Bobby Rush: "Blues Singer--Plus"

An article from Southern Cultures 17:4, The Music Issue

By William Ferris

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  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7253-6
    Published: December 2011

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“I try to get the people in my hand, for them to love me, and once I get them in my hand, I can then tell them what I’ve come to tell them. And I come to tell them about the blues. It’s just like a preacher.”

The consummate Chiltin’ Circuit performer talks women, finding his crossover audience, and masquerading as two different people on the same stage in one night.

This article appears in the 2011 Music issue of Southern Cultures.

Southern Cultures is published quarterly (spring, summer, fall, winter) by the University of North Carolina Press. The journal is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South.

About the Author

William R. Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History, Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and Adjunct Professor of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has made numerous documentary films and has authored over 100 publications in the fields of folklore, history, literature, and photography. Give My Poor Heart Ease, his book of interviews with Delta blues greats, was published by UNC Press in 2009.
For more information about William Ferris, visit the Author Page.