Bruso's own Chicago-blues pedigree also well matches the backgrounds of the masters. Mississippi-born and -bred, and steeped in both church and juke-joint music, Bruso hit Big Windy in 1976 and scored her first marquee gig in 1984, fronting the band of guitar-legend Jimmy Dawkins. She appeared on two of Dawkins' discs before family issues took center stage. Bruso's relaunch came with a lights-out set at the 2002 Chicago Blues Festival. Since then, there have been numerous club and festival slots and a W.C. Handy nomination. Her third solo disc, Going Back to Mississippi, displays Bruso's ability to encase her high-octane vocals in varied, sometimes unexpected surroundings in an all-original set. And fear not: The lady's main stock in trade is balls-out blues.
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