Often dubbed “the toughest woman alive,” blues singer Candye Kane has definitely lived the blues. The daughter of an abusive woman who taught her how to shoplift when she was still in her tweens, Kane became a teen mother, a stripper and adult model before she discovered the music that would eventually turn her into an award-winning singer-songwriter.
Kane is also a cancer survivor—in 2008 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent successful surgery that same year. In spite of that, she never slowed down and continued her grueling schedule of 250 shows a year—something she keeps doing because she feels that life is too fragile. In her press release, she states that it would be fine if “I died onstage doing what I love like Country Dick Montana or Johnny Guitar Watson.”
She is proud of being a full-bodied woman, and that is reflected by her songs, which are entitled “All You Can Eat” and “200 Lbs. of Fun” She is currently touring in support of “Sister Vagabond” (released August 15) alongside longtime collaborator Laura Chavez. (Ernest Barteldes)
September 15 at Evanston Space, 1245 Chicago, Evanston, (847)492-8860, 8pm, $12.