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THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 23-24, 2018 There’s a very interesting article on the AmericanBluesScene.com site titled 12 Women Who Changed The Blues.  It’s written by Chloe Richardson.  She has some great ones in her article, some of the all time best in the Blues.  She looked at those women that had to do a little of everything to just survive during their times, and to be on this list.  Here is the list that Chloe chose.  They are Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sippie Wallace, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Beth Hart, Shemekia Copeland, Samantha Fish, and Larkin Poe.  It’s a pretty good list, but, if she had asked me, which she didn’t, I certainly would have had KoKo Taylor on there, Denise LaSalle, Victoria Spivey, Alberta Hunter, and certainly Etta James and even Deborah Coleman on there.  But she didn’t ask me.  There’s a nice bio and video on each lady that’s chosen, and it’s a very good article, even though I don’t agree with some of the choices.  Who would be your 12 Women who changed the Blues.  Tweet me @rojeneblues or email me at ro@bluestimeinthecity.com and let me know.  I’m just curious….Here’s a link to the article…..
12 Women Who Changed The Blues
BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM Jackie Neal, one of the talented Neal Family members out of Baton Rouge, was tragically taken away in March 2005 at the age of 37, the result of an ex-boyfriend’s rage.  Jackie had four albums to her credit, and you may remember one of her biggest songs, That’s The Way We Roll.  Soon to be released is a BCD titled “Jackie Neal Celebration Album.”  A single has been released by Stevie J titled Zydeco Dance, and the entire BCD will be released soon….. We’ll let you know when it’s released.  The Neal Family is one talented Family, but bad stuff keep happening to them…. BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM BLUESTIMEINTHECITY.COM And some sad news here.  Matt Guitar Murphy made the transition last week.  He was 88 years of age.  Matt was known as one of the best sidemen ever in the Blues.  You may remember Matt from the movie, The Blues Brothers.  He was the one that did the scene in the restaurant with Aretha Franklin.  As a matter of fact, he was in both the Blues Brothers Movies.  His real name was Matthew Tyler Murphy and he was born in Sunflower Mississippi.  Matt started in Memphis Tennessee, and through his career played with all the greats throughout the world.  His albums included Way Down South, The Blues Don’t Bother Me, Lucky Charm and The Last Call.  He was stricken by a storke in 2002, but made his return with James Cotton at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival.  He got married in 2011, was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.  There’s a nice write up on Matt on the American Blues Scene site, and we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at Bluestimeinthecity.com….
Matt “Guitar” Murphy Dead at 88
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