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Janiva Magness And Minton Sparks

series: Woodsongs

air date: 7/11/14 3:00 AM

Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty and beauty born from her life experience. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor being the first). She returns to the WoodSongs stage with a brand new CD 'Stronger For It', where she co-wrote three remarkable, autobiographical songs for the album. Minton Sparks fuses music, poetry, and her intoxicating gift for storytelling to paint word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and the places she knows like the back of her hand. She delivers words in beelines of bluesy rhythm and worries the hooks-and there are hooks-backed solely by the nimble acoustic guitar work of John Jackson, who's perhaps best known for having played with Bob Dylan. Her latest album, 'Live at the Station Inn', captures her and Jackson performing 13 memorable story-songs in front of an audience.

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