|Toni Lynn Washington has just received her 5th W.C. Handy Award nomination for Soul/Blues Female Artist of the Year, and we are super excited about her new CD, Been So Long. Produced by Duke Robillard, Been So Long is Toni's bluesiest album to date, and features a ton of superb old material from the likes of Bessie Smith. Of course, Toni's band is just superb - and Duke also chimes in with some nifty guitar picking!
Here's what Duke had to say about working with Toni:
"Working with Tony Lynn Washington on her latest CD "Been So Long" has been pure pleasure! Armed with great material and a studio full of expressive musicians, Toni wailed her way through rocking Blues, Soul and Jazz in a way no newcomer to the scene could even think about doing! She proves here that her presence is powerful — and lasting — as she squeezes every ounce of emotion out of each lyric with confidence and grace. Toni Lynn is simply the embodiment of all that is great about Blues, Soul and Jazz vocalizing!!!"