Garden House Blues

Friday, Nov. 16 – Bonnie McCoy (Memphis Minnie’s niece) with special guest Mary Flower

This final event features the niece of Memphis Minnie, Bonnie McCoy. Her heritage includes her father George McCoy and his sister Ethel McCoy (who sang with Chuck Berry in the 50's). George’s brother, Kansas Joe McCoy, recorded and performed with Minnie in her hottest years. Bonnie raised her family and now has time to peruse her dream to be a blues singer in the family tradition. Last year, Seattle based Arcola Records released her debut recording "Child of the Blues" with liner notes by Dr David Evans (Professor of music Memphis University). The CD was produced and released by Bob West, the host of "King Biscuit Time" on the now defunct radio station KRAB-FM 107.7. “Child of the Blues” features Eric Freeman along with Northwest artists Ashley Durant, Anthony Estrada and Mike Daugherty. 

 

Mary Flower is a world-class guitarist and lap slide player who sings the blues.  Along the way, she’s mastered the intricate, harmonically subtle Piedmont style, with its good-timey, ragtime feel.  The Piedmont style forms the foundation of much of her work, but she’s an unrivalled interpreter of Mississippi blues and an ingenious composer in her own right.  She’s twice placed in the top three at the prestigious National Fingerpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas–the only woman to do so. She’s a warm singer who sings down-home yet sophisticated material. Mary was nominated for both “Best Acoustic Artist” and “Best Acoustic Album” in the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Her latest CD is “Misery Loves Company” on Yellow Dog Records. 


www.arcolarecords.com


www.maryflower.com