Sass Jordan rocks the blues on new album Rebel Moon Blues, available March 13, 2020
TORONTO — January 22, 2020 — Canadian JUNO and Billboard Best Female Rock Vocalist award winner Sass Jordan today announces the release of her new album, Rebel Moon Blues — available March 13, 2020 via Stony Plain Records.
With more than a million records sold worldwide, Sass Jordan delivers the eight-song album spotlighting her signature vox in a wholly-dedicated blues endeavor across seven diligently selected covers — plus one knockout original, “The Key.”
“The Blues has been there through my entire career. People have always said, ‘You’re so bluesy.’ And it’s true. My singing is blues-inflected. My songs use blues-type licks. I didn’t do any of that on purpose. It isn’t contrived. It’s just me.”
Co-produced by Sass and D#, Rebel Moon Blues serves as a watershed that charts a new course in Jordan’s musical voyage while tracing her love of the blues back to its source. All killer and no filler, the album features the inimitably raspy rock goddess jubilantly celebrating the songs, sounds and styles of everyone from old masters like Willie Dixon, Elmore James and Freddie King to younger, louder guns like Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher.
Nailing down the crate-digging set list was both a labor of love and a trip down the rabbit hole. “I wasn’t following any formula. I knew they had to be songs I loved and could really sink my teeth into,” she says.
Cut off the cuff and on the fly in just three fast-paced days, Jordan and the Champagne Hookers — her touring band of guitarists Chris Caddell and Jimmy Reid, bassist Derrick Brady and drummer Cassius Pereira, augmented by blues harp master Steve Marriner and keyboardist Jesse O’Brien — played live in the same room at the same time. “The energy is so different when you’re playing it live,” Jordan says. “It’s a different frequency, a different vibe. It’s very joyous. You can hear a lot of us laughing on there. I love that kind of thing.
“It’s like you’re right there with us. We’re there, we’re live, and we’re having a blast, baby!”
And no changing the lyrics either. “To me, what makes these songs fresh, besides our energy, is that it’s a female doing traditionally male stuff. And I sing the lyrics the way it was written… If the singer’s singing about, ‘My girl,’ I sing, ‘My girl.’ That’s what puts the icing on the cake. I like approaching the songs the way they were written. I find that not messing with the original gender is particularly relevant in today’s climate. It’s great that we can get away with doing that now.”
A pioneer of powerful, gritty female-fronted rock, Jordan has worked alongside fellow greats like Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Van Halen, among many more. She is currently on an International 30-date tour — including Tel Aviv, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Canadian stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto — with A Bowie Celebration, the critically acclaimed, one-of-a-kind roving tribute to the late legend, featuring a distinct alumni of former bandmates. Dates are below.
Born in Birmingham, U.K and raised in Montreal, she launched her solo career with the single “Tell Somebody” from her 1988 debut of the same name, garnering national acclaim and a JUNO Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. Throughout her career, she’s earned three more nominations for Best Female Vocalist thanks to albums like Racine (1992), Rats (1994), Present (1997), Hot Gossip (2000), Get What You Give (2006), From Dusk Til Dawn (2009) and her side project S.U.N.’s album, Something Unto Nothing (2011) — along with singles like “Make You A Believer,” “You Don’t Have to Remind Me,” “Sun’s Gonna Rise” and 1992’s “Trust in Me,” a duet with Joe Cocker from the record-selling Bodyguard soundtrack.
Jordan starred in the off-Broadway Janis Joplin show, Love Janis, performed The Vagina Monologues in Winnipeg and Toronto, guest starred on NBC’s Sisters, and of course, weighed in as the only female judge on Canadian Idol for all six seasons beginning in 2003.
In 2017, she released Racine Revisited, recreating her sophomore album with an all-star cast for its 25th anniversary. This year, Rats celebrated the same milestone with a colored-vinyl reissue.
“It’s surreal,” she acknowledges. “When you hear ‘25th anniversary,’ you’re like, ‘WTF?’ I don’t really remember the person that wrote them. I’m not that person now. But then it passes. Because it’s another day! It’s now! And I have more fun now than I’ve ever had.
“My voice is better now than it’s ever been. I can hit notes that I never could before. I feel the exact opposite of a lot of people. I feel the voice gets better with age. Hell, everything gets better with age!”
Not surprisingly, she’s less concerned with what she’s done than what’s coming next. That includes a new brand, Rebel Moon Whisky, along with her Kick Ass Sass wine. “Whisky is my spirit animal,” she laughs. “There aren’t any female singers doing a whisky line yet, that I know of. It’s a whole new thing! Besides, what goes better with blues than whisky or wine?”
And rest assured, there’s plenty more blues to come from Jordan. “I definitely want to do some more recording in this style. I loved every second of it. It all happened so easily and it just made so much sense.
“I’m not reinventing the wheel. Never have, never will… But this opens up a whole new world for me, and it’s one that I belong in and feel at home in already!”
Rebel Moon Blues is available March 13, 2020
Leaving Trunk (J. Estes)
My Babe (Willie Dixon)
Am I Wrong (Kevin Moore)
One Way Out (M. E. Sehorn /E. James / S. B. Williamson)
Palace of the King (Leon Russell / Don Nix/Duck Dunn)
The Key (S. Jordan / D. Sharp)
Too Much Alcohol (Joseph Benjamin Hutto)
Still Got The Blues (Gary Moore)
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Jan. 22, 2020 O2 Academy – Glasgow UK
Jan. 23, 2020 O2 Ritz – Manchester UK
Jan. 25, 2020 O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London UK
Jan. 26, 2020 Salle Pleyel – Paris France
Jan. 27, 2020 Casino Barriere – Toulouse France
Jan. 28, 2020 Femina – Bordeaux France
Jan. 30, 2020 Mann – Tel Aviv Israel
Jan. 31, 2020 Auditorium – Haifa Israel
Mar. 4, 2020 Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, AZ USA
Mar. 6, 2020 The Rose – Pasadena, CA USA
Mar. 7, 2020 Belly Up – San Diego, CA USA
Mar. 8, 2020 Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco, CA USA
Mar. 11, 2020 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR USA
Mar. 12, 2020 Neptune – Seattle, WA USA
Mar. 13, 2020 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC Canada
Mar. 15, 2020 Palace Theatre – Calgary, AB Canada
Mar. 17, 2020 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB Canada
Mar. 19, 2020 Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL USA
Mar. 20, 2020 Royal Oak Music Theater – Detroit, MI USA
Mar. 21, 2020 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Toronto, ON Canada
Mar. 22, 2020 Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall – Munhall, PA USA
Mar. 24, 2020 State Theater – Falls Church, VA USA
Mar. 25, 2020 Agord Theater – Cleveland, OH USA
Mar. 27, 2020 Chevalier Theater – Medford, MA USA
Mar. 28, 2020 Lebanon Opera House – Lebanon, NH USA
Mar. 29, 2020 Garde Arts Center – New London, CT USA
Mar. 31, 2020 Sony Hall – New York, NY USA
Apr. 1, 2020 Count Basie Center – Red Bank, NJ USA
Apr. 2, 2020 McCarter Theater Center – Princeton, NJ USA
Apr. 3, 2020 Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ USA
Apr. 4, 2020 Keswick Theater – Glenside, PA USA
Apr. 5, 2020 Tilles Center – Brookville, NY USA
Apr. 7, 2020 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA USA
Apr. 9, 2020 Capitol Theater – Clearwater, FL USA
Apr. 10, 2020 PR Funding Center – Lakeland, FL USA
Apr. 11, 2020 Amaturo Theater – Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
Thanks to Eric Alper for the media release.