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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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Tedeschi Trucks Band, Curtis Salgado big winners at last night’s Blues Music Awards

The annual Blues Music Awards took place in Memphis last night, with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and soul man Curtis Salgado walking away as the night’s biggest winners with three awards each. Tedeschi Trucks won for both band and rock … Continue reading

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John Primer, Bob Corritore celebrate latest album with Rhythm Room release party

Even those of us seemingly afflicted by “Born Under a Bad Sign” syndrome (you know, where “if it wasn’t bad luck, [we] wouldn’t have no luck at all”) can experience a small stroke of good fortune every once in a … Continue reading

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Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’ take blues “All Around the World” with TajMo

We’ve been fortunate to be able to tell you about several pretty terrific blues collaborations in recent weeks: first, a project reuniting guitarist John Primer and harmonica player Bob Corritore, and then a soulful recording from new friends Monster Mike … Continue reading

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Michael Ledbetter, Monster Mike Welch in the right place with Right Place, Right Time

Last week, we told you about the latest collaboration between blues guitarist John Primer and harmonica player Bob Corritore, a splendid little project from Delta Groove Music called Ain’t Nothing You Can Do! While those two blues veterans have the … Continue reading

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Blues vets Primer, Corritore reunite for Ain’t Nothing You Can Do!

Despite the current political mood, this spring seems to be one of much collaboration in the blues music world, with new joint projects out or on the way from the likes of Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, Charlie Musselwhite and … Continue reading

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