Folk singer, activist, actress, and mentor to four generations of dedicated performers, Odetta is back with her first studio recording in more than a decade. The remarkable BLUES EVERYWHERE I GO seethes with vitality and truth. On the title cut Odetta sounds as born to the blues as Ma Rainey,strutting through the hard times with sassy high spirits. And when Odetta gets down, she does it with the èlan of a tragic heroine, infusing "Dink's Blues" with deep loneliness without screaming or crying over a man just out of her reach. And on Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," which features Dr. John sharing vocals, Odetta reaches up to the high notes with the fragility found in spirituals. The pièce de rèsistance, though, is an Odetta mainstay, "Careless Love." Here she simply tells the story of a pregnant woman abandoned by her lover, her straightforward delivery capturing the universality of the situation. Odetta then deepens the woman's feelings and redeems her from victimization by segueing into a bracing version of "St. Louis Blues," tipping her hat to the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith. By paying tribute to Smith, Rainey, and blues matriarchs Victoria Spivey, Sippie Wallace, and Memphis Minnie, Odetta reminds the listener of a time when women ruled the blues -- proving that everything old can be new again.