SONG - 1,000 Miles from Nowhere by Augusta Lee Collins


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Some Musical Legends Augusta Lee Collins has shared the stage with during his 44 year career:
Lightnin' Hopkins
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Earl Father Hines
Sun Ra
Bobby Hutchinson
Hebie Hancock
George Duke
Hampton Hawes
Abbey Lincoln
Mary Wells
Woody Shaw
Frankie Beverly and Maze
Pointer Sisters
Jerry Garcia
Merl Sanders
William (Bill) Bell
Ed Kelly
Smiley Winters
Julian Priester
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Juilian "Cannonball Adderley and Nat Adderley
Kenny Burrell
Jon Faddis
Sam Rivers
Charles Wright (of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band)
Anita S. Woodley
Johnny Fuller
Jessie Fuller
Mike White
Charlie Musselwhite
Cool PaPa
Sonny Rhodes
Todd Cochran
Bishop Norman Williams
Mississippi Johnny Waters
Dave Alexander aka Omar Sharriff
Arthur Blythe
Ron Stallings


Blues man: an interview wit’ Oakland’s Augusta Collins

April 24, 2011

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by Minister of Information JR

Augusta Lee Collins
M.O.I. JR: How did you get into playing music? How long have you been playing the guitar?
Augusta Collins: Well, my uncles and cousins would come by my parents’ home every Sunday and jam in the 1950s. I found myself being moved by the sounds and focus that my family put on the music, all music. My uncles and cousins were dedicated blues artists. They loved and played the blues. I’ve been playing guitar all my life. I touched my first guitar at 3 going on 4 years old.
M.O.I. JR: What kind of music do you play?
Augusta Collins: My own! I have listened, studied and performed with many artists. I can say, “I truly perform my own music.” My music is a mixture of blues, folk, R&B, rock, jazz etc. You name it, I’m doing it. I’m hungry, and I’m ready.
M.O.I. JR: Did you recently release an album? Can you tell us about it?
Augusta Collins: Yeah, I did! My latest release, “In the Studio with Augusta Collins,” is produced by Emmy award-winning producer Anita S. Woodley. On this album, I am channeling Leadbelly.
I am performing my music with something to say about each song: why I wrote the song and what they mean to me. I do not talk much. As a matter of fact, I have a little to say about each song. The music speaks for itself.
M.O.I.JR: You recently worked with Anita Woodley on her one-woman play, “Mama Juggs.” What attracted you to her work?
Augusta Collins: Anita’s energy, personality and creativity. This woman is a giant in our time.
M.O.I. JR: Where can people see you in the Bay Area?
Augusta Collins: I am performing my music at Pizza Pazza, 3905 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 7-10 p.m., every Friday. I have been performing at Pizza Pazza going on five years now.
M.O.I. JR: How can people keep up with you online?
Augusta Collins: My website is, and I’m on Facebook and Twitter. You can email me at or phone me at (510) 695-9339 or write to me at Augusta Lee Collins, P.O. Box 203, Oakland, CA 94604-0203.