Kim Nalley – Blues People

History, contemporary times, hard times and good times mix and mingle with Kim Nalley’s Blues People (2015).

The band consists of Nalley, vocals; Tammy Hall, piano and organ; Greg Skaff, guitar; Michael Zisman, bass; Kent Bryson, drums; and Bryan Dyer, background vocals.

Blues People is inspired by Amiri Baraka’s book, Blues People: Negro Music in White America. According to the liner notes, Baraka argues in the book that African Americans were fundamentally a blues people. In short, the blues were a way of life, a culture, that encompasses the totality of black Americans’ historical and day-to-day existence.

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