black
Julie Black's first CD, 2007's Julie Black, Call Me Angel for the Blues, was named one of the Top 5 Contemporary Blues Albums of the Year by Blues Critic Radio. Black, who is also a painter and sculptor, created the cover artwork and included a thankful acknowledgement to Solomon Burke. After sending him a copy, Burke wrote back and the two enjoyed a written correspondence before his death in 2010.
Her second effort featured 15 new originals and was released in 2009. You Just Might Win made it to the Top 10 at B.B. Kings' Bluesville on XM /Sirius and earned stellar reviews in the 20th anniversary edition of Blues Revue Magazine. And she's about halfway through recording 17 songs for the yet-to-be named third CD set for release in early 2013.
"It's nothing for me to write 10 songs a day," she said. "It's almost like I have a radio going on in my head that never stops. When I wake up, I have songs in my head. When I'm dreaming, I have songs in my head."
Black will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday at the third annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Festival, at Charles B. Krusen Field in Zephyrhills. Click here for details.
For more on Julie Black, click here for Michele Miller's full profile.