Jo Ann Kelly
August 2, 2012 7:13 PM   Subscribe

The rock era saw a few white female singers, like Janis Joplin, show they could sing the blues. But one who could outshine them all -- Jo Ann Kelly -- seemed to slip through the cracks, mostly because she favored the acoustic, Delta style rather than rocking out with a heavy band behind her. But with a huge voice, and a strong guitar style influenced by Memphis Minnie and Charley Patton, she was the queen. - AllMusic

This performance of Charley Patton's "Moon Going Down" was recorded a year before her death of a brain tumor at the age of 46.
posted by Egg Shen (13 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
lordy lordy, what a voice.
posted by mule98J at 7:39 PM on August 2, 2012

I love Jo Ann Kelly. She died way too soon and way too unappreciated. Thanks for posting.
I had some of her music on audio mixtapes passed around from friend to friend and now lost,alas. I like this one with John Fahey a lot
posted by Isadorady at 7:40 PM on August 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

It's a shame this is the first I have ever heard of her, but I am in smitten. What an amazing talent.
posted by peacrow at 7:52 PM on August 2, 2012

Holy moly. Thank you.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:56 PM on August 2, 2012

Wow. Thank you.
posted by motty at 8:01 PM on August 2, 2012

I want a full investigation of how Jo Ann Kelly has escaped my attention. Thank you for this post.
posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) at 8:05 PM on August 2, 2012

She is no Jackie Jormp-Jomp.
posted by eugenen at 8:08 PM on August 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Never heard of her before, but I'm damn glad I have now. Thanks Egg Shen.
posted by Palindromedary at 9:27 PM on August 2, 2012

Awesome. Thanks for the post.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:45 PM on August 2, 2012

Hands down the music posts are the best part of mefi for me. Thanks!
posted by shinyshiny at 1:54 AM on August 3, 2012

Wow, she even did an album with John Fahey.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 3:45 AM on August 3, 2012

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