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The Last Laugh
Guy Forsyth signs off on God's Favorite Band
"...would come in for coffee and she would sing Bessie Smith tunes with me while she bussed tables...."

April 21, 2011 Music Post by Austin Powell

Blues in the Night
Austin Playhouse's production of the musical Blues in the Night pinpoints feelings of love and loss among three women all hurt in love, with singers Jacqui Cross, Janis Stinson, and Melanie Wilkinson blending their three strong voices into a mighty harmony and reclaiming blues music for their sex.
"...lyric like "drinking, thinking, singing the blues" -- from Bessie Smith's "Blues Blues" -- would usually be a black..."

March 29, 2002 Arts Review by Rob Curran

If You're a Viper
From 'La Cucaracha' to Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson: P-O-T
"..."A Viper's Drag," Milton "Mezz" Mezzrow's "Sendin' the Vipers," Bessie Smith's "Gimme a Reefer," and Stuff Smith & the..."

May 25, 2007 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Record Reviews
"...Louis Armstrong & King Oliver with Bessie Smith (Tradition) The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (BMG Classics)..."

June 6, 1997 Music Review

The AggreGAYtor: May 2
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
"...Queen Latifah throws us a bone, soon to play Bessie Smith. The Bad..."

May 2, 2014 Qmmunity Post by David Estlund

Page Two
Requiem for decency
"...claimed by everyone from W.C. Handy, Lonnie Johnson, and Bessie Smith to Fats Domino, Dock Boggs, and Janis Joplin...."

Dec. 2, 2005 Column by Louis Black

Writes of Spring
Off the Bookshelf
"...contain the lyrics of all the songs recorded by Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, the blues singers on whom..."

April 3, 1998 Books Review

S-S-Somebody Spank Me
The Asylum Street Spankers
"...sing with him. Guy was immediately impressed with her Bessie Smith-like vocals, and a relationship was formed. Although Forsyth..."

Sept. 29, 1995 Music Feature

True Blues
Alan Govenar's blues tome doesn't need to correct blues mythos. Blues is myth and vice versa.
"...myth is perpetuated for effect, such as blues queen Bessie Smith dying after being turned away from a white..."

Dec. 5, 2008 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

The Pot 10!
"...4) "You're a Viper," Stuff Smith..."

May 25, 2007 Music Feature

Rhapsodies In Black: Music and Words From The Harlem Renaissance (Rhino)
"...names are represented here -- Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and Cab Calloway. We could have done without..."

Dec. 15, 2000 Music Review by Jay Trachtenberg

The Death of Rock & Roll
Top 10s: Year, Decade, Eternity
"...Morissette, Sinead O'Connor, Joan Osborne, Liz Phair, Sleater-Kinney, Patti Smith, Syd Straw, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson -- plus an..."

Jan. 7, 2000 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Something to Live For
"...gave up jazz entirely -- recording with Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Tampa Red in the interval -- but..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Music Feature by Jay Hardwig

Checking In: Guitar Heater Sue Foley Works on Her PhD
Ace stringer “spaced out for about three months” first
"...Nothing's changed in that perspective. It's still Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, early Chicago and Texas blues. I don't need..."

Aug. 18, 2020 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Brennen Leigh & Sunny Sweeney Like Country
Tonight’s Saxon Pub song exchange unites liberals/conservatives
"...to go with people I never got to meet: Bessie Smith to sing, Maybelle Carter to play guitar, and..."

Sept. 15, 2015 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Bob Johnston’s Great Lost Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan LP
Late producer set the mood for one of music’s great summits
"...claimed by everyone from W.C. Handy, Lonnie Johnson, and Bessie Smith to Fats Domino, Dock Boggs, and Janis Joplin...."

Aug. 18, 2015 Music Post by Louis Black

Gay Place: Oonce like you mean it
Best get back, back, back to the Boathouse
"...narrates this account of some of blues' baddest mamajammas: Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Gladys Bentley, Ethel Waters, and Alberta..."

June 13, 2014 Column by Kate X Messer

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Men Only
It’s only rock & roll – except for women
"...worthy so far are the “Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Smith, in 2001, cosmic Texan Janis Joplin in 2009,..."

Sept. 5, 2013 Music Post by Abby Johnston

One Night With Janis Joplin
Zach makes this soulful portrait of the blues-rock queen an exhilarating concert that'll have you on your feet
"...As Janis grieves for Bessie Smith's untimely death, we see one of just two..."

Aug. 2, 2013 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Where Did All Those Kids Go?
From summer 1968 to ‘One Night with Janis Joplin’ in 2013
"...mouth came a century of soul. Blues greats like Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Odetta, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin,..."

July 31, 2013 Music Post by Charles Beard

First Came Memphis Minnie
Maria Muldaur digs deeps into the blues
"...ask audiences, how many have heard of [blues great] Bessie Smith, the majority are clapping. When I ask who’s..."

Nov. 2, 2012 Music Post by Margaret Moser

Letters at 3AM: A View From the St. James Hotel
The St. James: It's an infirmary, it's a morgue, and it's a hotel where we each share a room with the dead
"...It's like Bessie Smith singing, "My mind is like a rowboat on..."

May 18, 2012 Column by Michael Ventura

Best Aural Quest
'Adventures in Sound,' KOOP 91.7FM
"...or as specific as Spike Jones, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, or an all-Frank Zappa show, he's spinning live..."

Oct. 14, 2011 Best of Austin Feature

'America Letterpress: The Art of the Hatch Show Print'
This exhibit offers rooms of graphics to grab the eye and jolt the music-loving heart
"...please do tell him – or Frank Zappa or Bessie Smith or Hank Williams or Kitty Wells – that..."

March 12, 2010 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Naked If I Want To
Magnum opus on one of rock & roll's Rosetta Stones: 1967's Moby Grape
"...Boggs, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bessie Smith, and Bob Willis among so many others was..."

Jan. 8, 2010 Music Feature by Louis Black

The Next Fun Fearless Female Rock Star
Austin's now generation comes of age in Suzanna Choffel
"...having the guts to go sing Bonnie Raitt and Bessie Smith blues jams at Babe's on Sixth Street. The..."

Nov. 28, 2008 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Hey Sailor, Pt. 2!
More of Austin's GLBTeratti welcomes you with open arms and tells you what's hot about our town
"...Bessie Smith, "Nobody in Town Can Bake a Sweet Jelly..."

March 17, 2006 Features Feature by Kate Getty

CD/DVD
CD/DVD
"...Ten film/TV performances, including the only known footage of Bessie Smith, and a wealth of archival pictures, documents, and..."

June 3, 2005 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

Leave It to Biber
In the concert Leave It to Biber, violinist Boel Gidholm, cellist Christopher Haritatos, and keyboardist Keith Womer exulted in the expressive freedom that this music offers the interpreter
"...moments of savored pain that knit the brow like Bessie Smith...."

Sept. 3, 2004 Arts Review by Jerry Young

Clementine Hall on Janis Joplin
"...when she came back, we said, 'You're incredible! Like Bessie Smith.' She said, 'Don't say that. Don't bullshit me...."

Aug. 20, 2004 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

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