Jo Ann Kelly, was one of the few women who have managed to make some headway in the male-dominated world of blues music. Indeed, were she not tragically taken from us with a brain tumour in 1990 at the tender age of 46, there is little doubt that she would easily have developed into the kind of artist who accords the kind of admiration that Bonnie Raitt does in America.
Key To The Highway highlights what are deemed Kelly’s best years, this release echoes Kelly’s favoured style of a more acoustic, Delta-style blues, preferring to utilise her huge voice, rather than have a loud backing band behind her. Levee Camp Holler showcases Kelly’s voice, whilst I Can’t Be Satisfied shows what a fine slide player Kelly was. Then again, her takes on Hank Williams You Win Again , Marvin Gaye’s Can I Get A Witness and Rufus Thomas Walking The Dog show that she was never afraid to take on something outside of the traditional blues arena. Most everything here was from before 1974, and six cuts that date from 1975 and there’s also an interview with Kelly from 1988 as well.
Keep Your Hand Out Of My Pocket / No Chance With You / You Win Again / I've Been Scorned / Can I Get A Witness / Rolling Log Blues / Louisiana Blue / I Can't Be Satisfied / Levee Camp Holler / Two Nineteen Blues / Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor / Key To The Highway / You Gotta Move / Black Rat Swing / Baby What You Want Me To Do / Louisiana Blues - Version 2 / Boyfriend Blues / Catfish Blues / Walkin' The Dog / Jump Steady Daddy / Put A Record On / Guitars, Stars & Early Repertoire (Interview) / The Bridge House Days (Interview)