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Blues Women International-
Hopson Sessions Live
First Historic International Blues Women recording in
We are excited to announce the release of the first ever
international all women -all original material- live recording
with all women back up musicians. The digital release will be
Wed 24 April 2013 and the Physical CD release will be on 9 May
2013 at the Blues Music Awards.
This selection of songs encompasses a multitude of genres
with roots music from Country, Jazz, Roots, Rock and Roll and
Blues. Even the songs subject matters written by these women are
tales only women can tell. From stories of crazy boyfriends,
making love to their baby under the moon and houses burning
down, make it a selection of blues storytelling in the long
tradition of the blues. Women have their own stories to tell,
and they sing the blues in their own way, and this new release
demonstrates that. We have blues from Canada, Australia and many
states across the country. Each one tells a different story with
a different flair.
15 blues women from all over the world gathered to
record, amongst them are Clarksdale Mississippi native
Jacqueline Nassar, first Robert Johnson achievement award.
Australian Jazz diva Dee Dee Lavell, whose current cd has
received rave reviews in the Jazz Times. Canadian blues artist
Sunday Wilde whose current release hit the top five on Sirius XM
Radio on BB King’s Bluesville. Minnesota Native Americans Joni
and Alex Buffalohead, who are the front singers for award
winning (NAMMY) Native American blues band Bluedog. This is just
an example of the world class blues women that are involved in
this new recording.
The recording is Live from the Clarksdale
Crossroads in the Hopson Commissary, where long time blues
artists such as Pinetop Perkins resided, worked and played.
This is the first project of the new
grassroots organization to assist women blues artists around the
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The Journey to get there
In July 2012 at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, a friend
of mine(Christina) and I had a discussion about photographic
project. We decided to take a closer look into seeing what would
happen if the project was to go on. I noticed that all the other
projects were all about the man in blues!! What about the woman?
I thought this photographic project was a very interesting
project since I am a photographer and my friend was good at
After returning from this trip, I got excited about finding out
if more information about the project. I called a friend of mine
(Sunday Wilde) from Ontario Canada about this photographic
project. She mentioned to me about doing a live recording. After
a couple weeks of letting this all sink in, we had another
discussion about going ahead and doing the recording.
Now we had to decide a name for or this project and recording.
After a couple weeks of stewing over a project name, I called
Sunday Wilde and told her we should go ahead with the project. I
told her, you are from Canada and I am from the United States,
so we should make this an international recording project. I
said we can still do this photographic project, recording
project and put together a international database of blues
women. Hence, "Blues Women International".
Now we started working on a mission statement, securing a domain
name, building websites, opening accounts and doing countless
hours of research from volunteer women.
The biggest thing about "Blues Women International" is the
women. So over the next month I put feelers out to all the women
that I know in the blues. Which included instrumentalists,
vocalists and songwriters. At the end of 30 days I had 16
prospect women who are interested in being part of the project.
Finding and picking these women was very hard, because I wanted
a couple instrumentalists in each position. I needed guitar
players, electric bass players, standup bass player, keyboard
player, harmonica player, sax player and one kick ass drummer.
All these instrumentalists were also going to help support the
vocalists that did not play instruments.
At the end of September 2012, we launched "Blues Women
International" and put out a full blast campaign announcing what
we were doing. We also launched a photo contest for blues women
performers that was going to run for 90 days. The photo contest
winners were going to be used to help promote the "Blues Women
International" website and be used in other photographic
Now the next step was finding a place to have the recording and
figuring out a tentative date. After thinking about this for a
week or two I concluded that we needed to have the compilation
recorded in Clarksdale Mississippi (home of the blues and the
famous crossroads) and the date was set prior to the
"International Blues Competition". Having the compilation set
before the "International Blues Competition "killed two birds
with one stone. Many of the women were coming to compete or had
an interest to go to the "International Blues Challenge" to
network. The recording project was now set and there was no
turning back! Another thing to keep us on track is that many of
the women had flight reservations and lodging reservations.
Now putting together a recording has much paperwork involved.
Recording waivers, contracts, schedules for rehearsals and
recording, publicity on a daily basis, performance posters and
updating and maintaining the website on a daily basis. We also
had a kickstarter campaign in which we raised enough money to
get the project up to the pressing stage. We still have a long
way to go to get the compilation pressed and do the proper
publicity that this great compilation deserves.
From around Christmas 2012 to one week before the recording many
of the women had to drop out of the project due to financial and
personal reasons. You have to realize that most of these are
professional musicians and funding to come to a project like
this is no easy task. Because our project had to keep moving
forward, I had to find a replacement women to make sure we have
enough content to make the project viable. I went through eight
guitar players, three harmonica players, three keyboard players,
two bass players. We finally found a standup bass player two
weeks before the recording and our guitar player nine hours
before the recording. Wow... Is that cutting it close.
It took three weeks to find our place to have our recording, we
finally found the Hopson Commissary Plantation where the
legendary Pinetop Perkins worked while he was growing up. James
Butler owner of Hopson told me if we wanted to do our recordings
there we had a place for life. The ambience of Hopson is
fantastic and gave all the women more incentive to be productive
during this recording session. I will have to commend every
women and men that were on the project of their total
professionalism to get this two day adventure in the history
Most of the women around this project had never met each other
prior to Monday morning, the day of the recording. For each of
them to share their original songs, rehearse them, and record
them all in two days was phenomenal. During the two days we
recorded 17 original songs. Even from the unmixed material
straight off the board we have a wonderful mix of songs in all
styles of the blues. This compilation is going to be a chart
What the women got from this project is lifetime friends, new
inspirations on songwriting (8 songs written just for this
compilation) and working on projects of unknown capacity. As I
heard from each woman, they all told me that they were kind of
scared, all the way up to the day of recording. They did not
know what to expect from how all this would work out. As for me,
one of the only roosters in the chicken coop I was impressed
with how well the women worked together....I see seventeen
golden eggs! WOW!! What a fantastic experience...