Since the mid-1980s, Candye Kane has been singing the Blues for the veritable Rainbow Coalition of fans that comprise her audience. She is a former adult model/porn star, a single mother, a self-proclaimed big, beautiful woman, an avowed bisexual, a cancer survivor and an unapologetic sexual, social and political free thinker. Kane can take a stand on any issue and tailor her show to whatever faction of her audience happens to fill the seats on any given night.
“I have a lot of size acceptance songs — ‘200 Pounds of Fun,’ ‘You Need a Great Big Woman to Show You How to Love,’ ‘Work What You Got If It’s a Little or a Lot,’ ‘Fit, Fat and Fine,’ ” Kane says from her San Diego home. “Then I have the age category — ‘Estrogen Bomb,’ ‘I’m Not Getting Older, I’m Getting Better.’ Then I have the sexuality-celebration ones and the plain party ones or the ones that are double entendre, like ‘All You Can Eat and You Can Eat It All Night Long’ or ‘Masturbation Blues.’ I kind of pick and choose from my catalog based on the venue and demographic of the crowd. Is it a gay crowd, is it older people, is it mixed families with children? I keep it a family show when it’s all ages. It’s just adaptability depending on the audience.”
Candye Kane performs on the P&G Pavillion stage at the Cincy Blues Fest Friday.