Author Rhetta Akamatsu has a lot of interests, and one of them is blues music. When reading about the blues, the Marietta Georgia native discovered that female blues singers were often overlooked in books written about the music. To help balance the scales, Akamatsu put together T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Women Blues Singers Old and New, which takes an in-depth look into the lives of blues women from both the early days of the music as well as the contemporary blues scene.
Akamatsu put a lot of research into T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do, and she covers an impressive range of blues artists. The first section of the book, titled “The Early Blues Women,” includes profiles of classic early era blues singers like Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Memphis Minnie, and Sippie Wallace, as well as R&B-oriented modern era singers like Ruth Brown and Big Mama Thornton.
The second section of T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do covers “Blues Women From The ’60s To The Present,” offering profiles of old-school blues and R&B artists like Etta James and Irma Thomas, as well as traditionally-oriented contemporary blues singers like Marcia Ball and Saffire (the Uppity Blues Women), along with more pop-and-rock-oriented performers like Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin, among others.
Eighteen women are covered in the pages of T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do, a long overdue effort to put the significant and influential contributions of female blues artists in their proper context.
“Chicken Fat” Blog
I finished reading the book HAUNTED MARIETTA by Rhetta Akamatsu.
It is not ghost stories with frightening plots that happened in Marietta. Vincent Price is not playing the fiddle while Marietta burns and the Alexander Stephens Clay statue in the park melts. Nothing like that. Not even any sudden BOOS! (gotcha!)
It is simple events or sightings of beings that probably used to be living and a good dose of local history to help paint the picture.
Ms Akamatsu tells of places all over Marietta and on the outskirts such as Sandy Plains Road and as far south as the Concord Covered Bridge. She usually gives her theories why a certain area or objects might attract ghosts, such as bridges.
She tells of haunts in downtown and the killing fields (and mountain) of the Civil War and explains the possibilities of why the spirits settled on a particular place.
The Civil War plays heavily in her narration because this town was under U.S. marshal law from the summer of 1864 on for a couple of years. The citizens starved and lived their lives in despair. Life was hell then…. The brewing ground for unsettled spirits.
Some people are skeptics about ghosts. Well, if they are they are.
You can read this book and keep your belief intact but still enjoy this book just for the local history education you will absorb. Rhetta Akamutsu covers every major historical event that I can think of. It lacks detailed facts and figures but has quality run-downs of each event that unfolded in Marietta.
Another thing I enjoyed about the book, which I already mentioned in a previous blog is that it mentions Chicken Fat and me three times!!!