Music of Elizabeth Douglas, aka Memphis Minnie 1929-1950, with Del Rey

Memphis MinnieJoin Del Rey for a workshop on the life and songs of America’s most influential acoustic blues musician. An innovative guitarist with a recording career that charts the entire development of blues guitar from pre-war rural styles to post-war electric, a songwriter who was both prolific and personal, and a character who wore full-length ball-gowns while chewing tobacco, Memphis Minnie was a fascinating person. Del Rey plays the songs and tells the stories of Minnie and her colleagues Kansas Joe McCoy, Big Bill Broonzy, Frank Stokes and others.


Saturday, November 1st, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Urbana Free Library, Busey-Mills Reading Room