Pat Pepin is proud to announce the release of her second recording, "Blue Stories." The central Maine-based singer and saxophonist has been on the music scene for 20 years and has paid her dues, both personally and artistically. This independent release has 13 tracks -- five written by Pepin -- featuring her passionate and powerful vocal style and soulful saxophone. "I sing in many different styles, but always from a woman's perspective," Pepin said. "But maybe because I've lived through hard times in my own life, it's the blues that really speaks to me." "Blue Stories" is certainly about the blues, from the heart-felt "Something 'Bout Traveling" and "I'd Rather Go Blind." But the singer's natural exuberance and sparkling wit shine through as well, especially in the sassily clever "Fat Baxter" and "Year of the Blues," both written by Pepin. Pepin's first release, 2002's "I'm Ready," was well received by industry critics and her many fans. The CD receives airplay on local and national radio stations, and was featured on the nationally released CD "Underground Highway - Blues Jam Volume 2," produced by Southern Records Group. Critics are hailing Pepin's second CD for reflecting her growth as an artist. "Mature, sassy, insightful, funny, emotional, mellow - just some of what this disc has," said Mike Halmo of the Blues Highway (WBOR 91.1 FM), when he heard "Blue Stories." Mark E. Waterbury of Music Morsels comments that Pepin's "honest lyrics and her uniquely powerful voice give blues fans a real treat."