A true blues singer!
"Kaye Bohler is a rarity these days: a true blues singer. Like a Flower is a soulful, honest, and sometimes ballsy collection of songs.
Bohler separates herself from the typical blues artist by writing relatively introspective songs. This makes her more Bonnie Raitt than, say, Etta James. For instance, blues artists have been known to brag about physical characteristics, rather than complain about them. But Bohler opens "Wasted On You" by asking, "Are you muscles the only thing about you that's strong?" In other words, she doesn't just want somebody that fills out a shirt well; she wants a real man, inside and out. "I don't know if you're being real," she admits during the chorus of a song that replicates old soul with its honking horns, backing vocals and organ fills. " Read More...
August 18, 2009
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Bohler is a belter who stands firmly in the blues tradition and yet can turn on a dime into soul sophistication. Here she crosses musical barriers with a sure sense of pace and fluidity in 10 solid songs that she wrote about relationships. Attentive to the meaning of the words she sings, dramatic but not histrionic, this Bay Area dynamo enjoys the benefit of first-class horn and rhythm sections. Lead guitarists Danny Caron and Sammy Verela are two veterans who focus their responsive energy better then guest big shots Tommy Castro and Robben Ford." - Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat Magazine
Rootstime - Belgium
July 2011 - www.rootstime.be
The Term "Blues Diva" is beaten over our heads, yet I dare to use it here again. Kaye Bohler from the San Francisco Area is one lady who has all the qualities to claim that title. She not only possesses a tremendous power in her voice, she also has a voice full of feeling while maintaining depth and clarity.
Nashville Blues Society
March 2011 - Sheryl and Don Crow
California native Kaye Bohler has a dynamic, powerful vocal range that is perfectly suited to the classic blues, soul, and R & B that she sings on her latest CD, "Like A Flower." These ten original tracks take you back to that splendid "San Francisco Sound" of the Sixties, with splashes of Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and jazz greats Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. Throw in guest guitarists, Robben Ford and Tommy Castro, themselves no strangers to that Bay Area sound make this one fine listen!
April 2011 - Shannon Halper- Muzikreviews.com Contributor
Key Tracks- Constant State of the Blues, He Helps Me, Two Things at Once
If you are in the mood for some first-rate rhythm and blues with a touch of soul, than you are going to fall in love with Kaye Bohler. Her 4th album Like a Flower is a sure hit! She has a very soulful voice with a great rhythm and blues sound that reminds me of some of the great R&B artists such as: Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Tina Turner.
July 2011 - France - Dominique LaGarde
Kaye Bohler possesses a generous nature. This can be seen at first glance at the CD cover. As happiness never comes alone, this disc is a nice surprise; it revealed a singer with a voice clear and settled that knows how to be authoritarian or sensitive. It is sometimes thought to Etta James for the density of emotion. Blues, shuffles, funk, a bit of Philly soul, a pinch of jazz; the compositions are largely the road and give off a scent of San Francisco blues of the 1970s. The lady took care to invite Robben Ford and Tommy Castro without giving them the keys to the house and two tomcats in the six strings skillfully blend into the landscape. A flower, it cannot refuse.
Crossroads Blues Society - Illinois
June 29, 2011 - Like a Flower Reviewed by Rick Davis
Kaye Bohler has been compared to Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Tina Turner. The truth of the matter is her deep, smooth, powerful rhythm and blues vocals are like no one you have heard.
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"I really enjoyed your music. Great voice, really soulful, lots of fun! Congratulations on a very cool recording."
- Robben Ford
"Sizzling new R&B CD, "Like A Flower"…Beautifully crafted original songs reflect her life experiences."
- Paul Freeman, Daily News Palo Alto CA
"Kaye Bohler is a rarity these days: a true blues singer. Like a Flower is a soulful, honest, and sometimes ballsy collection of songs. … Bohler is to the blues what Carol King was (and is) to singer-songwriters: an introspective songwriter with a gutsy, impossible to ignore voice."
- Dan MacIntosch, Reviewyou.com
"In a voice coated with whiskey and honey, Kaye Bohler sings the blues layered with a little bit of funk, R&B, Jazz and San Francisco's psychedelic sound. …with lyrical honesty, a trained voice and accomplished musicians on her latest CD, Like a Flower."
-Stacey Vreeken, Santa Cruz Sentinel
" Few performers can belt out the blues like Kaye Bohler..."
- Glenn Starkey, New Times San Luis Obispo
"Curly-haired live-wire Kaye Bohler is about as shy when describing her style as she is on stage at Gigs in the Bay Area or the Monterey Blues Festival. "I'm a straight-ahead, hard hittin' Tina Turner-type blues singer," She says, "and in-your-face interactive raw performer. "Tonight, she energizes Sly's with originals like; "Wrong Man Blues," and "Waiting for my time to come and adds blues classics like Etta James' "I'd rather go blind," which she nails on her latest CD, Live at Moe's Alley."
- Monterey County Weekly
"Kaye Bohler ... Her sumptuous voice can be heard in almost any style, in almost any setting. From her powerhouse big band, to the soulful Blues Band, to her intimate trio. Kaye's style is always authentic, and will always leave you wanting more."
- Monterey Country Weekly
"Men and Music (self-release), another excellent release from Northern California, showcases singer Kaye Bohler, who has blues-approved tone and a gratifying diversity of ways to deliver a tune…. Bohler's voice holds the spotlight and keeps things cooking. Audio Dynamite."
- Blues Revue Magazine
"Men and Music, is a rich mix of blues, gospel, R& B and New Orleans-influenced sound...Bohler's voice is full of heart and power, and she uses it with the same verve and courage as the musicians in the Kaye Bohler Band."
- Nancy Redwine, Santa Cruz Sentinel
"...Janis (Joplin) with Celestial regroove and backing."
- Wendell Shinn, KKUP Radio Santa Clara
"Kaye Bohler is one big brassy broad, a soulful momma capable of belting out blues like an old time Delta Diva."
- Glenn Starkey, Newtimes San Luis Obispo
"Not only is Kaye Bohler a dynamo on stage but she is a dynamite promoter of her shows. She has packed two of my venues, in completely different markets her first time out."
- Tom Miller, Concert Programmer (Like A Flower)