Dr. Carlos Handy, the grandson of W.C. Handy "Father of the Blues," talks with Jack Perlstein about the significance of his grandfather's contributions to American music, the influences and challenges that affected W.C. Handy's life and music.
Carlos was attending the 36th annual W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, Alabama last week when the conversation was recorded.
Dr. Handy has degrees in physics from Columbia University and is currently physics professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.
Carlos Handy was named President and CEO of Handy Brothers Music Company last November and plans to continue working on promoting the contributions and legacy of his grandfather, the Father of Blues, W.C. Handy.