Shana Morrison will take you on a ‘Joyride’ at the Rrazz Room 

A year ago, when Shana Morrison sat down for an interview about her then-forthcoming latest release “Joyride,” her once-flowing auburn tresses were trimmed to a no-nonsense business bob that barely touched her shoulders.

The ’do went with the territory, she explained. She’d just left a Silicon Valley startup company where he’d been punching the 9-5 clock, fully vested and eager to get back to music again. After all, as the daughter of reigning Celtic/blues king Van Morrison, she couldn’t deny her regal rock heritage for very long.

A few weeks ago, Morrison had fully returned to her — ahem — roots, her hair tumbling down her back again as she delved deep into a blues-specific set at Slim’s, backed by only one acoustic guitar. And her voice had grown deeper, more seasoned in tandem — it’s the gutsy performer that had been missing from Bay Area stages for way too long.

She’s still quite crafty about paying her bills — instead of working in an office, she teaches Pilates, part time, in her hometown of Mill Valley. But she seems to be more comfortable in her nightclub element than ever before, as she’ll prove this Sunday at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, re-launching the earthy “Joyride.”

All hail the return of the Princess!

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