Back in Business
Bio Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins is a fan of the low-down, hard-stompin', railroad-smokin' blues. Her feel- good sessions in the late 50s and early 60s may have ignited the spark that fueled the British Invasion. She'll tell you, 'People are impressed to see a black woman play like a man.' A guitar slinger from birth, she performs on the streets of Atlanta by blowing the crowds away with her unadulterated brand of blues. Performance Highlights Festivals/Venues: Irvine Plaza, NY 1999 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 1999 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Davenport, IA, 2000 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY, 2000 Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, IL, 2001 Atlanta Blues Festival, Atlanta, GA, 2001 Charleston Blues Festival, Charleston, SC, 2001 Portsmouth Blues Festival, Portsmouth, NH, 2002 Lugano Blues to Bop, Lugano, Switzerland Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Camden, SC B.B. King's, CA House of Blues, LA & Chicago National and International Tours: Winston Blues Revival, U.S., 1998-1999 Toured Italy and France 2001 Media Appearances Living Blues Magazine, January/February 1998 Recordings Back in Business (Music Maker/Cello Recordings 91007-2) Featured on Blues Came to Georgia (Music Maker Recording MMCD) 2001 Performance review Quotes 'Beverly Watkins is a 59-year-old who plays a red Mustang guitar behind her back like Jimi Hendrix.' ~Taj Mahal, interview with The Boston Herald Awards W.C. Handy Award Nominee, 2000.