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ReportDr. Levine and The Dreaded BluesLadyDr. Levine and The Dreaded BluesLady

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  • Founded: May 2008
  • Location: Waynesboro-Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
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  • Lorie Strother

Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady is comprised of Lorie Strother on vocals and Stephen Levine on guitar. This energetic duo performs a diverse selection of acoustic blues music styles primarily from the 1920s and 1930s with a sprinkling of contemporary blues.

Lorie Strother can't remember a time when she wasn't singing because it came so naturally, but she does remember when she decided she would be a performer. It was when she received her first standing ovation after singing at a school PTA function when she was nine years old. Strother has been performing and recording her interpretation of acoustic blues since the early 1990s. Strother's blues influences include artists such as Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, and Sippie Wallace. Corey Harris has called Strother "a real blues woman [who's] got soul," Living Blues Magazine described her singing as "assertive, expressive and sensitive," Carl Larsen of the Daily News Leader states that Lorie "sings the real true blues�with a big booming, bluesy voice."

Stephen Levine is a historian at the University of Virginia who studies and teaches about the evolution and cultural significance of blues music. Levine started playing the guitar when he was eleven years old focusing primarily on folk and classic rock. After his first listen to Robert Johnson's Crossroad Blues in the mid 1990s he became obsessed with classic pre-war blues. Levine's blues influences include artists such as Charley Patton, Son House, John Hurt, and Robert Johnson. Patrick Bagley of the Franklin Journal describes Stephen's guitar playing as "powerful" with "biting slide guitar work."


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    Left by woodjean, on Feb 9, 2010 - 3:57
    You two make a great combo! 'Love your music. Good blues gets me every time.
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