Ann Rabson, from the left, looks out over the keyboard she is playing and sings into a microphone on Beale Street, Memphis, for the W.C. Handy Awards. A drum set and a brick wall is visible behind her.
Karla Peterie of the blues band, Rain Dogs, stands and plays a washboard with drum set brushes as her hair blows in the wind. The washboard is fitted with a horn, a cowbell, and other percussive elements.
Denise Brown, with pleading eyes, sings into a microphone she holds in her left hand as she holds her right above her head at the 6th Annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads at Blue Heaven Studios, Salina, KS.
Eddie Shaw, wearing a straw fedora, closes his eyes as he stands behind a microphone and blows into a tenor saxophone that has a microphone pointed as its bell on Beale Street, Memphis, for the W.C. Handy Awards.
Etta James, one of the national acts to perform at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, KS, holds a microphone to the left of her head and smiles to her right as a trumpet player plays behind the right side of her head.
Clarence Gatemouth Brown, wearing a cowboy hat and embroidered shirt, smiles to his left as he draws a bow across the strings of a violin during the 4th Annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads at Blue Heaven Studios, Salina, KS.
Jim Bott of the band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, one of the national acts to perform at the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, wearing a sun hat and Mardi Gras beads, lifts his chin and smiles as he plays a drum set