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Ruth Wyand: Mama’s Got the Blues & Road2Memphis Fundraiser

November 27, 2016  ·  Sunday * 5-7pm * NO Cover, donations accepted

Meet Ruth Wyand, winner of the Triangle Blues Society’s 2016 Challenge in the solo/duo division! She’s headed to the 2017 International Blues Challenge, the largest gathering of blues musicians IN THE WORLD, in Memphis, Tennessee in February 2017.

As a special treat, Ruth is screening one of her projects! Mama’s Got The Blues’ is a multimedia production by blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Ruth Wyand and film maker Jean Antolini. The show features a live onstage musical score by Wyand while using film footage designed by Antolini projected on a screen behind the musician.

In this merging of film and live music Wyand and Antolini take the audience on a musical journey with a radio like experience at the show’s opening then sets out exploring the Women who helped shape America’s rich Blues history.

Wyand plays the songs of Women Blues Artist from the early 1900’s to the present who have blazed the trail of blues, jazz and rock and roll. The songs of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday up to Bonnie Raitt plus a few others that have been overlooked and forgotten throughout history.

With one foot in the juke joints and one foot in the jazz clubs Ruth draws on American roots music to frame her lyrics and demonstrate her strengths as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. She regularly performs a range of originals, classics, and blues to acoustical versions of Jimi Hendrix songs.

We’re gonna help her get to Memphis, y’all, so come out and support this very talented artist as she represents the Triangle.  Donations welcome!