Bessie Smith: Turning the Tables

NPR Music’s Ann Powers, Jacob Ganz, Marissa Lorusso, a whole team of critics are curating a totally thrilling new season of Turning the Tables, which focuses on the (often overlooked) contributions of women musicians. This season is entitled “8 Women Who Invented American Popular Music,” with each week exploring in depth the work of a single artist. This week was Bessie Smith week, and I was honored to write this piece. Enjoy all the other pieces on the site, and follow along in the coming weeks!