Florida’s Got the Blues
Did you know that Hudson Whittaker ― better known as Tampa Red ― released more 78 rpm records than any other blues artist? Or that Ray Charles refined his signature rhythm and blues piano style while playing night clubs on Tampa’s Central Avenue? Did you know that Blind Blake – one of the greatest ragtime and blues guitarists – is connected with Jacksonville, Florida? Curated by the Museum of Florida History, Florida’s Got the Blues highlighted Florida’s blues music legacy, showcasing the artists who played juke joints and nightclubs from the panhandle to Miami through photos and interactive audio recordings. In addition to Florida’s Got the Blues, the show included a collection of rock-n-roll photography from the archives of the Tampa Bay Times featuring performers who have played on stages across Tampa Bay, including Elvis, Tom Petty, The Ramones, and U2.