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Biloxi Blues () - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb
Ma Rainey's Lesbian Lyrics: 5 Times She Expressed Her Queerness in Song
When people think about the early blues today, they tend to imagine rugged, working-class men with guitars sitting at the crossroads making deals with the devil. Yet according to Paige McGinley's Singing the Blues , the first recorded account of blues, from , describes the performance of Johnnie Woods, a female impersonator; the blues was sung by his ventriloquist dummy. Woods wasn't an accident or an exception; the image of blues as an expression of authentic, swaggering masculinity is a latter-day myth, promulgated by such performers impersonators?
So here it is, a celebration of the greatest blues singers, from the founders of the genre to the 60s blue-rock revolution, right up to the new voices keeping the scene alive…. With a voice so gravelly and raspy, he makes Tom Waits sound like a choir boy, Siegal bridges the gap between the past and the future of the blues. Alligator is a magnet for killer vocalists, and the label must have jumped at Selwyn Birchwood. The original Royal Southern Brotherhood line-up found Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Mike Zito all jostling for the mic, and a silver lining of the split is hearing the latter sing more lead. Not just a Jack White clone, then.