Various Artists

Ladies Sing the Blues [ASV/Living Era]

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Living Era's Ladies Sing the Blues compiles performances from some of the most popular female blues singers from the '30s and '40s. Lizzie Miles, Ida Cox, Marnie Smith, and Una Mae Carlisle are some of the artists included here, and performances like Bessie Smith's "Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1-2," Ma Rainey's "Booze & Blues," Billie Holliday's "Long Gone Blues," and Ada Brown's "Evil Mama Blues" showcase the sultry, world-weary, and often humorous stylings of these pioneering blueswomen.

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