The Sound Cafe
Canadian Matriarch of the Blues, Vancouver's DALANNAH, Pays Tribute with New Single
By Eric Alper.
Canadian matriarch of the blues and veritable force of musical nature Dalannah Gail Bowen — known professionally as Dalannah — has just released her first piece of original music, since her 2019 album Looking Back; it’s called “Lullaby for the Missing and Murdered Women” and acts as a tribute to the many, many Indigenous women of the world who have gone missing and/or lost their lives to violence. Even before hearing the tear-jerking five-minute, 20 second-spanning single, the listener is met with the powerful image of its accompanying artwork. A collage of 60 individual Indigenous women who unfortunately went missing; never to be heard from again. Dalannah revealed she was inspired to write the song after working for the Missing and Murdered Women’s March. “I had witnessed the devastation and the impact that this experience has had on the many communities, individuals and families and women,” she said. The veteran musician continued: “It has been devastating and has heightened the witnessed injustice towards Indigenous women.” Because of the continued injustice pertaining to these wicked acts and tragedies, Dalannah said that she intended for the heartfelt song to offer some form of comfort to the families and friends of those left behind. Born of African-Canadian and Cherokee heritage, Dalannah Gail Bowen’s indisputable prowess as a prolific singer, songwriter, actress, playwright, storyteller, event producer, social activist, International Memphis Blues Awards semi-finalist and Blues Hall of Fame Master Blues Artist has secured her standing as a fixture of the blues, rock and soul music-making scene for over 40 years. Canadian Musician Magazine says she “has a truly spectacular set of pipes, and a most commanding stage presence,” before adding that Dalannah “has one of those voices that lays claim to part of your soul the first time you hear it, and never lets go. “Smoky. Earthy. Soulful. Powerful. But it’s not just the voice, it’s what she does with it. So much emotion. So much control.” Critics and colleagues across the board have long been ones to agree; an in-demand vocalist, she has performed alongside or opened for the likes of Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, as well as The Monkees and The Guess Who during her time with all-female group, The Feminine Touch.
Along with her brand-new single, Dalannah’s has released three albums: her 2007 debut, Mama’s Got the Blues, Them Menz (2012) and 2019’s Looking Back — which features the popular singles “What the Hell is That?” and “Look Ahead.” “Lullaby for the Missing and Murdered Women” is available now.