Libby Rae Watson
Libby Rae Watson grew up in Pascagoula, MIssissippi a few blocks from the Gulf of Mexico. She became captivated by Blues music when in her teens after stumbling across a songbook in a local music store. It was full of songs and photos of Blues greats! Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten.... legends of the early Blues. It was the beginning of a life long infatuation of the music, the people who made it, and the culture of her own State. She later searched for and became friends with several Blues musicians. She was mentored by the great Sam Chatmon who was the last surviving member of the Mississippi Sheiks. "I didn't plan to go 'find' the Blues. The Blues found me. I've been consumed by it for over 40 years! Like Sam Chatmon said, “ The Blues is my daily occupation!”
*Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola Blues Challenge* 2013 2nd place 2014 Winner, 2015 Winner
*International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN* 2014 and 2015 semi-finalist. 2018 Finalist!
2016 Musician of the Year by the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola
2017 Winner of the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola Blues Challenge, along with duo partner, Wes Lee as Sweet ‘n’ Salty. Wes was a finalist in the 2017 IBC in Memphis.
2018 International Blues Challenge Finalist with duo Sweet ‘n’ Salty and Wes Lee.
2019 National Women in Blues Showcase in Memphis, TN
2019 Amal Blues Festival in Sweden
Libby Rae Watson has played many festivals and music venues throughout the South and Canada... New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Juke Joint Festival, to name a few. In 2013, She toured the Maritimes of Canada with famed Canadian blues man, Doc MacLean.
Since 2014, Libby Rae tours as a solo, a duo with Wes Lee called Sweet ‘n’ Salty, and with fellow musicians Rambling Steve Gardner, Bill Steber and Wes Lee as the Jericho Road Show.
'Sweet 'n' Salty' - Libby Rae Watson
'Times Ain't Like They Used to Be'- The Jericho Road Show Vol. 3 - Both available on cdbaby
“I Done Told Ya” - Sweet ‘n’ Salty - duo with Wes Lee. Available at wesleemusic.com
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