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Jessie Mae Hemphill

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Jesse Mae Hemphill - vocal, guitar, drum tambourine, multi instrumentalist (1940 - 2004) A regular performer at blues festivals as late as the early 1990s, Jessie Mae Hemphill, outfitted in a sequined hat and shiny purple halter top, stood out onstage for her age as well as her appearance. With a wink in her eye and a gold tooth flashing, Hemphill played guitar, bells attached to her legs, her foot tapping a tambourine. The music of her one-woman band was haunting--familiar, yet new. It drew from the traditions of North Mississippi Delta region--music born of slavery, reared in poverty, and perfected on the farmland

Album

She-Wolf

Label: Hightone Records
Released: 1981


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