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FISH OUTTA WATER - Downbeat Magazine "Editor's Pick"

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

#4 - Top 50 Blues Albums, Roots Music Report


"fantastic" - Downbeat Magazine

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

"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

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DOWNBEAT selects "Ten Miles of Bad Road" as one of the Best Albums of 2016!

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DOWNBEAT Magazine give Ten Miles of Bad Road 4 stars!!

"Ten Miles Of Bad Road finds Lovely at her best. All of the material here shines with originality, and the musicianship and production are flawless. Strongly recommended."

"Ten Miles of Bad Road is, at times, a highly explorative album that unearths known emotional earth in the presence of familiar blues melodies. All fans of blues rock will enjoy this album, but for different reasons; the lyricism of some of the slower pieces will speak to the poetry and the heartache that founded the genre, and the imaginative guitar work will appeal to those who are looking for more than twelve-bar blues." - BLUES ROCK REVIEW

"Ten Miles of Bad Road, the fourth album from Portlander Karen Lovely, boasts thirteen magnificently performed original songs. Her extraordinary vocals are beautiful and lush as she delivers the blues in her own unique style. One listen to Ten Miles of Bad Road, is all it takes to
conclude that Karen Lovely is way ahead of the curve when it comes to vocal artistry and songwriting. This album is definitely one that should be heard."

"In a world where the strongest recommendation you can give an artist is apparently “sounds like…”, creativity and relevance are two things the blues genre desperately needs. From the beautiful and thoughtful “Cross the Water”, to the pleading “Save Me”, to the raucous “Frank the Spank” everything here is fresh and unique. Sounds like nothing you’ve heard before, but still sounds like blues." - BLUES E-NEWS

"Karen Lovely is a rare bird with a voice and heart born to the blues. Her new album, Ten Miles of Bad Road is a collection of blues rock magic that feels especially fresh considering its roots in the past. Across the entire album, Karen’s vocals sound effortless, making this album infinitely listenable." -

"This is uptown, feel-good, cosmopolitan soul music" -

"Ten Miles of Bad Road combines elements of blues, soul, and perhaps even a touch of country and gospel.  The result is a disc that is utterly incredible." -

"fantastic blues singer...draws from the classic sounds of Ma Rainey and combines it with the power and punch of Janis Joplin to create a sound as unique as she is...blues, deep and dark..vocals sparkling with the depth of a perfect sapphire" -


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"Lovely is a first class vocalist." Art Tipaldi, BLUES REVUE

"Lovely’s performance...was one of the most unexpected pleasures of recent memory.  Oregon-based, she arrived with little advance notice, backed by a four piece band that interacted with almost symabouttic musical togetherness, enthusiastically riding the surging crests of her passionate interpretations of the blues. 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. Her set, which ran non-stop for nearly two hours, was superbly supported by a band that could do no wrong."
- Don Heckman INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MUSIC, music critic LA Times, NY Times
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"In a seemingly endless cycle of average Blues CDs, Lovely's new album is the brightest spot on the horizon and a good bet to make many a top Blues album list this year. "Still the Rain" is a magnificent album!" - BluesWax Magazine

"the most talented singer I have been associated with since my early days with Robert Cray."- Dennis Walker, Producer, 3x Grammy Winner

Music Review - Still the Rain, Josh Hathaway

KAREN LOVELY and STILL THE RAIN nominated for 3 Blues Music Awards!!!


"Karen Lovely Band at the International Blues Challenge" - BUKO Magazine

International Blues Challenge Press:
Oregon Music News
Oregon Music News Interview w/ Karen Lovely
Blues Blast Magazine

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