Sweet blues diva Candye Kane to stop in Ann ArborWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On “Super Hero,” the title track from her new disc, Candye Kane belts out the opening line: “I’ve always been a fighter when bad times come around.”
She ain’t kidding.
The singer-songwriter survived growing up with a mom who taught her how to shoplift. She escaped an abusive boyfriend. And last year she had surgery for pancreatic cancer; the Whipple procedure removed part of her stomach and bile duct, gall bladder and a segment of the small intestine.
“I had 150 stitches and I was very weak and I could hardly talk, much less sing,” she said during a phone interview from her Oceanside, Calif., home. “The only thing I could do was strum my guitar, and I felt like maybe the vibration from the guitar would be healing on my incision. ‘Super Hero’ was the first song I wrote when I was healing from that surgery.
“I didn’t want ‘Super Hero’ to be a song just about the healing or surgery or the super hero capacity of the body; I wanted it to be a song that shows how women are superheroes anyway in our life. There’s a line about ‘You can always count on me/ Save your kitten from a tree/ Do it all and still have time to make dinner/ I’m a super hero.’ Because I feel like yes, men believe they’re the stronger ones and, physically, most men are. Emotionally, women are the real torchbearers and foundations of the world.”
The blues singer with the big voice The Washington Post described as “a natural wonder like the Grand Canyon” will show off her powerful pipes when she stops at The Ark in Ann Arbor for a 7:30 p.m. show June 7. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“I truly believe that me getting up on the bandstand singing ‘Toughest Girl Alive’ or ‘Super Hero’ sinks in. I sing it and it sinks into my psyche and it sinks into the audience, too. Words are so powerful, and I feel that so I use it to heal myself,” Kane said. “I have this gift of being able to sing and communicate what I’ve been through to others, and hopefully it can heal them and help them when they have struggles.”
A single mom at 17, Kane was a country singer in the 1980s.
“I sang hillbilly music in punk rock Hollywood for years and years. In those days, being an adult entertainer who also sang hillbilly music was pretty radical,” she said. “When many of my stripping sisters were dancing to Donna Summer’s ‘Love to Love to You Baby’ or ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye, I was stripping to old-timey blues like Joe Liggins or Lucille Bogan. Once I started discovering blues, it really spoke to me.”
She hopes her days of yore don’t stop anyone from coming to the concert.
“I think people stay away sometimes; they’re afraid, they look on the Internet and they hear things about me, that I was an adult entertainer, and they misunderstand what the show’s about,” Kane said. “The show is really empowering … Everybody has that strength inside them, the strength to overcome whatever dirty hand we’ve been dealt by fate … We alone have that power to change our lives, and that’s what I want people to come away with from my show.”
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