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Aint Nuthin But The Blues
Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
1964
 
Woman Blue
Woman Blue
1965
 
Nevada Jukebox
Nevada Jukebox
1972
 
The Big Sky Mudflaps
The Big Sky Mudflaps
1973
 
Judy Roderick and the Forbears
Judy Roderick & The Forbears
1983
 
Judy Roderick and the Forbears - WHEN IM GONE
WHEN IM GONE
2008
 
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09/09/09 One of the few outstanding white blues singers, Roderick died way too early at 49 in 1992. She and her . . . band got it just right playing straight blues, r&b, folk-country, hokum and swing era jazz, and Chuck Berry rock on a stirring Americana album first released in 1983. Dr. John and a horn section show up to add punch or sway to four of a dozen tracks. Oh, Lord, she's missed.
  - Frank John Hadley (Downbeat Magazine)
 
12/28/04 My first husband, Ronnie "B" (Burgess), played drums with Judy for a while in Boulder. I went to all the rehearsals and gigs with them, including Jamie [Kibben] on piano and Phil on bass. I was a 19 year old aspiring musician myself and Judy was very supportive of me, even letting me sing sometimes. I loved her voice and her work ethic and songwriting. I still sing "face out in the crowd" at my gigs (giving her credit, of course). She was a generous "musician's musician" and sorely missed.
  - Ginger L. , CO
 
09/17/04 Judy's is a voice best heard above the softest of arrangements. That rare, goosebumpingly beautiful voice that freezes you still and takes you somewhere so pure and true. Pamela Ryder played a benefit for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and performed Judy's "Denver to Dallas." There were about 1200 people there and [she] talked a bit about Judy being an unsung hero of the time before belting it out. I swear, conversations stopped when she wailed "takes a whole lot of love to satisfy his soul!" It was breathtaking!
  - Seamus G. Buffalo, NY (music critic)
 
03/15/04 . . . my initial reaction to her singing was where did these sort of sassy but slightly dark emotion-based vocals come from? I mean here was this skinny kind of feisty best friend pal . . . coming out with these bluesy sounds that you would expect would come from someone more grounded in heartache or deprivation.
  - Susan E. (childhood playmate)
 
06/28/03 If you have not heard the Judy Roderick Woman Blue cd, it's absolutely astounding. She was one of the first women of her generation to attempt country blues and some really kinda jazzy blues. What set Judy apart from other blues artists of the time was her sense of taste and her ability to hit the note squarely where you wanted it to be . . . and at the same time she could give you chills. Every time you heard her singing it'd bring a tear to your eye or give you chills running up and down your spine . . . because she was so tapped into something very profound. So if you guys haven't heard that album, its a great piece of work. Not only was she a magnificent singer, but as a person, she was without equal.
  - Artie Traum Bearsville, NY (musician)
 
06/14/03 A beauty, ahead of her time! I was in love with this album in the mid 60's, when I was Young & Impressionable. The LP disappeared during some move at some time in my life, and I was very excited to learn it had come out in CD recently. Judy Roderick was a student at Colorado University when she recorded this album, along with a couple of brilliant side musicians. While, 30 years later, some of the songs seem politically incorrect -- she's a "white girl" singing "Black & Blue", for example, and those old blues tunes do tend to be somewhat misogynistic in nature -- the brilliance of the late Ms. Roderick's surprisingly mature voice, and the passion of her performance makes this more than simply a musical sample of 60's coffeehouse folk; it's a real treasure and she will never be duplicated. It's hard to believe that she was only 22 or so when it was recorded, it is so simply sophisticated and moving.
  - Bonny H. , NM
 
1981 In the mid-60's, during my 15 minutes as a confirmed folkie, I went to see Phil Ochs at the Gaslight, and was mesmerized by the opening act, a singer-guitarist . . . It was Roderick and I thought she was probably the most convincing white woman blues singer since Lee Wiley; with due respect to Bonnie Raitt, no one in the intervening years has changed my mind.
  - Gary Giddins, Village Voice (music critic)
 
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Review
Downbeat Magazine
Sep, 2009
by Frank J. Hadley
 
   "One of the few outstanding white blues singers, Roderick died way too early at 49 in 1992."
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Illinois Blues
March, 2009
by Belinda Foster
 
   "Judy was truly one of the same Joplin-Dylan-esk folk-blues magnets that major labels were clamoring for in the 60's"
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Buffalo News
Jan. 2, 2009
by Randy Rodda
 
   "When I'm Gone is a clear view of an amazing artist who deserves much more recognition. It is fresh and vital."
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It's Here!
   The reissue of Judy Roderick & The Forbears with special guest Mac Rebennack (Dr. John).
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