Joined by bluesmen Charlie Musselwhite and Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Kane moves a bit further into jump-blues than on past records. And Whole Lotta Love showcases Kane's greatest asset: her amazing voice. From the window-rattling shout that kicks off "Something's Got a Hold of Me" to the sultry-smooth cover of Squeeze's "When the Hangover Strikes," Kane proves she can handle just about anything you throw at her, both musically and personally. She's not afraid to celebrate her body ("Fit, Fat and Fine"), her age (I'm Not Getting Older") and her lustiness ("What's That I Smell?"). There's a "whole lotta love" to be found out there, she sings on the title track (think Willie Dixon filtered through Led Zeppelin). You just have to look in the right places.
Candye Kane plays Sun., June 15, at Blind Willie's. Call for ticket price.