Stax Records created a mecca of Soul Music in Memphis that acted as an anthem for an entire generation. Now, nearly 50 years later, Stax is again manufacturing great music through a world-renown school.
In a region glutted with flamboyant musicians, James Booker's reputation as both a genius and a flake reached legendary proportions. He performed with style and wild improvisational frenzy.
Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards' new album "Redemption" has one of the most promising sounds in blues today. The band is tight, gritty and full of energy.
James Kinds, the tried-and-true working bluesman, has recently released Love You From The Top, a righteously soulful album packed with West Side Chicago sound.
Delmark Records' recent reissue of Magic Sam's "West Side Soul" is a great new remastering of a classic album that has been widely regarded as one of the best blues albums of all time.