Coot Grant: Hard Working Woman of the Blues

Today in 1893, blues singer and vaudeville performer Coot Grant was born Leola Pettigrew in Birmingham, Alabama. “Coot” was short for “Cutie”, Grant’s childhood nickname. By the age of eight, she was performing in vaudeville shows in Atlanta and, by twenty, she had traveled South Africa and Europe with Mayme Remington’s Pickaninnies, one of several … [Read more…]