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Doyle Bramhall II continues to evolve with Shades

We first heard Doyle Bramhall II when he and his band Smokestack played opening act on Eric Clapton‘s 2001 Reptile tour. A little research revealed that Bramhall also had a bit of a role on the Reptile album, including serving … Continue reading

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Deva Mahal, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton join Bettye LaVette and others at inaugural Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival

We weren’t able to catch much of the inaugural edition of the Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival that took place at the August Wilson Center in downtown Pittsburgh this past weekend, but the few acts we did manage to see … Continue reading

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Blues Been Mighty Good to Me

Things may finally be starting to cool down a bit on the outdoor thermometer but we’ve got another hot one for you here with this edition of our talk-free BluesPowR Radio Hour, featuring double-shots from both Jim Gustin & Truth … Continue reading

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Reigning Queen of Beale Street Barbara Blue makes big splash with Fish in Dirty H20

It’s been a few years now since we’ve had a chance to talk about smoky-voiced Pittsburgh native Barbara Blue, who has been holding down a five-nights-a-week gig at Silky O’Sullivan’s on Memphis’ Beale Street for the past 21 years, a … Continue reading

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Bad Day

It doesn’t matter what kind of day it’s been so far, it will only get better once you’re listening to this latest edition of our BluesPowR Radio Hour, which, we think you’ll agree, has lots of soul with music from … Continue reading

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Delmark Records celebrates 65th anniversary with album paying Tribute to label’s past artists

Recently, we told you about the latest album from Lurrie Bell, on which he and brothers Steve, James and Tyson (dubbing themselves The Bell Dynasty) paid tribute to their late, harmonica-blowing father Carey Bell. Now that same record label celebrates … Continue reading

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Columbus’ Project Blues Review attracts dollars, starpower as Eric Clapton joins headliner Jimmie Vaughan onstage

We’ve talked here before about the Project Blues Review fundraiser that takes place each summer in Columbus, Ohio, which has provided a few of the most memorable shows we’ve had the pleasure of seeing, first, a 2014 Tribute to Muddy … Continue reading

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Matt Andersen & The Mellotones team for Live at Olympic Hall

Early last year, we told you how good Canadian guitarist and singer Matt Andersen can be live. If you still haven’t gotten the chance to experience that for yourself, you no longer have to take our word for it, with … Continue reading

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Lurrie Bell and brothers celebrate harpmaster father on Tribute to Carey Bell

Nearly 30 years after playing together with their father, harmonica ace Carey Bell, on the 1990 Dynasty! album, brothers Lurrie, James, Steve, and Tyson Bell are continuing to carry on their dad’s legacy as Lurrie Bell & The Bell Dynasty. … Continue reading

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Harp ace Bob Corritore & friends blow through the crossroads with Don’t Let the Devil Ride!

We’ve talked here before about some of the terrific collaborations of which harmonica master Bob Corritore has been a part over the years, including recordings with the likes of piano great Henry Gray, guitarist John Primer, and Chicago bluesman Tail … Continue reading

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