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"Indiana Monthly Blues - May 2006"

"Last month, in my article in the April Indiana Blues Monthly on WFYI's Matt Socey, I quoted Socey on Indiana blues artists currently playing that he found especially noteworthy. One of them was South Bend's Shar-Baby, a slender, wiry singer-songwriter/guitarist who bills herself as "The Little Woman with a Big Sound." And big that sound is. She's a striking composer of original blues songs as well, songs that stand out not only in their "tell-it-like-it-is" grittines, their unflinching portrayal of the realities of African American life still today that informed LeRoi Jones' book on the blues in the 1960s,........Her original lyrics are strikingly original in other ways as well, notably in her themes and striking blues images that are uncommon in most blues. Such as her song about the travails of the person who can't make the Food Stamps and the welfare check last the whole month, and ends the month on a diet of "Popcorn and Green Beans." Or in the way she develops the theme of thinking of oneself and using one's own mind, directly, apporpriately titled "Own Mind Blues." - George Fish - George Fish


"The Blues My Way"



Sharon Yvonne Newport (aka Shar-Baby), was born in South Bend, IN 1952. She was given the name “Shar-Baby” by an aunt in Greenfield, TN. Her father was a gospel singer in the later 40s and early 50s. As a child, Sharon loved to visit her aunt Rosie, who dated Little Walter, in the city of Chicago in the early 50s. Sharon received her first guitar at 11 years of age. With the “Beatles” as inspiration she learned how to play.

At 15, her music teacher heard her voice and asked her to join their band “Check-Mates part II”. After six months she formed her own band called, “Soul Sensations” which played rhythm & blues. She was only 16 at the time. The band played dozens of gigs for two years. After her first band broke up, Sharon and her sister, Sunshine, formed an R&B duet group called, “Braylock Sisters”. The two of them performed around South Bend for fifteen years. With some of her free time, Sharon performed with Lonnie Woods, a musician the played with “JR Walker & the All Stars”.

In 1992, Sharon moved to Pensacola, Fl. She was featured in blues festivals at Seville Quarter, and Flora-Bama Lounge plus, numerous clubs in Pensacola and surrounding areas.