to November 2011 Show
"Any Woman's Blues"
(Various Artists, prison concert, 1976)
songs: "A Change," and "I'm On My Way"
Click for more on this historic album
I can't use the title "Lesbian Concentrate," without using
the phrase "landmark album,"
which certaily fits, as it's a very Out and Political album, done in
1977 in "response" to the
Bible-Bigot antics of Anita Bryant. It featured the cream of the new
Olivia Records label,
and included Gwen Avery's signature song "Sugar Mama," which
was also released on
a 45 rpm record (with Teresa Trull on the flip side). Gwen also contributed
to Linda Tillery's song "Don't Pray for Me."
from the "Lesbian Concentrate" inside liner notes...though
Gwen's LP did not happen
also from the "Lesbian Concentrate" liner notes
Gwen's first of two full-length releases, came out in 1993, on cassette
and it's very rare. June Millington, of The
Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) captured this
concert by Gwen at their facility in California. That's a ten-minute
version of "Sugar Mama"
and other favorites of mine are "Missing You," "Shout
It Out," "I'm Gonna Live the
Life (I Sing About)" and the very sexy "Would You Come Out
listing for "Live at IMA"
my all-time favorite music magazine was "Hot Wire," edited
by Toni Armstronr Jr.
Besides it being everything a publication should be, which to me means
in-depth journalism and lots of photos, they also boasted the release
flexible "soundsheets" with almost every issue. They captured
varied songs by artists of the Women's Music Movement, in the years
from 1984 to 1994. The soundsheet below included the IMA version of
excellent CD "Sugar Mama," produced by Linda Tillery, was
released in 2000,
and therefore the album's new recording of the title track was called
"Sugar Mama 2K." The CD was awarded "Outstanding New
by the Outmusic Awards. Between the years 2000 and 2006 that
organization's awards had credibility.
sang lead vocals on the song "Yesterday's Children" on Mary
Watkins' 1978 LP "Something Moving"
1977, for Meg Christian's "Face the Music" album, Gwen (and
Holly Near) provided backing vocals
on the song "Where Do We Go From Here." And Gwen also backed
up Gayle Marie on the song
"Stormy Nights" on the 1982 album "Night Rainbow "
as the caption says, Lynn Thomas wrote the song "Together, Proud
& Strong" for the
1993 March on Washington, and Gwen Avery was one of 62 folks contributing,
with her very identifiable gospel vocals soaring over the chorus.
Click for a LOT more information on this song
in 2004, Gwen's song "I'm On My Way" (from the "Sugar
was included in the compilation, called
from the Land: A Celebration of the Hopland Women's Festival"
is one of many featured in the wonderful, I repeat, wonderful DVD "Radical