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Friday Night

Zora Young & Little Mike And The Tornados

Elrob Records 2015

Review by David Bowling


Zora Young has been wailing the blues since her time with the Greater Harvest Baptist Church in Chicago. A fixture on the Chicago blues scene, she has shared the stage with such legends as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Albert King, and B.B. King; she has now teamed with New York City’s Little Mike And The Tornadoes for a new album titled Friday Night.

A release of seven covers and five originals by band members Little Mike Markowitz and Tony Melio; it coalesces into an album fit for any Friday night at the Blues Club of your choice.

Her unique voice channels the late Bonnie Lee with a down to earth cover of “I’m Good.” She travels back to an earlier time  for Otis and Lucille Spann’s “Country Girl.” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “44 Blues.”

Harpist Little Mike and guitarist Melio drive the sound by providing a bluesy background for Young to soar above and also step forward for some tasty solos.

Zora Young and Little Mike And The Tornados have combined to create an album of gritty blues. It is music well-worth exploring.

Rating: ***