100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 71: Nora Michaels Blues Chanteuse

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fifth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, once again presented by Verity Credit Union.

Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is Nora Michaels Blues Chanteuse.

About the artist: 

We recently reviewed the fantastic new album from a northwest legend, Nora Michaels Blues Chanteuse. Here’s some of what we had to say about the new release:

The set opens with the title track “Blue Lullaby,” a glorious jazz ballad that evokes the great ladies of song, written by Portland’s Chris Carlson, long time partner of blues Legend Duffy Bishop, and features the fine saxophone of Ron Baker. Award-winning northwest songwriter Michele D’Amour lent Michaels one her songs, the slow burning jazzy blues lament “Worthy.” Croatian-born classically trained folk and blues musician, Radoslav Lorković delivers tasty accordion to the cabaret rhumba “Waiting On Love,” while Michaels pays tribute to French icon Édith Piaf on the tune penned by Duffy Bishop. The smooth walking bass of David Salonen holds all the pieces of the swinging “Rest Assured,” together in a tight package. Sam Weis add Spanish guitar to the mix on the gentle tango “It’s Not Over,” as Michaels pleads with her lover on the dynamic track. The sentimental sway of “Turn the Lights Down Low,” has a Phil Spector ‘Wall of Sound,’ 60s girl group vibe. Album closer “No More Pain,” is a slice from the Nancy Sinatra playbook of saucy ladies rat pack jazz sizzle and snap.

(Check out a sample of the music below via Soundcloud and get info HERE about her CD Release Show set for December 28, 2018 at Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle.)  



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To view all of the wonderful northwest artists we have featured this year, click HERE.

A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.