Janiva Magness Digs Through the Weeds: L.A.-based, Detroit-born blues queen Janiva Magness released autobiographical album Hard to Kill last year, a couple of years after she put an actual autobiography, a book called Weeds Like UsBoth saw her digging up some painful memories, and hopefully both proved therapeutic.

Magness performs at the Venice West on Tuesday, and her shows are always thrilling so be there. The new material is stellar, as is her back catalog.

Back in 2018, shortly after she had put out the Love is an Army album, she told us that, “I never want to make the same record twice. I look over my shoulder at what I’ve done, and I see that there’s been a continuum. When I’m in the moment of making records, I just feel like I’m doing what’s in front of me. I’m going where I’m being lead. But as I look over my shoulder, historically, I can see that there’s an absolute continuum.”

“I’m not saying I’ve fallen in love with myself after all these years, because that’s certainly not the case,” she continued. “What I’m saying is, I love the way this sounds, and I love the statement. I love the songs, and the performances by the ensemble. This one feels, sonically, like a lovely warm bath to me. Even though half the record is protest material.”

Of the new album, Magness said in a press release that, “I like true stories. My dad said something to me a long time ago; the meaning of it has changed over time, as things like that do, if we wake up. He said, ‘The truth will set youfree.’”

Hear Magness tell her stories on Tuesday.

Janiva Magness Digs Through the Weeds: The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 at the Venice West.





















































































































































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