blues

The Bumper Jacksons: Bringing Old Music into the New Age

Visual Victoria (VV): Who are the Bumper Jacksons and how did they come to form a band together? How do the instruments each member plays fit into the mix? Jess Myhre (JM): The Bumper Jacksons are a ragtag crew of Washingtonians and Baltimorians that love early sounds and getting people riled up to boogie! Chris Ousley and I (Jess Eliot Myhre) formed the band in 2012 as a duo, playing jazz [...]

My Story with The Blues

I’ll be seventy soon, and with the acceleration of culture change, I’m my own history. I was born into a world where my father wrote legal documents in pencil on lined paper and my aunt typed them. The mail chute was right outside the office door. I learned to type by ear. My dad bought an electric typewriter for the office and brought the acoustic one home. I listened first to 78s of the [...]

Gracing the World With Her Voice: Lea Gilmore

(Originally posted March 31, 2012) I met this lovely woman when I was 6 years old. She has been a huge inspiration in my life. While growing up around Lea, I soon learned about all the work that she does, whether it be as a musician, social activist, mom, wife, and that doesn’t even come close to the list of things Gilmore has done and accomplished in her career. The Whole (S)tory (TWS): When [...]
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