Jay Allen Sanford 6 p.m., April 26
RIYL: Candye Kane, Janis Joplin, Sue Palmer
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- Laura Jane MySpace page · Dec. 28, 2007
Influences: Janis Joplin, Sue Palmer, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Candye Kane, Beth Hart, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tower Of Power, the Pretenders, Nazareth, Dusty Springfield, Al Green, the Temptations, Lady Dottie, Wilson Pickett, Ella Fitzgerald
Tell Mama is the band aka for longtime blues singer Laura Jane Willcock, who belts out tunes in a rock 'n' roll style akin to Janis Joplin. She also DJs and both hosts and performs at karaoke events, and sometimes performs with boogie-woogie queen Sue Palmer, as well as singing with local bands Willcock, Z-Bopp!, and others. She says her proudest achievement has been "Singing our national anthem for the Detroit Redwings. Twice."
Willcock has also been a member of the Tighten Ups, and she debuted a new group called ThunderLux in 2015.