Janiva Magness The day I talked to Janiva Magness was the day of the Tsumani. I am sure that in Japan that day that people laughed and cried. The people that found who they lost and found them well, laughed with joy. Those that never found who they were looking for, well, they cried. I think [...]
Archive for Category: "Blues Music Awards Koko Taylor Award"
Ruthie Foster is from the big state of Texas, where she grew up singing gospel music with her family. On the road to this year’s Blues Music Award for the Koko Taylor Award, she studied music at McLennan Community College and then worked in the US Navy, where she started performing. Her debut was [...]
Eden Brent, Nominated for a Blues Music Award Eden Brent is another fabulous Blues artist nominated for a Blues Music Award for the Koko Taylor Award. Last year, Eden took the 2010 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year award. Eden first developed her gutsy vocal-and piano chops via family sing-a-longs and a 16-year apprenticeship with the [...]
In a career that has now spanned more than 25 years, Reba Russell has established herself as a perennial favorite in Memphis and well beyond. She’s done it “the old fashioned way,” combining her gifts as a vocalist with soul and style, recording and releasing albums of superb quality, and adding the sheer force of [...]
(Pittsburgh, PA) I had the opportunity to speak with Sue Foley. Sue has a lot going on. She was creating a new album with Peter Karp. She has written books on the music industry. She has created a compilation of women blues players. Let’s see what Sue shared with us: Monica: Hi Sue! I laid [...]
I have a motto, “Measure a woman’s success by how much it takes to discourage her.” Teeny Tucker was born into a blues family. She is the daughter of Tommy Tucker. Though born into the blues family, her musical roots were first planted by singing in the church choir. It was in the church that [...]