EXCLUSIVE By ANNE CANALP
A favourite in North Cyprus for her impromptu performances, she said: "I'll get that mad, creative last- minute rush which often turns up the best writing.
"I'm doing one album of covers and one of originals, all just guitar, vocals and a 'stomp pedal', for my two years of nominations for Best Solo European Blues Artist".
Coming up is her fifth US tour, three weekson the East Coast, with more recording on the road for a live album.
A month-long tour and Echo Blues Fest in Czechoslovakia, five days in Russia and tours in Brazil and the South of France also await her.
She said: "They love me in blue-collar Detroit. I played Buddy Guy's House of Blues in Chicago last year.
"This time it will be the Trump Arena. It's tough to break into a blues state but I have the 'English twist' and a ballsy, three-piece band.
"I never do the same show twice and my drummer Alexi Gittens and bassist Nigel Ball, who I call 'the bassist equivalent of Keith Moon', are loyal and well rehearsed".
Now in demand for her vibrato vocals on Grace Slick and Janis Joplin covers, she added: "At the final event of last year's tour, in Ohio, we found out no covers were allowed, which I later discovered was due to copyright fees!
"We played over two hours of original material and the local Blues Society invited us to represent Ohio in the annual Memphis Blues Challenge. That's not bad for a three piece, UK girl fronted band!
"Barry always said, 'America is the animal. If you can break America, the world falls at your feet".
Life without Barry Everitt-Marshall, her 'husband, mentor, manager and best friend' who she recently lost to cancer was, she said, 'still about kickin' ass for Barry and I miss him every day'.
"Barry was a road dog, he understood the life, he pushed me to be the best that I could be, and we didn't just fall in love, we had the music too, it was our lives.
"We rocked, flew around the world and had a blast until the end. He was my devil's advocate too, and I am taking it forward on my own now with what he taught me.
"One day I will relaunch his House of Mercy radio legacy in his memory".
She hopes to be back in North Cyprus in September in her BMW M5 after a road trip through Italy and Spain.
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