Hailed in blues circles as a major up-and-coming talent, Rochester singer Sena Ehrhardt celebrates the release of her second album on Bay Area blues label Blind Pig with this gig. Following up 2011's well-received Leave the Light On, Ehrhardt went all out on the new All In, working with heavyweight producer and multiple-Grammy winner Jim Gaines — whose clients have included Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Albert Collins, and George Thorogood — and a trio of savvy Memphis studio vets. Notably still at the heart of the action is Sena's dad, Ed Ehrhardt, whose versatile, accomplished, typically smoking work on electric guitar remains as much a revelation as Sena's powerful voice. She starts out red hot and sultry on "Buried Alive," her fiery vocals and Ed's searing solos matching lyrics about repressed desire. Next she nails the Solomon Burke classic "Cry to Me," digging into all its nuances, from intimacy to anguish. She's sassy and defiant on the funky title track, and later eases through the ballad "Dreamin' and Dyin'," oozing soul while the band bleeds Memphis. Sena and Ed again prove themselves formidable co-writers, responsible for most of the songs, which are smart, avoid clichés, and more than hold their own against the blues canon.
Fri., March 15, 6 p.m., 2013