80 year-old blues & rock 'n' roll legend Beverly Guitar Watkins urgently needs our help. She suffered a stroke this month (July 2019) and is in serious condition in a hospital in Atlanta. She is conscious, but unable to speak and is incapacitated on her left side. Beverly's recovery will be long and expensive. Physical and occupational therapy and relocation to assisted living all figure into the formula for her getting well. Needless to say, she will not be able to work for the forseeable future. So we need to act and act NOW.
Music lovers all over the world know this God-fearing and lovely lady who has given us so much great music down through the years. She grew up in Atlanta and, as a teenager, played guitar in the band of the great Piano Red Perryman (aka Dr. Feelgood & the Interns - she was the nurse!). Red & crew rocked every joint in the Southeast through the late '50s and early '60s and made pop music history when The Beatles covered their "Mr. Moonlight" in 1965.
Beverly's illustrious solo career, from the '90s to present, has seen her perform on five continents. A fierce and determined warrior princess on stage (she's been called "The female Chuck Berry"), she has wowed audiences from Little Rock to London, from Blind Willie's Blues Club to Carnegie Hall. She is a joy to experience and is beloved by so many. Now it's our time to give back to this legendary lady in her time of need.
On behalf of her family (son Stan, cousins Janice and Juanita) and all of us who have been privileged to work with her, thank you in advance for your generosity.