The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith

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Hers was a true blues story - unlikely success, fast living, and an untimely and tragic death. Today: A look at one of the most popular artists of the first half of the 20th century, Bessie Smith. Plus: The Roulette Sisters draw on the sounds of early twentieth century blues and jazz on their first release in more than five years. They play live in the Soundcheck studio.