If you want to see and understand where the blues is going, you have to look back and see where it has come from and what it’s been through!
July 1, 1899 - Reverend Thomas (Georgia Tom) Dorsey
July 14, 1912 - Woodrow “Woody” Guthrie
July 31, 1907 - Roy Milton
Before she pursued her singing career, she worked a short order cook. She was selling ice cream on St. Simons Island, Georgia, when Alan Lomax came there to film and record. People thought he wanted to film more modern rock and roll performances, but he wanted the original (blues and spirituals) music of the area . Sadly, there is no record of who actually performed at those sessions. Married at 15, she had 6 children by the age of 25.
Some years later, in 1966, she performed with Otis Spann at the Toronto Blues Festival and recorded a single, “How Long” accompanied by Skip James. In 1964, at a concert in Minneapolis she performed with “Mississippi” John Hurt the song “Salty Dog”. She did record 1 album, when she was 38, in Germany, which was released in the U.K. It was titled quoting something her grandfather used to say:” It’s so hard to be a ni**er”, when she was a small child.
And NO, I didn’t pick this person or this album with any intent to insult anyone, but rather to honor and respect what some have had to go through. Mable titled this as a simple statement of fact, of what the plantation slaves were born into, lived every day, and died with. Sadly she passed away April 26th, 1976, in New York City. Yet another great blues singer who actually lived the blues and remains almost unknown.
Oh, by the way, that album of hers is extremely rare and therefore highly