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Where did you come from, Cotton Mouth Man?: Blues harp legend James Cotton strikes a personal chord with new Alligator CD

As far as we can tell, blues harmonica giant James Cotton has never published a memoir, nor has anyone yet written a book on the life of this extraordinary bluesman, who’s been playing since age nine. And with the release … Continue reading

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Chicago Blues: A Living History returns with another blues (R)evolution

You may recall 2009’s much-acclaimed two-disc collection Chicago Blues: A Living History, which featured Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, John Primer, and Billy Boy Arnold performing their interpretations of songs representing the evolution of the Chicago blues, from early 1940s tunes like Sonny Boy Williamson’s “My Little … Continue reading

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A chompin’ good time: 40 years on, Alligator still rockin’ the house

Just as the Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor belts out in the opening lines of her “I’m a Woman” that starts the album, you know “everything gonna’ be alright” about the 40th Anniversary Collection from Alligator Records. From the indie label’s … Continue reading

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