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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters to headline Project Blues 2017 fundraiser

There’s now just less than a month remaining until the 2017 edition of the annual Project Blues fundraiser about which we’ve told you in the past. They’ve had some great lineups for this event since its inception, including such names … Continue reading

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The late Phil Guy shines again on My Blues, Baby concert DVD

There are plenty of blues men and women who never received the respect or attention they deserved, and perhaps no one was more criminally underrated than late blues guitarist and singer Phil Guy, a genuine blues brother to the legendary … Continue reading

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Now on CD: Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones Live at Checkerboard Lounge

A few years back, we told you about the Live at the Checkerboard Lounge Chicago DVD that captured a historic 1981 performance from blues great Muddy Waters at Buddy Guy‘s Chicago club, during which Waters was joined onstage by the … Continue reading

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The Cash Box Kings hit the jackpot with Royal Mint

Recently, we told you about Chicago bluesman Linsey Alexander’s soulful latest album Two Cats. If you’re in the mood for something of the Chicago variety with a little more swing, you’ll want to check out Royal Mint, the Alligator Records debut … Continue reading

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Home Free Blues

If, like us, you weren’t able to make it to Chicago earlier this month for its annual free blues festival, then let us help bring some of the Windy City to you with this latest episode of our BluesPowR Radio … Continue reading

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SwingBack Sunday – Father’s Day edition: Fathers and Sons (and daughters too)

With Father’s Day upon us, it seemed like a good day to revisit one of the very first posts on our blog, looking at the many second-generation bluesmen and women. Here’s wishing a happy Father’s Day to the musicians — … Continue reading

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Chicago bluesman Linsey Alexander sweetens the kitty with latest album Two Cats

If you’re seeking out some good modern Chicago blues, you still need look no further than two of Chicago’s oldest and most distinguished record labels. With all of the changes in the world, it’s great to see that the same … Continue reading

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Rising bluesman Selwyn Birchwood invites you to Pick Your Poison with latest release

It’s been some time now since we introduced you to Florida bluesman Selwyn Birchwood as both the band and Albert King Guitarist winner at the 2013 International Blues Challenge (IBC). Birchwood has of course been keeping quite busy in the … Continue reading

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Book of musician photos brings showtime from the stage to the page

With as many good CDs as we receive for review, it can be a real challenge to find the time to write about anything other than the music itself, which is why it’s taken us a bit longer than it … Continue reading

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Mistreated Blues

“If you’ve ever been mistreated, you know just what I’m talkin’ about” with this latest edition of our BluesPowR Radio Hour, featuring double shots of both Taj Mahal and horn player Nancy Wright, as well as tracks from John Mayall, … Continue reading

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