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Downbeat critic Frank John Hadley says "the new album is a gem! Vocals have true distinction, many try to reach that level, very few succeed."

"I listened to the album 3x this afternoon. [Karen Lovely's] best so far."
- Gary 'The Wagman' Wagner, host of KKJZ "Nothin' But the Blues"

FISH OUTTA WATER debuts at #13 on Billboard Blues Album chart!!!

"Lovely’s style begins from sources within such classic blues singers as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and, like Janis Joplin before her, she has translated those influences into an utterly gripping, contemporary style of her own."
- Don Heckman (former music critic NY Times, LA Times, Village Voice)

“A star in the making.” - Bill Wax



Fish Outta Water - the new album by Karen Lovely

2017 Muddy Award Winner
"Best National Recording"


"a truly exceptional album of thoughtful and moving songs" - Blues Blast

"fantastic" - Downbeat Magazine

"powerful, passionate and eclectic...blues at its finest" - Reflections in Blue 

"Establishing her soul/blues cred right away, vocalist Karen Lovely takes the occasional off-ramp into other regions just as accommodating to her confident, strong but never overplayed approach. Suitably nasty and lyrically potent r&b tracks such as “Everything Means Nothing” and the title track mesh well with the country-noir mood of “Big Black Cadillac” and the moody acoustic ballad “Hades’ Bride (There Was A Time)”. Fresh instrumental touches here and there highlight the first-rate production." - Roots Music Report

"If you follow the remarkable releases of blues and related music in recent years, one thing becomes clear: apart from a retro movement and the still booming Bluesrock, the most exciting music is actually on the border between Blues, Soul, Roots and Americana , Karen Lovely deliberately emphasizes that she does not regard herself as a traditional artist in this scene. Blues and Country meet with each other, Rootsrock and Soul." - Wasser-Prawda/Germany 

"I've never given a review like this. This CD is just incredible...the best I've heard all year."
- Smoky Mountain Blues Society 

"This highly recommended album is one of the year’s best." - Making A Scene

Downbeat Magazine Editor's Pick! read the article

#1 - Top 50 Contemporary Blues Singles (Roots Music Report)
#1 - Top 50 Albums State
(Roots Music Report)
#4 - Top 50 Contemporary Blues Albums
(Roots Music Report)
#4 - Top 50 Blues Albums
(Living Blues Chart)
#4 - Top 50 Blues Albums
(Roots Music Report)
#13 - Billboard Top 100 Blues Albums

Now available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and Bandcamp | more info

This highly anticipated album features 12 tracks of all new original contemporary Blues, Soul, and Americana.

Rick Holmstrom - guitars (Mavis Staples)
Doug Pettibone
- electric and acoustic guitar (Lucinda Williams)
Al Bonhomme
- guitar, mandolin (Dwight Yoakam)
Ben Rice
- electric guitar,dobro (IBC Winner Best Solo/Duo guitar)
Eamon Ryland -slide guitar (Mickey Avalon)
Taras Prodaniuk - bass (Elvis Costello/Lucinda Williams)
Matt Tecu - drums, congas, shaker, tambourine (Janiva Magness)
Skip Edwards Hammond organ, farfisa (CMA Winner Best Keys)
Phil Parlapiano
Hammond organ, piano (John Prine)
Sasha Smith - Wurlitzer, piano (Tom Waits/Walter Trout)
DJ Bonebrake
on marimba (X)
Alan Mark Lightner steel drums, timbale, congas, guiro (Mos Def)
Dave Ralicke
- baritone sax and cornet (Beck/The Shins)
Eric Gorfain
- violin (Christina Aguilera/Sam Phillips/Ryan Adams)
Richard Dodd
- cello (Boz Scaggs/Robert Plant/Tom Petty)
Eric Corne - background vocals, harmonica,acoustic guitar (John Mayall/Walter Trout)

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