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Beverly "Guitar" Watkins & Shrimp City Slim

When: Sun., Oct. 24 2010

Beverly “Guitar” Watkins has vast experience on the electric six-string, and she shows no signs of slowing down. The 71-year-old Georgia native got her start in the late 1950s gigging with Atlanta legend Piano Red and his bands. She played for some time with Leroy Redding (cousin to Otis Redding), then found gigs in the 1980s with Eddie Tigner and Mudcat (both of whom are Watkins’ labelmates on the N.C.-based Music Maker Relief Foundation). 2007 saw the release of Don’t Mess with Miss Watkins (she currently has a gospel record in the works, too). Watkins rocked hard on her customized axe at the old A Dough Re Mi during last winter’s Lowcountry Blues Bash with Shrimp City Slim and his combo. They handled a cool set of standards and originals. Watkins grinned and howled, leaning into surefooted solos with warm funkiness. Her voice was strong and she had plenty of chops. Watkins performs on stage at the Mad River Bar & Grille on Sun. Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann

Price: $10

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