Blues music’s past is littered with plenty of great naughty records, from the “hokum” blues and country of the 1920s and ’30s, to forward R&B of the ’50s and the pre-Elvis era. This concert is devoted to the silly, passionate, deep, scandalous sex songs and novelty tunes of days gone by. These naughty sexy and heartfelt songs were an integral part of Folk and Blues for many decades. In this 2-set showcase you will be taken deep inside the world of hokum Blues. The revue features notable local pianist Aaron Price on stride, the saucy ingénue Jesse Barry and Peggy Chanteuse Ratusz on vocals. A rousing, raucous, musical good time comes from the vivid stories of the pain and trouble African Americans suffered as part of their American Experience. Conversely, the loneliness that sexual urges and the pain of living the blues will be honestly presented and sung by these two generationally connected Blues vocalists. This show will spotlight racy but PG-13 rated material, often spiced with risqué double entendre, as well as the aching fervent love songs made famous by such seminal figures as Ethel Waters, Blu Lu Baker, Lil Johnson, Merline Johnson, Sippie Wallace, Bessie Smith, Peggy Lee, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt & more! So devilishly good it’s positively heavenly!
Jesse Barry, known for her soulful blues pipes and contagious enthusiasm on stage, began her music career at the tender age of eight years old. Influenced by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Etta James, and Susan Tedeschi, Jesse has created her own, unique blues sound and audiences are stunned by the huge voice that comes out of her small body.
Blues Chanteuse, Peggy Ratusz has been pulling from the cream of Western North Carolina’s crop of stellar instrumentalists, since 2002. Her rich and swanky, devilish and deep range and style, originals to covers, effectively transmit heartache, love, joy and sensuality.