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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.

Fat Possum Records To Release Worried Blues – 10 Album Series Of Historic Rarities

The 10 albums provide a rich and varied catalog of artists who were scattered across the Mississippi Delta, largely inactive until a new generation sought them out.

A September Playlist: Blues For Prostate Cancer

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed, so we want to encourage everyone: talk about prostate cancer with your doctor!

Bobby Rush is ‘Sitting on Top of the Blues’ and the Blues World

“You can’t make a hit record. You do the best you can and hope it’ll be a hit.” - Bobby Rush

Cadillac Baby’s Bea & Baby Records

This Definitive Collection of Bea & Baby’s delicacies is a must own for anyone with an insatiable appetite for Chicago’s illustrious independent music scene in its infancy.

Longtime Host of King Biscuit Time “Sunshine” Sonny Payne Dead at 92

Blues great B.B. King listened to Payne on his lunch break when he was picking cotton in the fields as a teenager.
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Mike Wheeler – Happy Blues

"I have a large variety of influences and I listen to a lot of music. I incorporate it into all of the music I make. It is still blues music but it comes from different angles." Mike Wheeler
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Rockin’ Johnny Burgin’s ‘Neoprene Fedora’ is a Chi-volution!

The 16-track album 'Neoprene Fedora' chronicles Burgin’s move to California from Chicago, and has more twists and turns than Route 66.

Breezy Rodio Declares ‘Sometimes the Blues Got Me’

All in all, 'Sometimes the Blues Got Me' is a substantial album. No one can ever say Bob Koester doesn't know his stuff when it comes to blues and jazz. Picking Breezy Rodio for the Delmark label was another genius move.

John Lee Hooker ‘King of The Boogie’ Boxed Set Is Satisfying Tribute

Even at 100 tracks, 'King of the Boogie' only represents a cross-section of John Lee's work, but what a marvelous cross section it is!
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Katarina Pejak Debuts on Ruf Records With ‘Roads That Cross’

Pejak's "Nature of the Blues," the album's lead-off track, is a 60s surf-inspired song, with vocals that purr and funky electric piano from another era.
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