A good many new-breed blues-burners reserve the right to venture beyond the 12-bar limit. Alongside Nanji's blues-bound journeys are soulful ballads that trek across emotional badlands, sounding distinctly solitary in spirit -- even with sister and drummer Wanbidi's vocal harmonies. They conjure a realm more dusky and primal than that of your average Americana. This lone-wolf persona also serves Nanji well with the blues, energizing that well-traveled path with a decidedly ethnic soulfulness.
Currently a trio, with brother on bass, the South Dakota band's first disc caught the attention of Indigo Girl Amy Ray, landing it a slot on the Honor the Earth benefit CD. The band rubbed shoulders with numerous guitar greats as a member of the 1998 B.B. King Blues Tour. Its current EP, Long Way Home, is its seventh release and is just long enough to make you want more.
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