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BluesMobile Says Farewell

"This series, alas, has gone as far as it can go. Our final broadcast will be July 30, 2017."

A Short History of “Wang Dang Doodle”

"Wang Dang Doodle" is one of the quintessential blues songs of the 60s era in Chicago.

2017 Blues Blast Music Awards Voting Has Begun

Voting to determine the winners continues until August 15, 2017.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Big Bill Broonzy

Broonzy was also one of the first bluesmen in Chicago to play electric guitar, beginning in 1942, though his audiences preferred the acoustic sounds of the South.

Bass Virtuoso Noel Neal Has Died

In a statement on his Facebook page, Noel's brother Kenny Neal posted, "It breaks my heart to tell you that my brother Noel Neal has passed..."

Blues From The Top Festival Is a Labor of Love

"The blues festival is a blues family that includes the fans that have come together with all of us, partnering to make it a success."

John Anderson and Sam Lay Discuss ‘Sam Lay In Bluesland’

"Well, you know a Sam Lay track when you hear it, man. Listen to those 40-some Chess tracks and, you know, you can tell which ones Sam’s on."
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Linsey Alexander Releases ‘Two Cats’

Although 15 tracks, and over an hour in length, we wondered where the time went, before pushing play again. It's that good.

Chicago Blues Festival Finds New Home in Millennium Park

The Chicago Blues Festival is one of the last great free festivals dedicated to keeping the blues alive right at home. Thanks, Chicago!
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Muddy Waters Mural Dedication

The dedication is a kick-off to the 34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival.
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