Wendy and DB release INTO THE BLUE HOUSE on August 19

A Chicago homestyle homage to the blues, Wendy and DB’s fifth album, Into the Little Blue House, is set for release August 22, 2022. Though rooted in blues vocabulary, Into the Little Blue House uses an up-to-date expansion to touch the soul of our time. Past and present collide for all ages thanks to the flamboyant talents of this multicultural, award-winning Chicago-based duo.

Produced by Grammy and Blues Music Award-winning producer Michael Freeman and featuring an aggregation of Chicago’s top blues musicians, including Grammy-winning drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Into the Little Blue House is a positive and refreshing take on the blues, delivered in an unmistakable Wendy and DB style. Creating the album was a labor of love for Wendy Morgan and Darryl “DB” Boggs, Chicago natives who grew up breathing the free atmosphere of jazz and singing the language of the blues.

“For Into the Little Blue House, we expanded our sonic horizons by joining forces with a group of authentic blues musicians from the Chicagoland blues community. Making music with these talented Chicago-area blues musicians and sharing their love and understanding of the blues with children and our community is an honor we will never forget,” says Darryl Boggs. “Through this album, we can expose children to authentic blues songs that have meaningful lyrics. appropriate for their age. Our music encourages children to get in touch with their feelings (more than anything, the blues is a feeling), build their own world, dance away from the blues and have fun while working!”

“Bringing women into this project meant a lot to me, because I think it’s still very difficult to be a female musician in a male-dominated field,” adds Wendy Morgan. “I had a wonderful time writing and performing with vocalist Ivy Ford and violinist Anne Harris on ‘Women of the Blues’, a song about important female blues musicians past and present. “

Every gesture in the book of blues expression is used to create a beautifully satisfying Chicago blues band experience in the album’s opening track, “Little Blue House,” whose lyrics advocate sharing and mutual respect for all. This number is grounded in the heartfelt vocals of Wendy and DB and embellished with remarkable bursts of blues harp joy and sustained intensity improvisation from Billy Branch, heir apparent to the Chicago blues harmonica throne. “Going to the City” unfolds with a beautiful and powerful backbeat from the drums of the one and only Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith. Wendy and DB are completely in charge of the energy, with their powerful vocals accompanied by “shout chorus” interjections from a group of children. The theme is one of wide-eyed wonder as travelers are embraced by the excitement of the urban bustle, heightened by effortlessly smooth guitar and piano solos from Mike Wheeler and Johnny Iguana. .

A particularly memorable climax is “Women of the Blues,” which opens with guest vocalist Ivy Ford’s gospel-style recitative calling out the names of women who have given voice to female expression in the blues. “Women of the Blues” is a catchy, up-tempo number with Ivy joining Wendy Morgan and the bold big sound of Anne Harris’ fiddle, to pay homage to female blues legends from the greats Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. to tireless singer/guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharp, Memphis Minnie, Koko Taylor, and more.

Wendy Morgan’s first love has always been singing and writing music. In 1996, while working full time and playing gigs on the weekends, Wendy released her self-written debut album of pop soul songs, Say Wen. When her son was not quite three, Wendy became a single mother, teaching voice lessons and thriving as a children’s musician/songwriter. For the past nine years, Wendy has written, recorded, performed, and toured the United States with Wendy and DB, her award-winning kindie duo. Additionally, Wendy found herself in demand as a featured singer with many Chicago area ensembles. Nationally, her voice has been heard in television commercials, she has made film cameos and has also appeared on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Darryl Boggs has been making music professionally for over 40 years, while teaching band, choir and classroom music in public and private schools in the Chicago area. In 2018, he resigned as a longtime band director at the Lindop School in Broadview, Illinois, to become a full-time musician, focusing on cabaret, orchestra, and creating and performing music. children’s music as part of the award-winning duo. , Wendy and DB. A joyous aspect of Wendy and DB’s work is their involvement in special musical projects with school bands and community choirs, fundraising and awareness for social causes and non-profit organizations. When he’s not making music himself, Darryl enjoys supporting the creative endeavors of others by attending theater and jazz concerts.

Equipped with two guitars, a ukulele and their voices, multicultural and award-winning Chicago-based children’s music duo Wendy and DB are committed to working in their community to empower BIPOC children and families. Surveying the world with infectious curiosity, they have developed a singular style that is reflected not only in their rich vocal mix, but also in catchy lyrics that emphasize inclusion, diversity, love, kindness and family values. They generously donate a portion of the album’s proceeds to non-profit organizations such as Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, Xerces Society, A Better Life for Kids, Jumpstart and No Kid Hungry. Wendy and DB are winners of Parents’ Choice Gold, NAPPA and Creative Child Awards. Previous albums include Hey Big World (2020; NAPPA Award, Mom’s Choice Award, Creative Child Album of the Year), HomeEarth (2017; NAPPA Award), It’s A Doo Da Day (2015; Parents’ Choice Gold Award, NAPPA Award) , and Pockets Seasons Rhymes & Reasons (2013).

Into the Little Blue House will be available on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby and www.wendyanddb.com. 10% of proceeds from the album will go to the Pinetop Perkins Foundation.

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