October 21, 2011 - KAREN LOVELY

The KAREN LOVELY BAND from Oregon kicked off the new BLUES ON THE RIDEAU season at THE COVE INN, Westport on October 21st - the first all American band to play the Series ever. And what a show! Wow - can that woman sing!

You can understand why both of her albums were #1 Picks-To-Click on XM Satellite radio's Bluesville Show and why she came in second at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2010 and received 3 American Blues Music Award nominations in 2011.

We were very lucky to get her on this short tour into eastern Canada and it was her only stop in eastern Ontario. Next stop for them was Buddy Guy's Club in Chicago!

Karen belting it out

Karen - always smiling

Leonard bending the strings. Wonderful guitar.

Here are some comments from attendees:
"Karen Lovely is bloody on FIRE!!!! We just loved her. What a voice and personality and stage presence. Bring her back!!!!!! Best band we have heard at The Cove and there have certainly been some amazing ones. The meal was perfect too. Yum yum.....$$$ well spent last night for sure. Lita Edwards, Perth (a regular - she and husband Ron attend almost every BOTR Show)

"10 out of 10 for everything with 10 being FANTASTIC!. We were very impressed with the whole package" Dave Buchanan, Ottawa (First-timer)

"An all around great experience! We'll be back!" Maureen Trotter, Kingston (First-timer)

$600 was raised for the Lucy Drysdale Memorial Scholarship Fund to help send a deserving Westport student on to college.

Young Taylor with his cool 1960's shades

Standing O

The Cove's talented Seamus Cowan on bass joined the band for a song

Karen kept the dance floor packed all night

Karen working it hard

Manager Lori Haynes with lots of Canadian dollars
from the sales of Karen's CD's

The band enjoying a well earned drink after the show

The band: Taylor Murphy (drums), Karen Lovely (vocals),
Leonard Griffie (guitar), Bob DiChiro (bass) 

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