Shame being one of the blues' essential hangups, you'd think an omnisexual, sex-positive feminist wouldn't do much for the genre. But on White Trash Girl, Candye Kane's seventh album, the former stripper and X-rated actress finally liberates the old 12-bar prude.
While half the album consists of smartly selected covers -- including Leiber and Stoller's "I Wanna Do More" and a why-didn't-I-think-of-that? Albert King-style version of Lovin' Spoonful's "What a Day for a Daydream" -- it's Kane's bodacious originals, brassy and jumpin', that really shine. "Work What You Got" makes a case for plus-size sexiness so timelessly, it sounds like a lost classic, while "Masturbation Blues" coins a hilarious new slogan for the practice of self-love: "A game you can't lose."
The tradition of adult entertainers turned musicians -- more or less aptly depicted in Boogie Nights -- is not a proud one. Kane can't redeem every Samantha Fox that's come croaking down the pike, but with tangy charisma and gutsy pipes, she sticks it to anyone who would deny a woman her bliss, just because she once starred in Oral Erotica 6: Out-of-Control Oral Mayhem! As Elwood Blues would say, "They can't catch her -- she's on a mission from God."