About Barbara Blue

Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pa, Barbara has had the blues since the day she was born.  She has been performing on Beale Street 21+ years ( June 7, 1997) 5 nights a week. (Always check her schedule page before planning a trip to Memphis!)  Barbara has also performed along side various top notch artists such as:  Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Will McFarlane, Bobby Rush, Ronnie Earl, Michael Tols, Charles “Skip” Pitts, The Hodges Brothers, The Cate Brothers, Howard Grimes, Earl “The Pearl” Banks, Blind Mississippi Morris, Scott Sharrard, Lonne Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Wayne Baker Brooks, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band (Tony Braunagel, Mike Finnigan, Johnny Lee Schell, Larry Fulcher & the Texicalli Horns, Darrell Leonard and Joe Sublett), Carla Thomas, Jeff Healey, Preston Shannon, Leo “Bud” Welch, Sam Myers, Anson Funderburgh, Candye Kane, Henry Butler, Roy Carrier, Dutch Tilders, Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, Anthony Gomes, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton, Maceo Parker, Al Jackson, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Tab Benoit, Fiona Boyes, Corey Harris, Sean Costello, The Nighthawks, Big Mike Griffin,  Jon DelTorro Richardson, Zack Harmon, Trudy Lynn, Carol Fran & Gaye Adegbaloba. From Pittsburgh to Detroit to Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, LA, KC, Hawaii, Memphis, Australia, Canada, England, Norway, Aruba & The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise the journey continues. Since forming her own band in 1989, Barbara has been progressing right up blues alley. With the release of her Debut CD "OUT OF THE BLUE", Barbara has reached a wider audience of blues lovers world wide. Now residing in Memphis Tennessee and performing nightly (See Schedule) on historical Beale Street since June 7th, 1997, Barbara's understanding and cultivation of the Blues is deeper and richer than ever.

 

 Barbara’s discography:

 1989  OUT OF THE BLUE

 3 recordings with world re noun Phantom Blues Band: SELL MY JEWELERY 2002, MEMPHIS 3rd & BEALE 2004 and LOVE MONEY CAN’T BUY 2006, all of which have made the first round of the Grammy Nomination process in 3 categories. 

2007 an import was been released by SHOUT Records LTD, London UK titled: BY POPULAR DEMAND.  It is a tasty compilation the first of it’s kind with Barbara’s recordings and a 12page color booklet.  OUTSTANDING!!! 

2008 has lead to the much anticipated release of Barbara Blue & Nat Kerr's first LIVE release....  Recorded at Silky O'Sullivans on Beale Street, Memphis Tennessee .... 3 nights with Memphis' world renowned female engineer Dawn Hopkins. There was such a good groove, vibe & funk goin' on .... 3 LIVE Vol's were released!! 

2010 ROYAL BLUE the first of 3 CD’s to come straight outta Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studio’s.  Long story short …. PoPs Mitchell had agreed to produce Barbara’s 8th CD, and unfortunately he suffered a fall and that was all she wrote.  After all was said and done Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell approached Barbara to see if she was still interested in make a record a Royal…….  and they proceeded to produce 3 stellar CD’s with Memphis’ finest Hi Rhythm Section and many special guests, Bobby Rush, Cody Dickinson, Ronnie Earl, Sonny Barbados, on & on….

2012  JUS’ BLUE 2015 MEMPHIS BLUE ~ SWEET, STRONG & TIGHT

2018  FISH IN DIRTY H2O   with Jim Gaines producer/engineer  AWESOME!!! 

FYC 2019 Grammy Awards ~ Thanks in advance!!