Teeny Tucker Plays the 35th 2014 Blues Music Awards

2014 Teeny Tucker appears “live” at the 35th annual 2014 Blues Music Awards. Teeny’s stunning performance brought the audience to their feet, and was listed as a “top ten” highlight by the Memphis Blues Foundation.

Teeny's Latest CD Review of "Voodoo To Do You"

Check out the latest Teeny Tucker CD review from the very important international Blues critic Vicente Zumel. It is extremely difficult to earn the rating of "GREAT" from this "Keeping The Blues Alive" award-winning journalist.
Teeny Tucker is one of these women any man with a little bit of sensitivity and good taste could fall in love with, only after five minutes to see her, or have her close to him or listen to her, because Teeny sings with passion, delivery, energy and intensity.

She is a woman who communicates thousands of different feelings difficult to describe in just a few lines. Teeny Tucker has to be listened and enjoyed calmly. You must taste her voice and her music little by little, with a relaxed mind, tenderness and much sensuality, a sensuality that Teeny knows how to combine and give to the audiences to light on, lose the sense of realitily and relax the mind as if it were drinking a good wine.

In this new album our heroine becomes a whirlwind of unleashed force, giving the best of herself in every song with a total commitment that will put your hair stand on end. The musicians who back her perfectly know what they are doing and display all their artistic knowledge in each and every one of the ten songs included in this magnificent "Voodoo To Do You!".

CD Rating: **GREAT**

Blues Debut Music Charts

Teeny Tucker's "Voodoo To Do You" CD debut at #3 on the Blues Debut Music Charts

Roots Music Blues Chart #15 out of 50

Teeny Tucker on Doc Dalton Radio Show June 9, 2012

Teeny will be on this Saturday June 9, 2012 at 6 PM "EST" - Go to  Click on their listen live button and it will take you where you need to be to listen.

Also next Tuesday evening the show will be on our website at:  - click on the link that say's:  Current Show & Archives and it will take you to the page where her show is.




Teeny Tucker - Keep the Blues Alive

Tebo Records

11 tracks; 47:29 minutes; Suggested

Styles: Electric Blues, Soul/ Gospel

The easiest thing I ever had to do was fulfill her request and “make room for Teeny.” The bouncy, second track on her fourth CD implores, “Make Room for Teeny,” and right from the first notes in the first song I was clearing her path – no elbow to the ribs or kicks to the shin needed!

Teeny (born Regina Westbrook, only daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker) had already got her proverbial foot in the door when I caught her appearance at the 2008 Nothin’ But the Blues Festival in Bloomington IL. The time I spent with her then revealed a sincere and warm personality beyond her incredible singing voice and stage show.

Following her 2008 critically acclaimed CD, “Two Big M’s,” Teeny Tucker and her band lay down one of the best CDs of the year! “Keep The Blues Alive” features eleven entertaining and enjoyable tracks of music, and shows off another of Teeny's many talents, that of songwriter. She co-wrote eight of the eleven songs, usually with musical partner and guitar player extraordinaire Robert Hughes. With only two cover songs, the album’s originality is spread across many topics and styles reflecting her many influences.

Listeners’ tastes are as varied as the listeners themselves, but the mid-tempo track one, “Ain’t That the Blues” is as good as it gets for me. Telling the story of a blind twelve year old girl whose mother died of aids, Teeny’s somber yet soaring vocals paint a rich, poignant picture. The background vocalists (Mary Lusco-Ashley, Paula Brown, Jackie Tate) add emotionally to the texture while Hughes’ guitar equally sets the mood. This is not a happy ending story, it is unbearable – thus the title.

Another song that just instantly begged radio play (and got it first on our Friends of the Blues Radio Show) is Teeny’s (and Eric Blume’s) up tempo original “I Live Alone.” This is a dance inducing, romping shuffle that features Scott Keeler’s popping bass line and David Gastel on harp in sync with Hughes’ guitar – then each taking a killer solo. Darrell Jumper keeps everyone in time on drums.

What is better to an older man than chatting up (hitting on?) a younger woman? “Old Man Magnet” provides humor (?) as Teeny relates some past encounters: “I’m an old man magnet, and they stick to me like glue!”

Of the two covers, “Heartbreak” by Joe “Cornbread” Thomas and C. Hoyle is a strong re-work featuring exquisite Hammond B3 organ by Linda Dachtyl. The keys fill the bottom while guitar and harp pump up the rhythm. Teeny’s vocals showcase her four-octave range on both sides of a tasty organ solo. I plan to air this song this week!
The other cover is “I Got My Mojo Workin,’” and it is a natural for a “Keep the Blues Alive” album. Teeny’s version is great, but honestly, isn’t this song about to join “Mustang Sally” and “Sweet Home Chicago” on the most over-played list?

Acoustic guitar fans will enjoy the heartfelt tribute to the late Piedmont Bluesman John Cephas (titled “John Cephas”). The set closer, “Respect Me and The Blues” finds Robert Hughes as the lone accompaniment to Teeny's simple spoken/sung messages and experiences about giving her respect and her choice to sing Blues (not R&B).

Join me and “Make Room for Teeny” in your listening rotation. Once you hear her mature and sophisticated appeal, you’ll find it easy to let her in and impossible to let her go.

Reviewer James "Skyy Dobro" Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and longtime Blues Blast Magazine contributor. His weekly radio show "Friends of the Blues" can be heard Saturdays 8 pm - Midnight on WKCC 91.1 FM and at in Kankakee, IL.

Featured Article in Blues Guide Magazine"The Blues Voice" by Teeny Tucker



2010 Blues Blast Music Awards

2011 Nominee for Blues Blast Music Award-Best Female Artist (Koko Taylor Award)

Teeny Performs at the Blues Blast Music Awards (2011)



Teeny brought a trio of female back-up singers and was paired with Vincent Hayes’ pianist, Steve Doc Yankee and harp impresario Bob Corritore along with members of her road band. Teeny Tucker took the place by its tail and shook it, with a set paying tribute to the great Etta James. Wailin’ like Koko Taylor to a big fanfare she gave us “Tough Lover” and followed with an energetic “I’d Rather Go Blind.”- CBG Chicago Blues Guide-2010.

Teeny Awarded 2010 Monterey Blues Artist of The Year

Teeny Tucker Named 2010 Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year




Teeny Tucker was named "Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year" during ceremonies on Sunday, June 27, following her performance at the 25th Annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival.

The diminutive blues songstress was cited for her "leadership, achievement and general support of, and contributions to the blues and its preservation," said Lee Durley, a member of the festival's Board of Directors Executive Committee, as he presented Tucker with the award. "It is with great pride that the fabulous Teeny Tucker be awarded the 2010 Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year Award," he added. During the presentation on the main stage, a huge color portrait of Teeny Tucker was unveiled as a backdrop to the festivities. Previous honorees of the "Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year" award include Etta James, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor.

The presentation at the Monterey Fairgrounds followed Tucker's blistering set featuring many of the songs from her just-released CD, Keep the Blues Alive, which is already generating international rave reviews. Prior to her own performance, Tucker joined the Blues in the Schools Honor Band for two songs during their performance on another stage at the festival.

Begun in 1986, The Monterey Bay Blues Festival is considered one of the premier blues festivals in the country, continuing to attract and feature world-renowned blues artists as well as young budding artists. The festival has and continues to feature the likes of Billy Preston, B. B. King, The Neville Brothers, James Brown, Ruth Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Al Green and Buddy Guy, while simultaneously offering teens involved with the Blues in the Schools Program an opportunity to thrill their audiences at the same festival.

Keep the Blues Alive melds both Teeny Tucker's blues and soul music influences, and ably showcases her gospel roots, too, as evidenced in songs such as "I Wish We Could Go Back" and "Hush/Keep the Blues Alive." Many of the songs are autobiographical, as one listen to "Make Room for Teeny" and "Daughter to the Blues" will attest; and on "John Cephas," she plays special tribute to the late gospel and blues man of the song's title, whose Piedmont style continues to influence countless musicians. On that tune, as well as the album's closer, "Respect Me and the Blues," Teeny shows that she can get "down-home" with the best of the country blues artists.

Teeny Tucker was born into blues royalty: her late father was rhythm and blues singer Tommy Tucker, whose song, "Hi-Heel Sneakers," not only became a huge hit for him, but was covered by scores of other artists and continues to be a live show standard for blues and rock bands to this day. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Teeny began singing originally in her church choir and by 1994 had appeared on the stage of the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York City, where she won over the crowd with her powerful voice, earning standing ovation from the notoriously "tough" audience. During that time, she also began writing poetry and grew up performing major roles in local theatre.

Teeny Tucker is based in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently on tour in support of her new CD. For more information, visit



Soul Patrol 2010 Best Album of The Year

2010 Best Black Music Albums, Tracks & Live Shows

(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)



(Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul & Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Rap & Rock n' Roll)


 The TREME soundtrack, from the HBO TV show of the same name is near & dear to me and it designation as number one should come as no surprise.  I never watched the TV show simply because it was written by our longtime friend David Mills, who passed away shortly before the first broadcast, and I thought it would be too painful for me to watch. This outstanding album includes every single Black music style from Rap to Funk to Dixieland to Blues to Gospel and more is quite literally a Rosettas Stone” of Black music. It’s quite fitting that it should be number one. A close second is the politically incorrectly named; Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is, from an artist that most of you have never heard of, but sounds like a combination of James Brown/Ike Turner. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (feat Stephanie McKay), another artist that you have likely never heard of sounds like a combination of John Coltrane/Minnie Riperton. Teeny Tucker - "Keep The Blues Alive" sounds like a combination of Bessie Smith/Big Mama Thornton/Aretha Franklin. Jaye Q - "From My Soul" is ont just one, but really two innovative albums, with one sounding like Prince and the other sounding like Herbie Hancock. And of course even knee-gro radio station know that Calvin Richardson is probably his generations version of Sam Cooke. I’m not going to go thru them all, however if you can afford to by just 5 albums this year, you can’t go wrong by selecting 5 from this list.



 TREME Soundtrack 

  1. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is
  2. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - "Rise Above" (feat Stephanie McKay)
  3. Jimi Hendrix - West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (4 CD/ 1 DVD Collectors Box)"
  4. Stanley Clarke Band - Stanley Clarke Band
  5. SonnyBoy - "The BarFly Theory"
  6. Teeny Tucker - "Keep The Blues Alive"
  7. Jaye Q - "From My Soul"
  8. Calvin Richardson - America's Most Wanted
  9. Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
  10. Macy Gray - "The Sellout"
  11. SocialLybrium - For You + For Us + For All
  12. Pat Cooney - Cougar
  13. George Duke - Déjà vu
  14. Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society
  15. Maty Soul - The Price of Consciousness
  16. Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didn't Know
  17. Grover Washington Jr – Grover Live
  18. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way
  19. SounDoctrine - Inspire
  20. Latimore – All About The Rhythm and the Blues
  21. Will Downing - Lust, Love & Lies
  22. Lee - Naked
  23. Teena Marie - Congo Square (honorable mention)



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