I love the genesis of this project, and the resulting CD….and I’m pleased that one of the folks involved, Brett Lock, shared it with me….he wrote me:
Now, as a music historian this is Right down my street, as I’ve featured many of these songs on a show I did in October 2007, called “Queer Blues.” I got a kick out of hearing what they did with so many old blues songs that I admire so much, like Bessie Jackson’s “BD Women.” (I have to chime in that in the image below I’m fairly sure that’s Ethel Waters, and not the song’s originator, Bessie Jackson)
But I can do better than just letting you hear one song….if you go to their site
You can not only sample all the songs on the album, but hear a podcast where they present the music, much like the evening events that spawned the album.
And you can buy downloads at their Bandcamp site:
Okay, I’m taking a side trip on this post, but it IS related. Brett Lock also shared with me that he was in a South African band in the late 1990’s called One Large Banana, and their 1997 EP included a song he wrote for his then-boyfriend, now-husband, a song called “Cry.” Brett says the straight lead singer had no problem with singing the same-sex lyrics of the song.