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Jacquie "Lady J" Maddix is a broadcast veteran with 24 years of experience in radio and television. Her background includes work as an on-air personality at KFAI Radio in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as on-camera exposure at SPNN, a cable television company in St. Paul Minnesota. Ms. Maddix has also worked in news as a producer, assistant producer and production assistant at CBS's Minnesota affiliate station, WCCO TV.

Since June 2011, Ms. Maddix has stepped on stage to create a new stage show dedicated to the magic of the blues.

Taking on the persona of a female root worker or tribal medicine woman, Jacquie becomes LADYJ GRIOT, a blues storyteller who takes you deeper into the lyrics of the blues. Did you know that the blues line "little Johnnie Conker-oo" really refers to a root used in healing? It's called Low John The Conqueror Root and has multiple uses depending on your intentions. LadyJ Griot tells you about those intentions and about the uses of the ancient African tribal religion that the slaves brought with them from the Old World to the new.

The blues is full of references to the uses of sympathetic magic and LadyJ Griot, as the female root doctor can tell you how it's done. It's all in the songs...the lyrics reveal how the magic was used and for what. And if you misused those "gifts", the old folks would say you were "born under a bad sign".

On stage, in performance with live music and spoken word, Jacquie Maddix as LadyJ Griot will take you back to a tribal place hidden deep within the blues.

"The blues goes down deeper than a well
How far it goes no one can tell
But when it rises, it lifts us all in it's tide
The blues will reveal all you think you can hide!"
(A spell written by LadyJ Griot)

Recent Playlists

4/23/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'
4/16/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

2 interviews today…one with Rochester Minnesota blues diva Annie Mack…..who stopped by the show to talk about her newest CD project due out in May 2013.
Annie and her band are also 2013 contenders for the Road to Memphis IBC competition. I also had an interview with Reverand Raven who is coming to the Twin Cities to play at the Minnesota Music Cafe on Friday night April 19th.

4/9/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

Pledge Drive show…play list not available.

4/2/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

Two Interviews today one with “Blue Dog” a native American blues band fronted by a mother and her daughter. They have been nominated for two NAMA awards and are appearing in the final round of the Famous Dave’s Battle of the Blues. The other interview was with B3 Hammond organ master Billy Hollomon, who is returning to the Twin Cities after a hiatus of five years. He will be appearing at the Artists Quarter April 5th & 6th.

3/26/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

Interview with Texas blues woman Sweet Mama Cotton aka Marcy Rae to talk about the blues scene in Spring, Texas where she called in from. That’s about 20 miles north of Houston. We also talked about her new CD “Suh-WEEET” on 100% Cotton Record label. For more about Marcy, go to:

3/19/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

Interview with bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks appearing at the Minnesota Music Cafe Thursday March 21st, 2013.
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3/12/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

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3/5/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

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2/26/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

Great interview with harmonica man Kim Wilson at the top of the show. Look for it on line at:
From about 4:05pm to 4:30pm. See play list below.

2/19/2013 Rollin' and Tumblin'

This week’s show was pre-empted by day long Black History Month programming. Play list will return next week.

Tuesday, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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