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Classic Blues

Articles, news, pictures and content on classic blues men and women, including pre-war blues, those deceased and those that took part in making the music up to around 1990.

Book Excerpt: A Selection From Twist Turner Autobiography ‘Blues With a Twist’

"You wouldn’t find this place on any blues tourist map. The white musicians on the Northside largely had no idea it existed, or if they did, they didn’t really understand what was going on there. This place should have been a national treasure!"
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Artists Announced For 2018 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

For the 12th Annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, organizers have once again selected some of the top international, national, regional and local artists to perform.
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WORLD PREMIERE MUSIC: Mike Zito “First Class Life”

"...sometimes it takes hitting the gutter to realize how good you got it when you get back up." - Mike Zito

Lineup Announced for 2018 King Biscuit Blues Festival

Paul Thorn calls The Biscuit “one of my favorites” and “a wonderful event.” Carolyn Wonderland says it’s like going to Mecca: “You gotta make the pilgrimage because it’s where the music’s real.”

Tampa Bay Blues Festival Sunday Revives Gallagher and Brings the Heat

Knowles was channeling Gallagher and was right there on the knife's edge of having the Irish rocker himself burst forth from the guitar.
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Exclusive World Premiere Video: The Reverend Shawn Amos “Moved”

Like the blues, The Reverend Shawn Amos’ sound has evolved over time. Key points in his life have triggered changes in his style, his music, and his outlook on the world.
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Clarksdale, Mississippi’s 15th Annual Juke Joint Festival

Our choice as one of the Top 5 Best Blues Festivals in Mississippi, the annual Juke Joint Festival is not to be missed.
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Two Chicago Drummers to be Inducted Into Blues Hall of Fame

Chicago Drummers Sam Lay and Fred Below will both be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on May 9th, 2018 at Memphis' Halloran Centre.
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North Sea Jazz Festival Confirms Another Wave of Acts

The North Sea Jazz Festival, since its inception in 1976, has become the biggest indoor music festival in the world.
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America’s Musical Journey: A Cross-Country Adventure in IMAX

Why did America, in a short span of time, become the cradle of such electrifying global art forms as jazz, blues, soul, country and rock and roll?
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