Friday the 13th

13 May

I’m one of the most superstitious people out there.  It’s a wonder that I didn’t convince myself that it would be bad luck to post a song about bad luck on Friday the 13th.  The funny thing is, for someone who is so concerned about attracting bad luck, I’m mostly lucky.  I probably just jinxed that.

You know who isn’t lucky, in song at least?  Memphis Minnie, that’s who.  Download “I’m a Bad Luck Woman” and you’ll see what I mean.  Have you ever heard of someone unluckier in love?  Even I don’t hold a candle to her on that front.
But in life, oh boy, what a different story.  She was an amazing woman, a pioneer.  She is one of the only female blues singers and guitarists to ever be considered equal to the bluesmen greats.

She was born in the late 1800s!  Women were supposed to work in the house and the farm.   Instead, she recorded for 4 decades, which is pretty impressive for a woman or a man.  Big Bill Broonzy claimed she was one of the best blues guitarists he ever heard.

I’ve already posted people who were from litters of children or who were child prodigies.  Memphis Minnie was also both of those things.  But I’m pretty sure that she’s the first Margauxville artist who ran away and joined the circus when she was 14 in order to perform.

She’s so cool she almost makes today like a Friday the 14th.


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