J. Dontray Davis. Photo by Poul Ober.

Lonesome Blues, a solo-performer meditation on the life of Blind Lemon Jefferson, is coming soon to the Undermain Theatre in Deep Ellum.

Blind Lemon Jefferson started his musical career in Deep Ellum in the 1920s and went on to make more than 80 records. His work propelled the growth of genres including rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap and hip-hop.

The performance is from Alan Govenar and Akin Babatundé and builds on their earlier musical, Blind Lemon Blues.

Lonesome Blues originally premiered in 2018 at The York Theatre in New York City.

Babatundé will direct J. Dontray Davis, who plays more than 10 roles.

“Songs and monologues bring to life the voice of Blind Lemon Jefferson, his community and his musical contemporaries, including Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac and Lead Belly — all coming together in Jefferson’s mind on the day of his death, Dec. 19, 1929, in Chicago,” the press release says.

Opening night is Sept. 3, with preview performances Sept. 1-2. Tickets start at $15 and are available here.