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JERRY LAWSON

JUST A MORTAL MAN

The ‘Jerry Lawson Legacy Project,’ an exclusive series for Blues America, explores the history of Jerry Lawson and the legendary Persuasions in chronological order as explained in a biographical commentary by Jerry and Julie Lawson with special guests.

Jerry Lawson is arguably one of the most important figures in the genre of a’cappella (singing without the use of instrumental accompaniment). For more then 40 years, Lawson was the lead singer, producer, arranger and founding member of the Persuasions, the most famous a’cappella group to date, and the only performers of their genre to earn worldwide mainstream success. Jerry Lawson and the Persuasions have undoubtedly done more to popularize a’capella then anyone else before or since. Lawson launched a solo career in 2004 soon after releasing an album with Talk of the Town and appearing on CBS's the Sing-Off. At the age of 71, he is releasing his first solo album on Nashville Red Beet Records, 'Just a Mortal Man.'

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BRAND

New Blues

Tommy Castro

Nonchalant

Stompin' Grounds

Alligator Records

2017

BLUES at

The Break

WAY WAY

Back Blues

Roosevelt Sykes

Honey Dripper

7458

Decca records

1938

 

BLUES

Soundbite

John Lee Hooker

Interview

Capitol Theater

1976

 

 

BLUES

KickOff

Miss Blues

Good Morning Blues

Blues with Attitude

Indie

2014

Johnny Rawls

We Did It

Waiting for the Train

Catfood Records

2017

107

Show 107: SEP 15 to SEP 23, 2017

MISS BLUES

SEP

2017

Dorothy Ellis is better known by her stage name, Miss Blues. A moniker earned, not in church, but the cotton patches and juke joints of Direct, Texas; a town barely found on the map and where a preacher once declared everyone born there was headed directly to hell. Her mother died before she reached her mid-teens. Broke and hungry, she took a bus as far North as a few cents would take her looking for opportunity and arriving in Oklahoma City. There she fronted a band called the Rockin’ Aces which featured Chuck Berry’s guitarist, D.C. Minner.  Today, Miss Blues is considered a legend in Oklahoma and appropriately resides in the Blues Hall of Fame and the Jazz Hall of Fame. Although she hasn’t toured much, she has released a handful of critically acclaimed studio albums.

 
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