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On November's episode of Blues Dance World, Katie introduces us to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of Rock and Roll and someone who's influence heavily shaped modern music. The regular Blues Dance World crew takes a bit of a backseat this month as we bring on a panel of special guests, Curtis Ellis, Elizabeth Kilrain, Cierra Ruffin, and Kenneth Shipp, to talk about blackness in the blues dance world, a conversation that our community's been having with itself for a while now.

In our October episode of Blues Dance World, Katie gives us a glimpse into the life of Big Maybelle and her famous song 'Candy'.  Big Maybelle I Ain't Mad at You Live Then, Katie, Clyde, Aaron, and Andy, along with special (repeat!) guest and sociologist extraordinaire Tim O'Neill, have a freewheeling discussion about the value of touch in our society and the ways that touch impacts dancing. We also give a well-deserved shout out that we missed in...

Hey there folks. This month for our September edition of Blues Dance World, we have not one but TWO special guests: Laney Barhaugh and Ben Hejkal! First, we'll start this month's episode with Clyde, Lanie, and Aaron summarizing their experiences at Southbound Blues, an exchange that happened recently in Nashville. We'll also briefly discuss other events we've been to: Mezzjelly, Sweet Mo. Then, Clyde will take us through our Monthly Blues Jam! This month our featured artist is Jimmy McCracklin, a San Francisco based "texas shuffle" blues musician. McCracklin's style is influenced...

On August's episode of Blues Dance World, Katie calls some people out when she takes a look at Little Walter and his song "Mean Old World". Katie, Clyde, Aaron, and Andy, along with special guest and all-around badass Mike Legenthal, have a discussion about the do's and don'ts of judging blues competitions. We also get a bit of an inside look into the Blues Experiment, learn some exciting news from Clyde, and reveal our secret love for balboa dancing.

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...