Ramsey Library Exhibits

"They Call 'em the Blues"
Randy Marrs

A collection of images
celebrating the blues
February 1-29, 2000

This exhibit is part of UNCA's celebration of Black History Month. Other programs spotlighting blues music, history, and culture will be offered throughout the month of February 2000. For further information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Programs at (828) 251-6584.


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"These photos are a small part of a much larger collection of images I've been documenting for several years on blues music and culture, the musicians who play the music, and blues fans. The project began nineteen years ago, and continues to this day. Not only am I trying to show my love for the music through
these photos, I also hope people get a much better understanding and appreciation for the blues and its influence on our culture and society as one of of the few true indigenous music forms in America."


"The photos were made throughout the United States at blues festivals, juke joints -- wherever
you hear the blues.
I photograph primarily in black and white, and my photos have been exhibited at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi and in conjunction with the Delta Blues Festival in Greenville, Mississippi."

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blues5.jpg (12742 bytes) "I capture not only nationally-known performers such as Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musslewhite, Deborah Coleman, and Dave 'Honeyboy' Edwards, but also traditional Delta bluesmen such as Frank Frost, James 'Son' Thomas, Hammie Nixon, and the Mississippi Fife and Drum Corps."


"An important portion of this exhibition is devoted to local talents: North Carolina bluesman, George Herbert Moore, who
as a young boy, remembers seeing 'Blind Boy' Fuller playing blues around the tobacco warehouses in Durham, as well as South Carolina bluesman, Drink Small." (pictured)
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