I thought that since I’m writing the Atlanta blues examiner column now at http://www.examiner.com/x-32020-Atlanta-Blues-Examiner. I should join the Atlanta Blues Society. Since Ken is always with me (my husband), I got a membership for him, too. We went to our first meeting Sunday at Blind Willie’s. We met some great people and got to hear Joe McGuinness perform. I wrote an article about him for the column today and used one of the photos we took. i also attached a great video. Check it out at the link above, and take a look at some of my other articles, too!
I am now the Atlanta Blues Examiner for Examiner.com. I am writing several columns a week to let people know what’s going on blues-wise around Atlanta: blues clubs, concerts, news, history, and more. Please check it out!
I knew that Rev. Keith Gordon had reviewed T’ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do for Blues.about.com a few months back, but I couldn’t find the review. Today I did. Here’s an excerpt and the link:
Author Rhetta Akamatsu has a lot of interests, and one of them is blues music. When reading about the blues, the Marietta Georgia native discovered that female blues singers were often overlooked in books written about the music. To help balance the scales, Akamatsu put together T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Women Blues Singers Old and New, which takes an in-depth look into the lives of blues women from both the early days of the music as well as the contemporary blues scene. . .
Blues Women in a Class by Themselves, August 15, 2008
By Gretchen Lee Bourquin (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews
When I first heard of Rhetta Akamatsu’s new book T’aint Nobody’s Business If I Do: Women Blues Singers Old and New I was intrigued. The book chronicles the lives and struggles of the great female blues singers in the last century.
I like blues music; the rhythms, feeling and drama behind it. But I had never considered that “women’s blues” was something different and distinct from “men’s blues” Akamatsu illustrates that it definitely has it’s own place. Women’s blues is sassier, tougher and more rebellious than the men’s blues – not that Muddy Waters and B.B. King are anything to sneeze at. But when women got the blues they didn’t shrivel in the corner. They stood up and fought back with a strong voice and sometimes with both fists.
The book begins in a casual, conversational , tone that like the women of the blues makes no apologies. It is well researched and chronicles eighteen different blues acts, including Mamie Smith, Etta James, Janis Joplin, the blues group Saffire and many more.
This book made me look at blues music differently. It is more than just a genre or form of music, but carries a feeling that transcends whatever genre was prevalent at the time from Vaudeville to Rock and Roll.
T’aint Nobody’s Business gives a good overview of different female blues performers laid out in a way that is both informative and entertaining. But I give one warning – This book definitely left me wanting more. I think it might be time to buy a new CD. I hope I can pick just one.