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Interview with Chicago blues diva Liz Mandeville

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

The first time I met Liz Mandeville was at the old River City Brewing Company on the corner of Second Street and Sixth Avenue South in Clinton Iowa. It was sometime in the mid 80’s. The band was on break when a friend of mine came in and asked how the band was. Out of the corner of my eye I could see Liz look up and bend a little closer so she could hear what I was going to say. I said “Great! The singer is hot. She sounds like a cross between Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin with a pinch of Bette Midler sprinkled on top.” The next thing I heard was a loud shriek and Liz jumped on my back and hollered in my ear “That’s the nicest thing anybody ever said about me, thank you!” I became friends with Liz and Went to see her perform every chance I got. Over the last several years we kind of lost track of each other. When I saw that she was playing at Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, I knew I had go see her play. She is every bit as feisty as I remember. She puts on a great ┬álive show with fabulous vocals sprinkled with wonderful campy chatter and stinging guitar solos back by a terrific rhythm section. When the band took a break I wandered up to the table where she was selling and autographing CD’s and she knew me instantly. It had been about 15 years or so since we had last seen each other. We quickly caught up on things and I asked if I could do a quick interview. She agreed and we went to the back office where it was a little quieter. The following are some short videos of that interview. I hope you enjoy these clips. Liz really opened up and got very personal about her life. I hope Liz gets some good feedback from this interview because she really laid it all out there for the world to see. Thank you Liz for taking the time out of your busy life to share some intimate moments with us. It is deeply appreciated.