Big Maybelle from Tennessee started as a child in gospel and in time moved along to blues. She had a big voice, and could chose to really belt out, or sing music in great melody. Maybelle performed and lived to be a veteran of the 20th century, with a great list of releases.
“Big Joe” Turner, from Mississippi went through a great career arc in the 1900’s. He started in Blues, went forward through pop and Rock & Roll, and in the ’60’s pulled back into the Blues. He was considered a master of traditional Blues verses and could spin them out the whole night. He was entitled the “Boss of Blues” and came out with a release of the same name. Here are some samples of Joe, with a 1965 UK Show, and work from his album “Boss of The Blues.” (The UK show seems to start out Rock & Roll, but with a little patience it moves forward to Blues.)
Join Kathleen and Greg between 9 pm and midnight Friday May 6 for a program about Maybelle’s and Joe’s blues music, along with Charlie Musselwhite’s blues harmonica.