Atlanta legendary Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, born in 1940, and the Meter-Tones recently entertained the crowd at the East Point Cultural Arts Festival. Watkins, internationally known and based out of Atlanta, is a female blues guitarist who is part of the all-star Women of the Blues “Hot Mamas” tour. Her 1999 CD debut, Back in Business, earned a W. C. Handy Award nomination in 2000. A well-known fixture at the Underground Atlanta, Watkins, who not only had a long and continuous musical career, has worked with artists like Piano Red, James Brown, B.B. King and Ray Charles, and is well known for years within the blues community. Also, 9-year old Selah Jones of College Park, and 8-year old Naomi Hayes of East Point, danced at the East Point Cultural Arts Festival at Sumner Park that was held in East Point, Georgia Saturday, June 23. Beverly and the Meter-Tones, also performed June 27 at Sweet Georgia Juke Joint located in downtown on Peachtree Street.
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