Ina Forsman is the one you've been waiting for. Maybe you've caught a glimpse of her on the blues stages of Europe, blowing out the speakers with that burnt-honey voice. Perhaps you marked her for future greatness when she represented Finland at the 2014 European Blues Challenge, or during her early guest spots with Guy Verlinde and Helge Tallqvist. Now, as this next-big-thing releases her self-titled debut album – and rocks the house on the famous Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016 – it's time for a proper introduction.
Released on Ruf Records, Ina Forsman is everything that great music used to be: real, raw, written from the heart and shot from the hip. Likewise, Ina herself is everything that great frontwomen are meant to be: enigmatic, honest, passionate and dangerous. By the time you've heard these ten self-penned songs – plus a stellar cover of Nina Simone's "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl" – you'll know her inside-out, and want to know more.
Play Ina Forsman and the first thing that hits you is the voice. That astonishing delivery is a major weapon in Ina's arsenal, and the icing on the big-band brass and soul-blues piano of these breakup and redemption songs. Tracking for the album was completed at Wire Recording in Austin, TX, where her band included Laura Chavez and Derek O'Brien (guitars), Nick Connolly (keys/organ), Russell Jackson (bass) and Tommy Taylor (drums) – plus guest harp from Helge Tallqvist and brass from The Texas Horns, led by producer/saxophonist Mark ‘Kaz' Kazanoff.
At a time when most blues albums are dominated by chugging guitar, Ina's debut truly swings, evoking a brassy soul-blues session from a bygone era, but imbued with the singer's modern attitude. With a classic debut album in her back pocket and major international touring plans afoot, many are tipping Ina Forsman as the breakthrough artist of 2016.