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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.

John Anderson and Sam Lay Discuss ‘Sam Lay In Bluesland’

"Well, you know a Sam Lay track when you hear it, man. Listen to those 40-some Chess tracks and, you know, you can tell which ones Sam’s on."

Wayne Baker Brooks Does It All

"All these legends, we knew personally. They knew us. They’re gone now, so, somebody got to rise up."

The Last Waltz: Looking Back On 40 Years

It was forty years ago today. Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, 1976.
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We Talk In Depth With JD Simo About ‘Rise & Shine’

"This project was just trying to do something that was truly our own. I think that's the goal that we'll continue to push ourselves toward."

Harmonica Player Phil Wiggins Honored with NEA National Heritage Fellowship

Today, Phil Wiggins is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of “Master of Traditional Arts.”
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Let Grammy Winner Bobby Rush Ease On In

This is the wild world of a Mississippi-Born Icon who paved his own path on music's treacherous trail. Daddy told me on his dying bed Give up your heart but don't you lose your head You came...

Third Man Recording Artist Todd Albright & His Guitar Revival – Part 2

"From an artist’s perspective, you couldn’t ask to be on a better label - as well as they treat their artists and the amount they’re willing to promote, stick up for their people, push their projects. You’re not getting that anywhere else."

25 Record Stores You Have To Shop

All of them are on this list for a reason, and that reason is to get folks to visit, and immerse themselves in a culture that was nearly dead, but has made a monumental comeback.
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A Brief History of the “House of the Rising Sun”

The House of the Rising Sun may evoke memories of The Animals, but the song has a hidden & shockingly broad history, spanning every folk-inspired corner of the U.S. & dating back nearly 100 years.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About JJ Cale

One of the most reclusive, laid-back artists in the history of blues, rock, Americana, and red dirt country, would have been 78 years old on December 5th.
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