Eddie Turner has done just about everything. A guitarist since age 12, he honed his skills alongside San Francisco’s legendary Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth in the ’70s and Denver’s hard-hitting Zephyr in the ’80s, before becoming a founding member of the Otis Taylor Band and later earning a prestigious Blues Music Award nomination for his own solo career. The Denver-based guitarist, singer and bandleader has toured the world, garnering countless fans and critical acclaim in the process. Yet, Naked … In Your Face marks a first for Turner, who has never released an in-concert recording. The title tells you all you need to know: No shrinking violet of a live album, this vibrant set finds the musician at his most stylistically audacious, crossing boundaries with brazen confidence.
Recorded last August at The Blues Can in Calgary, Alberta, the album features Turner in a power-trio format. Joining him are bassist Anna Lisa Hughes, a fellow Denver resident who sings lead on several cuts including covers of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “Buried Alive in the Blues” and her own composition “Mistreated,” and drummer Kelly Kruse, an in-demand sideman in Canada who is also a member of Calgary’s Adele & the Krusers. “I still get emails saying, ‘That was one of the best bands I’ve ever seen. When are you going to tour again?'” says Turner. “I loved the way Anna Lisa’s voice and mine meshed together. The three of us threw all our influences into a pot, ending up with something that’s completely different.”
Fitting for a man who grew up outside of Chicago watching iconic blues figures such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf ply their trade – but also seeing acts like Jimi Hendrix and Cream take the music to more rock-influenced directions – Turner has developed a sound that’s informed by tradition yet daring enough to not be limited by it.
“With so many shredders and one-lick-wonders playing blues music these days, Eddie Turner stands head and shoulders above the crowd.” – Chef Jimi Patricola, Blues 411 Website & Radio