Tennessee’s—and the South’s—long and rich musical history is famous the world over. However, that history is unfortunately (but perhaps unsurprisingly) whitewashed: Tootsie’s history is more well-known than North Nashville history, for instance, and Hank Williams’ story is told more often than that of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. But this holiday season, Southern goth blues artist Adia Victoria wants us to remember the marginalized. More specifically, she wants us to remember that the blues is and was a means of social protest.
That’s why she’s putting on A Delta Blue Christmas, an evening of panelists, poetry and music from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Third Man Records. The event will track activism in the blues throughout history and into today, and will feature folks like past NATIVE Literature Spotlight feature Ciona Rouse. Plus, a portion of the proceeds made from the show will benefit Jessi Zazu, Inc.