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Jack Dappa Blues Interview W/ Mary Hurt Wright

Published by Lamont Jack Pearley   On this part one episode of a two part series, I have the honor to speak to the great grand daughter of Mississippi John Hurt, Mary Hurt Wright, who shares with us her upbringing in Mississippi with her parents and grandfather which opened her eyes to the importance of not only her Grandfather’s legacy, but the legacy she’s building by preserving his.      

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The Blues, Black Pain, and Its Psychological Effect

Published by: Lamont Jack Pearley   Why are we as Black folk so possessive of the Blues? Yes, we proved the argument that any other ethnicity doesn’t have to fight for their tradition or heritage. We all know that this music, culture and tradition was brought here during the Middle Passage and landed in the fields of the “New World”. We also know that the dialect, the rhythms and first recordings were of the Black diaspora. But what makes this so deep rooted for Black Folks, African Americans? Could it…

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Jack Dappa Blues Interview W/ Marquise Knox

Published By Lamont Jack Pearley On this episode of Talking Bout The Blues, I spoke with St. Louis Bluesman Marquise Knox, who shares how the Blues was passed down to him through his family, and the importance of the connection to Blues and African American Heritage. Born St. Louis Mo, Marquise hails from a musical family deeply rooted in the Blues. He learned how to play guitar from his grandmother Lillie. He also played with his uncle Clifford, who was a major influence in Marquise’s life.

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JACK DAPPA BLUES INTERVIEW W/ BILLY BRANCH

Published By Lamont Jack Pearley In this epsode I’m honored to talk with 3 Time Grammy Nominee the “Son Of Blues” Billy Branch, who was discovered by Willie Dixon, the “father of modern Chicago Blues. He’s recorded with Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter, Lou Rawls, Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Honeyboy Edwards, Syl Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer, and Taj Mahal, just to name a few.

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JACK DAPPA BLUES INTERVIEW W/ GUY DAVIS

Published by Lamont Jack Pearley This week on Jack Dappa’s Talking Bout The Blues Podcast I have the honor to talk with Guy Davis about his Begins in Blues and folk starting at a summer camp ran by Pete Seeger’s brother, to life lessons from his parents Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, to the examples set by Robeson, Josh White, Stepin Fetchit and Sammy Davis Jr, and the importance of forgiveness amongst the Black community.

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LANGSTON HUGHES BLUES LITERATURE

Published by Lamont Jack Pearley African American History, The Blues, African American Literature and our culture is and has always been one in the same. And in celebrations to that, I wish to post an excerpt of a great short story by the amazing Langston Hughes called — “The Blues I’m a Playin’” Enjoy the read– Works by Langston Hughes The Blues I’m Playing by Langston Hughes    I    |    II    |    III    |    IV    |    V   Oceola Jones, pianist, studied under Philippe in Paris. Mrs. Dora Ellsworth paid her bills. The…

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Jack Dappa Blues Interview W/ Ronnie Stewart

Published by Lamont Jack Pearley   my guest on this episode is Ronnie Stewart, Executive Director of the West Coast Blues Society. The man that successfully established a Blues Walk of Fame in Oakland, and also has presented the Hayward – Russell City Blues Festival for 27 years.

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