Oh Dem Blues Women
Ojai, California 1990
Bowl Full of Blues
Tuscon, Arizona 1990
El Casino Ballroom
Kansas City, 1996
Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival
Jessie Mae Hemphill
"Jessie lives alone with a pack of poodles (her babies, as she calls them). She's one of the more unique characters in the blues world. Always dressed to kill onstage, while backstage waiting to go on, I saw a simple country gal quick with a smile and a kind word."
"Blueswomen can do it all. They can sing and play with the same intensity as men. They write songs, front bands, drive vans, haul amps, deal with agents, club owners and record companies --- they do it all. And they can be so damned sexy. Sometimes raw and blatant like Candye Kane or Lynne White, or smoldering like Angela Strehli or Barbara Lynn. The women just seem to kick out more emotion. Maybe it's me, but I see more smiles and tears when the women take the stage."
David Howitz started taking photos of blues artists in 1971 at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles, and still covers 10 to 12 festivals a year plus club dates.
"I'm lucky in that I've gotten to know many of the musicians as friends. We have shared meals and swapped road stories. I travel the road much the same as the musicians, by car. Long hours of criss-crossing the country to the next gig."