Corinne Bailey Rae and Esperanza Spalding: Two soul sisters with new albums

What better way to start off Women’s History Month than to highlight some of the most distinguished young female artists of our generation. And no I’m not referring to Beyonce or Taylor Swift. Yes, they are talented, but when it comes to true artistry, which is stripped of commercial imitation and celebrity fanfare, then musicians like… Read More Corinne Bailey Rae and Esperanza Spalding: Two soul sisters with new albums

Ellariz Lucas Thompson: Detroit female jazz artist

Sorry if I am a bit biased when it comes to local music territory, but I couldn’t let the month go by without acknowledging a Detroit based female musician, one who exuded musical excellence and helped pave the way for the genre. I first learned of Ellariz Lucas Thompson while working with the Detroit Sound Conservancy on a… Read More Ellariz Lucas Thompson: Detroit female jazz artist

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down: Classic Blues Singers of the 1920s

Gee, but it’s hard to love someone When that someone don’t love you I’m so disgusted, heartbroken, too I’ve got those downhearted blues… 1[] Classic blues singer Bessie Smith recorded the above lyrics from the song “Downhearted Blues” on February 16, 1923. The song was her first single and it sold 780,000 records in the first… Read More You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down: Classic Blues Singers of the 1920s