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‘Paint the Roses’ documents a collaborative, streamed concert by the two artistic groups in December, 2020 at Miami’s North Beach Bandshell
Maybe you’ve heard ‘bout Bessie Smith. Empress of the Blues. Powerhouse in music history. One of the greatest voices of all time. But she wasn’t the only Smith out there. The blues as we know it started with a Smith. And it wasn’t Bessie…
This Week in Blues Past: “Father of the British Blues”, “Godmother of the Chicago Blues”, “Empress of the Blues” and more…
The first trailer of Queen Latifah playing Bessie Smith has just been released, and the short scenes show the actress & Grammy Award-winning
It stretches for almost two miles, rising right up out of the Mississippi River. Beale Street. It’s where gamblers lived and died, hookers hooked and killers got away with it. For the first half of the 20thcentury, there was nowhere else you’d rather be….
Until August 10, 1920, record companies didn’t even try to sell music to—or by—black people. But on that day Mamie Smith, a 37-year-old medicine show singer from Cincinnati, barreled into a New York studio.