Janis Joplin often said she wanted to be remembered as the “greatest white, woman blues singer.”At this point in history, it appears she got her wish.
Although Joplin died of a drug overdose 35 years ago, her sultry persona and soulful music has been intricately re-created by international recording artist Donna Frost in Kozmic Blue, a musical/biographical portrayal of the blues/rock icon.
Presented as a fictionalized radio interview with Joplin in her final days, Kozmic Blue (named for one of Joplin’s albumns) is being held over at the New Day Theatre in Goodlettsville near Rivergate Mall for a final weekend, Aug. 19-21 (?).
Joplin rose from obscurity as a bowling alley waitress in Port Arthur, Texas to become one of the greatest 20th century legends of blues and rock ‘n roll.
Her heros were Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, and it’s easy to hear the influence of these blues greats in her exquisitely individualized blues/rock stylizations.
Joplin favorites like ‘Cry Baby,’ ‘Me & Bobby McGee,’ and ‘Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes-Benz?’ are all accounted for in Kozmic Blue, as Frost delivers the most exacting ‘tribute’ performance/impersonation of Joplin to be found anywhere, anytime.
© Donna Frost 2011