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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."

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."
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EXCLUSIVE World Premiere Mark “Porkchop” Holder’s “Big Boat”

"'Big Boat' was inspired by an Alan Lomax recording of a levee camp song sang by a worker named Joe Savage," Holder told us.

2017 King Biscuit Blues Festival – First Full Day

The weather was perfect. Crowds were great. The anticipation was electric. The first day of King Biscuit, Thursday, has only one stage with music but...

10 Live Albums You Must Own

For many of us, a live album is the next best thing to being there.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About John Lee Hooker

"Nobody know John Lee Hooker. They know as much about my cat as they know about me."
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Paramount Records Celebrates Milestone Birthday

Paramount's history will be highlighted during the centennial edition of the three-day Paramount Music Festival September 1st through the 3rd.

Mt. Zion Memorial Fund Preserves Delta Legacy One Project At a Time

"In another instance, a farmer removed the headstones from a cemetery, plowed over the land and planted cotton in place of the markers..."

Keeping the Mississippi Blues Legacy Alive and Relevant

"We have to make the area and our culture, and our history relevant to young people. It has to tie into current day amenities in some form or fashion."

‘I Am the Blues’ Rediscovers National Treasures

"Everyone has a particular first-hand life experience but this particular segregated, sharecropping, slavery-type experience ends at that generation."
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