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The Language of the Blues: KINGSNAKE

    The Language of the Blues: KINGSNAKE

I’m a CRAWILN KINGSNAKE…. John Lee Hooker used to say. But this word’s meaning digs DEEP — back to Africa. Uncover the mysterious and fascinating origins of “Kingsnake”

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C.C. Rider the Venerator: “Hoodoo” with Debra Devi

    C.C. Rider the Venerator: “Hoodoo” with Debra Devi

This is the latest from The Bluesmobile’s C.C. Rider, who spends her life venerating the founding fathers of the blues. She’s walked the crooked highways of this singing country to resurrect the voices

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The Language of the Blues: KILLING FLOOR

    The Language of the Blues: KILLING FLOOR

You think you know what Killin’ Floor means?? Hubert Sumlin says you’re wrong… this is one of the most revealing and interesting LOTB articles we’ve ever put out!

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The Language of the Blues: JUNKIE

    The Language of the Blues: JUNKIE

This is the latest installment of our weekly series, The Language of the Blues, in which author/rocker Debra Devi explores the meaning of a word or phrase found in the

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The Language of the Blues: JUKE

    The Language of the Blues: JUKE

A juke or juke joint is a funky little bar that provides dance music from a piano player, but it’s real meaning goes MUCH deeper than that. Discover the fascinating hidden history behind the word “Juke”

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The Language of the Blues: JOHN THE CONQUEROR

    The Language of the Blues: JOHN THE CONQUEROR

John the Conqueror root has been a staple of hoodoo magical practices since the 1850s…

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The Language of the Blues: JELLY ROLL

    The Language of the Blues: JELLY ROLL

A jelly roll is a dessert made of sponge cake that has been spread with jam (or jam mixed with cream) and rolled up into a log, but this is the blues and that’s not all it means!

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The Language of the Blues: JAZZ

    The Language of the Blues: JAZZ

The Wolof word yees means to become extremely lively or energetic. It evolved during American slavery into the Southern slang term “jass”…

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The Language of the Blues: JAM

    The Language of the Blues: JAM

To jam is to improvise with other musicians. Linguist David Dalby traced jam to a Wolof word… check out where your favorite musician get-together came from!

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The Language of the Blues: JAKE

    The Language of the Blues: JAKE

In the blues, Jake isn’t just a name! Find out the boozy, interesting, and moonshine-steeped history of the Jake Leg that Tommy Johnson himself even sang about!

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