Category Archives: Francine Reed

20th-Century Blues Women (Blues Stories, 4)

A funny thing happened when I researched the role of women in developing the Blues in the twentieth century:  I found an alternative narrative that contained a few surprises.  For example, the year 2003 was designated by Congress as “The … Continue reading

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