toots - (tʊts) - rhymes with "foots", not "boots".


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Toots and Chad Mo have moved to the Empire State! After many sweet years in the South, the band now calls New York home. They’re excited to bring their style of West Coast and Jump Blues to the northeast! The weather may be colder in the winter there, but their brand of blues remains red hot!

The record is getting excellent reviews and is being featured on some of the finest blues radio programs across the nation and worldwide, reaching audiences from Hawaii to Australia! Read Reviews Here

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You gotta’ hear this one!

This CD isn’t just good, it’s spectacular...
~ Smoky Mtn. Blues Society

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A Impressive Album

By a fine singer with really excellent playing.
~ Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

Toots Lorraine is the Streisand Of The Blues

There should be plenty of traffic on her website once this thing gets popular....
~ GoldMine Magazine

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About Us

Every blues fan knows you have listen to the “old” to find something “new”. It is a precious rarity when the opposite is true and such is the case with Toots Lorraine & The Traffic. The band delivers a focused blend of classic vibe that will drench your soul with the vintage sounds of West Coast Jump Blues and Swing as you board the train for destination “way back” where everything is, well… easy.

Toots Lorraine's brand new album, Make It Easy, is available now! Recorded in the blues hub of California at the infamous Greaseland Studios, this record is a phenomenal follow-up to their first and pays tribute to the ancestry of American Roots music. From Chicago style blues to that west coast jump, you’ll hear a combination of classic blues covers and gripping new originals.

This husband and wife team share the purest of love for the preservation of the blues. Toots Lorraine expertly layers her powerful yet velvety voice amongst the band’s vintage instrumentation and gut bucket grooves. Along with classic blues covers of Big Mama Thornton, Howlin’ Wolf and Big Joe Turner, you’ll also find new originals with a huge story to tell.

Toots will take your ticket, let you on board and, as you roll down the tracks, the band will keep your glass filled with just the right measures of hollow body guitars, reverb tanks, upright basses, harmonicas, pianos and organs. And, you will swear to yourself, “I ain’t getting off this train”.


Toots brings with her a background of dance, theater and jazz to the rich yet simplistic purity of the blues, creating a vocal presence of powerful elegance. Her singing style is influenced by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy, Big Mama Thornton and many more. Whether singing original material or drawing from a large repertoire of classic blues and jazz standards, the charming and vivacious Toots tells her story with every note, satisfying listeners, dancers and good times.

Chad Mo

As co-founder of the band and husband to Toots Lorraine, Chad Mo and his guitar work leads the sound of the band through dynamic avenues of classic blues standards. Whether jump blues, double shuffles or slow swing, Chad Mo commands the art of tension and release paying homage to guitar greats such as T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Duke Robillard and countless others. A crowd pleaser in his own right, he is also the Creative Director and produces all the print, online and digital media.


*** Check back soon for tour dates ***

Our Music

"Make It Easy"

New Release!
A combination of classic blues covers and gripping originals.

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"Wrapped In Blues"

Released April, 2011
Classic blues stylings in Jump, Swing and more.

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Press & Media

Oh my gosh you gotta’ hear this one!

This CD isn’t just good, it’s spectacular...
~ Smoky Mtn. Blues Society

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Toots Lorraine is the Streisand Of The Blues

There should be plenty of traffic on her website once this thing gets popular...
~ GoldMine Magazine

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Toots Lorraine sings soulful blues on 'Make it Easy'

Her voice is full of soul and never strains...

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...a mind blowing experience

Lorraine and her hubby are going to be a mind blowing experience for people that like it old school and bluesy...
~ Midwest Record

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This is a wonderful set for all the real blues lovers in the house!

Guitarist Chad Mo exhibiting a strong Otis Rush/ Magic Sam/ Freddie King/ T-Bone Walker feel...

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Smokin' Hot Blues

Smokin' hot blues, jazz and swing that will move your spirit and leave you beggin' for more! Toots sang her heart out while the band behind her rolled out some of the hottest blues heard in these parts in a long time.
~ Florida Times Union

Torch Song Toots

She could be nick-named 'Torch Song Toots.' Toots Lorraine & The Traffic deliver up the blues with a strong dose of swing and jazz.”
~ Springing The Blues Festival - Jacksonville, FL

Toots demonstrates that she can belt out a song

This is a thoroughly enjoyable album which provides a variety of settings, all of which demonstrate what a fine singer Toots is...
~ Blues Blast Magazine

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Radio Airplay:

#2 on Living Blues Charts (April 2015) #6 (March 2015)
#2 on (March 2015)
#8 on BB King's Bluesville "Rack of Blues" SiriusXM Ch. 70
#8 on Roots Music Report (May 2015)
Featured Artist on House Party KFAI 90.3
Featured New Release on Cha Cha Cha In Blue (Montréal, Québec)
Featured "Wonderful Ladies of the Blues" Digital Blues Music

International & Online:

CKUT 90.3 (Montréal, Québec)
Blues Boogie & Bop 92.5 FM (Kamloops, British Columbia)
CHMR 93.5 (St. Johns, Newfoundland)
Warwick,s"BLUES ROOM" (Australia)
Blues On The Hill (Australia)
Sweet Home Music (France)
Biker Street Radio Show (France)
Collective of Francophone Radios Blues (France)
Nothing But The Blues (UK)
Blues Train (Norway)
Purple Haze Radio Show (Netherlands)
KCOR Roxy Perry Show
Coastal Travel US Radio
MojoWax Radio
Top Blues
Chicken Shack Alley
Caldonia's Crossroad Radio
Full-Time Blues Radio
Jefferson Public Radio
XPN Playlist
Rock 'n' Blues Today
Radio Nowhere

United States:

WWNT 1450AM (Dothan, AL)
KXCI 91.3 FM (Tucson, AZ)
KTDE 100.5 (Gualala, CA)
KLBC 1610AM (Long Beach, CA)
WUCF 89.9 (Orlando, FL)
WRFG 89.3 (Atlanta, GA)
KTUH 90.3 (Honolulu, HI)
WKCC 91.1 (Kankakee IL)
WSND 88.9 (Notre Dame, IN)
WVPE 88.1 (Elkhart, IN)
WUEV 91.5 (Evansville, IN)
WFHB 91.3 (Bloomington, IN)
WERU 89.9 & 99.9 (Bangor, ME)
KFAI 90.3 & 106.7 (Minneapoli & St. Paul, MN)
WMSC 90.3 (Montclair, NJ)
KGLP 91.7 (Gallup, NM)
KRVM 91.9 (Eugene, OR)
WDVX 89.9 (Knoxville, TN)
KKZX 98.9 (Spokane, WA)



Tyra "Toots" Lorraine

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KBA Awardee 2014


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