Trudy Lynn

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Trudy Lynn
Birth nameLee Audrey Nelms
Born (1947-08-09) August 9, 1947 (age 71)
Houston, Texas, United States
GenresElectric blues, soul blues, soul, R&B[1]
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years activeMid 1960s–present
LabelsIchiban, Ruf, Jus Blues, Isabel, Sawdust Alley, Connor Ray Music

Trudy Lynn (born August 9, 1947)[2][3] is an American electric blues and soul blues singer and songwriter, whose recorded work has been released on twelve studio albums, one live album, and four compilation albums.[4][1]

The Allmusic journalist, Alex Henderson, noted that "Lynn isn't one to hold back emotionally; like Koko Taylor and Etta James, she screams, shouts, testifies and gets her points across in a highly convincing way".[5]


She was born Lee Audrey Nelms[3] in the Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas, United States.[6]

Her professional singing career began in the mid-1960s, when she sang with the guitarist Albert Collins and then later, Clarence Green. Use of her stage name of Trudy Lynn was in place when she performed with the Rhythmaires in the late 1960s.[3] Her early work was in the rhythm and blues genre, and she once opened for Ike & Tina Turner.[1] In the 1970s, Lynn expanded her performing base from clubs in Houston, to regional work and then overseas.[3]

Lynn's recording career did not start until 1989, when Ichiban Records released the first of five albums she recorded for them. Her debut, Trudy Sings the Blues, included her cover version of "Ball 'n' Chain".[7] It reached No. 76 in the US Billboard R&B albums chart.[8] The following year, Come to Mama also peaked at No. 76 in the same chart.[8] A mixture of southern soul and blues, her early albums were produced by Buzz Amato.[1] Her 1999 release, U Don't Know What Time It Is, issued by Ruf Records, was short of double entendres in the lyrics, which had been a trademark up to that time.[9] The album included keyboards input from Lucky Peterson, with Bernard Allison on guitar.[10] Her live album, Blues Power: Trudy's Blues (2004), had guitar work by Carl Weathersby.[11]

One of her most recent outputs was I'm Still Here, released in May 2006.[12] It was recorded with the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra.[13] I'm Still Here was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2007 in the 'Best Soul Blues Album' category.[14] Lynn herself was nominated as 'Best Soul Blues Artist'.[15] In 2014, Lynn was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)' category.[16] Her album, Royal Oaks Blues Cafe, reached number one in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart in September 2014.[17]

Festival work[edit]

At the Chicago Blues Festival, one newspaper journalist described her as "enthralling", whilst in her home town at the Juneteenth Blues Festival, she was described as the 'Blues Artist of the Year.'[15] Lynn appeared at the Notodden Blues Festival in both 1999 and 2009, and with Little Milton at the San Francisco Blues Festival in 2001. In 2014, she performed at the Lucerne Blues Festival.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Record label
1989 Trudy Sings the Blues Ichiban Records
1990 Come to Mama Ichiban Records
1991 The Woman in Me Ichiban Records
1993 I'll Run Your Hurt Away Ichiban Records
1994 24 Hour Woman Ichiban Records
1999 U Don't Know What Time It Is Ruf Records
2002 Memories of You Jus Blues Records
2006 I'm Still Here Sawdust Alley Records
2013 Royal Oaks Blues Café feat. Steve Krase Connor Ray Music
2015 Everything Comes with a Price Connor Ray Music
2016 I'll Sing the Blues for You Connor Ray Music
2018 Blues Keep Knockin' Connor Ray Music


Live albums[edit]

Year Title Record label
2004 Blues Power: Trudy's Blues Isabel Records

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Record label
1995 The First Lady of Soul Ichiban Records
1996 Here Comes Trudy!: The Best of Trudy Lynn Japan only – import
1998 Retrospectives Ichiban Records
2002 American Roots: Blues Ichiban Records


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Carpenter, Bil. "Trudy Lynn – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  2. ^ "Texas Birth Index, Roll No. 1947_0009". Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Wood, Charles Roger (2003). Down in Houston: Bayou City blues (1st ed.). Austin, Texas, United States: University of Texas Press. pp. 177/9. ISBN 0-292-79159-3.
  4. ^ "Discography". Trudy Lynn. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Come to Mama – Trudy Lynn : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  6. ^ "Max C Talent – Trudy Lynn". Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  7. ^ Frantz, Niles J. "Sings the Blues – Trudy Lynn : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  8. ^ a b "Trudy Lynn – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  9. ^ Hamilton, Andrew (1999-10-19). "U Don't Know What Time It Is – Trudy Lynn : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  10. ^ "George Graham Reviews Trudy Lynn's "U Don't Know What Time It Is"". 2004-02-15. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  11. ^ "Blues Power: Trudy's Blues – Trudy Lynn : Credits". AllMusic. 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  12. ^ "I'm Still Here – Trudy Lynn : Credits". AllMusic. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  13. ^ Olivia Flores Alvarez (2006-07-27). "Trudy Lynn with the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra – - Music – Houston". Houston Press. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  14. ^ Bradley, Andy (2010). House of Hits (1st ed.). Austin, Texas, United States: University of Texas Press. p. 248. ISBN 0-292-71919-1.
  15. ^ a b "Blog Archive : Trudy Lynn: Bringing back the blues". Defender Network. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  16. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  17. ^ "Royal Oaks Blues Café – Steve Krase,Trudy Lynn – Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Trudy Lynn Discography and Music at CD Universe". Retrieved 2013-05-23.

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