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Delta Blues

Discover articles, news, stories, and pictures on Delta Blues, from the lobby of the Peabody in Memphis to Catfish Row in Vicksburg, and music all over the world that was inspired by it.

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Beale Street Stories: Sweet Willie Wine

The American Blues Scene welcomes author Preston Lauterbach as a new regular guest writer. This article is from the musings of a colorful character who found himself around Memphis in the fever pitch of the Civil Rights Movement.
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Buddy Guy at the King Biscuit Festival

Buddy Guy played the King Biscuit Festival last night. We were front and center to bring you the best pictures from the festival! Buddy Played "74 Years Young",  "Skin Deep", and other classic Buddy...
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Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Bo Diddley play "Goin Down Slow"

Today's video features three famous Chess artists, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Bo Diddley in a fantastic, slow-simmering version of "Goin Down Slow".
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Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Passes Away

We are deeply saddened to report that Willie "Big Eyes" Smith passed away early the morning of September 16, 2011 at his home in Chicago from a stroke. All arrangements are pending and information will be forthcoming.
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Boo Boo Davis – I'm So Tired

Today, we're going to feature Boo Boo Davis, a modern Mississippi delta bluesman. Born and raised in Drew, Mississippi, deep in the delta, he worked in the cotton fields and learned to sing from the other sharecroppers.
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Kicking off B.B. King WEEK

This week we celebrate Riley "Blues Boy" King, the undisputed king of the blues, in honor of his birthday on Thursday. B.B. King will be 86 years young!
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Preachin' The Blues – Son House Biography Sheds Light on Blues Master

Son House was and continues to be a towering pillar of delta blues. His new biography by Daniel Beaumont puts Son's unique and amazing story together, with some familiar notes and surprising new revelations.
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Video: Reverend Peyton Discusses Hero Charlie Patton

We recently received a very interesting video of blues master Reverend Peyton discussing his hero, Charley Patton

Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues

In the latest John Hurt biography,researcher Philip Ratcliffe deals with the lack of direct sources about John Hurt’s early life by plunging into census records and information about Avalon, Mississippi.

David "Honeyboy" Edwards – Rest in Peace (1915 – 2011)

David Honeyboy Edwards passed away last night, Aug. 29 at around 3 am. He was just short of 96 years old. He is, essentially, the last of the blues players who was there for the early years.
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