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NW Women Rhythm & Blues  971.322.5853
NW Women Rhythm & Blues ® PO Box 571, Fairview, OR 97024     Sonny Hess Productions 971-322-5853


2014 NW Women R&B Xmas Show
2015 Safeway Waterfront Blues Cruise
The NW Women Rhythm & Blues group performs specialty shows produced by Sonny Hess since the early 80’s. These unique shows are comprised of the top female performers in the region but most importantly, Sonny exposes newly found talent to the Portland Blues scene. Here are a few names you might recognize that got their start in the area with the NW Women Rhythm & Blues. Lisa Mann, Ellen Whyte, Rae Gordon, Naomi T, Lady Kat “Lady True Blue” just to mention a few who have gone on to win multiple awards locally, regionally and nationally. 

Each and every one of these shows is different, women performing with women and a certain magic happens! 

NW Women R&B Sail on Sister Cruise Sat July 6th
Sonny Hess, Lady True Blue Kat, Lisa Mann, 
Kathryn Grimm, Lara Price.
Introducing...Angel James

Celebrating Sister Rosetta Tharpe

 It is as simple as this: What we know as rock ’n’ roll did not exist before Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 
She came before Elvis and Johnny Cash. She preceded Chuck Berry and Little Richard. 
During a time when the idea of a guitar-playing woman was nonexistent, not only did Rosetta Tharpe erase this line by mastering the symbol of musical masculinity, but her blend of gospel and secular music was seen as earth-shattering.
After a move to New York, she began playing with some of the biggest bands in the country, including Duke Ellington’s. By the time she was 23, she had a recording contract, and recorded Decca Record’s first gospel songs in 1938, including the hit song “Rock Me.” 
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.