Cyndi Lauper‘s Memphis Blues, being released worldwide on June 22nd, is her 11th studio album. Cyndi Lauper (Twitter, Facebook) has over 25 years in the music business and global record sales over 30 million, and has a legion of fans ready to hear what’s next from the ever-evolving, multi-faceted renaissance woman.
This collection features blues cover songs, putting her own special touch on each classic. Recorded in the home of the blues, Memphis, Tennessee, at Electraphonic Studios, special guest artists include the legendary Memphis blues artist, B.B. King, as well as Jonny Lang, Allen Toussaint, Ann Peebles and Charlie Musselwhite.
Even though the album kicks off with “Just Your Fool” like you just walked into a blues club in Memphis, it’s the gutso of “Shattered Dreams” that gets your attention. After hearing “Shattered Dreams” it feels like Cyndi has been singing the blues for years. “Early In The Mornin’” with BB King and Allen Toussaint is fun, and has the feel like you’re apart of a intimate musical jam among friends. “How Blue Can You Get?” features the talented blues artist Jonny Lang on guitar, “Down Don’t Bother Me” features Charlie Musselwhite who always sounds good.
“Don’t Cry No More” has more more of a jazz focus, while “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” has more soul spiritual elements mixed with some gritty blues-rock undertone. “Down So Low” has a pure gospel/blues feel, and “Mother Earth” featuring the talented Allen Toussiant on the keys once again. The final track “Crossroads” ends with soul and conviction that now is the time for Cyndi Lauper to pay tribute to the music she’s admired and give it her own flare.
Cyndi has been a long-time, outspoken activist for the gay community, including her work as the Honorary Chairperson for the True Colors Residence, the first project of its kind to provide permanent, supportive and secure home to formerly homeless LGBT youth in New York City. Cyndi is also involved with the True Colors Fund which she founded in 2008, which recently launched the Give a Damn Campaign which we recently featured. She has also been honored by many organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN and PFLAG (and Stay Close).
Cyndi has upcoming media appearances on Joy Behar on June 21st, the Howard Stern show on June 22nd, Good Morning America on June 23rd and Live with Regis and Kelly on June 24th.