Blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson, still going strong at 91, released his newest album just four months ago.
John Littlejohn’s raw slide-guitar style grew from the same soil that produced Elmore James, but he never became a star outside the Windy City.
Today’s biggest pop-country stars take lyrical tropes from 80s and 90s hits—drinking cold beer, driving trucks, praying, partying, feeling heartbreak—and bulk them up with hip-hop beats, hyperslick production, and catchy hooks that sound engineered in a lab. Twenty-nine-year-old Mississippi native Hardy (aka Michael Hardy) began his career as one of Nashville’s song scientists; he was […]
Most of Lucille Spann’s recordings were with her spouse, blues pianist Otis Spann, but she released a great solo album in 1974.
A charter member of the AACM and a longtime partner of saxophonist Kidd Jordan, drummer Alvin Fielder was an encyclopedia of jazz history with an eye on the future.
It’s been said that you don’t really notice a heyday till it’s over, and the decade from the mid-1990s till the mid-2000s was a glorious time for modern Delta blues. Artists such as T-Model Ford, Paul “Wine” Jones, and Robert “Bilbo” Walker came into the national spotlight playing blues festivals and rock clubs alike, proving […]
Soul-blues superstar O.B. Buchana brings a distinctive grit to his tales of all-night escapades.
The guitar and harmonica master from the Aces played with Junior Wells, Little Walter, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, and many more.
Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, who spent most of his five-decade career in Chicago, was one of the most prominent sidemen in electric blues.
Rush is hardly obscure, but the Secret History of Chicago Music couldn’t let the death of such a powerful and influential artist pass in silence.
By the time Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi recruited him, Murphy had worked as a sideman for the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, and James Cotton.
Southern soul-blues queen Ms. Jody can get pretty raunchy, but never at the expense of her self-worth or good sense.
For Willie Clayton’s fourth appearance on the Blues Festival’s main stage, the southern soul king will be cooking with a full band—backup singers, horn players, and all.
The granddaughter of fife master Otha Turner flavors the Mississippi hill country tradition with modern hip-hop and R&B.
Head west for quaint townships and lush landscapes.