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Errol's Pick

Our music columnist Errol Nazareth says Barbara Lynn was a musical anomaly in the 1960s. Lynn sang the blues - a genre that was and is still dominated by men. She played the guitar - left-handed, no less. And she wrote her own material - which wasn't common at the time. And Lynn wasn't just popular in her hometown. Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and the country legend Freddy Fender covered her songs. Here is Barbara Lynn is the title of a CD she released in 1968, and a reissue of that album is now out.In an interview with a magazine, Lynn recalled how audiences reacted when they saw her playing around Beaumont. "It was so odd for them, both men and women, to see a young black girl, especially around these parts, playing a left-handed guitar and singing the blues." Lynn took a long break from making music to raise her 3 children but she's back making music and at age 73, she is still touring. She plays in Europe occasionally and she's got a few gigs lined up in Texas and California over the next 2 months.
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