89.1 Jazz
2:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Teeny Tucker: a tiny, but tremendous blues force

Teeny Tucker at the Blues Blast Awards
Credit teenytucker.com

This Tuesday was a perfect blues day on WEMU.  The cold and the clouds called for down-home story-filled music.  Our playlist this morning included local blues luminaries Johnnie Bassett and George Bedard along with Columbus Ohio’s blues emissary, Teeny Tucker.

Teeny Tucker comes honestly to the blues.  Her father Tommy Tucker was the first to have a hit with “Hi-Heel Sneakers”.  Her earliest musical experiences were in church in Dayton, Ohio but in her teens, Teeny discovered her true calling: deep, down-home blues.  Since then she has paid her dues and gained national recognition as an independent recording artist, singer and songwriter.  “Voodoo To Do You” is her fourth disc on TeBo Records.  The fourth time may be the “charm” to catapult Ms. Tucker to worldwide fame.  She tells great stories, struts her tough stuff, rocks with her band, delivers fresh covers of classics such as “I’m A Woman”, laughs at herself and croons tender blues ballads such as “Death Don’t Have No Mercy”.    Many of the songs revolve around the mystique of “voodoo” from working it on a miscreant lover to the spells cast by a new love interest.  Many CDs today are not worthy of listening from start to finish, but “Voodoo To Do You” by Teeny Tucker is one terrific tune after another