When: Fri., Jan. 15, 8 & 10 p.m. 2010
Surviving extreme circumstances has been a constant theme for Candye Kane. Past lives have found her going from being an integral part of early-Eighties SoCal cow-punk scene alongside the likes of Los Lobos, the Blasters, and Dwight Yoakam to being a former sex worker and currently, a bawdy blues belter in the tradition of Ruth Brown and Bessie Smith. Kane's latest challenge was beating a pancreatic cancer diagnosis back in 2008. Following a surgical procedure and two CT scans, she's been declared cancer-free, inspiring her to cut and record last year's Superhero. The resulting fifteen songs are a blast of bluesy positivity that not only references her most recent fight, but contains plenty of saucy double entendres like the clever shuffle "I Like 'Em Stacked Like That." Kane will be pounding the '88s at Biscuits & Blues (401 Mason St., San Francisco) on Friday, Jan. 15. 8 & 10 p.m., $20.BiscuitsandBlues.
Dave Gil de Rubio