Ma Rainey

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    The Funky Chicken: Good Stuff in the Mailbox

    Yeah, it's like that.​Once again our mailbox has filled to overflowing with CDs (and zip files). The desk looks like a Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown of jewel cases, and the entire room is littered with (largely unread) piles of hype-and-tout. And while much of what comes over the transom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Tracy Nelson, Victim Of The Blues, Embraces Muddy & Lightnin'

    Robert Hakins​Long acclaimed as one of the truly great singers of the modern era, at 66 Tracy Nelson still has the fire for performing great songs. Her latest project, Victim of the Blues, is a loving caress to her original passion: Old-school blues, particularly the Chicago variety. Nelson's ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 14, 2008

    Gem of the Ocean is a Crown Jewel

    Ensemble Theatre presents a glorious play

  • Culture

    February 17, 2005

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2005

    Black to the Future

    Two Trains Running and A Love Story weave strikingly different -- but intimate -- stories of the African-American experience

  • Culture

    May 31, 2001

    Blue Mood

    Juke joints and the decay of time: Project Row Houses has a contagious case of the blues

  • Culture

    January 30, 1997

    For Love --or Money

    Main Street's Miser isn't as rich as it could be

  • Music

    December 8, 1994
  • News

    April 28, 1994

    A Hard Case of the Blues

    Roy Ames and his Home Cooking records have spread the sound of Houston blues around the world. Some local musicians are wondering why he hasn't spread more of the wealth as well.

  • Culture

    January 20, 1994

    Sing, Muse, the Wrath of Ma Rainey

    More than just a blue period, Ma Rainey sings -- and boasts and celebrates and laments -- the tale of a culture

  • Culture

    January 20, 1994

    Playing the Blues

    Playwright August Wilson talks about the birth of Ma Rainey

  • Culture

    January 6, 1994

    Getting to the Bottom of the Blues

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom actress Theresa Merritt and director Claude Purdy discuss the sin and history of the blues