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Contemporary Blues

The hottest, best and latest news, article, lists, images and content on contemporary blues musicians, from artists new on the scene to seasoned road warriors.

Why Was BB King’s Guitar Named Lucille?

"I'm very crazy about Lucille. Lucille took me from the plantation; you might say, brought me fame."
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The Reverend Shawn Amos ‘Breaks It Down’ and Then Some

If you're a lover of blues, soul, Gospel, or simply socially conscious, you're gonna want 'The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down.'
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New Jimi Hendrix Album Drops Next Year With 10 Previously Unheard Tracks

The final volume in a trilogy from the Hendrix archives, 'Both Sides of the Sky' focuses on music recorded between 1968 and Hendrix's death in 1970.
Walter Trout & Eliza Neals at Callahan's August 2017 Feature

Callahan’s Music Hall Will Call it Quits in March

Hosting over 1,500 shows to date, Callahan's has also been home for the Detroit Blues Society's annual Blues Challenge, whose winners advance to the IBC in Memphis.

J.R. Rhodes Tells Her Story with ‘I Am’

'I Am' showcases some of the finest musical talent in the Pacific Northwest and confirms J.R. Rhodes as a break-out talent in contemporary blues and rock.

New Janiva Magness ‘Love Is an Army’ On the Way

Guests include legendary singer Delbert McClinton, Mississippi hill-country blues torchbearer Cedric Burnside, Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, and more!

2018 Grammy Awards Nominees Announced

2018 Grammy Award nominations have been announced. Who are they? Take a look...

What is the meaning of “B.B.” in B.B. King’s Name?

King had once said, "I guess you can look at me, and tell I'm the old man. My name is BB King."

Joe Bonamassa Live At the Fox Theater in Detroit

In a city built with hard work and passion, Joe Bonamassa and his band were welcomed back with open arms.
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Why Did James Brown Have Two Drummers? (and what bands have Double Drums)

James Brown may not have been the first band leader to employ two drummers, but his decision to do so changed the game in music.
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