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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.

Mick Kolassa's "Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel" Celebrates the Blues

"Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel" is a sonic feast, full of delightful surprises. The bottom line? This is blues that's well written, deftly performed, and dripping with character.

Rusty Wright Takes His Blues Further Down the Road

I love the blues because of the fact that it is an outcast child. It is the source of everything, yet it is considered a complete outsider ...

Ronnie Earl’s "Father’s Day" Is the Pinnacle of Self Realization

Each track is better than the one that came before it, and the cumulative effect on listeners is staggering.

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Louis Jordan

He was the King of the Jukebox. One of the first black artists to achieve crossover success. He was a band-leader. Songwriter. Multi-Instrumentalist. Killer dancer. He starred in shorts and feature films alike. He was a titan, and his name was Louis Jordan.

24th Street Wailers' “Where Evil Grows” Jumps and Swings

If you enjoy your "vintage," or if you prefer, "retro" jump blues, with some kick instead of a lame imitation, this album is for you.

Blues Guitar Saturday a Hit at Tampa Bay Blues Festival

The crowd assembled for this day's lineup was the biggest in the festival's history.

Brad Hatfield Delivers with "For A Change"

This is really gratifying blues. Hatfield’s band is in top form, delivering on track after track, and his vocals are the icing on the cake.
Gibson's Flying V Korina

This Week in Blues Past: Howlin' Wolf, Son Seals, The Flying V and More!

After a holiday hiatus, we're back with the latest weekly happenings in blues history... including Slim Harpo! Jimmy Page! The passing of a Howlin' titan, and even the Flying V. Check it all out...

"444" is The Nighthawks' New Masterpiece

For a band entering their fifth decade, the Nighthawks bring it, and they play it with feeling. 444 is a party looking for a place to break out!
Screamin Jay Hawkins FEATURED

Remembering Wild Operatic Voodoo Bluesman Screamin' Jay Hawkins

the story of an opera singer-turned-bluesman who donned wild voodoo-inspired stage garb, became a major influence in shock rock and rap, and raised from coffins as part of his set is something out of the ordinary!
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