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I started a quest to find terrific blues music and incredible musicianship when I was just a little kid. I also have a tremendous appreciation of fine musical instruments and equipment. One of my greatest joys all of my life was sharing my finds with my friends. I'm now publishing my journey. I hope that you come along!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

If You Don't Give Me What I Want - Miss Ida Blue

There's a flood of old timey jazz bands right now and a bunch of jug and blues bands but really, no one else is NYC is singing the bawdy but uptown vaudeville blues style of Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Memphis Minnie, and others--let alone doing it so well! Ida emanates Brooklyn attitude, which stems partly from her hoodrat-meets-Amy Winehouse fashion sense, from ripped tights to a diamond cheek piercing. Ida (real name Mara Kaye) was born and raised in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. She says, "I'm really into rapper gold and boss chains. Even in a black and white photo that gold shines through. It looks hard against my white socks and little dresses? rough around the edges. It's Brooklyn, the Brooklyn I know about, the Brooklyn I grew up with... Back in '95 in mill basin you either had a nameplate necklace or a nameplate ring or, if you were lucky, you had both."

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