In this workshop, Gaye Adegbalola traces the history of blues women from the 1920s to today. She’ll share video and/or audio clips from Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday, from Rosetta Tharpe to Big Mama Thornton, from Etta Baker to Etta James and many others. She’ll illuminate how the history of working class black women is documented in blues lyrics. Musically, she’ll highlight the many vocal techniques (wails, syncopation, phrasing, growls, etc.) that are used that give drama and immediacy to the performances of blues women.