We are proud to present a showcase of Alabama Blues Women – a diverse group of performers that includes Sweet Claudette , Shar-Baby, B.J. Miller , Carroline Shines , Debbie Bond and Rachel Edwards . Each of these ladies delivers their own brand of the blues and have been delighting audiences across the nation - and beyond. A little bit of funk, a little bit of jazz and a whole lot of soul . . . but all blues!
While there has been a lot of national and international interest in the blues from areas such as Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, the rich heritage of Alabama blues has received little attention. The blues is America’s pure and original musical art form created by African Americans, across the Southeast at the end of the 19th Century. The first recorded blues artists were women and in 1920 Mamie Smith had a hit with “Crazy Blues,” the first commercially successful blues recording. It sold over three million copies and launched the era of the classic blues women during the Roaring Twenties. Less well known is that this recording was due to the efforts of two Alabamian music entrepreneurs - W.C Handy and Perry Bradford.
Thanks to past outstanding blues women like Lucille Bogan, later greats such as Big Mama Thornton and most recently the incomparable Odetta, Alabama blues women have left a rich legacy. This showcase is living testimony that Alabama blues is alive and well and still a force to be reckoned with!