photos by Ryan Muir
Etta James played three NYC shows earlier this month. Ryan stopped by to take some pictures at the last one. He and everyone I asked about the shows said something like, "girl can sing!" (and "girl can talk a lot"). On Beyonce portraying her in an upcoming movie Etta said something like, "Yeah she looks good, but can she sing?" Etta's two sons were both in her band (guitar and drums) and she played a lot of covers including Randy Newman's "You Can Leave your Hat On".A recent review of a Michigan show adds:
More pictures below.....
Etta was amazing! She had "The Roots" band with her that was an 8 member band + 2 additional musicians, very tight and included a great harmonica. (I think 2 of the musicians were Etta's sons). Anyway, Etta's voice was as rich and full as its ever been, the show was punctuated with naughty little comments, spicy moves (watch out "chair dancers"!) and juicy tidbits of her life. She received a standing ovation when she first walked onto the stage and 2-3 more throughout the show . . . Outstanding Lady!