Lou Ann Barton

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born: February 17, 1954 in Fort Worth, Texas


Lou Ann Barton was born into a truck drivers' family in Fort Worth, Texas Her earliest musical influences were Irma Thomas and Wanda Jackson. While still at school she started to perform in Texas dance halls. In the early 70's she moved to Austin, where she became a regular performer at the clubs around and especially in Antone's. That place was THE spot to be, if you wanted to hear great music: besides Lou Ann there were the likes of Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan and she took the stage with Jimmy's band The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Roomful of Blues. Later on she became the singer of a band, called Triple Threat, with guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. When she left the group in 1978, Stevie Ray also took over the vocals and the band was renamed in Double Trouble.

Her first solo album, "Old Enough" was released on the Asylum label in 1982 and became an instant success in Austin and surroundings. Her 1989 album "Read My Lips", on the Antone's label, gave her the deserved national and even international breakthrough. Allthough Lou Ann has not recorded as many albums as she should have, considering the length of her career and her talents, she is a very popular performer up to this day. Attending a concert by her is highly recommended!


Essential Lou Ann Barton album

Old Enough

- Old Enough [Asylum E1 60032, February 1982] with Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmy Johnson, Glenn Frey, Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Al Garth
- Forbidden Tones [Spindletop 107, 1986] with Jimmie Vaughan, Larry Knechtel, Jerry Marotta, David Mansfield, David Miner, Dean Parks, Richie Zito
- Read My Lips [Antone's 9, 1989] with Mel Brown, Jimmie Vaughan, Kim Wilson, Fran Christina, Tommy Shannon, David "Fathead" Newman, Denny Freeman, Rocky Morales, Reese Wynans
- Sugar Coated Love [M.I.L. Multimedia 3043, December 1998] with Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Thunderbroad [Blues Factory 47005, April 2000] with Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Someday [Catfish 228, September 2002] with Stevie Ray Vaughan

Marcia Ball / Angela Strehli / Lou Ann Barton:
- Dreams Come True [Antone's AN0014, 1990] with Doyle Bramhall, Dr. John, Sister Sarah Brown, Mel Brown, Jimmie Vaughan, David "Fathead" Newman

She appears on the following albums:
Marcia Ball - Gatorhythms [Rounder 3101, 1989]
Jimmy Vaughan - Strange Pleasure [Sony 57202, 1994]
Various Artists - Essential Women in Blues [House of Blues 1257, January 1997] 2 CD set
Various Artists - Songs of Janis Joplin: Blues Down Deep [House of Blues, April 1997]
Curtis Salgado - Soul Activated [Shanachie 9028, January 2001]
Jimmy Vaughan - Do You Get the Blues? [Artemis 751091, September 2001]

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