Angela Strehli: Combining Talents with Lewis Cowdrey

Angela Strehli

Born in Lubbock Texas, Angela Strehli grew up learning how to play a mean harmonica and strum the bass guitar before she invented her style through voice. Going to Chicago in 1966, she was given the opportunity to attend concerts of some of the greatest blues men known to the genre; Howlin’Wolf, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. At the end of her final year of college, she and Lewis Cowdrey combined talents to bring together the bluesy sounds of the Fabulous Rockets.

The next step along her musical journey was to co-found Southern Feeling, with W.C. Clark and Denny Freeman. After three years, Strehli grew to love sound and became the sound technician at one of Austin’s nightclubs, Antone. During this time, she recorded Stranger Blues, which also assisted her in starting her own record label. The debut album out of her record label was Soul Shake.

In the blues scene in Texas, she has played with the elite such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan and Kim Wilson. Her style was coming out and people were loving it. She continued on her journey by releasing Deja Blue in 1998 and again in 2005 with the release of Blue Highway.

Appearing at festivals, Angela Strehli has taken them all by storm. She shared her beautiful raspy vocals with festival attendees at the Notodden Blues Festival, Long Beach Blues Festival, Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival and the San Francisco Blues Festival. In 2003, Strehli recorded music for a tribute album for Rosetta Tharpe entitled Shout, Sister, Shout. The work she did in San Francisco on the festival and the album created a home for Strehli and now she resides there.

Even though Angela Strehli has had a somewhat sporadic recording career, she can still be located holding performances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.



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