The Blues Ball, Memphis, 2007-2011
Gibson's Memphis guitar factory donates real guitar bodies, which are given to selected artists to decorate. The artworks are auctioned off at The Blues Ball, an event benefitting numerous Memphis charities, as well as Memphis musicians and the promotion of Memphis music in general. I have been asked to donate a guitar five years in a row.
My Blues Ball guitars have been homages to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Junior Kimbrough, Jessie Mae Hemphill, and Sheryl Crow. My very first one was a collage of important female blues musicians: Memphis Minnie, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Big Mama Thornton, Cordell Jackson, Little Laura Dukes, Koko Taylor, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
The last Blues Ball was held in 2015.