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Bobby Rush Weaves Together “How Long” And “Sometimes I Wonder” At Georgia Comes Alive [Watch]

On December 26th, 2020, 50+ artists and hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world came together for Georgia Comes Alive, a virtual music festival aimed at promoting voter participation in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections on January 5th, 2021, which saw a record-breaking voter turnout.

One of the many renowned blues musicians who took part was singer-guitarist Bobby Rush who performed “How Long” and “Sometimes I Wonder”. Ahead of his performance, Rush took a moment to discuss the importance of the Senate runoff election and invoked the words of Rep. John Lewis, encouraging viewers to “Get in good trouble.”

With that, Rush launched into a solo rendition of “How Long” where, between smooth guitar licks, he delivered improvisational lyrics about Lewis and other Civil Rights figures who “Died waiting” for their “40 acres and a mule.” Armed only with an acoustic guitar, Rush added some slight distortion to the instrument that kept both it and his lyrics intelligible, while still adding a bit of flavor to the song. Along the way, Rush made the smooth transition into “Sometimes I Wonder” as he pondered “What’s gonna happen to me when I get too old?” before ultimately melding back into “How Long” to close his segment.

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Revisit Bobby Rush’s performance of “How Long” and “Sometimes I Wonder” from Georgia Comes Alive below and subscribe to the Live For Live Music YouTube channel for more Georgia Comes Alive videos:

Bobby Rush – “How Long”, “Sometimes I Wonder” – Georgia Comes Alive

Back in July, Rush also participated in Georgia Comes Alive’s predecessor Justice Comes Alive, where he performed a multi-song set and recounted his experiences as a Black musician traveling through the segregated United States.

Bobby Rush joined 50+ other performers and speakers as part of Georgia Comes Alive, presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with voter registration nonprofit HeadCount. The marathon streaming event, powered by Nugs.TV and Plus 1generated more than $170,000 in funds for grassroots voter organizations like CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda that put in work on the ground to get Georgians out to the polls. For more information on Georgia Comes Alive, visit