With her acoustic and electric virtuosity and mastery of styles, she uses it as a righteous instrument to uphold the music’s tradition, even as her strong, distinctive songwriting moves it forward. The native Australian’s soulful, authoritative style — brilliantly displayed on her new album Blues Woman — has earned Boyes unprecedented recognition. In each of the past three years she’s received major Blues Music Award nominations, in both contemporary and acoustic categories, that trumpet her diverse skills and consistent excellence in performance. It’s worth noting that Boyes first arrived in America to claim yet another honor: winner of the 2003 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, where she swept away the competition in yet another incarnation — solo acoustic performer.
Representing the Melbourne Blues Society, Boyes was the first woman and the first Australian to earn the title. Impressive? Pinetop Perkins offers this striking assessment: “I ain’t never heard a woman finger pick a guitar like that since Memphis Minnie.” Indeed, Boyes’ elegant ‘n’ gritty vocal style and powerful playing have also earned comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi and Rory Block. Whether playing the music of New Orleans, deep back-porch Delta blues, music patterned after the classic blues women of the 1920s, or electrified Chicago styled blues or even greasy Memphis soul or high-octane rockabilly, Fiona
Boyes is a proven international performer with striking, original talent that allows her to write, sing and play anything in the blues realm with total conviction. Highlight Performances
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