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PASADENA WEEKLY
Beltin’ the blues at Holly Street

by John Sollenberger
If you’re in the mood for some real sass-and-brass deep blues-belting Saturday night, you should stop by Holly Street Bar & Grill to catch Zola Moon. This lady sings the blues in an authentic way that’s won critical acclaim from scribes all over the world.
She’s been compared to Janis Joplin and Big Mama Thornton and is known for burning live performances; her recordings tell only part of the story, although it’s a good story to hear.
Moon’s latest in a long string of CD releases is “Wildcats Under My Skin” on Postmodern Music. She hits a wide range of moods, from contemporary social consciousness (“A Paycheck Away” and “Drive-By”), sultry melody (“Hot Texas Sun”) and the softer side (“Rag Doll,” “The Human Brain”) to funky, roadhouse-flavored laments (“No Laughing Matter”) and upbeat blues (“Just the Kinda Girl”).
Moon has shared the stage with some giants of the genre, received numerous awards and has played countless clubs, festivals and concerts around California and elsewhere. This show promises to be a kicker.