Etta James

By Jonny Whiteside

 

             For a black woman in mid-20th century America, life was an almost guaranteed dead end, a double whammy of sexist-racist oppression that so severely marginalized and limited one’s choices it seemed foolhardy to even dream of better conditions. When R&B singer Etta James found one of the only escape routes available to African-Americans--the blues--she climbed on board, and before long, found herself driving that train, at full steam, into previously uncharted musical territories. The... Read More

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