Angela Strehli

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Angela Strehli
Angela Strehli at Antone's 31st Anniversary, Austin, Texas, July 2006.
Angela Strehli at Antone's 31st Anniversary, Austin, Texas, July 2006.
Background information
Born (1945-11-22) November 22, 1945 (age 75)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • harmonica
  • bass guitar
Years active1960s-present
Labels

Angela Strehli (born November 22, 1945) is an American electric blues singer and songwriter. She is also a Texas blues historian and impresario.[1] Despite a sporadic recording career, Strehli spends time each year performing in Europe, the US and Canada.[1]

Biography[edit]

In the early 1960s, Strehli learned the harmonica and bass guitar before becoming a vocalist.[1] In 1966 she visited Chicago, and attended concerts given by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. In her final university year, Strehli and Lewis Cowdrey formed the Fabulous Rockets. Strehli then sang as a backing vocalist for James Polk and the Brothers and assisted with Storm, which had been formed by Cowdrey and Jimmie Vaughan.[2]

In 1972, she was a founding member of Southern Feeling, along with W. C. Clark and Denny Freeman. Three years later Strehli became the stage manager and sound technician at Antone's, a nightclub in Austin, Texas. By 1986, Strehli had recorded Stranger Blues (EP) which help launch Antone's own record label.[2] Her debut album was Soul Shake (1987, Antone's Records), and she appeared on Dreams Come True, with Lou Ann Barton and Marcia Ball (1990). Her own effort Blonde and Blue (1993, Rounder Records) assisted in building the Austin, Texas blues scene, alongside nightclub owner Clifford Antone, Kim Wilson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan.[1] In 1998, Strehli released Deja Blue, and Blue Highway followed in 2005.[1]

Strehli has either recorded, toured or performed with Andy Santana, Elvin Bishop and Pinetop Perkins, and appeared at festivals including Notodden Blues Festival, Long Beach Blues Festival, Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival and the San Francisco Blues Festival. In 2003, she recorded music for the tribute album, Shout, Sister, Shout: A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Strehli continues to lead the four Blues Broads, with Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson, and Dorothy Morrison, as of 2019. The Blues Broads are based in Marin County, California. Their live November 4, 2011, performance from the Throckmorton Theatre was released as a CD + DVD recording by Delta Groove Productions in 2012.[3][4][5][6]

Angela Strehli moved to Cailfornia after 1993. She has been based in Marin County, California, for many years, as of 2019. She and her husband Bob Brown have run Rancho Nicasio, an indoor/outdoor restaurant and music venue, in Nicasio, Marin County.[5][7]

Discography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Richard Skelly. "Angela Strehli | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 25, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "The Blues Broads". The Blues Broads. 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Limnios, Michalis (July 25, 2013). "An Interview with Tracy Nelson one of the signature artist of American music and a fountain of human soul". Blues.Gr. Retrieved April 7, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "Blues Broads". Northern California Public Media. 2020. Retrieved February 13, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ poet, j. "The Blues Broads". AllMusic. Retrieved February 13, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Wenning, Elizabeth; Burke, Ken (2006). "Angela Strehli Biography". musicianguide.com. Retrieved February 13, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Bluebeat Music: Strehli Angela-Live from Rancho Nicasio [As1444] - $13.00". Bluebeatmusic.com. Retrieved February 13, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Angela Strehli | Discography". AllMusic. November 22, 1945. Retrieved January 25, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)