Nora Jean Bruso, blues singer with Mississippi roots

Kingston Mines Blues Club. Chicago. July, 2 2015.

Mississippi gave birth to the blues and graciously loaned blues singer Nora Jean Bruso to Chicago for a few decades. Bruso earned and maintains a strong fan following in Chicago. According to her biography, Bruso gets her blues fair and square. Growing up in Greenwood, Miss., her father, Bobby Lee Wallace, was a sharecropper and bluesman and her mother, Ida Lee Wallace, was a gospel singer. “In high school, Nora Jean won the West Tallahatchie High School Talent Show grand prize for singing, and she began to perform in other area schools with small groups. Realizing her opportunities for recognition and recording were limited in Mississippi, Bruso moved to Chicago in 1976 and began her professional singing career.”

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Author: N2OO2

Journalist and journalism professor.

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