Barbara Blue The Reigning Queen Of Beale Street
Singer/songwriter/producer Barbara Blue personifies the female blues vocalist. Referred to as “The Reigning Queen of Beale Street” by the Memphis Music Elite, Ms. Blue respectfully takes her rightful place in the musical mecca of Memphis, TN. This native of Pittsburgh PA is honored and humbled by her position as the one/only female vocalist to ever perform on Beale Street five nights a week, for eighteen years straight. When not traveling the USA or the world for festivals, fundraisers, great clubs, restaurants and private gigs – Ms. Blue makes her home base at Silky O’Sullivan’s on historic Beale Street . She wears her crown proudly and vows to do her best to keep not only the Blues but also Memphis Music alive. Performing gritty urban blues and saucy Memphis soul, her voice and presentation have been compared to the late great : Etta James, KoKo Taylor and Janis Joplin. Currently, she has released ten highly acclaimed Independent albums on her own recording label “BIG Blue Records” – backed by many word class musicians.
“Barbara Blue can make a glass eye cry.” – Silky Sullivan
“Barbara Blue, You are a wonderful person and so is your music. This new CD is one of your best, I LOVE it!” -Bobby Rush
“B’s got the goods!!” – Taj Mahal
“BB’s Somewhere between an earthquake & a hurricane!” – Ronnie Earl
“She’s bold; she’s brassy; she’s downright sassy; but one thing is for sure, Barbara Blue can really sing.” -Dave “Doc” Piltz of mnblues.com
2015 (May 8th)Honored with a Brass note on The Beale Street Walk of Fame
2014 Honored with a Memorabilia Case in the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis, TN
2011 Emissary of Memphis Music Award
2010 Honored with a Memorabilia Case in the Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, PA for her “Royal Blue” recording,
2007 BMA Nomination Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist
2002 Phillips Premier Player Award Best Newcomer,
2002 ~ 2004 ~ 2006 (featuring “The Phantom Blues Band”) ~ 2010 (Royal Studios): 1st Round Grammy Nomination Contender in multiple categories for CD recordings.