Miss Blues

Miss Blues

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Miss Blues has played festivals all over the United States. Inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in 2004, Oklahoma Gazette calls her "the state's first lady of the blues". She has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor, Watermelon Slim, Jimmy Thackery & Kenny Neal.

Biography

Miss Blues hails from Direct, Texas. The town got its name when some Jack Leg Preacher came to town and declared "Everybody born in this town is going direct to hell". Influenced by her mother, Carrie, Miss Blues began singing the blues in 1943.

"I developed my signature style of singing from an incident that happened to my mom when I was three or four. She left my dad and moved us from Paris, Texas to Wellington, Texas. He found us and broke in. He had a dirk knife and tried to kill my mother, but she grabbed the knife and broke it. Amazing Strength! I developed a primal scream crying out for and to all my sisters, who sometimes suffer in silence with no-good men folk."
Such passion and power in a child didn't go unnoticed and a man named Earl Shambolee, who ran a little barrel house on the plantation, asked her to sing for everybody on Easter Sunday 1943. Earl said he'd pay her $2.50 which was near a week's wages. Little Rabbit looked like her daddy and was big and grown beyond her seven years of age. There was an old fiddler named McCoy and a sometimes guitarist named Credelle who provided the music and accompanied Rabbit while she sang "Good Mornin' Blues" and was thereafter billed as Little Miss Blues.

The late forties found her belting the blues in her cousin's beer garden in Oklahoma City. In the late 50's, Miss Blues teamed with guitarist Little Eddie Taylor and formed the Rocking Aces Band. The band opened for some of the rock and roll and blues legends, including Bo Diddley and Jackie Wilson. In other events, Miss Blues has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Kenny Neal, Koko Taylor and Watermelon Slim,Little Joe Blue, Drink Small, and Richard "Groove" Holmes.

One of Miss Blues's cds titled"Miss Blues Sittin' In with Blinddog Smokin' (the road warriors from Laramie, Wyoming)"captures an "unrefined energy and personality of this eclectic gathering.
The sincerity and fire of Miss Blues served as the matrix in which this session was recorded. Some of her comments and laughter remain so the listener can gain insight into the uncontrived soul of this special lady."

On September 5th, 2004, at the Dusk till Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville, Ok, Miss Blues was inducted in the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame. Miss Blues is devoted to bringing the gutsy down- home blues experience. It's really, "Blues with an Attitude"!

Dorothy Ellis sings with a passion that reclaims the emotion for all women who have been in the grip of heartache. Miss Blues not only sings the blues, she is the blues.

Don't miss comments by Taj Mahal, Watermelon Slim, Andrew Boy Jones as well as reviews by Skye Dobro Walker with BluesBlast Magazine and more.

Lyrics

Trapped

Written By: Dorothy Ellis

I'm trapped in a bad situation, my love has turned to hate. I'm trapped in a bad situation, my love has turned to hate. I'm wringing my hands and crying what in the world is gonna be my fate?

You know the man won't talk to me, he sits there with his face in a frown; if I ask him something sweetly, he answers with a growl. He says I'm gettin fat; I'm movinin a little too slow. Fifty years with this bastard where the hell did fifty go.

I'm trapped in a bad situation, my love has turned to hate. I'm wringing my hands and cryin what in the world is gonna be my fate?

I'm gonna fix myself up, I'm gonna buy me a car, I'm goin out cruising down at the Blue Note Bar. I'm gonna quit worrying people, and I ain't gonna pine, I'm gonna find me a damn good man if he's dumb, crippled or blind.

I'm trapped in a bad situation, my love has turned to hate; I'm wringing my hands and cryin what in the world is gonna be my fate.

Sinkin Sinkin Sinkin

Written By: Dorothy Ellis

I'm sinking, sinking, sinking people. I want you to look at the hole I'm in. I'm sinking sinking sinking people, I want you to look at the hole I'm in. I said I've been in this hole ever since me and this man began.

I took him to the tailor, I bought him a brand new suite of clothes, and where that man is now, God only knows.

I'm sinking, sinking, sinking people. I want you to look at the hole I'm in. I said I've been in this hole ever since me and this man began.

I took him table, I saw that he was well fed, I left and went to work, he put another women in the bed! I'm sinking, sinking, sinking people. I want you to look at the hole I'm in. I said I've been in this hole ever since me and this man began.

I gave him some money to go pay my bills, guess what? The bastard spent it all on one cheap thrill. I'm sinking, sinking, sinking people. I want you to look at the hole I'm in. I said I've been in this hole ever since me and this man began.

I got up this morning, I had an eerie feeling, I heard a knock on the door, and the state took my children. I'm sinking, sinking, sinking people. I want you to look at the hole I'm in. I said I've been in this hole ever since me and this man began.
I'm sinking, sinking, sinking people. I want you to look at the hole I'm in. I'm sinking, sinking, sinking people. I want you to look at the hole I'm in. I said I've been in this hole ever since me and this man began. Help me out of this hole. Help me!

Discography

CD - "Sittin In"
CD - "Reminiscence of the Blues"
CD - "On the Front Porch"
CD - "Bad Prospects" - 2008

Set List

Performing a mixture of traditional and modern blues.
Sets available in 45, 60, and 75 min durations,
for concert & club venues" call or 405-535-7300 for more information."