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Jessie Mae Hemphill--Dare You to Do It Again


Blues Legend Jessie Mae Hemphill Releases First New Album in Over a Decade

Jessie Mae Hemphill & Friends
Dare You to do it Again
Release date February 24, 2004

Clarksdale, MS February 24th, 2003 Granddaughter of the late great Sid Hemphill and five-time winner of the WC Handy Award, Jessie Mae Hemphill still carries on the tradition of Northern Mississippi hill country music and remains a mainspring of inspiration for a new generation of blues players. A stroke in 1993 left Jessie Mae is partially paralyzed on her left side and unable to play guitar so a string of guitar players from around the country were lined up to do the honors.

Jessie Mae lent her voice and tambourine to a host of friends, including Robert Belfour, Jimbo Mathus, DJ Logic, Kenny Brown, Cedric and Garry Burnside, Papa Mali, Chris Chew, RL Boyce, Tramp Camp, Sharde Tuner & the Rising Star Fife and Drum Corp, Kenny Kimbrough, Steve Gardner, Ruthie Foster, Cyd Cassone, Greg Humphreys, and Eric Deaton.

The album will be exclusively distributed by Redeye USA and features an enhanced CD with an extended DJ Logic remix, photographs, plus an 8-minute video of behind the scenes footage.

All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to the J.M.H. Foundation, conceived as a 501?(3) nonprofit vehicle to draw public attention to the hill country blues music indigenous to the Northern Mississippi region. More information about the J.M.H. Foundation is available at or email


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