"A phenomenal vocalist who could hold her own against Aretha Franklin or Natalie Cole..." - Blues Revue


Linda Hornbuckle with No Delay
Soul Diva Meets the Blues Monsters
(Criminal Records 1994 - CD18)

Available on compact disc and cassette



"The most beautiful and powerful blues/gospel/soul voice in the Pacific Northwest, backed by the tightest and most talented band for the ultimate Double-Whammy. To be a member of her audience is to feel totally privileged This is talent that transcends all barriers and genres. Real, honest-to-goodness soulful power of a magnitude that will leave you breathless. If you love blues, soul or gospel you simply must have this tremendous debut disc. Six Stars [highest rating] for a disc that will bring joy to your soul!"
- West Coast Blues Review

"Hornbuckle is a big-voiced singer who cuts loose in the finest gospel tradition and brings a dynamic sense of drama to her material. Hornbuckle is not well known outside the Portland area, but she should be. This welcome release should bring increased exposure to a neglected artist."
- Living Blues

When the phenomenal vocalist Linda Hornbuckle teamed up in July 1992 with members of the Paul deLay Band---whose leader was then beginning his 41-month sabatical from the music world at Sheridan Federal Penitentiary---the resulting ensemble took the Pacific Northwest by storm, stunning crowds at major festivals and blues venues from Northern California to Vancouver BC, and winning a slew of regional music awards including the Portland Music Association's coveted Crystal Award for Artist of the Year.

On Hornbuckle's much-anticipated debut recording, Soul Diva Meets The Blues Monsters, on Portland's independent Criminal Records label, the group puts a compelling, modern spin on a repertoire that ranges from classic blues and gospel-tinged soul to hard-driving blues-funk.

As Portland's most sought-after back-up singer, Hornbuckle previously toured and/or recorded with Quarterflash, Nu Shooz, Dan Reed, and Gino Vanelli. On Soul Diva Meets The Blues Monsters, Hornbuckle returns to her blues and gospel roots, backed by No Delay, the Pacific Northwest's most versatile and dynamic band: Louis Pain, keyboards; Dan Fincher, saxophone; Peter Dammann, guitar; Ben Jones, bass; and Brian Foxworth, drums--musicians who have toured and/or recorded with Anita Baker, Martha Reeves, Terry Evans, Paul deLay, The Coasters, The Shirelles, and many others.

Soul Diva Meets The Blues Monsters features guest appearances by Grammy-nominated pianist Janice Scroggins, master percussionist Bobby Torres, drummer Jeff Minniewether (formerly with Curtis Salgado, Joe Louis Walker ), and an explosive horn section arranged by Louis Pain (of No Delay) and Glen Holstrom (of Lloyd Jones Struggle).

1. BABY I LOVE YOU, Ronnie Shannon
2. I CAN'T STOP, Paul deLay
3. HOUND DOG, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
5. AS LONG AS I'M MOVING, Charles E. Calhoun
7. DO I MOVE YOU, Nina Simone
8. I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN, D. Bryant, B. Miller
9. AMAZING GRACE, Traditional

To order, send $16.50 / CD, $10 / cassette, postage paid (add $2 for foreign orders):

Criminal Records
PO Box 25542-E
Portland OR 97225
phone: (503) 244-5827
fax: (503) 289-2836
e-mail: damray@europa.com
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