SINGIN’ BLUES: Lenny Trawick to perform at Brundidge Brown Bag

Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lenny Trawick, a popular award-winning Blues singer, will be the featured artist at the Brown Bag event at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge on Tuesday.

Trawick will present “The History and Origins of Blues” from noon until 1 p.m.

The blues originated in New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta but Trawick also will play his own style of blues that has its early beginnings in Josie in rural Pike County.

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Trawick said he started singing and playing music with his family at local churches in and around Pike County.

“I soaked up gospel, country, blue and rock music,” he said. “Over five decades, I’ve played with blues, gospel, country and jazz bands and also as a solo artist. I’ve played all kinds of music but blues is what I like to play. I guess, it’s the feeling you get when you play the blues. It’s like those work songs that were sung in the cotton fields, like gospel but different.”

Trawick said, contrary to what some think, blues is not sad or depressing. It’s thoughtful and reflective. It has a sound of its own. You either love blues or you don’t.

Trawick was the recipient of the 2017 Living Honoree Award at the Wiregrass Blues Festival in Dothan in April.

He has won several awards for blues songwriting at the MOVA Festival in Guntersville. He also won the Troy Arts Council’s Professional Music Award in 2016.

The singer/songwriter wrote the original music that is performed in “Come Home, It’s Suppertime,” Alabama’s Original Folklife Play that is performed in April and November at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge. He was the leader of the WPA’s Sympathy House Band for several years.

Trawick teaches guitar to people of all ages and several young people that he taught perform at events and places in and around Pike County.