Marion James at Jefferson Street Sound B-Day Party, photo – Brad Hardisty

Marion James, Nashville’s “Queen of The Blues” celebrated her birthday at Jefferson Street Sound during what has been a busy year, with the release of Northside Soul on Ellersoul Records as well as the 30th Annual Musicians Reunion at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar to benefit The Marion James Musicians Aid Society.

A group of friends enjoyed the music of The John Richards Trio while enjoying Fried Chicken, Shrimp Gumbo and a special cake for the occasion.

Marion let the group know that the discussion has begun to erect two statues on Jefferson Street of Jimi Hendrix and Little Richard where it all began. It was important to get the support of the music community as benefits may be needed in the future to help raise the funds for the commemorative statues that will further enhance the heritage of Music City.

John Richards and Jerry Stockard at Marion James Birthday Party 2012, photo – Brad Hardisty

Marion James  finally, thrilled friends as she joined John Richards on guitar and Jerry Stockard on drums, singing “Candy” from her recent release as well as a “you-had-to-be-there” performance of “Someday.” It was a special night for a special lady.

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN