Women of the Blues

Women of the Blues

Women of the Blues: A Tribute to Memphis Minnie and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins

When: Tuesday, February 21st at 2:00pm

​Where: Archives & Special Collections, J. D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi

Description: Part musical tribute and part educational lecture, this presentation pays tribute to the lives, lyrics, songs, and accomplishments of two prolific and revolutionary women blues guitarists: Memphis Minnie and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins. At a time when most women were singers or pianists, these women daringly leveled the “playing field” between men and women musicians, showing that women blues guitarists–through empowering proto-feminist song themes, blazing guitar licks, and a daring desire for greatness–could pave the way for women blues guitarists to come and play guitar as “good as a man.” This show features a tribute performance and lecture by guitarist/vocalist and researcher Alicia Marie Venchuk, a graduate of the University of Michigan and an English Literature PhD student at the University of Mississippi.

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