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On July's episode of Blues Dance World, we talk about the life of Blues singer Alberta Hunter and highlight her song, "Downhearted Blues". We also take another shot at defining "Modern Blues", talk about Man Camp in Colorado, and dig deeper into the idea of Follow Voice inside the modern vernacular Blues dance with special guest host Ruth Evelyn. Finally, we’ll discuss the Blues events that are coming up: USA: (Reference Link: http://bluescal.com/) - Southbound Blues...

In this episode of Blues Dance World, Katie highlights Piedmont artist Etta Baker during our Monthly Blues Jam. Etta started learning the guitar at a young age and played for over 90 years! She was influenced a number of artists including Taj Mahal and Bob Dylan. We highlight a few of her songs: her 1956 original field recording of Railroad Bill, her version of Railroad bill from her 1991 album, as well as "Carolina Breakdown". Our main topic this month is all...

On this episode of Blues Dance World, Katie kicks it off for our Monthly Blues Jam with modern artist Joe Bonamassa. Joe started learning the guitar at a young age and even opened for B.B. King when he was 12 years old. He advocates for music education and started the "Keeping the Blues Alive" foundation, funding programs and scholarships to help people reach their potential in the music industry. We highlight his song, "You Shook Me".  13 year old Joe Bonamassa on...

This month, Blues Dance World takes a deep dive into four influential songs that we believe really shaped the modern blues dance scene. We'll be having an extended Monthly Blues Jam this time around, with each of our hosts focusing on an individual song. Join Clyde Wright, Katie Belsky, Aaron Brown, and Andy Lee, along with our special guest Meghan Mehta, as they talk up a storm and cruise their way through...

  On this episode of Blues Dance World, we're going live in Nashville at Mo Better Blues! Katie celebrates Nashville's "Queen of the Blues" Marion James for our Monthly Blues Jam. Marion James worked hard to help out fellow musicians and keep Blues alive and kicking. The song this month is "That My Man". Our main topic this month is "Romanticism, History, and the Search for Authenticity" where we pose a lot of questions...

  On this episode of Blues Dance World, Katie kicks us off covering Esther Phillips for our Monthly Blues Jam. Esther battled with addiction for years, but recorded tons of music throughout her career. The song this month is "Please Send Me Someone to Love" from the album "Burnin' (Live at Freddie Jett's Pied Piper Club, L.A.)" As the spring season of events gets underway our main topic prepares dancers how to "do" a...

  In this month's Blues Jam segment, Katie will be covering the origins of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago." After that, Clyde talks about his experience at Snowbound Blues, but kinda forgets who placed for finals in doing so :P In our main topic we talk to Sara Cherny, the head director of BluesSHOUT!, and discuss how...

  "We wanted to give you a WARNING ahead of this podcast that it is less about dance and bit more about our reactions to the world we're living in post elections. There's some harsh language that comes up a little later in the podcast, and a lot of discussions about the racial and sexual aggressions we've been and are dealing with after the elections. So if it doesn't sound like your cup of tea, definitely feel free to skip this one;...

  We have Damon Stone joining us as a guest for November's BDW Podcast. During our monthly Blues Jam segment, we'll be covering Screamin Jay Hawkins, and we'll get to hear his famous blues song, "I put a Spell on You." Reference Site: Screamin Jay Hawkins rising out of a coffin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5MR_e7HRIM Live performance of "I Put a Spell on You": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGPhpvqtOc Constipation Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic3g8Xnf7LI