The Rough Guide to Blues Divas features classic tracks by many female blues legends including Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Victoria Spivey. It offers an exploration of the hugely significant and often overlooked role that women have played in the story of the blues.
It also revives the memory of the largely forgotten 1920s blues queens as it includes many lesser-known gems by artists shrouded in mystery - these were pioneering artists who developed the blues tradition and took it to the popular stage. This collection has been lovingly remastered using pioneering restoration techniques.
Tracks: Ma Rainey - Black Eye Blues / Hattie Burleson - Bye Bye Baby / Ethel Waters - Sweet Georgia Brown / Bessie Smith - Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out / Victoria Spivey - Dope Head Blues / Alberta Hunter - Everybody Mess Around / Mamie Smith - Jenny’s Ball / Ida Cox - Give Me A Break Blues / Lucille Bogan - Tired As I Can Be / Martha Copeland - Everybody Does It Now / Clara Smith - Salty Dog / Edith Wilson - My Man Is Good For Nothing But Love / Lucille Hegamin - Shake Your Cans / Sippie Wallace - I’m A Mighty Tight Woman / Rosa Henderson - Get It Fixed / Bertha “Chippie” Hill - Do Dirty Blues / Lil Johnson - Get ‘Em From The Peanut Man (Hot Nuts) / Trixie Smith - Sorrowful Blues / Sara Mar n - You Got Ev’rything A Sweet Mama Needs But Me / Esther Bigeou - The St. Louis Blues / Ada Brown - Break O’Day Blues / Maggie Jones - Anybody Here Want To Try My Cabbage? / Lizzie Miles - Electrician Blues / Bessie Tucker - Peniten ary / Lena Wilson - He Used To Be Your Man But He’s My Man Now