the blues.

one of our favorite things is the blues. i’m talking raw. gritty. deep down in your soul kind of blues. i’m talking ROOTS music.

growing up, mom and dad would take us to a little east texas hole-in-the-wall joint called auntie skinners in jefferson, texas…where we would watch authentic blues singers…everything from muddy waters’ hoochie coochie man and bb kings’ lucille to roaches in my kitchen (pretty sure this one was an east texas artist original).

which is why, as business owners, we donate to MUSIC MAKER RELieF foundation every year. in support of american roots musicians & the forgotten heroes of southern music.

“the blues is life.” – brownie mcghee

but there’s something about the blues. something about the way an artist who REALLY and truly feels the blues can express the lyrics. they don’t just sing the lyrics. they FEEL the lyrics.they LIVE the lyrics. they ARE the lyrics. there’s something about the gravel in their voice, the wrinkles in their face, the strength in their hands as they strum their steel guitars & play their harmonicas all in a smoky haze.

and i digress….

this week, the girls of JG, amie, and i found ourselves very excited about our new gypsy goods in the house…and completely inspired by the blues. by the deep south.

by the crossroads.

i’m talking sequins. fringe. classic bandanas. american flags. fringe. leopard skinnies. concho belts. turquoise. did i say fringe…?

and this is what happened…

“i’ve got the key to the highway. feel i got to go. gonna leave her runnin. walkin is both too slow.” – bb king

 

 

14 comments

1 Melissa { 11.16.12 at 1:19 pm }

Oh Em Gee!!! Can I have one of everything? Sometimes I think you ladies live in my head or something, picking my brain and stamping my thoughts on jewelry and shirts. Love it!

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2 City~Gurl Country Gurl { 11.16.12 at 2:02 pm }

WOWZER! Love it all! I already have my JG Christmas list going.

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3 Tee { 11.17.12 at 9:43 pm }

I just got back from the Crossroads. I play the blues, and I want all your cool stuff. How do I get it?

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4 Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse { 11.19.12 at 6:57 pm }

What a great shoot…the girls look fabulous!
Thought of you two the other day as I was on a roadtrip to NH with a girlfriend and popped into Harlows Pub for lunch ~ lots of cool junk and music stuff filled the walls…very gypsylike!

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5 Sarah { 11.20.12 at 2:39 pm }

holy crap ya’ll make me want to bust out some gold sequins and do a badass photoshoot of my own! Loving it, and loving your wonderful energy on the blog here!

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6 Cathy Guess { 11.26.12 at 9:33 am }

What a great photo shoot…..ya’ll are Rockin The Blues for sure!
junkin hugs…..Cathy

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7 Stana { 11.28.12 at 2:03 pm }

Big Kenny has got to love that hat!

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8 Betty in TX { 01.04.13 at 9:13 pm }

Golden ringletts, black knitt tunic, Gypsy jewelry, gold sequence tights,
chunky heels, and guitar. It doesn’t get better than this! Blues are
slow and wrenching, and, American (if not diasporatic African). You can’t sing the blues if you haven’t suffered. LOVE your blog. Betty

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9 Betty in TX { 01.05.13 at 12:53 am }

P.S. I love the term juke joint. I drove past a deserted one in the Memphis countryside once at two intersecting country roads. It was no more than a wooden shack with a front porch leaning to one side, indicating store in front, dance hall in back. Juke joints had a colorful history. Folks got stabbed and shot for love and liquor. Sounds like a song…. I always wanted a t-shirt that said,”Booze, Blues, and Boys.” A street vendor on Beale Street refused to embroider that on an apron for me. I said fine. I was saving the slogan for an album cover anyway. And, no, I’m not a performer, just a dreamer Betty in TX

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10 Michael { 02.09.13 at 7:26 am }

Jolie: I love that butt in a pair of tight jeans

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11 Tracie { 07.13.13 at 2:46 pm }

Love the hair! Where did you get that fringe hair clip?

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Tracie Reply:

Never mind, I just found it! Lol! Guess I might have jumped the gun a little bit:)

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13 Debbie { 11.18.14 at 7:47 pm }

Are you wonderful creative girls going to get some new shows? I miss watching the great decorating ideas! Patiently waiting!!!!

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