When you think of the history of The Blues in America, you are struck by two, stark, gender realities: Women sing The Blues and Men play The Blues on guitar.
I am left to wonder about the why of that genetic disparity between artist and performance.
Were women only culturally allowed to sing and not play or was there something more sinister going on with The Blues?
Men also sing The Blues, but mostly, The Blues made the most history via a man’s fingers on a guitar.
Can you name an important female Blues guitarist in antiquity? There might be one or two in the last century — but are any of them as famous as the men who made The Blues an American tradition?