Celebrated artist/writer William Stout captures the riveting personas of 50 brilliant musicians and vocalists in this collectible boxed card set—a perfect companion to his LEGENDS of the BLUES card set. From famous to forgotten, all performers featured are genuine legends to blues aficionados. Stout’s eclectic selections are exquisitely drawn in vibrant watercolor and ink, with concise biographies on the flip side of each card. Stout’s illustrious career encompasses areas as diverse as underground comix, album/CD covers, and countless book and magazine illustrations to Hollywood film design and even painting in Antarctica.
Feartured performers: Ma Rainey (a different portrait that the one on the box cover), Smiley Lewis (Overton Amos Lemons), Lightnin’ Slim (Otis Verris Hicks), Little Walter (Marion Walter Jacobs), Lonesome Sundown (Cornelius Green), Willie Mabon, Sara Martin (a.k.a. Margaret Johnson and Sally Roberts), Percy Mayfield, Papa Charlie McCoy, Jimmy McCracklin, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Memphis Slim (John Len Chapman, a.k.a. John “Peter” Chatman), Amos Milburn, Josie Miles, Little Brother Montgomery (Surreal Wilford Montgomery), Hambone Willie Newbern, Robert Nighthawk (Robert Lee McCollum a.k.a. Robert Lee McCoy), Robert Petway, Jimmy Reed, Blind Joe Reynolds (Joe Sheppard or Joe Leonard), Jimmy Rogers (James A. Lane), Bessie Smith, Clara Smith, Mamie Smith (Mamie Robinson and Little Mamie Gardner Smith), Pinetop Smith (Clarence Smith), Victoria Spivey, Sunnyland Slim (Albert Luandrew),
Tampa Red (Hudson Woodbridge a.k.a. Hudson Whittaker), Montana Taylor (Arthur Taylor), Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (Sounders Terrell & Walter Brown McGhee), Henry Thomas (a.k.a. Ragtime Texas), Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae Thornton), Bessie Tucker, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker (Aaron Thibeaux Walker), Sippie Wallace (Beulah Thomas), Baby Boy Warren (Robert Henry Warren a.k.a. Johnny Williams), Washboard Sam (Robert Brown), Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones), Ethel Waters, Casey Bill Weldon (a.k.a. Kansas City Bill), Bukka White (Booker T. Washington White), Reverend Robert Wilkins, Big Joe Williams, Robert Pete Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee Curtis Williamson), Sonny Boy Williamson II (Aleck Ford; a.k.a. Aleck “Rice” Miller), Jimmy Witherspoon, and Jimmy Yancey.
And if you enjoy this card set, you’ll want Bill Stout’s equally engaging companion deck, LEGENDS of the BLUES, featuringa different FIFTY giants of the genre! Also check out R. Crumb’s Heroes of the Blues card set.
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