“Talk to Franklin Bell, and there are three things he’ll gladly tell you: ‘I’m 80 years old, I’m legally blind, and I love to play the blues. I like all music — don’t get me wrong — but I love to play the blues.’ That’s what he’s been doing for the last 10 years, every Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m., regular as church, holding forth over Franklin Bell’s Blues Workshop in the garage behind his South Central bungalow down on East Colden Avenue.”
The average age of the players is “65 or 70” and Bell says, “You don’t have to be that great. A person comes to me saying, ‘I don’t think I can do it,’ I say, ‘Just try! We not going ride you or nothin’, just feel your way in.'” Read more here.