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SENA EHRHARDT BAND

LEAVE THE LIGHT ON

2011-09-15

With bands like the Butanes, The Lamont Cranston Blues Band and Davina and the Vagabonds making the twin cities a northern bright spot for the blues, soul and R &B, it should come as no surprise that Blind Pig Records found its attention focused on Minneapolis area vocalist Sena Ehrhardt who is working hard to make a splash on the national blues scene. On this, her debut recording, Ehrhardt makes a strong case that she deserves widespread attention. Joined by her father Ed Ehrhardt on guitar, Steve Hansen on bass and Tim Hasler on drums, Ehrhardt powers her way through ten original tunes that cover the gamut from the slow, moody, "Last Chance", to the funky mid-tempo rocker, "You’re the One", to the boogie infused, "Hear Me", to the upbeat West Coast blues of "On the Clock" and the aching longing of "Leave the Light On" as she leave a lover behind. With a voice that can be as powerful as rocker Pat Benatar or as playful as Candye Kane, Ehrhardt pulls you into the tales she weaves about no good men, failed relationships and lost chances. With father Ed laying down all manner of guitar histrionics, the overall feel of this disc is closer to blues rock than traditional blues but it will certainly find favor with the bulk of blues fans. Smitty

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