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May 20, 2014 - The website is being updated! Check out the Upcoming Appearances page for details on performances for the summer of 2014.

Libby Rae Watson, a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, began playing music as a young child. With her first guitar at age 13, she discovered a Country Blues songbook that sparked her interest in Blues.

While in College, she made trips to the Mississippi Delta and Hill Country in search of master Blues players who were still living. In 1978, along with Bobby Ray Watson, she helped coordinate the talent for the 1st Delta Blues Festival in Greenville, MS...bringing in legends like Big Joe Williams, Son Thomas, Eugene Powell, Sam Chatmon, Furry Lewis, and many more. It was also during this time that she developed a close friendship with surviving Mississippi Sheik, Sam Chatmon, who mentored her. When he died, she played at his funeral at the family’s request.

During the 1990's, she played with her band, The Liberaetors. During their 9 years together, they produced 2 cd's of original music and developed a large following of faithful fans along the Mississippi Coast.

Over the years, she has performed at several Festivals...King Biscuit Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Juke Joint Festival, Sam Chatmon Festival, Mighty Mississippi Blues Festival, Columbus, Ohio Traditional Acoustic Blues Fest, and the Hwy 61 Festival to name a few…

Plus, venues like the FloraBama, New Orleans Margaritaville, Ground Zero Blues Club, and a tour through the Maritimes of Canada with Doc MacLean...

Libby Rae continues to tour and play festivals both as a solo and group performer.

Libby Rae and Big Joe Williams
Backstage at the Dylan conert
Jackson, 1978
Libby Rae & Stonewall Mays
Coldwater, Mississippi, 1978

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