I love hearing about the next big thing in music. And when I say music, I mean true, bonafide, raw talent. I still count myself as an original Esperanza Spalding fan, I will give her props forever because that woman is badass musician.

What a delight it was to find this musical gem in my inbox: blues guitarist TJ Evans. Think of her as a Meshell Ndegeocello for 2011. Reads her bio:

You may not yet know her name, but TJ Evans is no stranger to music. Her musical heritage includes great uncle Peter Bocage, one of the great trumpeters of New Orleans history, and piano giant Eddie Bo. TJ’s grandmother was an opening act for Ray Charles, and
her mother spent years touring as a vocalist with George Clinton’s Brides of Funkenstein.

This sister credits Patti LaBelle and Metallica among her influences, and you can tell by the music. I just listened to Paradiso, and the essence of blues seeps through the track, with confident guitar licks that speak a soulful truth. TJ will be making a special appearance onstage with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at BB King’s in NYC on May 31 to announce the release of her new singles. Find out more about TJ Evans here.

Download- Paradiso by TJ Evans