“She was just an unsung hero of the blues.”
Beverly Watkins, a rare woman among blues guitarists, who cleaned homes when music did not pay her enough and did not record her first solo album until she was 60, died on Oct. 1 in Atlanta. She was 80. Ms. Watkins called her music lowdown, stomping blues and complemented it with crowd-pleasing antics into her 70s — playing her electric guitar on her back and behind her head, sliding across the stage. When she sang, it was often with a growl. Beverly “Guitar” Watkins followed in the footsteps of women like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Memphis Minnie.
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