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Dee Dee’s blues makes lifelong connections

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Dee-Lavell_2012-wpDee Dee Lavell is all aglow after her recent trip to the US. While she was there, a group of blues loving women pulled together a live recording performance, scheduled in the days just prior to the International Blues Challenge in late January in Memphis, Tennessee.

This event was held at Hopson Commissary Plantation where the legendary bluesman Pinetop Perkins worked while he was growing up. The ambience of Hopson is fantastic and it gave all the women more incentive to be productive during the session.

‘Most of us women stayed in the little shacks that formerly housed the cotton pickers and workers of the plantation,’ says Dee Dee. ‘It was like stepping into a movie where so many blues greats started life as offspring of slaves and then moved into the workforce on the plantation.’

Dee Dee say they did this project to continue to support and promote blues women artists and musicians, to bring a bigger audience to their music and musicianship. ‘Most of the women around this project had never met each other prior to the Monday morning, the day of the recording. For each of them to share their original songs, rehearse them, and record them all in two days was phenomenal. Over those days we recorded 17 original songs. This was a life changing experience for me and the other women. Lifelong connections and friendships formed.

Dee Dee, who was nominated for two Chain Blues awards this year, is currently touring Dee Dee Lavell & Mama’s Boys, with special guests Andrew Baxter on guitar, Rod Coe on bass, Grant Gerathy on drums and Alan Park on piano. Other special guests include Belle Hendrik and Kellie Knight.

Catch Dee Dee Lavell & Mama’s Boys at The Rails on Saturday.




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