Women of the Blues

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Who is Gladys Bentley?

Blues was a prominent musical genre in the early 1900s. African Americans are indeed the creators. This type of music introduced the “feeling” style. Folk music of this kind is frequently performed verbally or with a piano. The flow of the guitar and rhythmic methods like syncopation are what distinguish the blues as a distinct […]

Ma Rainey: Mother Of Blues

Born Gertrude Pridgett, Ma Rainey influenced the blues genre for a number of generations. From her abilities to put on an outstanding performance to her songs referencing sexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality, Ma Rainey, the gold neck woman of the blues, was not only a trailblazer for blues artist but social movements as well. Gertrude Pridgett […]

The Faces Behind The Genre: How Black Women Shaped Blues Music And Their Lasting Impact

By: Gabrielle Weeden  How Did Blues Music Originate The Blues were a common musical genre from the 1860s to the 1960s and originated in the Mississippi Delta. This musical genre was formed as an escape from the daily hardships of working-class black people. The music of the blues genres is distinguished by its 12-bar song form. The Blues’ […]

Black Women and the Blues

By: Autumn Johnson The Blues is a genre of nonreligious folk music, created by African Americans, where singers express their feelings and emotions. Black women within the Blues genre are continuously inspiring each other and connecting with their audiences because of all of the pain Black women go through in America. Ma Rainey was a […]

Black Feminism Through Blues

Embracing a New Norm Through Blues By: Demi Browder Women in Blues African American women set the new standard of expression through music as they stood up and embraced their independence, freedom, and sexual imagery in Blues. Blues emerged during the decades following the abolition of slavery allowing for the genre to give musical expression […]

The Power of Black Women in Blues

Three Great Blues Singers                  Bessie Smith                              Mamie Smith                                    Ma Rainey Black women stole the show when […]

If “Put Some Respect on My Name” Were a Person It Would Be Ma Rainey

If “Put Some Respect on My Name” Were a Person It Would Be Ma Rainey Blues Overview History of the Blues By the end of the 1910s, the new kind of music that formed throughout Southern communities was referred to as the blues. The genre of blues was not a new concept, it was a […]

Ma Sings the Blues: The Mother of Blues

“They hear it come out, but they don’t know how it got there. They don’t understand that’s life’s way of talking. You don’t sing to feel better. You sing ’cause that’s a way of understanding life.” ~ Ma Rainey       Blues is the core to American music. Every genre following the creation of […]

Empress of the Blues: Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith: ‘Empress of the Blues’ The strong, soulful voice of jazz and blues vocalist Bessie Smith won her numerous fans and earned her the title ‘Empress of the Blues.’ Life of Bessie Smith   At a young age, Bessie Smith started to sing and signed a contract with Columbia Records in 1923. She was […]

Koko Taylor – The Queen of Blues

Koko Taylor – The Queen of the Blues The Blues originated from plantations in the deep south in the 19th century. It derived from African work songs, spirituals and field hollers that slaves sung as they were on the cotton and vegetable fields. As the great migration happened from the southern US to industrial cities, […]

Lady Day Sings the Blues: Billie Holiday

Lady Day Sings the Blues: Billie Holiday Billie Holiday Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz and swing music singer with a career spanning 26 years. She was nicknamed “Lady Day” by her music producer and close friend Lester Young. Holiday has very influential tough on jazz music and pop singing, […]

Women in Blues: Ma Rainey

Women in Blues: Ma Rainey The south is where Blues was born. Ma Rainey is known to be one of the first African American women to be involved in the genre of Blues. Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was born in 1886 and raised in Columbus Georgia by her two parents Thomas Pridgett Sr. and Ella Allen-Pridgett. […]