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Get the Blues with Amy Strother, arts/merchandise chair

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What do you love about the blues? "The blues is a very emotional genre of music... it's gritty and has a lot of heart. It's raw and real. There's nothing to hide behind."

What was your first introduction to the blues? "I grew up listening to country and the blues in the kitchens of my mother and my grandmother. If you grew up in the rural south, music is as much a part of your upbringing as anything else. It's in our blood."

About one of the 2015 performers in her playlist: "I picked the Charles Bradley song, "Let Love Stand A Chance," because it's the first song I ever heard him sing. My friend, Micah Nickens, played it for me on his phone a few years ago. I was like, 'WTF?'"

 

Listen to Amy's playlist below.

And while you're at it, there's still time to submit applications for art and general vendors for this year's festival. Get all the details here.