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Memphis Minnie

Tracking down the ultimate woman blues guitar hero is problematic because woman blues singers seldom recorded as guitar players and woman guitar players (such as Rosetta Tharpe and Sister O.M. Terrell) were seldom recorded playing blues. Excluding contemporary artists, the most notable exception to this pattern was Memphis Minnie. The most popular and prolific blueswoman outside the vaudeville tradition, she earned the respect of critics, the support of record-buying fans, and the unqualified praise of the blues artists she worked with throughout her long career. Despite her Southern roots and popularity, she was as much a Chicago blues artist as anyone in her day. Big Bill Broonzy recalls her beating both him and Tampa Red in a guitar contest and claims she was the best woman guitarist he had ever heard. Tough enough to endure in a hard business, she earned the respect of her peers with her solid musicianship and recorded good blues over four decades for Columbia, Vocalion, Bluebird, OKeh, Regal, Checker, and JOB. She also proved to have as good taste in musical husbands as music and sustained working marriages with guitarists Casey Bill Weldon, Joe McCoy, and Ernest Lawlars. Their guitar duets span the spectrum of African-American folk and popular music, including spirituals, comic dialogs, and old-time dance pieces, but Memphis Minnie's best work consisted of deep blues like "Moaning the Blues." More than a good woman blues guitarist and singer, Memphis Minnie holds her own against the best blues artists of her time, and her work has special resonance for today's aspiring guitarists. ~ Barry Lee Pearson, Rovi
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Track List: Queen Of The Delta Blues Volume 2

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Comments

Everybody wants to buy my kitty, I wouldn't sell that to save your soul
(Oh play it, catch a rat)
Grew up listening to Memphis Minnie & never get tired of listening to her legendary vocals!
The best blues singer/guita r player EVER. In my honest opinion
" NICE PLAYING GAL, LOTS OF "SOUL". MR. F. THOMAS CLARK
Broonzy was never married to Minnie
flickersroos t
That's Big Bill Broonzy on Guitar. They were married at the time!
I just heard Mephis Minnie Right now and What a voice! and Guitar! Go Minne go! =0 =)
Puts you in the mood! doesn't it? Chuck
horacio78613
Memphis Minnie is truly an American Gem for all of time.
sweetmamma
Memphis Minnie is the bomb! I am only sad that pandora doesn't have my favorite song of hers: broken heart!

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