Ruby Walker

The Blues and Bessie Smith: The Bessie Smith Saga

Episode 3

Episode date - January 18, 2008

How Music Changed

    In this show we continue our coverage of “The Bessie Smith Saga.” Until now, we focused pretty much exclusively on Bessie’s musical output, but her personal life had such an effect on her art that we find it difficult if not impossible to avoid a few personal details. And boy are they ever, umm, colorful.

    We tell part of the story, but we let Bessie’s niece and close friend tell the lion’s share, mostly because she was there and witnessed most of the shenanigans firsthand. With so much turmoil surrounding her, it’s a wonder Bessie could function at all, but her music stands as testament to her ability to withstand virtually anything that life had to throw at her (or that she had to throw back).

    Hope you enjoy the show!

    Here’s a list of featured songs. All are by Bessie, unless indicated otherwise;

    Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home

    Reckless Blues

    Careless Love

    Blues Oh Blues – Ma Rainey

    The Yellow Dog Blues

    Interview with Ruby, Pt. 1

    My Man Blues

    Lost Your Head Blues

    Young Woman Blues

    Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair

    Interview with Ruby, Pt. 2

    A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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