Oh! There's good blues tonight. Rita Chiarelli, Canada's princess of the blues, has just released her first album in four long years. Her fans are elated with this new issue and with just cause.
Rita is one of the most honest songwriters on the scene and draws her songs from personal experiences. Her sincerity can be compared to Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson although they wrote in a different genre. Chiarelli's lyrics are included in the fine booklet packaged with the CD. Rita's voice is quite remarkable in that she boasts a three octave range.
The album contains eleven songs from grinding blues to the Tex-Mex flavored "Never Been Loved Before." The singer began her career in Hamilton, Ontario working with a local band named Tempest at the tender age of fifteen. During the early 1980s, she was part of the fabulous Ronnie "The Hawk" Hawkins band. Hawkins is still her greatest admirer. Now known internationally, Rita has a following in Europe, Canada and the USA. She's a very busy gal and is totally booked for the balance of this year with a number of tours. The recipient of several coveted awards in North America, Rita is often called upon to write for other singers. One tune on this CD, "Midnight In Berlin" was written for the legendary Long John Baldry. She has also shared the spotlight with Buddy Guy and Dire Straits.
"Breakfast At Midnight" is a CD that will have great crossover appeal for fans of blues and Tex-Mex. Joined by a number of noted Canadian musicians, the 1998 and 1999 winner of Maple's Female Vocalist of the Year is in good company. Listen to Colin Linden's guitar work, the harmonica of Carlos del Junco and some great keyboard fireworks by Richard Bell. The little combo showed up in the studio with no less than twenty instruments.
We hope Rita Chiarelli doesn't keep us waiting four years for the next CD. Gutsy songs by a gutsy singer who writes from the heart.