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Bessie Smith Strut 2014: Get to know Bobby Rush

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Get ready for the perfect combination of blues, rap and funk.

That’s the style of 73-year-old Bobby Rush, an American blues musician, composer and singer from Homer, Louisiana.

Rush was influenced early in life. His father was a pastor who played the guitar and harmonica. Those are the exact instruments Rush uses—and his voice, of course. While growing up, he moved around a lot, but Bobby Rush made sure to immerse himself in the music scene of each and every city he lived in.

Rush received recognition for his music after the release of his 22nd self-titled album, Rush. Yes, you read that right. His twenty-second album! In all, Bobby Rush has nearly 30 albums under his belt.

Rush has earned multiple awards for his blue music, including "Best Male Soul Blues Artist" at the Blues Music Awards.

He also received "best acoustic artist" and "best acoustic album" for his album Raw. His album, Hoochie Mama was nominated for a Grammy award in the blues music section in 2000. His most recent albums are Show You A Good Time (2011) on Deep Rush and Down In Louisiana (2013) on Thirty Tigers.

Bobby Rush will perform at the Bessie Smith Hall at 8:35 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

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