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Juneteenth concert plans to wake up the echoes of Indianapolis blues

Posted on AllSides June 13th, 2024
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Because vocalist-guitarist Steve Brown adopted the nickname “Scrapper” and the Scrapper & Skelton duo performs unplugged blues songs that are 100 years old, it’s not unreasonable to guess that Brown and Ken Skelton celebrate the work of influential Indianapolis musicians Leroy Carr and Francis “Scrapper” Blackwell. The Scrapper & Skelton repertoire includes “Blues Before Sunrise,” a 1934 hit for Carr and Blackwell, but the modern duo isn’t a tribute act. Carr, for instance, played piano and sang while being accompanied by Blackwell on guitar. Brown plays guitar and sings while...

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