Monday, November 12, 2012

Bonnie McCoy (Memphis Minnie’s niece) At Garden House Country Blues Series in Seattle

Blues To Do, out of Seattle, Washington, has put together a unique series of world-class traditional blues is presented on the 3rd Friday of the month in November. On Friday, Nov. 16, The series will present Bonnie McCoy (Memphis Minnie’s niece) with special guest Mary Flower.

The concert is open to the public, all ages. The event includes popular meals from area food establishments all under $10, plus beer & wine will be available at the shows. Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 per show. Group discounts also available - please email sales@bluestodo.com. Tickets are available at the door, via PayPal at Blue To Do's website, or at Brown Paper Tickets. The historic Garden House is just north of the light rail station at 2336 15th Avenue South.

This final event features the niece of Memphis Minnie, Bonnie McCoy. Her heritage includes her father George McCoy and his sister Ethel McCoy (who sang with Chuck Berry in the 50's). George’s brother, Kansas Joe McCoy, recorded and performed with Minnie in her hottest years. Bonnie raised her family and now has time to peruse her dream to be a blues singer in the family tradition. Last year, Seattle based Arcola Records released her debut recording "Child of the Blues" with liner notes by Dr. David Evans (Professor of music Memphis University). The CD was produced and released by Bob West, the host of "King Biscuit Time" on the now defunct radio station KRAB-FM 107.7. “Child of the Blues” features Eric Freeman along with Northwest artists Ashley Durant, Anthony Estrada and Mike Daugherty.

Mary Flower is a world-class guitarist and lap slide player who swings the blues. Along the way, she’s mastered the intricate, harmonically subtle Piedmont style, with its good-timey, ragtime feel. The Piedmont style forms the foundation of much of her work, but she’s an unrivaled interpreter of Mississippi blues and an ingenious composer in her own right. She’s twice placed in the top three at the prestigious National Fingerpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas–the only woman to do so. She’s a warm singer who sings down-home yet sophisticated material. Mary was nominated for both “Best Acoustic Artist” and “Best Acoustic Album” in the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Her latest CD is “Misery Loves Company” on Yellow Dog Records.


   

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