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"That's what attracted me to Magic Sam. His style. Then with Otis Rush, his tone was just outstanding. I would sit there and watch him all night."

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater Is Standing Tall

“That’s what attracted me to Magic Sam. His style. Then with Otis Rush, his tone was just outstanding. I would sit there and watch him all night.”

Until August 10, 1920, record companies didn’t even try to sell music to—or by—black people. But on that day Mamie Smith, a 37-year-old medicine show singer from Cincinnati, barreled into a New York studio.

C.C. Rider the Venerator – Classic 1920s Blues Women

Until August 10, 1920, record companies didn’t even try to sell music to—or by—black people. But on that day Mamie Smith, a 37-year-old medicine show singer from Cincinnati, barreled into a New York studio.

Hear Mississippi Heat call up the "La Cucaracha" ghost of Big Walter Horton on this highly-danceable, brand new track!

WORLD PREMIERE: Mississippi Heat’s “Come To Mama”

Hear Mississippi Heat call up the “La Cucaracha” ghost of Big Walter Horton on this highly-danceable, brand new track!

If Big Mama’s body was big, her talent was cosmic.  Big Mama Thornton is one of the most bad-ass women in blues...

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Big Mama Thornton

If Big Mama’s body was big, her talent was cosmic. Big Mama Thornton is one of the most bad-ass women in blues…

Though fifty years have passed since Cooke's shocking death, the music he crafted and the legacy he built remains a powerful cultural staple. His life was filled with a rare destiny, creating music with an extraordinarily unusual staying power that reflected his true genius

Celebrating the Genius of Sam Cooke, “Mister Soul”, After 50 Years

Though fifty years have passed since Cooke’s shocking death, the music he crafted and the legacy he built remains a powerful cultural staple. His life was filled with a rare destiny, creating music with an extraordinarily unusual staying power that reflected his true genius

The Blues Music Awards nominations have been announced. With six nominations each, Elvin Bishop, John Németh and Sugar Ray Norcia are leading the pack. Janiva Magness, who appears on the cover of […]

The 36th Blues Music Award Nominees Announced

The Blues Music Awards nominations have been announced. With six nominations each, Elvin Bishop, John Németh and Sugar Ray Norcia are leading the pack. Janiva Magness, who appears on the cover of […]

Chicago Blues All Stars Are creating a bold new vision for the blues, breathing new life into it, and bringing the blues to audiences that might not have even paid attention to it before.

Chicago Blues All Stars Are Creating a Bold New Vision for the Blues

Chicago Blues All Stars Are creating a bold new vision for the blues, breathing new life into it, and bringing the blues to audiences that might not have even paid attention to it before.

  LeniStern_BluesSoulAfricanHeart_DebraDevi The blues is a universal language, and electric guitarist Leni Stern’s fluency has lured her into African adventures beyond her wildest dreams — from jamming in Timbuktu to […]

Leni Stern: Blues Soul, Jazz Mind, African Heart

  LeniStern_BluesSoulAfricanHeart_DebraDevi The blues is a universal language, and electric guitarist Leni Stern’s fluency has lured her into African adventures beyond her wildest dreams — from jamming in Timbuktu to […]

Claudia Carawan blows away this album with her full and powerful voice!

Claudia Carawan Sounds Fantastic on “Unfinished Business” with the Blues Beats

Claudia Carawan blows away this album with her full and powerful voice!

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