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“XTRA XTRA, read all about it: the blues is back in town” on fifth installment of Blues from the Burgh compilation

The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWPA) delivers another terrific compilation of tracks from local and native blues artists on this fifth edition of the society’s Blues from the Burgh CD series.  This latest installment kicks off with songs from two strong female singers, … Continue reading

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Nick Moss Band pays up — in blues — on The High Cost of Low Living

We’d be lying if we said we haven’t enjoyed the last few albums from Chicago’s Nick Moss Band, with Lead Belly descendant Michael Ledbetter helping to bring some additional soulfulness to the band’s sound. But it was Moss’ earlier, more … Continue reading

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Former Howlin’ Wolf players Tail Dragger, Henry Gray join star-studded tribute to the Wolf on Howlin’ at Greaseland

For longtime bluesmen Henry Gray and Tail Dragger, the late, great Chester Burnett — a.k.a. Howlin’ Wolf — didn’t just serve as an inspiration. For them, he was a band leader and mentor, and the inclusion of these now senior … Continue reading

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With The Devil You Know, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers deliver one hell of a treat

Having spent the past few decades toiling in the blues, San Francisco singer and guitarist Tommy Castro is something of what you might call a “devil you know” in the genre. Whether seeing him live or listening to one of … Continue reading

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