Ripped Off

When singing the blues, DISD's Corrine Silguero knows it helps to live through them

And sing she does. For about three years, with hard-charging blues quartet The Shadowcasters, Silguero became DFW's own Bessie Smith, putting to use a lifetime of disappointments within a genre that specializes in despair. With a booming voice and top-notch accompaniment, Silguero has found success with music in which she's had little exposure.

"All of a sudden I was thrown in this blues atmosphere that just blew me away," she says with barely contained enthusiasm. "I had finally found a niche where I could just let out all my built-up frustrations."

Now fronting a new trio, creating a dedicated local following and recording a demo with local producer Manuel Castaneda to shop to labels (her first attempt at recording in the early '90s was seized by the IRS because the studio owed back taxes), Silguero feels that her life's setbacks are finally behind her.

"It is time for me to take over," she says. "I want a product to give to my fans, and I want to get known."

Such gutsy determination after all that's befallen her is reason enough to take notice, and blues fans looking for an authentic voice shouldn't be scared off if Silguero opens her residency with a smile for once.

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