• Benefit Concert for Americana Music Association & Blues Foundation Scheduled for October 19th

    Across the Great Divide is the title of the benefit concert presented by the UpperWest Music Group. Scheduled for Friday, October 19th, at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles, proceeds from the concert benefit the Americana Music Association & the Blues Foundation. This will be the first time that these two outstanding music organizations join forces to shine a light on the deep connectivity between the blues & Americana music.“The intersection of Americana and the Blues is a place of i
  • WORLD PREMIERE TRACK From Bob Margolin “Head Held High”

    “Steady Rollin'” Bob Margolin. A name that rings through the annals of blues history as loudly as it does today. From his time as Muddy Waters’ right hand, to his solo blues work as guitarist, producer, journalist and more, Bob has seen and done it all.
    On Friday, October 12th, 2018, Margolin releases a self-titled album via VizzTone, the label he helped create. Bob Margolin contains the bluesman’s interpretations of nine songs he learned direct from the masters back in t
  • Austin Texas’ Nakia is a ‘Blues Grifter’

    Grifter is defined as a con artist or swindler. Another way to interpret the term is as the age-old concept of stealing from the greats. That’s the definition that Nakia had in mind when he formed the Blues Grifters some eight years ago in Austin, Texas. That interpretation remains as the title of his first solo album, Blues Grifter on KiaChia Records.We’re all aware of some talented grifters in the blues world. Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and others have all done it with great
  • Premiere Video: Colin James Breaks Down ‘Miles To Go’ Song by Song

    Canadian bluesman Colin James has released a sequel to his award winning album Blue Highways. The new album, Miles To Go, hit the shelves on September 21st, 2018 via Stony Plain Records and True North Records.
    On Miles To Go the multiple award winning singer/guitarist covers nine blues classics by artists including Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Howlin’ Wolf, Blind Willie Johnson and more. There are also two brand new original James tracks. The songs James chose to cover are not your usual re
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  • Boscoe France to Play Inaugural Blues Festival in His Hometown

    Boscoe France is an award-winning, barefoot, slide blues guitar playing native of Madisonville, Kentucky. He’s shared the stage with artists that include Sonny Landreth, Keb’ Mo’ and Mr. B.B. King himself. France also made it to the semi-finals at the International Blues Challenge two years in a row, and PBS aired a special on his life.
    Boscoe France photo: Mark McCoy
    October 20th, France will be on stage, quite literally in his own backyard. Playing at the first ever Baco
  • Newest Release From Jim Allchin is ‘Prime Blues’

    What do you get when you combine a former computer scientist turned blues rock musician with one of the hottest producers on the globe? You get the new release from Jim Allchin, Prime Blues.
    Prime Blues is the fourth widely distributed blues album from guitarist/singer/songwriter Allchin. Last year’s Decisions drew broad acclaim and stayed on the blues rock album charts for 14 weeks. He comes out again, guns blazing, with 14 original tracks combining blues, rock, and Southern soul.
    One may
  • West Side Blues Architect Otis Rush Dead at 84

    Otis Rush, one of the founding fathers of Chicago’s West Side sound died Saturday, September 29th, 2018. The announcement of his passing came via his wife Masaki on Rush’ website. His death was due to complications from a stroke suffered in 2003.
    Otis Rush attends the Chicago Blues Festival in 2016. Photo: Marilyn Stringer
    Otis Rush, Jr. was born April 29th, 1934 near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Around the age of 14, he moved to Chicago met Muddy Waters, and began playing blues clubs
  • The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is ‘Poor Until Payday’

    One of the hardest working groups on the scene is The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. They play as many as 300 shows per year, and are touted as the biggest little band in the country. Country blues that is. On October 5th, their legion of fans will once again get their fix when Poor Until Payday hits the shelves.
    Poor Until Payday is the group’s second offering on their own Family Owned Records label through Thirty Tigers. The 3-piece group made up of The Rev, his wife Washboard Br
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  • Samantha Fish & Jonny Lang Headline Bacon, Blues & Big Stories Festival

    What’s better than a two-day music festival? How about adding bacon, beer and story-tellers to the mix? What if it had some of the top blues, soul, and Americana artists in the country? Now, what if it were FREE? Fans can expect all of that and more at the inaugural Bacon, Blues & Big Stories Festival in Madisonville, Kentucky on October 19th and 20th, 2018.
    A festival of what’s good for the taste buds, ears, and soul, Bacon Blues & Big Stories will take place in Mahr Park at
  • Connor Selby’s Debut ‘Made Up My Mind’ is a Fresh Take on the Classic Blues Sound

    Serving as the long awaited debut release from 20 year old British blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Connor Selby, Made Up My Mind is exactly what the blues world needs – A fresh take on a classic sound. Featuring eight tracks, and running for just under forty minutes, the modern day bluesman takes us on a short trip back to the late 1960s.
    Hailing from Essex in England’s south-east Selby picked up the guitar at eight years old. He has dedicated his life to mastering the instru
  • Bitten by the Blues, The Alligator Records Story Out October 30th

    Of all the great names in the Chicago blues scene, there are two that some folks may not recognize. Bruce Iglauer is president and founder of Alligator Records, the largest contemporary blues label in the world. He is also a co-founder of Living Blues magazine and a founder of the Chicago Blues Festival. Patrick A. Roberts is associate professor in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. He is the coauthor of Give ‘Em Soul, Richard!, Race, Radio, and Rhythm, and Blues in
  • Allman Goldflies Band “Goes Pops” in Concert

    In what promises to be one of the most exciting, creative music events of the year, the Allman Goldflies Band “Goes Pops” when they perform in concert with the Panama City Pops Orchestra. The concert will take place on Saturday, October 13th at the SweetBay Master-Planned Community Founders Pavilion in Panama City, Florida beginning at 6:00 PM and is open and free to the public.Dr. David Ott, renowned Panama City Pops Orchestra conductor and widely acknowledged as one of the greatest
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  • Ana Popovic Likes it on Top

    Last Friday blues rock guitar goddess Ana Popovic released her newest album via ArtisteXclusive Records. Double entendre aside, Like it on Top tackles ten different feminist issues plus female empowerment across ten brand new songs. But that’s far from where it ends.Co-produced and co-written by 4-time GRAMMY-winner Keb’ Mo’, the album also recognizes the men who support working women in an equal partnership. We caught up with Ana mid-tour and spoke with her about Like it on To
  • Blues Hall of Famer Big Jay McNeely Dead at 91

    Rhythm & Blues saxophonist extraordinaire Big Jay McNeely died early Sunday morning in Moreno Valley, California. His passing was announced via a Facebook post from his family.It is with our deepest regret that we announce the passing of Legendary Saxophonist Cecil James “Big Jay McNeely”, the King of Honking Sax. McNeely, 91 years old, passed away on Sunday morning at 6:15am at the Riverside University Health System Center. McNeely’s official cause of death was due to adva
  • Blue & Lonesome Duo’s ‘Pacing the Floor’ Is Classic Blues in a Sparse Setting

    So much contemporary blues can feel like a veritable arms race, with who can outplay whom more of a concern than the songs themselves. Blue & Lonesome Duo’s Pacing the Floor avoids this problem with a wonderfully, low-key blues album.
    Blue & Lonesome Duo is made up of singer/harmonica player Ronnie Owens, of Li’l Ronnie & the Grand Dukes, and singer/guitarist Gordon Harrower, he too of the Grand Dukes, but also of Rattlesnake Shake. The album is just the two of them sing
  • World Premiere Track: Eric Bibb ft. Habib Koité “We Don’t Care”

    Troubadour Eric Bibb plans to release a 2-CD set, Global Griot on October 26th via Stony Plain Records. The first single, “We Don’t Care,” with Habib Koité is available today.It is easy to point to Bibb’s accomplishments. A five-decade career recording with folk and blues royalty. Two Grammy nominations and multiple Blues Music Awards. A following that not only crosses borders, it crosses continents. But what Eric Bibb is after is much, much larger than that.
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  • Roots n Blues n BBQ Brings Cool Tunes, Hot Eats to Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri

    COLUMBIA, MO — When it comes to music, food, arts and festivals, no place does it quite like Columbia. The 2018 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is the quintessential end-of-summertime celebration combining some of the hottest names in music with delicious regional fare, local craft brews, intriguing art displays and a lot more throughout the weekend of September 28-30 in Stephens Lake Park.
    Grammy-winner Sturgill Simpson closes out the Missouri Lottery Stage on Saturday, Sept. 29.
    Roots N Blu
  • Mark Hummel Pushes His Harp to the Limit on ‘Harpbreaker’

    Mark Hummel says on his website that he has “done over two million miles or more in my seven vans with over 250-350k on each one!!!” He started the Blues Survivors in 1977 with Mississippi Johnny Waters and over the years he’s worked with stellar players including the likes of Sue Foley, Rusty Zinn, Mike Judge, Jim Overton, and many, many more. Some of the acts they’ve backed include Snooky Pryor, Sonny Rhodes, Barbara Dane, John Mayall, Brownie McGhee, Lowell Folsom, an
  • Alligator Records to Release ‘Journeys to the Heart of the Blues’

    Alligator Records has acquired the rights to release Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues on Friday, October 26th. The album is a dynamic new acoustic release from three of the blues’ best players. Grammy-winning guitarist, vocalist and Blues Hall Of Famer Joe Louis Walker, virtuoso pianist/organist Bruce Katz and next-generation British harmonica ace Giles Robson take listeners on a musical journey of traditional blues. The album features a carefully chosen collection of eleven stripped-dow
  • Connor Ray Music Set to Release New CD From Houston-Based Duo Dry Johnson

    Connor Ray Music announces an October 5th release date for the debut CD from Houston-based duo, Dry Johnson, Long Live Them Blues, Vol. 1.Dry Johnson is comprised of bassist Terry Dry and drummer Matthew Robert Johnson, who collectively have formed the powerhouse rhythm section backing award-winning Texas guitarslinger Mike Zito for almost two years. Dry and Johnson met for the first time in Fargo, North Dakota in 1998 and played together a few years later in Houston, Texas. They have continued
  • Vanessa Collier’s ‘Honey Up’ Is Golden

    You’d have to be in a capsule far above the world with Major Tom not to know who Vanessa Collier is. Talk about being on a roll! She’s already been nominated for three BMAs along with a Blues Blast nomination as well. Additionally, she has earned the Jammingest Pro Award from the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition, Best of 2014 Blues Breaker on Dan Aykroyd’s BluesMobile
    Collier has been playing since she too
  • Sophomore Album From Amanda Fish is ‘Free’

    Indie Blues artist Amanda Fish has come a long way in a short time. Proving that Kansas City is still prime breeding ground for young artists, Fish now drops her second album on the VizzTone label, Free.
    The ballsy, multiple genre Down in the Dirt first drew our attention to the elder of the Fish sisters. Amanda’s powerhouse vocals (imagine the viva voce child of Koko Taylor and Otis Rush) combined with her multi-instrumental talents, and vivid true-life lyrics launched her directly into o
  • Lawrence Lebo’s ‘Old School Girl’ Is Catchy and Nicely Done

    Reviewing music is often about the search for more significant meaning in works. But an album doesn’t have to have a big idea or an overarching theme to be entertaining. Lawrence Lebo’s Old School Girl is a feel-good blues album representing a fun way to spend a half hour or so.
    Lebo is a singer with a powerful voice. It has a bluesy bravado, but also a feminine character, both of which work nicely together. Here, she tears through seven songs, performing each and every one to perfe
  • 4th Annual BB King Symposium September 6th

    Itta Bena, MS – The fourth annual B.B. King Symposium takes place this Thursday, September 6th offering a number of inspiring events and discussions unfolding throughout the day.
    This year’s symposium is being co-hosted by the B.B. King Museum and the B.B. King Recording Studio. This year’s theme is “Suffering Songs: The Blues Identity of Native & African American People and Their Struggles.” Dr. James Johnson, Musicologist, University of Pittsburg and Co-
  • An Exhibition – ‘Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR’

    Touring art shows of varied formats, materials, and styles have been around forever. It’s a simple concept really. Gather a number of pieces representing a common theme that the artist(s) believe will excite, and inspire guests.
    Every piece is a cauldron where experience, technique, love, and longing are mixed with… angst? Desire? Whimsy? Joy? As a whole, such an exhibit can leave visitors spent, yet still hold them enthralled.
    Imagine if you will an exhibit that is a perfect embodi
  • Tampa Bay Blues Festival: 25 Years of Blues by the Bay

    The Tampa Bay Blues Festival will be celebrating 25 years next spring. Located at Vinoy Waterfront Park in St. Petersburg, Florida, the annual festival has presented some of the biggest names in the blues. Artists including Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Aaron Neville, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Irma Thomas, Jimmie Vaughn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Koko Taylor, and many others have brought their exciting music to this tropical setting.
    Today, it’s one of the largest blues events in America. Thousands of g
  • There’s a New Guitar Slinger in Town and His Name is Ethan Lake

    “The blues is alive and well.” So sayeth Buddy Guy. Elder statesmen like Guy keep the blues heart beating. Meanwhile, young guns coming up through the blues ranks are why there’s fresh breath in the genre. Enter Ethan Lake.
    Ethan Lake Photo: Todd Lake
    Lake is the new kid in town. A 16-year-old guitarist/singer hailing from Baltimore who chose the blues path, and he’s shaking things up. Like many of a certain age, Lake was introduced to the blues via bands like the Rolling
  • Enter the King Biscuit Blues Festival Giveaway – Win VIP Passes, Cruise Tickets, Blues Tees and More!

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  • Louisiana Bluesman Jonathon Long Debuts on Wild Heart Records

    What a crawfish boil is to the taste buds, the soon to be released eponymous album from Jonathon Long is to the ear-holes. The Baton Rouge bluesman has dropped “Boogie” from his name, shifted genres, and picked up a brand new label, Wild Heart Records.
    If Wild Heart sounds familiar, it should. It’s the title of the critically acclaimed 2015 album from Samantha Fish. Just so you’re up to speed, on top of her feverish tour schedule, her relocation from the Midwest to NOLA,
  • Ian Saddler and Building Ace Records’ “By the Bayou”

    Ian Saddler in the Miller vault (2012)
    Ian Saddler knew the record industry was a tough business, but he wasn’t quite prepared for all of the termite poop.
    Saddler, who is somehow simultaneously shaggy and dapper in a uniquely British way, is the person behind Ace Records’ “By the Bayou,” series, which brilliantly compiles historical Louisiana blues. There are 20 editions to date, all personally curated by Saddler, a retired editor and avid record-collecting Englishman wh
  • Inspired Trudy Lynn Lifts Us Up with ‘Blues Keep Knockin”

    This review is written just a few days after the death of Aretha Franklin, so it’s not surprising that Franklin’s beautiful spirit hovers around an album by a powerful bluesy, soul artist, like Trudy Lynn. Like Franklin, Lynn has an amazing ability to cut through songs with a unique voice. And on Blues Keep Knockin’, Lynn’s 13th solo album, she shows that while the world will never have another Franklin, Franklin’s work will live on in those she inspired.
    And Lynn
  • Dickey Betts Postpones Dates Due to “Mild Stroke”

    Dickey Betts at the Pistoia Blues Festival in 2008
    Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band has postponed three upcoming performance dates due to what his doctors have described as a mild stroke.
    The following statement is posted on Betts’ website:
    “Citing health concerns, Dickey Betts has been forced to postpone the next three dates that he was scheduled to perform on August 28 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY; August 30 at the Toyota Oakdale Theat
  • Steve Krase Band’s ‘Just Waitin” Is a Fun Tour Through Blues, Rockabilly and More

    Everything you need to know about the Steve Krase Band‘s wonderful Just Waitin’ is in “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” the album’s fifth track. To those of you less tapped into high culture, it’s the theme of the sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies, which ran from 1962-1971 (with some reunions and an inevitable reboot film, of course, coming later). That 1960s sensibility is pure Krase. His music, while contemporary in many ways, also is wedded to a specific time pe
  • World Premiere of “Hard to Stay Cool” From Cedric Burnside

    Mississippi bluesman Cedric Burnside will release his new album, Benton County Relic, on September 14th, via Single Lock Records. Although Hill Country Blues is decades old, Burnside’s interpretation of the genre cuts deeper than most modern takes.
    Cedric is the grandson of legendary blues musician R.L. Burnside, and the son of drummer Calvin Jackson. He still lives close to the Holly Springs, Mississippi home where he was raised by his grandfather, and carries the torch of bringing Hill C
  • WORLD PREMIERE Video: “This Side Or The Other” – David Olney

    David Olney   -Photo by John Partipilo
    Hailed as a “songwriter’s songwriter,” David Olney is a Nashville founding father of Americana music.  He’s been around, having spent over 30 years involved with music in various incarnations. During those many years Olney has worked as an actor, poet, and currently, host of the weekly You Never Know streamcast. As a solo artist, he has released over 20 albums and his songs have been covered by the likes of Emmylou Har
  • The Eighth Annual Call and Response Blues Symposium at the 33rd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival

    Malco Theater on Cherry Street in Helena, Arkansas
    The Eighth Annual Call and Response Blues Symposium at the 33rd annual King Biscuit Blues FestivalSaturday, October 6, 2018Malco Theater on Cherry St., Helena, Arkansas10:45 to 1:00 p.m.
    Sunshine Sonny Payne was the blues legend who was the uncle to blues royalty for more than 70 years on KFFA’s King Biscuit Time radio show until his passing last year. Join two blues journalism and preservation legends, Roger Stolle and Don Wilcock, as the
  • Blues Hall of Famer Lazy Lester Dead at 85

    Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Lazy Lester died at his home in Paradise, California at approximately 4:50 PM (PDT) on August 22nd. He was 85.
    The announcement of his passing came from long-time family friend Kenny Neal via Facebook post.
    It saddens me to say, Lazy Lester passed just a short time ago peacefully at his home. He had a full life and will be remembered by so many. Memorial arrangements will follow. Condolences to his family.
    According his friend Dawayne Gilley, Lester
  • BENEFIT 10/19: Across The Great Divide feat. John Prine, Bob Weir, Joe Louis Walker, & more

    UpperWest Music Group Presents
    ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE
    A Benefit Concert forThe Americana Music Association & The Blues Foundationat The Ace Theatre in Los Angeleson Friday, October 19
    Stellar lineup to feature Americana, roots rock and blues stars includingJohn Prine, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Shemekia Copeland, Doyle Bramhall II, Larkin Poe, Joe Louis Walker, Tash Neal and Surprise Guests PURCHASE TICKETS TO BENEFIT DONATE TO THE BLUES FOUNDATIONAugust 20, 2018&ndash
  • BENEFIT 10/19: Across The Great Divide

    UpperWest Music Group Presents
    ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE
    A Benefit Concert forThe Americana Music Association & The Blues Foundationat The Ace Theatre in Los Angeleson Friday, October 19
    Stellar lineup to feature Americana, roots rock and blues stars includingJohn Prine, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Shemekia Copeland, Doyle Bramhall II, Larkin Poe, Joe Louis Walker, Tash Neal and Surprise Guests PURCHASE TICKETS TO BENEFIT DONATE TO THE BLUES FOUNDATIONAugust 20, 2018&ndash
  • Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Protege Robert Connely Farr Brings Us ‘Dirty South Blues’

    Robert Connely Farr is no stranger to blues music. He grew up in the small, Southern town of Bolton, Mississippi, the hometown of Charley Patton and the Mississippi Sheiks. 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.
    Holmes is regarded as the last of the Bentonia, Mississippi bluesmen, and has been mentoring Farr in this all-but-lost art form for t
  • WORLD PREMIERE Video: “Down to Memphis” by Alastair Greene

    Alastair Greene’s 2017 release Dream Train was well received by fans and critics alike, and why not? It was smoking! Guess what? Alastair Greene is back with an even more powerful new album, Live From The 805 on Rip Cat Records. Just released, this double CD set is chock-filled with some intense, bone-shaking music celebrating 20 years of Greene’s blues-rock power trio!
    “Live From The 805 is a milestone live celebration of twenty years of rocking the blues for Alastair Greene
  • WORLD PREMIERE Song: Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – “Start Rockin'”

    Concierto de Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne & The Drew Davies Rhythym Combo el día 12 de julio de 2015 en el XVIII Festival Internacional de Jazz de San Javier  -Image is ©R.Mellado
    Sarah French begins her biography of Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne for Stony Plain Records by saying he is hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues…” and that he “is called ‘Blues Boss’ for a reason.&rd
  • America’s Child Shemekia Copeland Talks About Her New Album

    Award-winning singer, Shemekia Copeland has an instantly recognizable voice. She’s been unleashing her powerful instrument since the days of opening for her father while still in her teens. For the most part, her genres of choice have been blues and soul music. Her latest release, America’s Child, however delves into the realm of Americana, and she sings it like she stole it.We wondered, like many others, why she chose to probe a different style at this juncture in her career. What c
  • World Premiere Track From Mandy Barnett “Strange Conversation”

    Mandy Barnett has been steeped in country music her entire life. Singing since the age of five, she portrayed Patsy Cline on stage while in her teen years. Barnett has released six albums, and has performed with everyone from Asleep at the Wheel to SpongeBob SquarePants.
    Now poised to release her first album in five years, Barnett brings some Southern soul to Strange Conversation. Scheduled for release on September 21st, via the Thirty Tigers label, Strange Conversation places the vocalist
  • Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, Hot Tuna, Tour Celebrating Publication of Jorma’s Memoirs – ‘Been So Long: My Life and Music’

    (USA) – Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, Hot Tuna, head out on tour celebrating the release of Jorma’s memoirs, Been So Long: My Life and Music on St. Martin’s Press. The autobiography will be on sale August 28 and is available to pre-order online from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
    With a foreword by Grace Slick and an afterword by Jack Casady, the book is an account with Jorma writing naturally what was in his heart and mind. It is a wonderful combination of personal and cultu
  • Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Performances

    From the moment she stepped out of the church and into the spotlight Aretha Franklin cast a long lasting spell on the world with her glorious, God-given gift.On March 25th, 1942 Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of CL Franklin, a Baptist minister, and his wife Barbara, an accomplished Gospel singer. By the age of six Franklin and her family had made the move to Detroit where she began singing and playing the piano in her father’s church.
    Amidst the breakdo
  • ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

    Aretha Franklin, who sang about respect for decades and then earned the respect of fans around the world has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Franklin was 76 years old.
    Royalty and Presidents were among her biggest fans and she sang at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. In 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in a White House ceremony. Franklin earned 18 Grammy Awards and the Recording Academy’s Grammy Legend Award. She also
  • Matty T Wall Shows All Sides on ‘Sidewinder’

    Australian Matty T Wall bills himself as a guitarist, which is true, but he’s so much more. Well, not that much more. He’s also a songwriter and vocalist, but he’s good at both of those things, too. Sidewinder, his latest album, shows off all three of those sides and makes one wonder why Wall doesn’t refer to himself as a musician–because that’s what he is.
    Artists who bill themselves as guitarists, perhaps unsurprisingly, tend to focus on the guitar. It usua
  • 10 Underrated Female Blues Musicians You Need To Be Following

    In a world that’s obsessed with social media, each of us are shouting into the void of seemingly infinite profiles, and sometimes the good ones get lost. Here are ten relatively unknown, but incredibly gifted blues playing women from around the world whose profiles may have escaped you, but deserve every follow they can get.
    Minnie Marks – @minniemarksofficialSince 1994, Minnie Marks has been playing some of the meanest slide blues, roots, and rock and roll around.
    Hailing from Cresc
  • Wily Bo Walker Weaves Jazz Throughout ‘Almost Transparent Blues’

    Most music fans have wondered what it would sound like if ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and singer/songwriter Tom Waits had a baby and then had that baby raised in Scotland. Glasgow’s own Wily Bo Walker answers that question, conceptually, if not specifically, on Almost Transparent Blues, the singer/guitarist’s latest album.
    Walker’s voice jumps out at you. It’s raspy, not unlike contemporary Gibbons and all-the-time Waits. Over the course of the album, Walker explores th

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