Beverly "Guitar" Watkins Passes Away

Beverly “Guitar” Watkinswas an unsung blues guitar legend known for her attacking playing style. She was said to play like Jimi Hendrix (playing behind her head) and Pete Townsend and influenced many musicians including John Lennon. She started playing guitar at a young age and played with James Brown and Ray Charles. After some down years in music, she was working various odd jobs, until she became a regular on Atlanta’s blues scene in the 1980s. The Music Maker Relief Foundation set her up on tour with Koko Taylor in 1998 and released her first album at the age of 60. She continued playing live until she suffered a stroke in July, 2019. She passed away on October 1st.

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