Marietta-based author Rhetta Akamatsu has written an overview of blues music and musicians in Georgia. Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues offers succinct profiles of a far-ranging assortment of the state’s blues figures, from the earliest known artists such as Blind Willie McTell, Ma Rainey (pictured) and Curley Weaver, through subsequent notables like Precious Bryant, Piano Red and Frank Edwards, up to and including more recent performers such as Daniel “Mudcat” Dudeck, Tinsley Ellis and Francine Reed. Akamatsu also touches on the various venues catering to blues, from the bustling heyday of Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue and Decatur Street districts to current favorites like Blind Willie’s and the Northside Tavern.
Southern Crossroads is available both through Amazon Kindle and in hard copy. A book launch party has been set for Saturday, December 19th from 6 til 8 p.m. at Darwin’s Burgers and Blues, 1598 Roswell Road in Marietta. Three dollars from each book sold will go toward an autism charity.