The History of Blues in America

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Music / Singing - Performance

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School
Location: Online
Sponsored by: Federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Description: In the spirit of Ken Burns' breakout PBS documentary series on American country music, join acclaimed guitarist and music historian Joey Leone for "The History of Blues in America," a one-hour virtual program covering the history, influence, and social impact of American blues music through songs, stories, and historical facts. Joey highlights the influence of blues on virtually all styles of contemporary music over the past 7 decades, playing a variety of songs on multiple guitars from his personal collection. In addition to the live music segments, he touches on recurring themes of how the blues transcended racial boundaries, brought people together in times of celebration and times of healing, and how the blues followed the migration from the rural south to the urban north.

Joey also ties in his upbringing in Brooklyn, NY, and how important the Public Library System was for his discovery, passion, and education about music and music history. A lifelong career musician, he has toured and recorded as a guitar player for many high profile artists including Etta James, The Coasters, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, and many more.

Joey truly believes in the unifying and healing power of music, which comes through during this inspiring and delightful program.

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Entered by: Shrewsbury Public Library

Created: April 5, 2022 at 8:33 AM
Last Modified: April 5, 2022 at 8:33 AM

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