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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...

  This month we're talking about DJing for our blues community. To help guide us through our trek with her impressive blues music knowledge is Anna Washenko. She is one of the main competition DJs for BluesShout! and the headline DJ for many other national events. For our Monthly Blues Jam, Katie's doing something special. She will be tracking down the lineage of one of the most well known and covered blues songs, "St. James Infirmary." Reference Site: Smithsonian Folkways Song #1: A.L....

1. Dance blues. Okay, sure, there are some well-known blues DJs who don’t actually dance.  And they are successful, right?  Well, sometimes.  However, it makes DJing blues MUCH easier if you actually do the dance yourself.  You get a feel for what makes a song “danceable,” and what rhythms are interesting to dance to and which are not.  You learn which songs are your favorites to dance to, and which songs make you and your friends want to leave the dance floor.  It’s also good if you can try dancing to your own music that you are going to DJ – you can test it out and see if it is fun to dance to, and then if it is,...