Award-winning powerhouse blues belter Cheryl Lescomhas just released her fifth recording titled 1953 on Busted Flat Records.
With an impressive career spanning some 40 years, Lescom
fronted several of her own bands before becoming a back up
singer for Ronnie Hawkins and touring with Long John Baldry.
Her career as a front-woman and bandleader truly began after
receiving some advice from one of her idols.
“I met Ann Wilson when Heart played a bar in Kitchener and told Anne how much I
wanted to front a band and sing”, says Lescom, “ She told me to
stop smoking, stop slinging beer, start taking vocal lessons and
"just do it", so I did just that”.
She has toured and performed with the likes of Jeff Healey, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason,
Downchild, Jack de Keyzer, Del Shannon, David Wilcox, Mel
Brown, Paul James, and The Detroit Women.
Well known throughout the blues and roots community as “one
of the best and biggest voices in Canada”. Her soulful road
weary, yet sweet and sophisticated vocals perfectly and
convincingly deliver the emotion, rawness and double-entendre
that blues and soul music fans enjoy.
Most of the songs on 1953 are co-written with Ray Walsh from
her long time band the Tucson Choir Boys, who also share cobilling
on the album with two songs, “Surrender” and “Places I’ve
Been” written by singer-songwriter Lynn Jackson.
Lescom’s charming matter-of-fact attitude is expressed throughout all 11
tracks on the recording. “The songs were inspired by my 62
years on this planet. Men, women and life…in my opinion”, she
says, “I’ve been at this a long time, but I'm not done yet. Don't
write me off "cuz I'm old’.”
Much like a classic car or a fine wine, the women of the blues
get better with age. From start to finish 1953 is an album that
proves that Cheryl Lescom is as classic and classy as the blues
women of the past and will further cement her reputation as a
modern voice in the genre.