The Blues Trail
Barely 21, with a baby face and an earnest demeanor, Jacob transforms on stage into Brother Jacob, an old school blues belter
Pullman Car Blues
Sons of the blues…
Healing the heartland
Toronzo Cannon: Bus driver by day, bluesman by night
Chicago Blues Fest and the migration celebration
Interview with Graná Louise.
Johnny Burgin was born in the wrong time and place.
Interview with Charlie Musselwhite
Chicago treasure, Eddie C. Campbell releases a new one.
Lynne Jordan: The gal with hat
The search for a young guitar savior has flummoxed the blues for years. Glimpses of hope appeared here and there over the last decade, only to be buried among the millennial musical confusion. But none carried as much promise and pedigree as Gary Clark Jr. A fixture on the storied Austin music scene since the […]
Wayne Baker Brooks has always been a rebel. While most blues musicians were weaned on a steady diet of classic blues, he also listened to house music, ’80s rock, and hip-hop. While most scions of blues legends gain musical schooling from the masters themselves, Brooks is self-taught. And while most musicians regularly perform riveting examples […]
With the decidedly testosterone-filled focus of contemporary blues, it’s easy to forget that the genre was popularized at the beginning of the last century by a handful of spirited women. Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, and Ida Cox all helped usher in the era of recorded blues records and Memphis Minnie, with her finely-honed […]