Women of the Blues: A Tribute to Memphis Minnie and Beverly "Guitar" Watkins


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:00pm


Part musical tribute and part educational lecture, this presentation pays tribute to the lives, lyrics, songs, and accomplishments of two prolific and revolutionary women blues guitarists: Memphis Minnie and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins. At a time when most women were singers or pianists, these women daringly leveled the “playing field” between men and women musicians, showing that women blues guitarists--through empowering proto-feminist song themes, blazing guitar licks, and a daring desire for greatness--could pave the way for women blues guitarists to come and play guitar as "good as a man." This show features a tribute performance and lecture by guitarist/vocalist and researcher Alicia Marie Venchuk, a graduate of the University of Michigan and an English Literature PhD student at the University of Mississippi.

Memphis Minnie seated with guitar                          Alicia Marie Venchuck seated with guitar

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