Bay Area Beats: Lydia Pense | KALW

Bay Area Beats: Lydia Pense

Aug 8, 2018

Lydia Pense is the lead singer of the San Francisco soul band "Cold Blood.” They were one of the first acts signed to legendary San Francisco promoter Bill Graham's “Fillmore  Records." Along with Oakland's Tower of Power, Cold Blood helped usher in the Bay Area's brass heavy funk sound of the 70's known as "East Bay Grease” while Lydia would be forever compared and linked to the late Janis Joplin as two of the pioneering female lead vocalists to emerge from San Francisco’s late 60’s music scene. This year marks the 50th anniversary for Lydia and Cold Blood and in this edition of Bay Area Beats, Miss Pense sat down to share some stories from her long and illustrious career.

You can catch Lydia Pense and Cold Blood performing in the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest this Saturday night.