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Page 13: Old school blues album release in the Bay

In an effort to make this an authentic blues project at the authentic 100 Men Hall, Jessie recorded all the songs live in Bay St. Louis. (Photo source: WLOX) In an effort to make this an authentic blues project at the authentic 100 Men Hall, Jessie recorded all the songs live in Bay St. Louis. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

The sound of blues music fills 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis. Guitarist Jessie Loya and his wife, Kerrie, renovated the building on Union Street, and they're keeping a Mississippi tradition alive.

"This building was built in 1922. We're one of only three buildings on the Mississippi Blues Trail still playing music. We're one of a handful of music halls in the country. Fats Domino played here. Ike and Tina Turner played here. Erma Thomas' first paying gig was on this stage," said Kerrie Loya.

Once a month, blues music is performed at the hall. Photographs documenting the rich musical heritage hang on the walls.

A new album, that's right, an album, not a CD or digitized music, titled “Live at 100 Men Hall” is being released. It features seven songs by seven blues artists.

The album was recorded the old fashioned way.

In an effort to make this an authentic blues project at the authentic 100 Men Hall, Jessie recorded all the songs live in Bay St. Louis. What the listener gets is the real thing.

"Jessie has a lot of experience recording CDs, but this was a little more primitive. The crackles and pops add to it," according to Kerrie.

You are invited to an album release party Saturday night, June 13, at 7 p.m. in the Bay. Jessie's band, the House Katz, will be performing.

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