Remembering Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins Tatum's Legacy In Blues Music

Oct 4, 2019

Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins Tatum died earlier this week. She was 80 years old. 

Her name might not ring a bell, which is probably why a magazine writer once called her "the greatest living blues guitar artist no one has ever heard of." 


But Beverly dedicated her life to playing the blues. She grew up in Commerce, Ga., and landed on the same bill as legends like James Brown and Ray Charles. Beverly never got rich playing the blues, but she never stopped playing, which gained her a loyal following, especially in her home town of Atlanta.

GPB's Bill Nigut interviewed Beverly in 2016. We played a clip of his interview from Two Way Street to remember Beverly's legacy in blues and in music in Atlanta.

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