Two books by Afro-American studies professor Steve Tracy are spotlighted in a new book titled “100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own,” written by Edward Komara and Greg Johnson and published by Rowman and Littlefield.
Tracy’s volume “Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City” (University of Illinois Press, 1990), which was awarded the Association of Recorded Sound Collections honor for best book on jazz, blues and gospel music in 1990, has been included among the 100 featured books. His edited volume “Write Me a Few of Your Lines: A Blues Reader” (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999) is included in the book’s appendix, “The Books Behind the Blues 100.”
Komara is Crane Librarian of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam and former blues archivist/music librarian at the University of Mississippi, and Johnson is blues curator and associate professor at the University of Mississippi's Blues Archive.
In August, Tracy will serve as master of ceremonies and performer on the blues piano stage at the Greater Cincinnati Blues Festival.