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International Blues

Tampa Bay Blues Festival Crowd

Tampa Bay Blues Festival: 25 Years of Blues by the Bay

As one of the first big blues festivals of the season each year, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival is a great way to start your annual blues music experience with a bang!

The Eighth Annual Call and Response Blues Symposium at the 33rd Annual King Biscuit...

Join two blues journalism and preservation legends, Roger Stolle and Don Wilcock, as they dedicate this, their eighth annual Call and Response Blues Symposium, to King Biscuit’s beloved patriarch Sunshine Sonny Payne.

WORLD PREMIERE Song: Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – “Start Rockin'”

When Wayne brings the boogie-woogie-blues to those 88 keys he is rockin' 'em, squeezing every drop of goodness he can out of every one of them.

Matty T Wall Shows All Sides on ‘Sidewinder’

Wall is an excellent guitar player who works within the confines of each song. He'll show some flash when necessary, but for the most part, he's just playing soulful solos that sound good. He's not trying to impress the listener.

Wily Bo Walker Weaves Jazz Throughout ‘Almost Transparent Blues’

Walker doesn't just plow through songs, singing how he's going to sing. Instead, he subtly shapes his voice to work with each song. It also helps that he performs with a talented band.

Guitars Through the Eyes of Howard Paul and Robert Benedetto

"Violins were made to be taken apart. Guitars are not made to be taken apart."
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Crystal Shawanda Breaks Into the Blues with ‘Voodoo Woman’

'Voodoo Woman' is the first blues album by Crystal Shawanda to be released in the United States. If you're a fan of those hard-hitting female blues stars of the past, you'll be a fan of hers too. In a word, this album is exceptional.
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Premiere Video: Gina Sicilia “Ready For Love”

Ever evolving, Sicilia integrates down-to-the-roots inspirations seamlessly within the blues. It's long been her trademark style, as we always say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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Premiere Video: Matt Andersen “Coal Mining Blues”

Andersen notes that for artists who don’t get a lot of radio play, "live music is vital." More than that, he says, "I think it’s a basic connection, to be part of that energy going on. I just wish everyone could come to a live show. It’s the best way to hear music for sure."
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Vanja Sky Debuts on Ruf Records With ‘Bad Penny’

"We named it after the Rory Gallagher song, which I also cover on the album," Sky says. "Rory is one of my favorite players. He has a special place in my heart."
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