Riverside Blues Series: Quotes and Excerpts

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Book One photo credit: John Keen. All rights reserved. Book Two photo credit: Carrie Powell. All rights reserved. Book Three photo credit: Diana Davies (with permission from the Smithsonian). All rights reserved.

 

We are excited about the Riverside Blues Series and the blues artists featured in our books. Below are inspirational, never-before-published, copyrighted excerpts from our biographies.

“People talk about being a strong black woman. Well, you had to know my mother Matilda to understand what that means.”

~ Carrie Powell in Hard Working Woman: The Life and Legend of Mississippi Matilda, Book Two.

Another powerful quote:

“They found church out there in the cotton fields. Yes, they found church out there. They used to sing hymns in the hot sun, and they would last so, so long. They would get on that hymn and they would hold that note for so long.”

~ Carrie Powell in Hard Working Woman: The Life and Legend of Mississippi Matilda, Book Two.

From Eugene, himself:

“She’s finally go and order my owns guitar from Sears and Roebuck. Cost two dollars and fifty cents,” he said. “Mama say, ‘Go on and tear it up!’”

~ Eugene Powell regarding his first guitar received on his seventh birthday in The Original Rolling Stone: The Travelin’ Riverside Blues of Eugene Powell, Book One.

Another of our favorites:

“I’s thinkin’ the world comin’ to an end,” he said of the low hanging, ominous black clouds that he spotted from the outhouse.

~ Eugene Powell as a boy, regarding the tornado in Sunflower County as shared in The Original Rolling Stone: The Travelin’ Riverside Blues of Eugene Powell, Book One.

From the yet unpublished third installment in the Riverside Blues series:

“My father told me that nobody could outplay them. They were like one in the same kind of person.”

~ Rose Mary Harney, daughter of Hacksaw Harney, referring to her father’s friendship with Eugene in America’s Unbeatable Musicians: The Original Masters of the Mississippi Riverside Blues. Book Three.

Please contact us for more information on the Riverside Blues Series or to contribute to a future project.