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Blues Hall of Famer Lazy Lester Dead at 85

Lester's fans are world-wide. He was quick with a joke or 10, had no pretense of ego, and was always just one of the guys.
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Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Protege Robert Connely Farr Brings Us ‘Dirty South Blues’

Although Farr currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, when he is home you can most likely find him at the Blue Front Cafe in the company of his mentor Jimmy "Duck" Holmes.
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America’s Child Shemekia Copeland Talks About Her New Album

"I love it when things happen organically, when it's natural and not forced. That's what it was like. That was the experience." - Shemekia Copeland
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World Premiere Track From Mandy Barnett “Strange Conversation”

"I'm a torch singer, somebody who can do a little bit of everything," says Barnett. "Pop, blues, gospel, country, soul — songs with emotion are what I do."
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Shemekia Copeland is ‘America’s Child’

What Shemekia Copeland does on 'America's Child' is braid blues, folk, Americana, roots and soul, then bend them like a willow in the wind.

Quintessential Juke Joint Po’ Monkey’s Contents to Be Auctioned Off

The contents of Po' Monkey's, one of the last remaining juke joints located just outside of Merigold, Mississippi will be sold at auction.
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Author, Filmmaker Robert Gordon is a Jack of All Blues

"I think my writing and film making is musical in some way. Being raised around music affected my sense of rhythm, timing, and contrast. I am very inspired by the music." - Robert Gordon
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Rev. Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith ‘Live in Music City’

Rev. Jimmie Smith lives comfortably in the worlds of blues and gospel. As more artists are combining the two genres than ever before, Smith adds the classic Hammond B-3 ensemble sound to the performance.
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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: 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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