Blues is a Woman

Blues is a Woman

This week’s show dedicates two hours to the incredible blues women of the past century. We’ll be going deep, featuring tracks from the great early century trailblazers:  Mamie Smith, Trixie Smith, Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace, and others. Plus, we’ll hear from Ruthie Foster, Big Mama Thornton, Dinah Washington, and Varetta Dillard; all of this being the background to to last Saturday evening’s Blues is a Woman performance at the Raven Theater in downtown Healdsburg. Our special guest on the show will be Pamela Rose, performer, author, and vocalist, who has toured nationally with her critically acclaimed show Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era. Pamela is part of the San Francisco ensemble Blues is a Woman along with Pat Wilder, Ruth Davies, Kristen Strom, Shani Johnson, Jennifer Jolly, and music director/pianist/vocalist Tammy Hall. Dave Stroud will be talking the ‘pearls’ of the blues with Pamela in a prerecorded interview. Join us.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ma Rainey Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Amazon
3Ma Rainey with Tampa Red & Georgia Tom Black Eye Blues Southern Country Blues: Down In Boogie Alley [Disc 2] Amazon
4Ruthie Foster Death Came A'Knockin' Oxford American Southern Music Texas Amazon
5Big Mama Thornton/Muddy Waters Blues Band Looking the World Over With the Muddy Waters Blues Band 1966 Amazon
6Memphis Minnie Looking The World Over [Album Version] Queen Of The Blues Amazon
7Ida Cox with Coleman Hawkins Quintet Wild Women Don't Have the Blues Oxford American Music Issue – Visions of the Blues Amazon
8Ida Cox One Hour Mama I Can't Quit My Man Amazon
9Bonnie Raitt Love Me Like A Man Bonnie Raitt: Opus Collection Amazon
10Aretha Franklin Evil Gal Blues Aretha Sings The Blues Amazon
11Albinia Jones Evil Gal Blues Vocal Blues & Jazz Vol. 4 (1938) Amazon
12Sippie Wallace Up the Country Blues Sippie Wallace Vol. 1 (1923-1925) Amazon
13Victoria Spivey Murder In The First Degree Black Snake Blues – The Best Of Amazon
14Alberta Hunter Remember My Name Remember My Name (Original Soundtrack Recording) Amazon
15Big Mama Thornton Ball And Chain Living The Blues – 1965 – 1969 Blues Classics Amazon
16Varetta Dillard See See Rider Blues Got You On My Mind Amazon
17Sister Rosetta Tharpe Didn't It Rain Gospel Blues – the Very Best Of Amazon
18Trixie Smith Freight Train Blues Blues Was Her Business Amazon
19Clementine Smith Nobody Knows What A Red Head Mama Can Do Female Blues Singers, Complete Recorded Works. Volume 14 Amazon
20Mamie Smith Crazy Blues Folk Blues & Gospel: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Amazon
21Bessie Smith Lock And Key Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 1] Amazon
22Pamela Rose Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (feat. Daria Johnson) Blues Is a Woman (Original Cast Recording) Amazon
23Etta James Let's Burn Down The Cornfield The Essential Etta James [Disc 2] Amazon
24Ruth Brown (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean The Great American Soul Book Chapter 1: Any Way You Wanta! Amazon
25Dinah Washington Blow Top Blues Blues Was Her Business Amazon

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