JULY 2nd, 2020 – Houston-based Evelyn Rubio’s musical road is most interesting. She was a child TV star in her native Mexico, traveled the world in musical theater companies and returned home to become a rocker before moving to America after falling in love with the blues. Most recently, she’s served as the vocalist and sax player in former B.B. King bandleader Calvin Owens’ 18-piece orchestra.
Evelyn plays blues, rock, jazz and country here in a package produced by bassist Larry Fulcher and backed by his partners in Legendary Blues Band/Taj Mahal Band and former Etta James guitarist John Sklair, Austin superstar David Grissom and others. The first dozen cuts are delivered in perfect English, the final three in her native Spanish.
A melismatic alto who delivers searing horn flourishes, Rubio’s headed for stardom. Be sure to tune in to “One More Last Time,” “Just Like a Drug,” “He Did Me Wrong But He Did Me Right,” “When You Say You’re Sorry,” “Border Town” and “What a Way to Go.”
By Marty Gunther