Sisters And The Blues

Women were practitioners of the blues from the beginning. Their story has largely been ignored and wiped from history for the myth of the Lonely black man traveling the back roads of the deep South. This may be due to the fact that this romantic image was seized upon by the young British rock stars of the sixties like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.  They became the harbinger of what the blues were all about.  Even the great musicologist, Robert Palmer in his book: Deep Blues, only gave a passing nod to the women of the blues.  Bessie Smith and Ma Rainy were traveling those lonely roads with their shows spreading the early blues. Victoria Spivey was the queen of Hokum, sexual blues using double entendra, an art form that has been totally dismissed as not serious enough to warrant attention. Women were a part of every progression of the blues.  Unfortunately, we don't hear about the Dinah Washingtons, Big Maybells, or Etta James.  And there is no voice as down and dirty as Big Moma Thornton. Big Moma was also an accomplished drummer and harmonica player, as well as a song writer. They were part of the history and should not be forgotten. The sisters deserve their place in the blues lore.

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Jan 20, 2013