Blues, a genre permeated with male authority, needed a bit of shaking up and the women of blues knew just how to do it. Female artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sippie Wallace, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and countless others – known or barely known, gave Blues music a fearless twist and shook up the genre in the most exciting of ways.
Sippie embraced music at an early age as she performed and played the piano in church. She performed a great deal with her younger brother, Hersal Thomas, and soon after her husband, Matt Wallace, joined the tow in writing and performing music. Sippie, Hersal, Matt, and a few others who just so happen to be male distributed around 31 songs together. The men performed on a great majority of Sippie’s songs. Because blues is considered to be a male dominated genre, Sippie’s musical accompaniment by the men in her life was surely not uncommon. One of Sippie’s greatest hits was ‘Mighty Tight Woman’ , a song that discusses a strong, confident woman who seeks the attention of men and who knows she can get them without having to try. Male influence surrounded Wallace’s career but her voice and unique style gave her an edge against some of the best male blues artists at the time.