Release Date: June 17, 2014
Label: Segue Records

Vaneese Thomas is one of the great voices of our time. Part of a musical royal family that includes her father R n’ B pioneer Rufus Thomas and chart-topping sister Carla Thomas, Vaneese has brought her vocal styling to hundreds of recordings.

This new project shows another side to the versatile singer. She digs deep and taps into her southern heritage to bring forth a roots album that is authentic and true. Every track adds to the blues and soul legacy that is hers to claim. She dedicates it to her legendary father whose work will never be forgotten.

Alison Kaufman writes about Vaneese appearing with Dr. John in Elmore 

“Also appearing during the New York show was Vaneese Thomas, daughter of the legendary Sun and Stax recording star, Rufus Thomas.  I had high hopes that we might see her at Norwalk and was thrilled to find her sitting in my row as I took my seat.  Vaneese’s 2014 release Blues for my Father is a loving tribute and a fine recording that would shine even without her famous lineage.”

“The good times kept rolling through the 2 hour plus show with some tunes from the band’s tribute to Louis Armstrong, Ske-Dat-De-Dat.  Vaneese Thomas took the stage and sang Shemeika Copeland’s part on “Sweet Hunk O’Trash” then knocked “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” out of the park.”

Nominated for BEST SOUL FEMAL ARTIST and BEST SOUL BLUES ALBUM at the 2015  Blues Awards in Memphis, TN (May 7, 2015)

“When My Baby Gets Home”  – Top 40 for 2014 on Inside The Blues with James Doran

“Blues For My Father” #1 on French Blues Radio for month of September

“I have been reviewing discs from this year and have paid really close attention to “Blues For My Father”, and I have to say, it is truly one of the very best recordings of this year in my opinion.  Incredibly well performed, great musicians, strong vocals and wonderful songwriting.  That’s all anyone can ask from a record.  I am particularly taken with “Corner of Heartache and Pain”.  Absolutely terrific tune!  I love the way the tension builds and it has that ominous feeling that only the best blues songs have.  Really well done!”

– Brett Fleming  WEVL FM 89.9 Memphis, TN

“Not a betting man, but I’ll wager Blues For My Father winds up in the award noms this year.  One of the best recordings I’ve heard in a while. It lacks nothing……..”
– Dave Gallaher, WLRH, Huntsville, AL

“I’m so all in on this CD! This is the best f’ing CD I’ve heard in months!!! A ton of Memphis soul, some lowdown funk, great tunes and grooves, and a voice that is just killin’ me! Not like some of these half-baked, poser, would-be “blues mamas.”

I loved your daddy for decades. Damn if he didn’t leave us a daughter who knows what it’s all about! Thank you so much for making such a brilliant, heartfelt recording.

– Jef Jaisun   2007 Recipient-Keeping The Blues Alive

“Rufus Thomas’ other daughter is loaded with soul and blues as well.  Tossing a smoking dose of Nawlins in the Memphis soul stew, this is a sure footed  soul/blues romp from a gal that knows what she wants, how to get it and won’t hold back if she doesn’t have to.  If you hear her in a club, this is music to make you drink up—-in a good way.  Smoking throughout.”
– Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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