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Long-Read Articles

These are articles over roughly 750-1000 words. People who want to invest some time in reading come to this section.

Billy Flynn Loves His Blues

"Blues was underground, you know? It was kind of hard to find."

Terry Abrahamson: Witness to History

"He gets down on his knee and takes Muddy’s hand off his knee and he holds Muddy’s hand in both of his and kisses the back of Muddy Waters’ hand."

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Howlin’ Wolf

"Don't never take and try to change a musician when he does something. Let him play the chords the way he feel."

Valerie June Is Connected

Valerie June hears voices. Sometimes it’s a young female voice singing. Other times it’s a child’s voice....

Australian Wave Washes Over America with New Blues

What makes this wave of Australian artists exciting and viable to American audiences is their unique take on the blues, and the clarity of their vision.
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Sonny Landreth Talks ‘Live in Lafayette’

"No matter where you're from, or what language you speak, blues is the universal language."

Odds Lane Spends a ‘Last Night on Cherokee’

"The music that we make, that's honest. That's us. Its what we do."

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Magic Sam

Tomorrow marks the 47th anniversary of the all-too-early death of a West Side Chicago guitar master. In honor of his gifted influence on the world of electric blues music, we offer 10 things you may not know about Samuel Maghett, better known to the world as Magic Sam.

The Last Waltz: Looking Back On 40 Years

It was forty years ago today. Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, 1976.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mavis Staples

"I feel if you don’t go out there, if you don’t mingle among the people, how are you going to know what they need to know, and hear what they need to hear? That’s the good part. That’s the best part. Just treat everyone right."
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