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C.C. Rider the Venerator: Gloria Jones & "Tainted Love"

It’s 1981. And a synthpop duo called Soft Cell isn’t doing so well. They’ve got one last chance to make a hit before their label kicks ‘em to the curb. So they took one final shot with a version of an old soul song—Tainted Love...

Mick Kolassa's "Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel" Celebrates the Blues

"Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel" is a sonic feast, full of delightful surprises. The bottom line? This is blues that's well written, deftly performed, and dripping with character.

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Otis Redding

Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer. And one of the greatest voices of all time: Otis Redding. Raw, powerful, tender—his sound defined a new kind of soul music. While Motown Records released smooth polished numbers, down south at Stax, Otis and his band came out with all the grit lacking up north...

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Isaac Hayes

There’s a whole generation that knows him best for his catchphrase— Hello there, children! But Isaac Hayes…he’s much more than South Park’s Chef...
Ted Drozdowski at 2014 Juke Joint Festival

Ted Drozdowski and The Scissormen – Authentic, Innovative and A Tad Eccentric

I never thought I’d call a blues band “authentic” that splashed a heavy dollup of Ramones punk attitude onto a bed of alien invasion smoothy guitars, but Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen are unquestionably authentic.

Ronnie Earl’s "Father’s Day" Is the Pinnacle of Self Realization

Each track is better than the one that came before it, and the cumulative effect on listeners is staggering.
Mighty Sam McClain performing his hit "Too Much Jesus Not Enough Whiskey"

Remembering the great Mighty Sam McClain

Sam declared that “to me, making music is all about freedom. I believe I have a gift from God and I’ve worked hard all my life to pursue my own vision of it...

24th Street Wailers' “Where Evil Grows” Jumps and Swings

If you enjoy your "vintage," or if you prefer, "retro" jump blues, with some kick instead of a lame imitation, this album is for you.

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Junior Parker

This is the latest from The Bluesmobile's C.C. Rider, who spends her life venerating the founding fathers of the blues. She’s walked the crooked highways of this singing country to resurrect the voices of the...

Booker T to Headline Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Festival

Award-winning Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer Booker T Jones is headlining Buddy Guy’s Legends Blues Fest on Saturday, June 13th
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