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Sue Palmer, in conjunction with Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar, will stage a benefit concert on March 21, to help raise funds to cover medical expenses for international blues singer Candye Kane.

Kane has suffered a recurrence of her cancer and will undergo her latest operation at the end of April. She is in dire need of funds to pay for her medical and living expenses at this time.

Musicians featured this night will include Americana/roots singer Eve Selis, acclaimed singer/songwriter Lisa Sanders, and Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra with guest vocalist David Mosby.

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Raised in a dysfunctional, blue-collar family, Candye Kane became a teenage mother, a pinup cover girl and a punk rock, hillbilly, and blues-belting anarchist by the time she was just 21 years old. Eight CDs, six record labels, millions of international road miles, and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots music heap, creating a world-renowned reputation that has spanned two decades.

In summer 2011, she released a new album, Sister Vagabond. “I take things one day at a time and today I am feeling great and very optimistic about my new CD,” Kane says. It’s been awesome to write and co-produce again with my guitarist Laura Chavez. I am grateful for every chance I get to make music live, or in the studio. Most people are given only three months to live after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and three years later, I am still here. So any opportunity I have to create music makes me humbled and grateful.”

“People ask me why I want to work so hard and so much, since I tour 250 days a year. Everyone says I should stay home and relax after my health struggle. But music is my life and neuroendocrine cancer is a mostly manageable disease. I will continue to work as much as I can because I know life is fragile anyway. I would be fine if I died onstage doing what I love like Country Dick Montana or Johnny Guitar Watson. I’m not planning on going anytime soon, but when I do exit this plane, I hope it’s making someone else feel inspired by the powerful words in my songs.”

The Blues Foundation 33rd Blues Music Award Nominees included Kane, up for the BB King Entertainer of the year award, as well as best Contemporary Blues Female Artist. Sister Vagabond was recently nominated for a German Blues Award.

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Sue Palmer, often called the Queen of Boogie Woogie, first earned local attention while backing up Kane. They toured the world together, with Palmer also appearing on Kane’s CDs Diva La Grande and Swango. The duo co-wrote the title track on Swango, which can also be heard in the 2000 NPR documentary The Girl Next Door, profiling porn star Stacy Valentine.

For around a dozen years, Palmer fronted Tobacco Road, which won seven San Diego Music Awards from 1986 through 1994. Her own band is the Motel Swing Orchestra. Her first album, Boogie Woogie and Motel Swing, was nominated for a 2000 SDMA as "Best Blues Album" and "Best Jazz Album." Her second album, Soundtrack to a B Movie, was nominated for a 2001 SDMA as "Best Blues Album," and her third album, Live at Dizzy’s - which aired live as it happened on KSDS 88.3 - won the "Best Blues Album" SDMA in 2003. Her Motel Swing Band was nominated "Best Blues Band" at the 2006 SDMAs, and their album Sophisticated Ladies was nominated for a 2007 SDMA as "Best Blues Album."

Sophisticated Ladies also won a 2008 award for "Best Self Produced Album" at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. March 25, 2008, was proclaimed by the San Diego City Council as Sue Palmer Day.

In September 2010, her After Hours record won a San Diego Music Award as Best Blues Album. She also served as musical director for the world premiere of The Toughest Girl Alive, an autobiographical play Candye Kane wrote that opened in 2010 at the Moxie in San Diego before moving on to play NYC.

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Eve Selis used to be in the San Diego cover band Heroes, along with her friend Mattie Mills. Selis left the group in 1998 to go solo, though the band and Mills are still performing today. Selis and Mills later collaborated on a book and website, Forty Schmorty: Life Keeps Happening.

Selis says her music has been legally downloaded over two million times on the Internet due to her successful self-marketing. She's sold 35,000 CDs, her music is heard in four movies, and she has performed on CNBC, ESPN, and the BBC. She has opened for Travis Tritt, Crosby Stills and Nash, the Doobie Brothers, Joan Osborne, Heart, Dwight Yoakam, Garry Allan, Chris Isaak, and Hootie & the Blowfish.

The Selis band frequently includes "Cactus" Jim Soldi and Sharon Whyte who, along with Mark Intravaia (the Monroes) have their own band, Cactus Twang & Whyte. Soldi played with Johnny Cash for four years and Ricky Skaggs for two years. She's frequently seen around town playing with Tim Flannery and the duo Berkley Hart.

Her album Angels and Eagles was released in early 2008. She won Best Americana Or Country at the 2008 San Diego Music Awards, and Best Americana at the 2010 Awards. Married to Tom Gulotta of Reelin’ in the Years, her full-length Family Tree was released November 11, 2011. She'll embark on a UK tour in June and July 2012.

Image Lisa Sanders grew up in Philadelphia. “My earliest memories about music,” she says, “begin with my mom bringing home a hi-fi and 45 [rpm] records, mostly Motown.” After moving with her family to San Diego, she began writing commercial jingles in L.A., where she was approached to write songs for the Jacksons, though that group’s recording and touring plans never materialized.

After early open-mike performances at Java Joe’s and the Metaphor Cafe, she was signed in 1998 by MCA Records. Her debut album Isn’t Life Fine was produced by Steve Poltz.


WHAT: Benefit for Blues Singer Candye Kane, featuring Eve Selis, Lisa Sanders, Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra with guest artist David Mosby

WHEN: March 21, 2012, 7:30pm

WHERE: Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 5th & F, Downtown San Diego, valet parking across the street


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