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Author: Michael Rugel
Third Man Records is releasing reissues today from Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and the Mississippi Sheiks… But do we need more Charley Patton reissues?
Godfather of the Go-Go genre and a bluesman to the bone, hard working music legend passes.
On April 22nd, incredibly talented performers took the stage at the Howard Theater. The outcome was legendary.
Piano great Omar Shariff died on January 8th of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He reportedly had been living in severe pain from cardiac and circulation problems. Shariff had recently relocated back to his hometown of Marshall, Texas after several decades on the West Coast. His Texas blues roots could be heard in everything he played. Marshall bills itself as the birthplace of boogie-woogie piano and Shariff had returned to become an artist-in-residence and the town’s musical ambassador. Shariff was equally adept at playing jazz and R&B. He was the type of musician that could sit in with absolutely any band…
Preston Lauterbachs new book, The Chitlin Circuit and the Road to Rock N Roll explores the electrifying & colorful origins of the famous Chitlin Circuit, a loose trail of small town venues hosting black entertainers.
Son House was and continues to be a towering pillar of delta blues. His new biography by Daniel Beaumont puts Son’s unique and amazing story together, with some familiar notes and surprising new revelations.
In the latest John Hurt biography,researcher Philip Ratcliffe deals with the lack of direct sources about John Hurt’s early life by plunging into census records and information about Avalon, Mississippi.