Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey was one of the first blues singers to be recorded in America.  If there is something familiar to you in her style of singing, it might be because her attitude has influenced a lot of rock music.  

Questions.

What feeling is being expressed in 'Ma and Pa Poorhouse Blues'?

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How can you hear the influence of Ma Rainey today?  (you might like to know that she was an important mentor for Bessie Smith).