There's a close relationship between southern soul and the blues. I had a chance to see the Stacy Brooks Blues Band not too long ago and was impressed with the Queen of DC Blues. She has an awesome voice and she and her band sang a variety of well-known songs (i.e. Wang Dang Doodle, Meet Me WithYour Black Drawers On, etc.) along with original songs (My Name Is Stacy, etc.).
The Stacy Brooks Band won the DC Blues Battle of the Bands in 2013 and have competed with other bands around the world. She currently has a role in the play "Ghost Of The Blues" where she portrays Etta James and Koko Taylor. If you hear her voice, you'll understand why she has these great parts.
Check out her bio, videos, and other info on her website at http://www.stacysmusic.org/Stacy_s_Music_Page.php.
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