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T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Witherspoon: T-Bone Opens to Capacity Crowd at Last Word

Live Review by J.T. Gipson, California Eagle, The, May 1948

Cafe Society Fetes Noted Blues Singer in High Fashion ...

Nat King Cole: Gip Interviews King Cole in Columbus, O., and California

Report and Interview by J.T. Gipson, California Eagle, The, July 1948

I FIRST MET Nat Cole, leader of the world famous King Cole trio, at 2 ayem in the morning standing bareheaded in front of the ...

Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers: Downbeat Club, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by J.T. Gipson, California Eagle, The, July 1948

Joe Liggins And His Crew Click At Downbeat Nitery ...

Little Miss Cornshucks: Gipson Interviews Little Miss Cornshucks at Last Word Club

Report and Interview by J.T. Gipson, California Eagle, The, September 1948

EVER SO OFTEN an act comes along that merits our warmest praise; this week the nitelife spotlight points with pride on an energetic little lass ...

Fats Domino: The Man Who Sang Rock Before Haley

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1963

HIS first million-seller was named after himself. Until last year he had more million-sellers than Elvis, who finally caught up with him after a hard ...

Josh White

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1963

A ROOM in a plush London hotel. The centre of the attraction is an American Negro, 48 years old, his face leathery and worn. Dark ...

Howlin' Wolf: The Great Unknowns No. 11: Howlin' Wolf Burnette

Profile by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, August 1963

WHEN PYE records launched their second R & B campaign, one of the artists involved was a gentleman by the strange name of Howlin' Wolf. ...

Muddy Waters: Great Unknowns: No. 15 Muddy Waters

Profile by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, October 1963

MUDDY WATERS was born McKinley Morganfield, at Rolling Fork, Mississippi, on April 4th, 1915. ...

Willie Dixon, Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson: Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters et al: The American Folk Blues Festival, Fairfield Hall, Croydon, and the Twisted Wheel, Manchester

Live Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, November 1963

THAT FESTIVAL ...

Duane Eddy, Little Richard, The Shirelles: Little Richard, Duane Eddy, The Shirelles: The Regal, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, November 1963

THE OPENING night of the Duane Eddy/Little Richard/Shirelles tour was a lot better than most people expected at the Regal Edmonton, 2nd performance on Saturday. ...

Chuck Berry: I Can't Wait To Meet My Friends In Britain

Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, November 1963

THE RECORD MIRROR TELEPHONES CHUCK BERRY IN MISSOURI ...

1963: Rhythm And Blues Made The News

Overview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1963

THIS HAS been THE year for rhythm and blues fans. There is no doubt about it. At the beginning of the year the R & ...

1963: Year Of Rhythm & Blues #2

Overview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1963

Part two of a series spotlighting all the important events in the R & B world this year. ...

Chuck Berry, Little Walter: Chuck Berry Tells Guy Stevens About 'How I Write My Songs'

Report and Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

MY FIRST MEETING with Chuck Berry proved to be as exciting and interesting as I had expected. I met him in the offices of Chess ...

Jimmy Reed: Talks Like He Sings

Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

JIMMY REED is perhaps the most successful blues singer on the American scene today, for his music has found wide acceptance among both the white ...

Larry Williams: Heir To Little Richard

Profile by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

IN OCTOBER 1958, Little Richard decided, in the words of the late Chuck Willis, to "Hang up his rock'n'roll shoes" and enter the Church. Many ...

Dee Clark, Dionne Warwick, Freddie King, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Solomon Burke, The Tymes: The Tymes, Freddy King, Dionne Warwick, Dee Clark, Solomon Burke, The Miracles: Regal Theatre, Chicago IL

Live Review by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

ON STAGE WITH THE R&B LEGENDS ...

Bobby Bland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Johnny Ace, Junior Parker: Duke/Peacock Records: The Success Story

Overview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1964

WITH THE emergence of interest in blues recordings after the war, with its resultant popularity, it was only natural that there should be a multitude ...

John Lee Hooker, Long John Baldry: Long John meets John Lee Hooker

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1964

THEY COULD hardly have been a bigger contrast in background and appearance: the young, very tall, bright white Englishman Long John Baldry, and the mature, ...

J.B. Lenoir

Profile by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, September 1964

From Blues Unlimited compendium, Nothing but the Blues, ed. Mike Leadbitter (Hanover Books, London, 1971). Edited version of article, first published Blues Unlimited, 15, September ...

Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Long John Baldry, Sleepy John Estes, Sonny Boy Williamson: The American Folk-Blues Festival: All About The Croaker!

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

Long John Baldry talks to RM's David Griffiths about the Folk-Blues Festival ...

Little Walter Arrives For First British Tour

Profile and Interview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, October 1964

From Blues Unlimited compendium, Nothing but the Blues, ed. Mike Leadbitter (Hanover Books, London, 1971). Edited version of article, first published Blues Unlimited 16, October ...

Downliners Sect, Jimmy Reed: The Downliners Quiz R&B King Jimmy Reed...

Report and Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, November 1964

JIMMY REED sat back into his chair and contemplated the five long-haired boys sitting opposite him. A group called the Downliners Sect. The subject of ...

Howlin' Wolf: The Marquee, London, November 26, 1964

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, January 1965

FOLLOWING HIS performances at Croydon and elsewhere, Wolf's first visit to an English club was eagerly awaited by local blues enthusiasts, He was accorded a ...

Chuck Berry, Graham Bond, The Moody Blues: Chuck Berry, Moody Blues, Graham Bond Organisation: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, January 1965

Chuck goes down a bomb on R & B tour ...

The Groundhogs, Jimmy Reed: Jimmy Reed: The Ricky Tick, Guildford

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, January 1965

14th November 1964 ...

John Lee Hooker: The Ricky Tik, Guildford

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1965

Witnessed by John J. Broven, May 14th '65 ...

Jimmy Rogers (blues): Walking by Myself: a Commentary on Jimmy Rogers

Profile by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1965

MANY ERSTWHILE modern blues recordings are perhaps shrouded in a greater veil of mystery today than many of their earlier counterparts. That this is so ...

The Animals, The Rolling Stones: English Artists Find 'Soul' Music Is More Than Skin Deep

Report and Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, September 1965

THE SOUL of today's music, the place "where it's at" is rhythm and blues. The type of music, this "soul", has been around the U.S. ...

Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Dr. Ross, J.B. Lenoir, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Roosevelt Sykes, Walter "Shakey" Horton: J.B. Lenoir, Buddy Guy, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Mama Thornton et al: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, October 1965

WHEN EIGHT blues artistes leap about a stage, blowing harmonicas, thumping drums and piano, playing guitars and singing and shouting their song, it is impossible ...

Jimmy Reed: Tempo: Jimmy Reed

Profile and Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1966

A MISSISSIPPI cum Chicago Blues-man named Jimmy Reed is one of the original practitioners of what everybody is just discovering. He holds the thankless job ...

Jimmy Witherspoon: Ramjam Club, Brixton, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, April 1966

JIMMY WITHERSPOON'S appearances at R & B clubs like Brixton's Ramjam might seem out of place. But he cuts across the music barriers with his ...

T-Bone Walker: Tempo: T-Bone Walker

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, June 1966

WHEN AARON T-Bone Walker plays guitar he makes people cry and he gets response from the audience as though the performance was really a church ...

James Cotton, Muddy Waters: Tempo: Muddy Waters

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1966

NOW THAT THE blues bands are on the threshold of "shaking their money maker," it's a curious fact that the original bands who have been ...

Alexis Korner, Blues Incorporated, Duffy Power, John Mayall: Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1966

IT WAS AN historic evening at London's Marquee on Monday night when Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated made their first appearance there for nearly four years. ...

Charles Keil: Urban Blues (University of Chicago Press)

Book Review by Charlie Gillett, New Society, October 1966

MOST WRITERS on popular music and the blues have approached post-1955 music with discomfort, concluding their books with despondent remarks about the commercialised depravity called ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Butterfield's Blues Men Aim To Spread Their Gospel In Britain

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, October 1966

THE PAUL Butterfield Blues Band, in London this week for an extensive tour with Georgie Fame and Chris Farlowe, aims to spread its blues gospel ...

Chris Farlowe, Eric Burdon, Geno Washington, Georgie Fame, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Georgie Fame, Geno Washington, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1966

A GREAT SHOW and a puzzling audience reaction. That was the net result of the first night of the Georgie Fame package tour at Finsbury ...

Big Joe Williams, Chuck Berry, Duke Ellington, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sonny Rollins: Tempo: R&B and Jazz Album Reviews

Review by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1966

FOR SOME reason, recordings of live rock and roll shows are selling very well. You can hardly hear the music above the enthusiastic audience response ...

Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Mike Bloomfield Puts Down Everything (part 1)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1967

BY NOW, MANY of you must have heard the Paul Butterfield Blues Band albums and marvelled over the guitar playing of Mike Bloomfield. Through Mike's ...

Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Mike Bloomfield Puts Down Everything (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1967

HERE WE are back at the Cafe Au Go Go continuing the final half of our chat with Mike Bloomfield. Since last month, Mike and ...

Chuck Berry: Rock Lives!

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1967

...especially it seems, at the Saville. Chuck Berry talks to RM's Norman Jopling for this in-depth interview ...

Chuck Berry: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, March 1967

Rockers Dominate Saville Again ...

Fats Domino & His Orchestra: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, May 1967

LEGENDS ARE built with comparative ease in the anonymity of a recording studio. And how easily such myths are destroyed in the harsh reality of ...

Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall: Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green – The Guitarist Who Won't Forsake The Blues

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1967

ANYONE WHO in a year has built up the reputation of being Britain's best blues guitarist, must have some interesting things to say, and therefore ...

Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker & the Allstars, Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1967

IT WAS A 'soul show' at the Saville last Sunday, in the very widest sense of the term. Jimmy Cliff started off, and when he ...

John Mayall: O, Come And Join All Ye The Blues Faithful Crusade

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

ROLL UP! Get your Bluesbreakers masks here. Peter Green 2s 6d, Eric Clapton five bob... ...

B.B. King: Tempo: B.B. King

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1967

B.B. King has been getting some attention lately; still not enough for a great master, but it's attention anyway. Charles Keil did a chapter on ...

B.B. King: Tempo: B.B. King (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

ANYTHING YOU want to sell nowadays, all you've got to do is advertise. I think people are just beginning to advertise blues. Aretha Franklin, for ...

Clyde McPhatter (1968)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1968

From Harlem in the '50s to London in the late '60s: Clyde McPhatter on Billy Ward and the Dominos, The Drifters, Atlantic Records, Alan Freed and the usual trials and tribulations of an R&B artist.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.1meg, total interview length: 43' 48" sound quality: ***

Mose Allison: Tempo: Mose Allison

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

"BLUES IS A very limited thing to play. I have to keep adding things to it to keep it interesting. I keep striving for higher ...

Canned Heat: Wailing With Canned Heat

Interview by Tony Leigh, KRLA Beat, January 1968

CANNED HEAT plays the Blues. Not the Blues of the 1920s and '30s, but an extension of that sound, that era, brought up to date ...

Albert King, Big Joe Turner, Booker T & The MGs, The Box Tops, The Dells, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Merrill Moore, Otis Redding: James Brown, Box Tops, Albert King, Otis Redding et al, Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1968

Loads of R&B albums including Otis' great Dock Of The Bay LP ...

Albert King: Tempo: Albert King #1

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1968

As Told To Jim Delehant ...

Snooks Eaglin

Retrospective by Charlie Gillett, Freedom Anarchist Weekly, August 1968

That's All Right (Xtra 5051)Blues From New Orleans, Vol. 1 (Storyville 670119) ...

Albert King: Tempo: Albert King # 2

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1968

As Told To Jim Delehant ...

Albert King: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1968

Albert King, Guitarist, Gives Loud Support to Blues Power ...

Talking The Blues

Report by Charlie Gillett, Shout, October 1968

IF YOU HAD 35/- to spend on the 1st week-end of September, and more than a passing interest in popular music, there was what seemed ...

Willie Dixon

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1968

WILLIE DIXON was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1915. He came to Chicago in 1935 out of curiosity and the hope of making a better ...

Canned Heat Adds Blues to Its Rock: Band at the Fillmore East Performs With Power

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

CANNED HEAT is a soulful rock group that escaped from the psychedelic badlands of California and now is working hard to become the top blues ...

Lightnin' Slim, Slim Harpo: Slim Harpo and Lightnin' Slim: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

Slim Harpo Offers Authenticity In Country Blues at the Scene. Harmonica Player Joined by Lightning Slim, Guitarist, in Low-Key Performance ...

John Mayall: Blues
 From Laurel Canyon (Decca)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, November 1968

THIS IS John's least interesting album for a long time, and the reason is quite simple, and explained best in his own words on the ...

Johnny Winter: The Making Of A Superstar

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, 1969

THERE WAS THE Fillmore East, the East Coast's major rock palace, located ingratiously in a heap of garbage, drunks and weekend freaks on Second Ave. ...

Amos Milburn, Fats Domino: Jump Boogie and Shuffle

Retrospective by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

IT WOULD BE nice to be able to point to a man, a record, a year, and say, "There! Rock and roll started with him, ...

Charlie Musselwhite: The Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band: The Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1969

Group at The Scene Shows It's Together. Gutsy Sound Delivered With Rock Excitement ...

Johnny Winter: Blues Guitar Sound of Johnny Winter Comes North

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1969

JOHNNY WINTER has spent years playing bars and lounges in the South and now, with fingers that fly across his guitar like a Texas tornado, ...

Chicken Shack, Christine Perfect/McVie, Fleetwood Mac: A Perfect Marriage: Christine Of Chicken Shack And John Of Fleetwood Fame

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, January 1969

BLONDE, GRITTY Christine Perfect not only bears the distinction of being lead singer of the famed Chicken Shack blues band, but is also married to ...

John Mayall, Ten Years After: Ten Years After, John Mayall: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1969

10 Years After and John Mayall Present Blues at Fillmore East ...

Mississippi Fred McDowell: Church House, Farnham

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, March 1969

"I'M NOT a rock and roll singer. The only way you make me rock is by putting me in a rockin' chair. But if you ...

Danny Kalb, Karen Dalton, Tim Buckley: Tim Buckley: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY; Danny Kalb: Café Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1969

Poet-Singer Draws Throng With Band at Philharmonic ...

Taj Mahal: At Last — A Welcome New Voice

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1969

A NEW VOICE on the music scene and a very welcome one, belongs to Mr Taj Mahal a young blues singer and guitarist from Massachusetts. ...

Howlin' Wolf: The Dave Godin Column: Howlin' Wolf

Essay by Dave Godin, Blues & Soul, April 1969

I RECENTLY READ a most scathing and critical review of the new Howlin' Wolf album which has been issued in the States on Cadet-Concept (the ...

Taj Mahal: The Natch'l Blues

Review by Ed Ward, Rolling Stone, May 1969

TAJ MAHAL may not be the most authentic, the most technically proficient, or the most emotionally cathartic practitioner of the blues today, but he certainly ...

The Insect Trust, John D. Loudermilk, Johnny Winter, Mississippi Fred McDowell: The Memphis Country Blues Festival

Report by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, June 1969

AN ARTICLE ON the Memphis Country Blues Festival in a local Memphis newspaper was headlined: "BLUES ARE REBORN IN COTTON-FIELD HEAT." ...

R & B in Vogue

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, July 1969

THIS ARTICLE mentions a lot of singers you've never heard of. Why haven't you heard of them? (They're all very good, very important, and have ...

Johnny Winter, Tony Joe White: Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter (CBS); Tony Joe White: Black And White (Monument)

Review by Mark Williams, International Times, July 1969

THE ONLY OTHER record I possess on English Monument, is Ray Steven's single, 'Mr Businessman', which is beautiful and so is this album by Mr ...

Muddy Waters: Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Easy Does It as Muddy Waters Plays Blues at Outdoor Concert ...

Albert King: Years Gone By (Stax STS2010)

Review by Loyd Grossman, Fusion, July 1969

MEMO FROM: Loyd Grossman TO: Albert King Concerning: Years Gone By ...

Johnny Winter: Forest Hills Music Festival, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Agility Marks Blues By Johnny Winter At Forest Hills Fete ...

Little Richard: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Post, August 1969

Little Richard Rouses Crowd At Central Park Rock Concert ...

Taj Mahal: The Mind Of A Modern Bluesman: Taj Mahal

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1969

I AM A crazy swamp guy. I love swamps. Brick buildings are cool too, they have their own grotesque beauty and this is a very ...

Taste: Taste (Atco)

Review by Loyd Grossman, Fusion, September 1969

FOR SOME reason Cream seems to have become the standard against which all other rock trios are judged. Not only is this unfair, it is ...

Little Milton and The New Black Blues

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, September 1969

THROUGH THE 1950's, men with loud voices, amplified guitars and a few noisy accompanists made a modest but sufficient living out of singing the blues ...

Graham Bond: Commissar Bond Is Back In Business

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1969

"WE DON'T want any of that around here," threatened an elderly lady shaking a palsied fist from one of the ancient alleys of Cambridge, as ...

Cream, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall: Union Jack Blues

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

MEETING JANIS Joplin a few months ago, before her Albert Hall concert, I was staggered to feel how nervous she was. Then she explained. She ...

Big Mama Thornton: Stronger Than Dirt (Mercury)

Review by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, November 1969

ANYBODY WHO has ever seen Big Mama Thornton perform will vouch for the fact that she is a consummate entertainer. So good, in fact, that ...

Johnny Otis: The New Johnny Otis Show

Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, November 1969

"I'm gonna lay right here on this wall, And drink this beer, And watch her walk. You heard me call a while ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: What That Is! (Phillips)

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, November 1969

THE KEY TO this album is its honesty. Producer Milan Melvin has been faithful to Screamin' Jay and his music right down to the picture ...

Muddy Waters

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, 1970

MUDDY WATERS has been my favourite singer since I was twelve years old, and since that time one of my primary objectives has been to ...

Johnny Winter, Mississippi Fred McDowell: Johnny Winter And... Mississippi Fred?

Live Review by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, April 1970

WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTED to go to every bloody concert that comes to town and try to reach a critical judgment (or something like that), sometimes ...

Eric Clapton, Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf: Wolf Gathers His Flock In London

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, May 1970

WHEN THE early 1960s gave birth to the R&B boom in Britain, it was artists like Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters ...

Shuggie Otis: Here Comes Shuggie Otis (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, May 1970

IF SHUGGIE Otis is this good midway through his teens, what's he going to mature into? ...

Savoy Brown Start Another Chapter

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, July 1970

NOT LONG home from their third exhausting tour of America, the Savoy Brown band were enjoying a necessary break – they have kept their British ...

Johnny Otis (1970)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1970

From Little Esther to Big Mama, "The Duke Ellington of Watts" takes us back to Central Avenue: the shysters, the talent, the clubs and record labels; the hits, the misses and the rip-offs.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 45.6meg, total interview length: 49' 49" sound quality: ***

Roy Brown

Retrospective by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, August 1970

THE MOST influential singer of the last 25 years was Roy Brown. ...

Archibald: 'Ballin' With Archie'

Profile by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, October 1970

DUE TO OUR tight schedule we had only one more day in New Orleans. It was all systems 'go' on Saturday from first light (almost) ...

Savoy Brown: Lookin' In, Lookin' Out

Profile and Interview by Dave Marsh, Circus, October 1970

IF THE BRITISH blues scene seems circular, both in terms of the way it has progressed over the last few years and in terms of ...

Son House (part 1): Living King of the Delta

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

IT WAS the final day of 
Eddie "Son" House's 
final sortie away from 
America. Outside, the
 rain was pouring
 down; inside the car 
sat Son, ...

Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer: Johnny Winter: On Music, Hype and Happiness

Interview by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, October 1970

FOR TOO long there, it seemed to Johnny Winter like he would never be known for his music as much as he would be known ...

Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter And... (CBS)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1970

OH YES! Great stuff, funky, pumpy, loud and brash and damned uncouth — which is the way R&B should be played. ...

Muddy Waters: The Man Who Urbanised The Blues

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

TOP CHICAGO bluesman Muddy Waters, still crippled from a car crash nine months ago, will be wearing a smile when he returns to England in ...

Son House (part 2): Robert Johnson Overshadowed Son and the Whole Delta

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

SINCE 1966 Son House had only recorded once, a very poor performance for Roots which had failed to capture any of the emotion and lyricism ...

Homesick James: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

A LARGE and somewhat over enthusiastic audience saw Homesick James with Grizelda at the 100 Club on Tuesday last week, and spurred the delighted old ...

Homesick James: Homesick Finds a Home From Home

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

HOMESICK JAMES is a likeable faintly extrovert character whose first British visit seems to have made a mockery of his nickname. For homesickness seemed to ...

Champion Jack Dupree: Travelling North

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1971

AROUND 1920, Champion Jack Dupree left the Coloured Waifs Home for Boys, New Orleans, and started walking. He had nobody. His father and mother were ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Elvis Presley: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: No Payment For My Elvis Songs Says Crudup

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, February 1971

SIXTY-FIVE year old blues-man Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, whose songs 'That's Alright Mama' and 'My Baby Left Me' were hits for Elvis Presley back in ...

Various: British Blues Archive Series Vols. 1 And 2

Review by Loyd Grossman, Rolling Stone, March 1971

IT ALL SEEMED TO happen quite suddenly when in late 1966 and 1967 the United States’ record stores were deluged with a staggering number of ...

Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker: John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

Hooker Performs With a Pop Group He Helped Inspire ...

B.B. King: Background To A Living Legend

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

B.B. KING is the undisputed King of the Blues – fact! Every press release in existence on B.B. will tell you that he is a ...

Taj Mahal: The Real Thing (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, July 1971

FOR SOME reason it all seems to have gone wrong for Taj Mahal. ...

King Curtis: A Good Man Gone

Obituary by Michael Lydon, Fusion, October 1971

MAYBE THIS should be a collection of unrelated notes. I’m not sure how the things I’m thinking about fit together. King Curtis is dead. That ...

Johnny Otis: Doin' That Hand Jive With His Feet

Interview by John Morthland, Creem, November 1971

When the Johnny Otis Show appears on stage, it brings years and years of rhythm and blues history with it. ...

Johnny Guitar Watson, Larry Williams: Larry Williams and Johnny Guitar Watson: The Two Who Weren't 'Revived'

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, November 1971

DESCRIBING Larry Williams as a "great unknown" might raise a few eyebrows for he had a hit with 'Bony Moronie', a rock 'n' roll classic, ...

B.B. King: 'I Owe My Popularity To The Beatles. They Started The People Towards Really Listening...'

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, November 1971

GUITARIST-SINGER B. B. King, at 45 the toast of many young musicians, arrives at London Airport next Friday (19) to appear in London and Bristol ...

Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Junior Parker: Memphis Blues: Sun Rise

Overview by Colin Escott, Record Mirror, November 1971

IN 1950 WHEN Sam Phillips gave up his job as band promoter for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and opened the studio of the Memphis ...

Alexis Korner, Blues Incorporated, Cyril Davies, Dick Heckstall-Smith: A Conversation With Alexis Korner

Interview by John Pidgeon, unpublished, November 1971

This is a straight transcription of John Pidgeon's interview with Alexis Korner from November 1971 ...

B.B. King

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1971

PERHAPS MORE than any other single entertainer, B.B. King has contributed a good deal to "opening the doors" for the blues and for making it ...

B.B. King, Freddie King: B.B. King and Freddie King: Kings Of The Blues

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, December 1971

Two bluesmen who have become living legends talk about their careers and the state of the blues today. And B.B. King and Freddie King both ...

Hammie Nixon, Sleepy John Estes: Sleepy John Estes: Sleepy, Getting Sleepier

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1972

THE ROAD stops at Sleepy John's house, at the top of a ploughed field, outside Brownsville, Tennessee, where the earth is thick and unyielding as ...

Willie Dixon: It's Not the Singer, It's the Song

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock, 1972

2013 NOTE: Hard to imagine today but even as late as 1972 the contributions of the old black blues masters were still not recognized by ...

Junior Parker: Junior's Last Stand

Obituary by Charlie Gillett, Cream, January 1972

WHILE I WAS in New York for a short time last April, I noticed some billposters up near Columbia University on the upper West Side, ...

B.B. King: Will Success Spoil B.B. King?

Comment by Tony Russell, Cream, January 1972

ANY ARTIST who becomes noticeably successful soon has the more inquisitive, the harder-to-satisfy, of his followers asking ‘What’s he going to do now?’. Some sit ...

Big Mama Thornton: The Hound Dog Howler Who Inspired Janis

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1972

IN THE DEEPEST depths of Transatlantic's Marylebone High Street (London) headquarters there's a wire cage which looks like Death Row in your favourite neighbourhood prison. ...

Rory Gallagher: Music For Belfast: Rory Gallagher

Report and Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, January 1972

BELFAST GOT A rock'n'roll concert on New Year's Day in the City's notorious Ulster Hall. Heading the bill was Rory Gallagher.  It was the first ...

Jefferson Airplane, Papa John Creach: Papa John Creach: Papa John Makes It With Rock

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1972

THE ONE-TIME phenomenon of young white rock musicians playing on records by old black blues musicians has become a commonplace thing. ...

Lightnin' Slim: Gone Fishin'

Profile and Interview by Tony Russell, Melody Maker, February 1972

A FAMILIAR blues story is the one of the musician who held his first guitar almost before he clambered out of the cradle. As the ...

John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters: Blues reissues: Muddy Waters/John Lee Hooker/Little Walter/Smokey Hogg/Frankie Lee Sims

Review by Tony Russell, Cream, March 1972

EACH OF THESE bluesmen began to make his name soon after World War II, most of them profiting from the new urban audiences of blacks ...

Savoy Brown: Kim Simmonds Makes Savoy Brown A New Group

Interview by Danny Goldberg, Circus, April 1972

SAVOY BROWN is an oddity in the rock pantheon. Never really disappearing, yet never really together they can be compared most easily to John Mayall. ...

Dr. John From Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, April 1972

DR. JOHN'S contributions to pop music have been highly original and creative. Even if he claims that all the credit is due to the music ...

Rory Gallagher: Travelling Full Circle

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1972

RORY GALLAGHER admitted this week, that his new year European tour had been a tremendous morale booster.... reinforcing old favourites like 'Laundromat' and 'Sinner Boy' ...

Fats Domino: Walking To New Orleans

Profile by Martin Hawkins, Record Mirror, May 1972

IN RECENT years the music of New Orleans in the 50's has been well documented on albums, but maybe now is the time to be ...

Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters: Clyde McPhatter: A Personal Tribute

Obituary by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

CLYDE McPhatter is dead. I would be a liar if I said I was surprised because Clyde has been 'lost' for quite a few years. ...

Alexis Korner: Kornering The Market

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1972

ALEXIS KORNER has been for so long at the heart of rhythm and blues in Britain, and touched off so many groups who have gone ...

Johnny Otis: The Godfather of R&B

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, July 1972

I THOUGHT Johnny Otis was suffering from over-exposure Dave Wolf who has drained his life savings to bring over Johnny's entire package thinks not. So ...

Bo Diddley: Hey! Bo Diddley: The Man Whose Sexuality Was Too Much For America

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1972

Diddley Freak Charles Shaar Murray, in the presence of the main man... ...

Ike Turner: Blues Roots

Review by Greg Shaw, Rolling Stone, August 1972

PEOPLE ALWAYS ask why Ike Turner is content to stand in the background, playing those fine guitar riffs to an audience totally oblivious to him ...

Hound Dog Taylor And The House Rockers

Profile by Ben Edmonds, Creem, November 1972

CONTRARY TO whatever stereotypes have been created to cover the contemporary bluesman, there is a side to the blues that has absolutely nothing to do ...

Howlin' Wolf

Profile by Ben Edmonds, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival program, November 1972

"Howlin' Wolf, man...he's the guts of America spilling out on the floor, that's all."Greil Marcus/CREEM ...

Luther Allison

Profile by Dave Marsh, Creem, November 1972

"LUTHER ALLISON come into the picture about the middle of 1957. I needed a bass player and I met Luther Allison walkin' on Ogden Avenue ...

Little Richard: A Bizarre Interview With The Amazing, Self-Styled King Of Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, November 1972

HE CALLS HIMSELF the Georgia Peach, the Bronze Liberace and the King of Rock and Roll. Little Richard calls himself a lot of things. Some ...

Muddy Waters Rarely Eats Fish

Interview by Nick Tosches, Oui, January 1973

THREE OF Oui's finest encountered Muddy Waters in his hotel room one recent afternoon, and an interview took place. Here it is: ...

Mance Lipscomb: Portrait of a Texas Bluesman

Profile and Interview by Harold Bronson, Music World, February 1973

MANCE LIPSCOMB is one of those bluesmen who has been promulgated by the blues revival. It's really too bad that his status is not one ...

Sugarcane Harris

Guide by Charlie Gillett, Fusion, February 1973

An appreciation in the form of a letter from Charlie Gillett to — I.C. Lotz c/o The Mad Peck Flash Burn Funnies Fusion 909 Beacon St. Boston, Mass. 02215 ...

Ten Years After: Alvin Lee & Company

Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1973

ONE OF THE most eagerly awaited albums lately was Alvin Lee & Company. "That's old material that was recorded a long time ago," Alvin stated ...

Savoy Brown: Lion's Share

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1973

TALK ABOUT a programmed response: why is it that every time you pick up a new Savoy Brown album, the first thing you do is ...

Clyde McPhatter: Atlantic Masters (Atlantic)

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, March 1973

WELL, IS SINGING coming back or not? The signs are, maybe yes. Billy Paul, for instance, and the Chi-Lites, Stylistics, and Detroit Emeralds. ...

The Coasters: Atlantic Masters (Atlantic).

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, March 1973

HOW CRUEL fate is. At the very moment that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are proving themselves to be perfectly tuned in to 1973, with ...

Fats Domino: The Fat Man

Profile by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, April 1973

IF YOU asked someone who, apart from Elvis, has contributed the most to rock and roll, he'd probably say Chuck Berry, Little Richard or Jerry ...

Foghat: Scrabble Named Group

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, May 1973

2013 NOTE: A big Savoy Brown fan back in the day, much as I loved the group's transformation which produced Street Corner Talking I was ...

The Coasters, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino: Behind The Sun: New Orleans

Report by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, June 1973

IT HARDLY SEEMED three years ago that Robin Gosden and myself were making the same journey from his Weybridge home to Heathrow Airport. Nothing had ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Interview by Nick Tosches, Creem, August 1973

Valerie's torrid flesh sings with the lyrics of passion and singes with the heat of burning desire ...

Peter Yarrow, Professor Longhair: Peter Yarrow: Max's Kansas City/Professor Longhair: Kenny's Castaways, both New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, October 1973

Solo YarrowPETER YARROW would appear to have shed all semblance of times past when he fronted an all-electric group at Max's Kansas City on Park ...

Bobby Bland: Bobby Blue Bland: Arrival

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1973

WHEN THE news was announced that the vast ABC/Dunhill Record complex had purchased the Duke-Peacock group of companies, speculation began as to what ABC would ...

Johnny Winter: Still Alive And Well

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, Spring 1973

BY NOW EVERYONE must know the reason it took Johnny Winter such a long time to get around to recording this album was not simply ...

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Hank Ballard: The Man Who Twisted Himself

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1974

COVER VERSIONS have long been the bane of the rhythm and blues field of music. During the 'Fifties, the major record companies kept their ears ...

Little Milton

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1974

SOUL MUSIC and the blues have boundaries which are largely indefinable — a factor which has allowed many artists to straddle the two. ...

Marshall Sehorn: We Had Some Good Times

Interview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, February 1974

Marshall Sehorn of Sansu talks to John Broven about his start in the business ...

Canned Heat: One More River To Cross

Review by John Swenson, Zoo World, March 1974

CANNED HEAT is one of those groups who hang on by the skin of their teeth, jumping over a spate of mediocre albums from success ...

Johnny Winter: Saints And Sinners

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, March 1974

YOU'D THINK that anyone who's paid as many dues as Johnny Winter would just wanna sit back and collect residuals, now wouldn't you? Not Johnny, ...

Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan: Johnny Winter: Saints and Sinners/Roy Buchanan: That's What I Am Here For

Review by John Morthland, Phonograph Record, April 1974

IT'S A SAD DAY indeed for guitar freaks when two of the best in the business turn out the spottiest albums of their careers. But ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, April 1974

IN 1965 Nina Simone strengthened her newly-won acclaim as the High Priestess of Soul with a dramatic reworking of a unique echo from the fifties. ...

Graham Bond: The Death Of Graham Bond

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1974

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS before his death two weeks ago, Graham Bond phoned the NME offices. He sounded purposeful, optimistic, enthusiastic, and full of energy. ...

John Mayall: Empty Rooms/The Turning Point

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1974

WHAT WE HAVE here is a shrewd exercise in marketing. Two deleted albums reissued as one double package for the apparently reasonable price of £2.99. ...

Howlin' Wolf: All The Man Wants To Do Is Sing The Blues

Report by Jim Esposito, Gainesville Sun, The, September 1974

Born Chester Burnett on June 10, 1910 on a plantation near Tupelo, Mississippi, Howlin' Wolf is a legendary black bluesman, ranking with the likes of ...

John Hammond: Singin' The Blues

Interview by Jim Esposito, Gainesville Sun, The, October 1974

JOHN HAMMOND is sitting on a black wooden box hunched over his guitar, which is balanced on a two-by-four suspended between two wooden chairs in ...

B.B. King, Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash: The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me (CBS); B.B. King: Friends (ABC)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1974

IN WHICH two culture heroes find themselves well and truly on the artistic skids. ...

Alexis Korner (1975)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1975

The Father of British Blues talks about splitting from skiffle in the late '50s; working with such luminaries as Chris Barber and Cyril Davies; his band Blues Incorporated which, at various times, included Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts; meeting Brian Jones and wet-nursing the early Rolling Stones; and talks at length about where the Stones go post Mick-Taylor.

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Bo Diddley - Bo's a Lumberjack!

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1975

THE WHOLE THING about Bo Diddley was that he was by far the weirdest and craziest musician ever to come out of either blues or ...

Albert King: I Wanna Get Funky

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1975

I WANNA GET Funky is the best album I've heard all year. ...

Alexis Korner: Why Alexis Won't Join The Stones

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, February 1975

ALEXIS KORNER laughed, his suntanned face creasing up into laughter lines, his body rocking very gently back and forth. "Oh," he said. "No way." ...

Albert King, Big Joe Turner, Champion Jack Dupree, Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, T-Bone Walker: Various Blues Albums

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, May 1975

If you're a living blues master, are you better off dead? ...

Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker and Otis Spann: Super Black Blues

Review by Bob Fisher, Cream, June 1975

IT'S TAKEN Phillips a long time to get around to issuing this superb album, probably the only genuine spontaneous blues jam ever commited to wax. ...

Koko Taylor: I Got What It Takes

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, June 1975

ANYONE WHO maintains that blues is a dead or dying form must not be aware of Alligator Records. This tiny, dedicated company has been operating ...

Elvin Bishop: Juke Joint Jump

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, July 1975

ELVIN BISHOP'S place in the scheme of post-Beatles US Rock has been pretty much undervalued over the years. This is probably owing to his uncanny ...

Ronnie Wood - Now Look

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1975

MY H.A.L. PRINT-OUT on Ron Wood sez that his guitar-playing veers from the sublime to the ridiculous (i.e., his playing on Rod Stewart's solo albums ...

Eric Clapton: E.C. Was Here

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1975

HOWEVER ERIC CLAPTON spent his couple of years in isolation from the world, he returned to active performing refreshed and revitalised. ...

Jive Bombers: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, September 1975

THERE'S ALWAYS A good time to be had at the 100 Club. ...

Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson: Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter

Review by Don Snowden, Pasadena Guardian, November 1975

Howlin' Wolf: Change My Way (CHV 418)Sonny Boy Williamson: One Way Out (CHV 417)Little Walter: Confessin' The Blues (CHV 416)Chess Vintage Series (Chess/Janus Records) ...

Freddie King: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

A NIGHT TO remember. "It's Blues time, ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome Freddie King." ...

Bo Diddley, James Booker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Screamin' Jay Hawkins: European Blues and R&B Festival

Report by Cliff White, New Musical Express, November 1975

TEN YEARS AGO Britain was set to become the R&B capital of the world. Between 1962 and '67 we were visited by so many legendary ...

Climax Blues Band: Stamp Album

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, December 1975

I'M SICK AND tired of bloody good bands. ...

Geoff Bradford: Jeff Bradford: Bradford Boogies Again

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1975

ROCK MUSIC has taken its toll both of lives and careers, the victims either unable or unwilling to cope with the demands and temptations of ...

Santana: Lotus

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, December 1975

OVER ONE HUNDRED Santana fans coughed up the full twenty pounds for this triple live album when it first appeared on import. ...

Fats Domino: Rockin' in Your Seat

Profile and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1976

FATS DOMINO is relaxing among his half-unpacked luggage, his glass-heeled shoes, his address-book, his diamonds and his Gideon Bible. ...

Louis Jordan: The Best Of Louis Jordan/Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, May 1976

SUFFERING FROM HEAVY metal fatigue? Bunions on your disco feet? Are you too pooped to pop, too puked with punk rock, rasta'd rigid by reggae ...

Chuck Berry, 49, Denies Knowledge of the Previous 48

Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, May 1976

Chuck (Crazy Legs) Berry, top ten contender for the title "King of rock and roll", has been referred to as the greatest black folk poet ...

Johnny Guitar Watson albums

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

Vivien Goldman explains why she's been drooling over Johnny 'Guitar' Watson for the past month. ...

Albert King

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Been stood up by your girl? Low on cash? Behind with your payments? Then you must know the blues. They'll be around as long as ...

Luther Allison: Luther Dusts His Broom

Report by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1976

HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW that Motown had a blues man on their books? Yeah that's right, blues. Amazing, is it not? Luther Allison's his ...

B.B. King: Keepin' The Blues Alive

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

THE WORD "blues" has become almost synonymous with the word "king", be it Albert, Freddie or B.B. The blues as a musical form has existed ...

Rory Gallagher: Calling Card (Chrysalis)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, October 1976

His first venture into the land of overdub and experimentation – and an unqualified success ...

James Booker: A Winner Never Quits, A Quitter Never Wins

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

'THE BLACK LIBERATCHI' That's what it says on the card and you can tell that it's going to be one of those interviews when you ...

Lowell Fulson: 40 Years Of Playing The Blues

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, November 1976

THOUGH his name may not be as familiar as B.B. King’s, Ray Charles’, or T-Bone Walker’s, Lowell Fulson (with an n, not an m) has ...

Country Joe McDonald: Country Joe: 69 years young, an' the fire's still burnin'!

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1976

THE ONLY reason that the Blues is dying out is that the young folk simply don't want to know about the Blues. Even Blues legends ...

Muddy Waters: Reborn At 62

Interview by Ian Dove, Phonograph Record, April 1977

MUDDY WATERS, the blues singer, relaxed in the kitchen of his home in the Chicago suburbs. He likes Chicago although rarely goes into the city ...

Muddy Waters: The Blues Had A Baby… And They Called It Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1977

"THE KIND OF BLUES I play there's no money in it. You makes a good livin' when you gets established like I did, but you ...

John Mayall: Falkshaus, Zurich

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, May 1977

AS A TALENT scout John Mayall is a shrewd, calculating operator with few equals. Now with 26 albums to his credit and almost as many ...

Taj Mahal: Music Fuh Ya (Musica Para Tu) (Warner Brothers); A Taj Mahal Anthology Vol. 1 (CBS import)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1977

Taj Me In The Morning ...

The Darts: Darts: Darts (Magnet)

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, November 1977

THEY PROBABLY won't thank me for saying so, but there's no getting around the fact that there are marked – if only coincidental – similarities ...

ZZ Hill: ZZ and The Making Of A Soul Classic

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

'Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It' is one of '77's most soulful sides. David Nathan talks to ZZ Hill about his earlier days ...

Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters: I'm Ready

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1978

"If you're watching me and Johnny Winter, the show is MEANT to be in black and white." ...

Roy Brown: New London Theatre

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, March 1978

HALFWAY through, this chaotic gig had all the makings of one of the Great Disasters Of Our Time. ...

Fats Domino: Live in London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

FATS DOMINO is and always has been the most unlikely looking bona fide Fifties rock and roller you can imagine. Where Elvis, Eddie and Gene ...

Muddy Waters: I'm Ready (Blue Sky)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, May 1978

IT ISN'T JUST the natural process of attribution and the creative stagnation afflicting his competitors that have made Muddy Waters the premier master of his ...

The Darts: Gaumont Cinema, Southampton

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, May 1978

CLIFF WHITE CRIPPLES THE STARS! (No. 3 in an exciting, if tasteless, new series) ...

Rory Gallagher: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, June 1978

RORY GALLAGHER'S return to London, with two shows at the Hammersmith Odeon at the weekend, emphasized the sway the eternally youthful Irish guitarist holds over ...

Buddy Guy, Junior Wells: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells: Why Are These Guys Grinning?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1978

...They've been 'between contracts' since 1969, there's hardly any such thing as a black audience for their music and on their recent visit to London ...

Smiley Lewis: I Hear You Knocking

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1978

WHEN FATS Domino first bounced out of the bayou with his bronze voice, gold rings, pumping piano and infectious grin, half a pace behind him ...

Roy Brown: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1978

AT ABOUT 3 pm the Sunday before last, one American rhythm 'n' blues pioneer and six British beer 'n' peanut-circuit musicians got together for the ...

Etta James: Soul Punk Etta: Superstardom the Hard Way on a Dollar a Day

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1978

"THANKSGIVING DAY in November will be my silver anniversary: 25 years since I cut my first record and I haven't become a superstar yet. It ...

Etta James: James The First

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, October 1978

Etta James, a star of this year's Montreux Jazz Festival, visited London after her show there en route for her American home. While here, she ...

Skip James: I'm So Glad

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1978

SKIP JAMES scares me. ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, October 1978

IF ONLY B.B.King had let his fingers, and not his likeable but oversized ego, do the talking then I would have enjoyed his return to ...

B.B. King: BB King: The Las Vegas Tax Deductible Blues

Interview by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, October 1978

PETE WINGFIELD played with B.B.King seven years ago, on one of the guitarist's less celebrated albums. They met up again last week – only this ...

B.B. King: An Audience With The King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The King in question is Mr. B.B. King and in this exclusive interview he talks to John Abbey about the future of the blues as ...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Move It On Over

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1978

THE BOTTLENECK that ate Delaware returns to your hearts and turntables: no steps forward, no steps back. Move it On Over is this or any ...

Roy Brown: Cheapest Price In Town

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, November 1978

ALTHOUGH AT 53 going on 25, Roy Brown is relatively young for an R&B star who first recorded just after the war, there's no getting ...

Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1978

THE OLD Testament followed by the New (also written some while ago you will recall). For once there was hardly a vacant seat by half ...

Muddy Waters: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, December 1978

FAST TALK/hard bargain: as Mr Muddy Waters was spending a few days of his 64th year in Great Britain in the faintly congruous role of ...

Dr. John, Lloyd Price: Ace Records: Dealing Aces Vols. 1 and 2

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, January 1979

THESE TWO volumes, together with the indispensable Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns collection in the same series (Ace CH 9) represent the first time ...

Albert Collins: Ice Pickin' (Sonet)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, March 1979

IN THE game of guitar-hero one-upmanship during the blues boom days of the mid-late Sixties, Albert Collins' was the name to zap 'em with. Through ...

The Inmates: City Rhythms and Jailhouse Blues

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, March 1979

BILL HURLEY, lead singer with The Inmates, was definitely built for the job. Bill Hurley clocks in six foot solid from the ground, a hard ...

Albert Collins, George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Thoroughly Bluesy George

Live Review by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, March 1979

George Thorogood, Albert Collins: Electric Ballroom, London ...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: George Thorogood: The Delaware Destroyer!

Profile and Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, April 1979

IF RECENT REPORTS are to be believed, Beserkley Records may be in some kind of difficulties, at least as far as their English office is ...

B.B. King: B.B King: Reds and Blues

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

"I learnt the true meaning of freedom...But I also believe that music is the international denominator for bringing people together" ...

B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters, BB King, Chuck Berry: Woke Up This Mornin'…

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, July 1979

...Blues Giants All Round My Bed. NICK KENT meets the Three Wise Men of the Blues. ...

Taj Mahal: Recycling the Blues

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, August 1979

"I'm goin to the river goin to sit down on the ground/I'm goin to the river goin to sit down on the ground/And let the ...

New Orleans: Crescent City's Other Legacy

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1979

NEW ORLEANS IS widely recognized as the birthplace of jazz, but the Crescent City has also played a part in rock 'n' roll. Its rhythm ...

Louis Jordan: Hep And The Art Of Alto-Sax Repair

Retrospective by Nick Tosches, Creem, October 1979

IN THE 1940's, there were two black singers who crossed over from Race Records (as Billboard called its bluegum charts until 1949, when the phrase Rhythm & ...

The Blues Band, The Inmates, Red Beans & Rice: Basil Brush Didn't Write 'Boom Boom': The R&B Revival in London

Overview by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, December 1979

Okay, so there isn't an R&B revival around the London clubs – but there are certainly a whole lot of bands borrowing their material from ...

Queen Ida: Zydeco Is Her Realm

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1980

IN THE LAST 18 months, zydeco musician Queen Ida Guillory has spent more than 250 days on the road. Contributed some background music to Francis ...

B.B. King: B B King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

THE QUALITY of B. B. King is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle dew from heaven...and I only wish Bill Shakespeare (what a fine ...

Billy "The Kid" Emerson: Billy 'The Kid' Emerson: Red Hot And Still Rocking

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, July 1980

MARTIN HAWKINS talks to the 'resurrected' Billy 'The Kid' Emerson, a blues legend in his own lifetime. ...

Ry Cooder: Vinyl Choice: Ry Cooder

Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times Magazine, November 1980

RY COODER was once described as a "curator of American music". A fair assessment, but it hardly captures the joy and affection of his modern ...

Rhythm and Blues

Retrospective by Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1981

Crude, powerful, loud… and the racing pulse of rock ...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: George Thorogood Cuts Through The USA

Interview by Dave Zimmer, Creem, February 1982

YOU COULD see it coming. About a hundred yards off, an old Checker Marathon cab was roaring along the asphalt, eating up the broken white ...

Eric Clapton: Farther Up The Road

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, May 1982

FEW MUSICIANS have been more misunderstood, more overburdened with great expectations and more erroneously worshipped than Eric Clapton. ...

Dr. John: Dr John: On Becoming Mac Rebennack

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

The legend of Dr. John and his gumbo ragtime voodoo funk medicine, as told by the man who invented him, lived him and let him ...

B.B. King: Love Me Tender (MCA)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1982

"HE HAS one musical ambition as yet unfulfilled: to make a series of classic albums. These consist of one album with a big band, one ...

Bobby Bland: The Best Of (MCA)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, June 1982

FIRST time I've heard Bobby Bland and it's obvious – the man's a star. ...

B.B. King, Bobby Bland, John Lee Hooker: Talkin' Blues: John Lee Hooker/B.B. King/Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Retrospective and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1982

THE BLUES speaks haltingly at first, haltingly and quietly in a darkened room. The curtains are drawn to shut out whatever passes for daylight during ...

B.B. King

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Guitar Greats (BBC Books), 1983

IN CONSIDERING the dozens of potential candidates for this book, one essential ingredient was a representative of the blues/R&B heritage, for without the inspiration of ...

B.B. King: King Of The Blues

Profile by Tony Russell, History of Rock, The, 1983

Riley King was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, on 16 September 1925. For a young black boy growing up amid the poverty and racial segregation ...

Lightnin' Hopkins: Lightnin' Strikes

Retrospective by Tony Russell, History of Rock, The, 1983

When the great bluesman Big Bill Broonzy died in 1958 there were some who obituarised him as the last of the blues singers. ...

T-Bone Walker: Rare Blues and a Worldwide Reputation

Retrospective by Tony Russell, History of Rock, The, 1983

T-BONE WALKER, had he been that sort of man, might have carried a chip on his shoulder the size of the Chrysler Building. ...

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters: From The Sins Of Annie To The Twist

Retrospective by Nick Tosches, Creem, March 1983

IT WAS TOWARDS the end of 1951 that Johnny Otis (born John Veliotes; he found it gainful to pass as black), the 30-year-old Savoy recording ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: The Fabulous Thunderbirds: They're Tearing It Up Again!

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, July 1983

THIS IS WHAT we call the irresponsible rock crit at his worst, enjoying the company of the band he's talking to so much he doesn't ...

Clifton Chenier: Club Lingerie, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1983

CHENIER GETS THE LINGERIE ON ITS FEET ...

Albert King: Full Circle For Albert King

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1983

Albert King is no stranger to passing pop fashions. ...

ZZ Hill: Z.Z. Hill Is Happy He's Got The Blues

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1983

Z.Z. Hill's most recent blues albums have surpassed the sales of those recorded by bigger names. ...

Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Songwriter and producer 'Bumps' Blackwell looks back at his illustrious career in pop and R&B: on Sam Cooke and 'You Send Me', Specialty Records and the West Coast indie scene, and at great length about his major discovery Little Richard.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.3mb, interview length: 45' 08" sound quality: ****

James Booker: R&B's Invisible Great

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1983

The late James Booker fit comfortably into the New Orleans R&B piano tradition of Fats Domino but he also was a contemporary equivalent of the ...

Alexis Korner: Blues For Mr Korner

Obituary by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, January 1984

BOB FISHER, who worked with Alexis Komer on a TV history of rock, pays tribute to the man who was the chief architect of British ...

Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey: New Orleans R&B Hits The Club Lingerie

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

Bill Bentley and Harold Battiste hope to trigger renewed local interest in New Orleans music at Club Lingerie. ...

B.B. King: King B Stings: B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, May 1984

A GIANT of a man and a giant of the post-war blues boom, B.B. King is the figure most prominently placed to express the essential ...

Big Mama Thornton: Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton 1926-1984

Obituary by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, August 1984

One of the founding careers in rock and roll ended on Wednesday, July 25, when a heart attack took the life of Willie Mae ‘Big ...

Bull Moose Jackson: A Bull Moose Party

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1984

Personnel: Jackson, vocals, backed by the Flashcats: Cindy Sotak, vocals, guitar; Dave Kent, vocals, guitar; Pete Loria, trumpet; Phil Brontz, saxophone; Jim Fanning, bass; Carl ...

Magic Sam: Bluesman Magic Sam: His Legend Lives On

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1985

WHAT IF HE HADN'T died so young? Among rock fans, that kind of speculation usually centers on icons like Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Holly. Among ...

Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Can Blue Boys Play The Whites Revisited?

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, March 1985

ANYONE WHO TAKES the crapped-out lethargy of his recent output as proof positive that Eric Clapton never played a worth while lick in his life ...

Otis Rush Singing The Blues About Obscurity

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1985

THE IMAGE OF THE under-appreciated blues artist laboring in obscurity has almost become a cliche, but Otis Rush genuinely fits that description. ...

Slim Harpo: The Best of Slim Harpo (Rhino Records)

Review by Glenn O'Brien, Spin, May 1985

THIS IS actually a 1983 release, but I just bought it a few weeks ago; it took two years to find, so you might want ...

Robert Cray: The Robert Cray Band: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

Cray of Sunshine ...

Linda Hopkins Sticks To The Gospel Truth

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1985

GOING FROM the glitzy glamour of opening four shows for Joan Rivers to the down-home atmosphere of the Long Beach Blues Festival this Saturday afternoon ...

Robert Cray Bringing The Blues Up To Date

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1985

YOU CAN UNDERSTAND why Robert Cray felt uncomfortable about the stir he created among blues fans two years ago. The arrival of an accomplished young ...

John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie

Interview by Dave Zimmer, Buzz, November 1985

JOHN LEE Hooker is a prideful man. When he looks back over his lengthy blues career – more than five decades old now – he ...

Johnny Winter: The Bluesman Do Play Rock and Roll...

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, November 1985

...and Cajun-style, and country ...

Dr. Ross: Blues – What The Doctor Ordered

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1986

SAM PHILLIPS' Sun Records has a special place in rock history as the musical birthplace of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny ...

B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf: Various Artists Sun Records: The Blues Years 1950 — 1956

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1986

"The blues is a chair, not a design for a chair, or a better chair… it is the first chair. It is a chair for ...

Richard Berry (1986)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1986

The 'Louie Louie' man on pre-rock'n'roll R&B, the relationship between black music and white singers and fans, the double entendre in black music, indies v the majors, and that song.

File format: mp3; file size: 62.2mb, interview length: 1h 07' 55" sound quality: *****

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1986

GEORGE THOROGOOD & the Destroyers have added a few wrinkles, but the quartet hasn't changed much since Thorogood first danced on local tabletops seven years ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds Are Go

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Spin, July 1986

DO YOU have any aliases? KIM WILSON (vocals, harmonica): I was Galita Slim once, as in Galita, California. And I was also Chesterfield King. ...

Nick Cave, Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Screamin' Jay Hawkins: The Man Who Ate Nick Cave

Interview by Lynden Barber, New Musical Express, July 1986

The bats screech, and inside a rockin' coffin, something stirs...up fly the nails and out pops SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS, longtime voodoo swamp beast back to ...

Johnny Otis: Blues, R&B, Jazz

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1986

"THE BARRELHOUSE used to be right down there on the northeast corner of Wilmington," Johnny Otis said Saturday afternoon, referring to the nightclub – a ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Tuff Enuff, Were They Actual Meat

Interview by Karen Schlosberg, Creem, August 1986

THE FABULOUS Thunderbirds have been something of a musical anomaly; their current well-deserved success, after four albums and roughly 12 years of playing steel-packed, blues-drenched ...

Jimmy Johnson: Johnson At Peace With His Music

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1986

LARGE EGOS are common in the music world, but Jimmy Johnson is one performer who doesn't believe in loudly trumpeting the virtues of his music. ...

Little Milton: Long Beach Blues Festival, Long Beach

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1986

IF SOMEONE HAD distributed a checklist following Little Milton's set Saturday afternoon – rating his performance for singing, instrumental solos, arrangements, set pacing, use of ...

Little Richard: This Man Invented Rock'n'roll

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1986

Little Richard was wearing make-up and singing pervy songs and shocking audiences before Prince or Sid Vicious or Martin Degville were even born. "I'm a living legend!" ...

Joe Louis Walker: Dark Is The Night (High Tone)

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, November 1986

OVER THE YEARS, persistent claims that a blues renaissance is at hand have sunk to the credibility of the little boy who cried howling wolf. ...

Joe Louis Walker: Blues With A Gospel Tint

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1987

Band: Joe Louis Walker & the Boss Talkers.Personnel: Walker, guitar and vocals; Kevin Zuffi, keyboards; Henry Oden, bass; Sieve Griffith, drums. ...

Robert Cray: New Twist On The Blues

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1987

"IT'S REALLY FUNNY now, because when you're really down and out, nothing comes to you," reflected Robert Cray. "But when things start going for you, ...

Snooks Eaglin: The Eclectic Blues Of Unpredictable Eaglin

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1987

WHAT DO WASHINGTON'S Go-Go masters Trouble Funk, California instrumental rockers the Ventures and New Orleans R&B singer Smiley Lewis have in common? ...

Little Milton: Touring Little Milton Still Big On The Blues

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1987

LITTLE MILTON'S set was the clear highlight of the 1986 Long Beach Blues Festival, and it turns out that performance was just as memorable for ...

Robert Cray: Stax 'N' Blues

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, i-D, December 1987

With the highest charting blues album ever under his belt, soulful Robert Cray is laughing as he brings "my parents' music" into the '80s, and ...

Clifton Chenier: Remembering Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1987

THE ONLY WAY Angelenos could get a true glimpse of the musical world of Clifion Chenier, who died last weekend at 62, was to attend ...

Buckwheat Zydeco Happily Plays to the Younger Set

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1988

STANLEY (BUCKWHEAT) DURAL Jr. played organ with Clifton Chenier from 1976 to 1978 – a stint that left more than a musical mark on the ...

John Lee Hooker (1988)

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1988

An avuncular (if occasionally inaudible) John Lee talks about making The Healer, doing Iron Man with Pete Townshend, his roots, and the state of the world today

File format: mp3 File size: 24.9mb Interview length: 27 minutes 12 seconds Sound quality: ***

Robert Johnson: Demons on the Delta

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1988

Standing at the crossroadsI tried to flag a rideNobody seemed to know meEverybody passed me by.– 'Crossroads Blues' by Robert Johnson ...

Howard Armstrong: Louie Bluie Still Plucking Away at Strings of His Heart

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1988

HOWARD ARMSTRONG may be the music world's leading 79-year-old rapscallion. ...

Bo Diddley: The Note For Note Interview

Interview by Steve Roeser, Note For Note, Summer 1988

IT IS A Monday morning in March, in the coffee shop of a hotel located on Highland, near the Hollywood Bowl. ...

Jeff Healey Band: Jeff Healey: Have Guitar, Will Sit

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, March 1989

JEFF HEALEY is the most unorthodox guitarist since Stanley Jordan. He plays seated, most of the time, with his guitar flat on his lap. As ...

Etta James (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Etta James tells Barney Hoskyns about her struggles with addiction, meeting Billie Holiday, making Seven Year Itch and staying contemporary.

File format: mp3 File size: 40.4mb; Interview length: 44 minutes 5 seconds Sound quality: **

Charles Brown: The Rebirth Of Charles Brown And His Blues

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1989

A resurgence of interest in a big man of the post-World War II era ...

B.B. King: Mississippi Homecoming

Report and Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, November 1989

RILEY B. KING, a son of the Mississippi Delta and by everyone's admission but his own the King of the Blues, stands by a two-lane ...

John Lee Hooker: The Voodoo Guru

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, February 1990

ON 74TH & BROADWAY, the Gotham fog freezes your lungs with every breath, but inside the Beacon Theatre, Van Morrison has just spent something under ...

Johnny Otis (1990)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1990

'50s R&B King Otis talks about the songs: 'Willie and the Hand Jive', 'Hound Dog'; the artists: Little Esther, Etta James; his son Shuggie and music education; and he rails against the ravaged black ghettos, and the lie of "integration".

File format: mp3; file size: 31.4mb, interview length: 34' 17" sound quality: ****

Muddy Waters: Chess Records Round-Up

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, April 1990

THE NAME OF Chess Records spells "Chicago Blues" just as clearly as Levi's spells jeans, Zippo spells lighters and Special Brew spells headaches. ...

Robert Plant: Manic Nirvana

Review by Mat Snow, Q, April 1990

ROBERT PLANT'S ALBUM Now And Zen was one of 1988's more delightful surprises: whilst quoting in jest from his own proud past in Led Zeppelin ...

Albert King: An Old Blues Artist Is Easing Away

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1990

"It's Time to Quit," Says Famed Guitarist Albert King, 67 ...

John Mayall (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1990

British Blues legend John Mayall looks back to the start of the Blues Boom; on his guitar players Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor; revisits the Flamingo in Wardour Street; harp lessons from Sonny Boy Williamson and through to living in the USA and that house fire.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 102.2meg, total interview length: 1h 51' 38" sound quality: ***

Little Willie John: Fever

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Charly, July 1990

LITTLE WILLIE JOHN's is one of the saddest stories in the book of soul. A pintsized hipster from the Motor City, he notched up 14 ...

Robert Johnson: Peter Guralnick: Searching For Robert Johnson

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, September 1990

THE POWERFUL FASCINATION which the legend of Robert Johnson still exerts over virtually all blues fans is derived, in almost equal proportion, from his genius ...

Koko Taylor: A Blues Belter Bounces Back From Adversity

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1990

Pop music: Koko Taylor was injured in a van accident and then suffered the death of her husband-manager. ...

Robert Cray: Wedded Bliss Blues

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, September 1990

Mark Cooper asks, can contented men sing the blues? I do, says Robert Cray ...

T-Bone Walker: The Complete Recordings of T-Bone Walker, 1940-1954 (Mosaic)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1990

The Complete Recordings of T-Bone Walker, 1940-1954 display the bluesman's seminal influence on the genre ...

Charles Brown: His Blues Get a New Audience

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1990

Comeback: The low-key, urbane music of veteran singer-pianist Charles Brown fell out of favor during the rock era, but he is winning new fans opening ...

Robert Cray: The Robert Cray Band: Midnight Stroll

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, October 1990

ANOTHER ROBERT CRAY album: we all know what to expect by now, right? ...

Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954-1990

Obituary by John Swenson, Rolling Stone, October 1990

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN has died, and with him goes the spirit of Jimi Hendrix once again. Vaughan was linked to Hendrix throughout his playing life. ...

Robert Johnson: Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, December 1990

And the days keeps on worryin' me There's a hellhound on my trail ...

The Rolling Stones: Bill Wyman: Stone Alone

Book Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1990

UNTIL HE WAS 26, Bill Perks was a suburban South Londoner, married with a kid and a secure job, having done his National Service rising ...

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Blues From The Delta

Profile by John Sinclair, Detroit Metro Times, Summer 1990

THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, that fertile strip of silt-rich land stretching south from Memphis to Jackson on the east and Vicksburg on the river, has for ...

Albert King, Otis Rush: Albert King/Otis Rush: Door To Door

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess Records, Fall 1990

CERTAINLY IT made sense for Chess to release an album combining the handful of songs recorded by Albert King and Otis Rush during their short-lived ...

Birth of the Blues: Touring the Mississippi Delta

Guide by Ira Robbins, unpublished, 1991

"YOU MAY BURY MY BODY DOWN BY the highway side...so my old evil spirit can catch a Greyhound bus and ride." ...

Koko Taylor: What It Takes - The Chess Years

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess/MCA Records, 1991

IT'S ALTOGETHER FITTING that Koko Taylor's first Chess single was ‘I Got What It Takes’. Nearly three decades in the blues business--years punctuated by a ...

Lowell Fulson: Hung Down Head

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess Records, 1991

HUNG DOWN HEAD was a profoundly shocking record when it was first released in 1970 as Chess LP 408. ...

Professor Longhair: Mardi Gras In Baton Rouge (Rhino)

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Rhino, 1991

AHH, YES, THE virtues of the repertoire.Admittedly, it's a foreign concept these days, when artists are almost universally expected to write and perform fresh material ...

T-Bone Walker: The Complete Imperial Recordings, 1950-1954 (Imperial/EMI)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Guitar World, 1991

CONTEMPORARY BLUES guitar starts here. True enough, everything has its origins in something else: Aaron Thibaux "T-Bone" Walker (1910 – 1975) had hung out in ...

Various Artists: The Blues Guitar Box

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, January 1991

FORTY-THREE tracks featuring 39 guitarists for over three hours of music: if this bouncing, bulging blue box demonstrates anything other than the blues' current high ...

Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Jimmie Vaughan: Picking Up the Pieces

Interview by John Swenson, Rolling Stone, February 1991

After the death of his brother, Jimmie Vaughan carried on ...

Rory Gallagher: In The Midst Of A Blues Boom, Rory Gallagher Roars Back

Interview by Susan Whitall, Detroit News, March 1991

WHEN RORY Gallagher decides to take a flyer, he doesn't mess around. After years of soul-numbing touring up and down the American continent, the Irish ...

The Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection (Alligator)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, May 1991

REMEMBER THOSE Lowery Organ displays that were once a staple of every suburban shopping mall in North America? The ones where some weenie in a ...

Albert King: An Interview with Albert King

Interview by Alan Paul, Guitar World, July 1991

2003 note: Just days after I became the Guitar World Managing Editor in February 1991, I sat at my desk listening two of my colleagues ...

John Lee Hooker: Mr Lucky

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, October 1991

TALK ABOUT COOL: it's as if John Lee Hooker is so relaxed he can afford to be late for his own album. ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk (Epic)

Review by John Swenson, Rolling Stone, October 1991

IT'S HARD TO imagine the fabulous Thunderbirds without founding member Jimmie Vaughan. ...

Big John Greer

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Bear Family, 1992

JOHN GREER, one of the forgotten men of rhythm & blues, had all the talent necessary to succeed, and a few extra advantages besides. ...

Bobby Bland: Bobby “Blue” Bland: I Pity The Fool – The Duke Recordings, Vol. 1

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess/MCA Records, 1992

AN ENDURING IRONY of the periodic blues revivals that rear their heads is that each and every one has managed to pass by the immense ...

Buddy Johnson

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Bear Family, 1992

A LINE OF golden saxophones held carefully aslant over the showy blue and white "BJ" bandstands catches the eye first. Arrayed behind are trombones flanked ...

Howlin' Wolf: Live and Cookin' at Alice's Revisited

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess/MCA Records, 1992

BY 1972, HOWLIN' WOLF was on the downhill side of his fabled career as one of the twin titans of Chicago blues. ...

King Curtis: Blow Man, Blow! (Bear BCD 15670)

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Bear Family, 1992

"BLOW MAN, BLOW!" The big man with the glittering horn sent showers of squeals and shrieks out over the heads of his ecstatic shouting audience, ...

Ray Charles: Rapping with Ray Charles

Interview by Robert Gordon, Interview, 1992

IN THE 1950s, Frank Sinatra tagged Ray Charles "Genius," an appropriate nickname for one of American music's most innovative figures. Charles brought a sophistication to ...

Buddy Guy: The Complete Chess Studio Recordings

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess Records, January 1992

THE BEST measure of Buddy Guy's talents as a bluesman could well be the fact that he's been presiding over the most distinguished fan club ...

Jeff Beck: Beckology

Review by David Sinclair, Q, March 1992

IN 1990, IN A REGULAR feature called "The Experts' Expert", The Observer canvassed a cross-section of guitarists (David Gilmour, Hank Marvin, Brian May and others) ...

John Lee Hooker: Mannish Boy

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, April 1992

MONDAY IS TRADITIONALLY a slow night in the music calendar, especially the first Monday in January in clubs like the Sweetwater, a small but chic ...

Dinah Washington: Mad About The Boy (Mercury)

Review by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, May 1992

IF THE LIFE STORIES of Billie Holiday, Loretta Lynn and Pasty Cline were interesting enough to inspire major Hollywood movies, it's surely only a matter ...

John Lee Hooker, Keith Richards: The Blues Brothers: John Lee Hooker and Keith Richards – It's a Two-way Thing

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, October 1992

BOOM BOOM boom boom – gonna shoot you right down… The blues is always the blues, even when it's advertising copy. Right off your feet. ...

Little Walter: The Essential Little Walter

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess/MCA, 1993

LITTLE WALTER was a singular figure among the Chess artist roster by virtue of the fact that he was the only one whose popular appeal ...

Little Willie John

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Rhino, 1993

HE LOOKED LIKE he just stepped off the top of a wedding cake – a dapper, smooth-faced little man in a tailored suit topped off ...

Louis Jordan

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Bear Family, 1993

FOR TEN of the most crucial years in the history of American black music, Louis Jordan was the main man, the solid sender, the hep-est ...

Magic Sam, Otis Rush: Various Artists: The Cobra Records Story

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Capricorn Records, 1993

STRANGE THAT The Cobra Story marks the first time that these late '50s recordings culled from three short-lived Chicago labels run by Eli Toscano have ...

B.B. King: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, February 1993

From the no-horse town of Ita Bena, Mississippi, to the planet's most prestigious culture palaces, Riley "Blues Boy" King has spent half a century as ...

Billy Boy Arnold: Back Where I Belong (Alligator)

Sleevenotes by Kirk Silsbee, Alligator, August 1993

SPEAK FACE to face with bluesman Billy Boy Arnold and you have the feeling that something about him doesn't quite add up. He looks to ...

Paul Rodgers: Muddy Waters Blues (Victory)

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1993

Whoever declared that new art is created when somebody gets old art wrong may well have had blues-rock in mind. ...

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Hank Ballard: A Talk With Mr. Twister

Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Reader, August 1993

If you not movin' your hips, it just ain't happenin'. – Hank Ballard on dancing ...

Richard Berry (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1993

The 'Louie Louie' man looks back at his youth in Los Angeles, cutting his first records, the crooks and the rip-offs, and his battle to regain the rights to his most famous song.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.1mb; Interview length: 45' 56"; sound quality: ****

James Booker: The Unsung Piano Genius with Star-spangled False Teeth

Profile by Ben Thompson, MOJO, January 1994

"IF ALL AMERICAN PIANO PLAYERS LINED UP IN A ROW, each knowing the other’s abilities and talents, all would take a step back to recognise ...

The Platters: Four Platters and One Lovely Dish

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Bear Family, March 1994

GOING FROM complete unknowns to classics of American pop music took the Platters only two short years. ...

B.B. King: The Fortunate Son

Retrospective by Colin Escott, Goldmine, April 1994

B.B. KING'S misfortune is that we too often take him for granted. He has been there as long as most of us can remember, and ...

Duke Henderson: Get Your Kicks (Delmark)

Sleevenotes by Kirk Silsbee, Delmark Records, May 1994

ASK THE handful of remaining African-American performers and entertainers who were active during Los Angeles' Central Avenue heyday in the 1940s about blues singer Duke ...

Leadbelly: The Long Goodbye: Huddie Ledbetter’s Living Will

Essay by Carol Cooper, LA Weekly, November 1994

According to their most recent videos, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Madonna all aspire to the power, wisdom and durability ...

Rory Gallagher 1948-1995

Obituary by Chris Welch, Independent, The, June 1995

RORY GALLAGHER was the People's Guitarist. Unassuming, but tenacious, the Irish blues man devoted his life to touring and playing his beloved Fender Strat to ...

Leroi Jones: Blues People

Review by Tony Russell, MOJO, July 1995

WHEN BLUES PEOPLE WAS PUBLISHED in 1963, LeRoi Jones became the first black American to have written a book about the blues. It did not ...

Robert Cray: Blues Pour L'Homme

Interview by Don Waller, MOJO, July 1995

MOJO catches up with handsome devil Robert Cray in that traditional milieu of the blues hero: on the road in Anchorage, Alaska… ...

Excello: It Came From the Swamp

Overview by Kirk Silsbee, Huh, September 1995

ONE OF the hallmarks of a great regional record label is the ability to define a time and place in the mind's ear. Think of ...

Luther Allison: The Return of Luther Allison: A Prodigal Son of the Blues Comes Back to His Native Land

Profile and Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Southland Blues, January 1996

GUITARIST LUTHER Allison, after a long apprenticeship in the clubs of Chicago's West Side, first came to national prominence with electrifying performances at the Ann ...

Charles Brown: Good Grief: Charles Brown's Up for a Blues Grammy, but He's Not Really Playin' the Blues

Profile and Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Los Angeles View, February 1996

FOR A MUSICIAN with a Grammy nomination for best traditional blues album of the year, pianist/vocalist Charles Brown is quick to say he is more ...

Archie Edwards: Jumpstartin' the Blues: Piedmont Bluesman Archie Edwards

Profile and Interview by Jerry Zolten, Living Blues, April 1996

Talks About Roots, Rights, and Rhythms ...

Bo Diddley: Godfather Back On The Beat

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Daily Telegraph, May 1996

If guitar rhythms could be copyrighted, Bo Diddley would be a millionaire. As it is Mark Cooper finds him warily hitting the comeback trail again ...

Jimmy Witherspoon: 'Ain't Nobody's Business': The No Rollin' Blues of Jimmy Witherspoon

Retrospective and Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, May 1996

"I'D RATHER open up a show than to close it," Jimmy Witherspoon said emphatically. "'Cause I know whoever follows me is gonna have to sing." ...

Keb' Mo': Kevin Moore Makes A Name For Himself As Blues Singer Keb' Mo'

Interview by Charles Bermant, Mr Showbiz, August 1996

JUST LIKE YOU, the second album from singer-songwriter Keb' Mo', raises a question: why is a forty-four-year-old, who's been playing music all his life, just ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: The Shape I'm In: Peter Green

Profile by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 1996

IT'S MID-WINTER 1968. The five members of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac are huddled together, holding hands on the floor of the Gorham Hotel on West ...

Billy Boy Arnold: Back Where Billy Boy Arnold Belongs

Retrospective by Bill Wasserzieher, Southland Blues, December 1996

WHAT TO MAKE of one Billy Boy Arnold? First there's that nickname "Boy." Has anybody, other than John-Boy on The Waltons, ever liked being called ...

Buddy Guy: The Complete Chess Studio Sessions

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess, 1997

THE BEST measure of Buddy Guy's talents as a bluesman could well be the fact that he's been presiding over the most distinguished fan club ...

Mother Earth, Tracy Nelson: Down So Low: Tracy Nelson's Long Hard Climb Into Obscurity

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 1997

EVERYTHING ONE should do to get a big name in showbiz seems to be the opposite of what Tracy Nelson does. No fancy duds to ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds: My Lunch with the Blues Guys

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, unpublished, 1997

IT'S NOT NEWS that Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds is a good harmonica player. But he also cuts it as raconteur with stories about ...

Bo Diddley: Still Rockin'

Interview by Bill DeYoung, Goldmine, February 1997

ELLAS BATES McDaniel, a.k.a. Bo Diddley, has lived the life of a rural squire in North Florida since 1983, when a dentist, making small talk, ...

Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson: Muddy Waters: Electric Mud; Sonny Boy Williamson: Bummer Road; Little Walter: Blues With A Feelin’

Review by Tony Russell, MOJO, April 1997

CHICAGO IN THE FIRST DECADE after World War II spawned record labels like a salmon on fertility drugs. Many of them dealt with blues, some ...

Alan Lomax: Outstanding In His Field

Profile by Matt Hanks, Memphis Flyer, July 1997

I AM AN American citizen," he muttered, glaring around. "These Memphis cops call me vagrant, but I'm a musician. These Southern laws don't recognize a ...

King Cotton: Bad Acid, the Bonedaddys and the Blues! King Cotton Has Lived Through 'Em All

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, BAM, July 1997

IF YOU happen to find yourself at B.B. King's at the Universal Citywalk on a Sunday night, you'll encounter an unusual musical aggregation. ...

Bumble Bee Slim: A Rough Rugged Road: From Georgia to Chicago to Hollywood with Bumble Bee Slim

Retrospective by Jerry Zolten, Living Blues, September 1997

MY ENTREE into the world of bluesman Bumble Bee Slim came not by choice, but by chance. It happened a few years ago in the ...

Dr. John: The Forum, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 1997

Dr John: organic groover ...

Ruth Brown Keeps Deep R&B's Fire Blazing

Profile and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, October 1997

MISS RHYTHM is on stage working the blues, and she's got the audience on a string. Sashaying up to the microphone in the ballroom of ...

Dick Heckstall-Smith: Sax Blue

Interview by Harry Shapiro, BluePrint, December 1997

DICK HECKSTALL-Smith is one of the greatest R&B saxophonists in the world. His musical career started at university, in Cambridge, and he has played with ...

Chess Set Still Sings The Blues: Marshall Chess and Chess Records

Interview by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, 1998

JUST OVER 50 YEARS AGO, brothers Phil and Leonard Chess, two industrious Polish immigrants in Chicago, tentatively established what would become the most famous blues ...

Howlin' Wolf, Hubert Sumlin: Hubert Sumlin: The Wolf’s Man

Interview by Alan Paul, Guitar World, 1998

INTRODUCTION: I had heard that Hubert Sumlin was a genuinely nice guy. But before I ventured uptown to a Manhattan club to interview him, there ...

John Lee Hooker: The Sound of Teardrops: John Lee Hooker

Profile and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, January 1998

HOW DEEP IS John Lee Hooker's blues? "You can't go no deeper than me and my guitar," he says. "I open my mouth, and it's ...

B.B. King, Lowell Fulson, Robert Lockwood Jr.: B.B. King: Bright Lights Big City

Report and Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, May 1998

Fifty years ago B.B. King arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, and found himself in the eye of a musical hurricane. Today he celebrates the giants who ...

Honeyboy Edwards: Delta Delight: Honeyboy Edwards, Country Bluesman

Profile and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1998

THE BLUESMAN Honeyboy Edwards got arrested in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 1936. His crime was being a black man. ...

Bobby Bland: Love Throat: Bobby "Blue" Bland

Interview by Robert Gordon, Rolling Stone, May 1998

BOBBY BLAND'S people seat me at a table, make sure I'm comfortable. An effective entrance demands the proper set-up. ...

Down-home delights: The soulful blues of Malaco Records

Report by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, June 1998

THIRTY OR 40 YEARS AGO, the Jackson-based Malaco Records would have been called a "race" label. That was the tag for outfits like Specialty, King, ...

Little Walter, Dave Myers, Junior Wells: Dave Myers: They Used To Call Me The Thumper Because I Played So Hard

Interview by Robert Gordon, Oxford American, July 1998

THE FINGER-POPPING, head-bobbing joie de vivre that Dave Myers exudes all over his new CD is not readily apparent when I call him up to ...

B.B. King: The Day B.B. King Went to Jail

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, September 1998

ON A SUBLIME autumn day in 1970, B.B. King performed for 2,117 prisoners in Cook County Jail. Against the sound of B.B. King's musicians ...

Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside: Blues Chaos Theory: Burnside and Kimbrough file absentee albums

Review by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, September 1998

"OH SHIT, I can't see," said the great Mississippi hill-country bluesman R.L. Burnside as he stepped toward the microphone – just loud enough that it ...

Rory Gallagher Reissues

Review by Carol Clerk, Uncut, October 1998

DeuceIrish TourCalling CardPhoto-FinishFresh Evidence Random selection of work from late Irish guitar hero ...

Rory Gallagher: Ballad of a Thin Man

Retrospective by Colin Harper, MOJO, October 1998

"HE SUFFERED A LOT. His health was bad. He had a problem with drink. His relationships with women were all messed up because of his ...

Taj Mahal: The Birth Of His Blues: Taj Mahal

Review and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, November 1998

Tracks: Leaving Trunk / Statesboro Blues / Checkin' Up On My Baby / Everybody's Got To Change Sometime / E Z Rider / Dust My ...

Gary Moore Goes Back to the Blues

Profile and Interview by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, 1999

CURIOUSLY UNDERVALUED, and rarely lauded in similarly hushed tones to the likes of Clapton, Beck and Page, Belfast-born Gary Moore is unequivocally one of the ...

Eyewitness: March 1952 — The First Rock'n'Roll Concert

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, February 1999

10,000 people smashed down the doors to get in, none of the bands were paid and one man was stabbed in the arse. After the ...

Geoff Muldaur: Nightstick: Geoff Muldaur

Profile by Kirk Silsbee, New Times Los Angeles, February 1999

AN UNSUNG GIFT from a bygone era, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band had many things to recommend it: Kweskin's anachronistic, roughhouse vocals; Mel Lyman's stirring, ...

Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings: Roy Rogers: King of the Console (Production, That Is)

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, March 1999

IT'S NIGHT TIME and a yellow moon is up over nearby Mexico. There are perhaps 20,000 people jammed into a cordoned off section of San ...

Luther Allison: Moonshine Blues: Luther Allison Revisited

Retrospective by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, March 1999

THE GREAT blues guitarist and singer Luther Allison once told me about an incident from his childhood that he carried as close to his heart ...

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Repackaging Stevie Ray Vaughan

Review by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1999

YEAH, HE NEVER played alternative rock, and to him hip-hop was something the Easter bunny did. He also wore his influences like a neon suit. ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: Peter Green: The Man of the World Returns

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, July 1999

THERE IS A FILM from the late 1960s called The Hallucination Generation that purports to be, as the poster declared, the "Shocking Story of a ...

Rick Holmstrom: Gonna Get Wild (Tone Cool)

Sleevenotes by Kirk Silsbee, Tone Cool, October 1999

IF YOU'VE partaken of the thriving blues scene in Los Angeles in the last 15 years, you've probably crossed paths with guitarist Rick Holmstrom. ...

It Don’t Matter if You’re Dead … as Long as You’re Keepin’ the Blues Alive!

Report by Bill Wasserzieher, musicblitz.com, 2000

IT’S A HOT NIGHT in Memphis, the humidity thick enough for similes about wading neck-deep through steamy water, but inside the grand old Orpheum Theatre ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Bearsville Anthology

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Rhino Bearsville, 2000

PAUL BUTTERFIELD was a legend long before he ever set foot in Woodstock. Perhaps the first authentic white voice in the blues, his legendary '60s ...

Otis Rush: Peoples is Peoples: The Otis Rush Interview

Interview by Kirk Silsbee, House of Blues Online, January 2000

THERE WERE three young guitarists in 1960s Chicago who moved the blues forward to new areas of expression: Buddy Guy, the late Magic Sam (Samuel ...

Hall-of-Fame Hitter: Drummer Earl Palmer gets his due

Retrospective and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, January 2000

LIKE ANY GOOD GRANDFATHER, Earl Palmer has tried to find interests to share with his grandkids. So far, coin collecting has been a favorite. It's ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put A Spell On You: Bill Millar pays tribute to the late, great Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Retrospective by Bill Millar, unpublished, March 2000

"WHY NOT BE at London Airport to welcome Jay?" That was the invitation in the late Roger Eagle’s R & B Scene. And so, on ...

Holy Toledo: The Hines Farm Blues Club

Retrospective by Paul Gorman, MOJO, May 2000

Midnight movers, Ohio players, Gypsy Angels and Atomic Pirates gathered at the Hines Farm juke joint. Paul Gorman pays a visit. ...

Peter Green: Now Play On…

Interview by Harry Shapiro, BluePrint, June 2000

"I've never been on a plantation but I have been on a kibbutz." Peter Green completes the Robert Johnson songbook, tours with John Mayall and ...

Larry Williams

Retrospective by Mick Farren, MOJO, July 2000

ON JANUARY 7, 1980, THE BODY OF LARRY WILLIAMS WAS FOUND lying in a pool of blood on the garage floor of his Laurel Canyon ...

Lonnie Johnson: The Unsung Blues Legend (Blues Magnet)

Review by Kirk Silsbee, New Times Los Angeles, July 2000

SO THOROUGHLY has the myth of the hell-bound Mississippi Delta bluesman captured the public's imagination that it's narrowed the definition of just what constitutes a ...

Elvis Presley and the Impulse Towards Transculturation

Essay by Rob Bowman, Crawdaddy!, Spring 2000

ELVIS WAS A hero to most but he never meant shit to me/You see straight out racist the sucker was simple and plain/Motherfuck him and ...

Leadbelly

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Huddie Ledbetter, 29 January 1889, Mooringsport, Louisiana, USA, d. 6 December 1949, New York ...

Buddy Guy: A Bluesman for All Seasons

Profile and Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, January 2001

FOR THE SOUTHERN rail traveler, The City of New Orleans runs from the Crescent City on the Gulf up through the Mississippi state capitol of ...

Purple Prose From The Many Voices Of The Blues

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, February 2001

David Dalton: Been Here And Gone: A Memoir Of The Blues (Methuen, 386pp; £10.99) ...

Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield: Mike Bloomfield: Bloomfield's Doomed Field

Memoir by Al Kooper, Gadfly, March 2001

FOR SOME strange reason, we referred to each other by our "proper" names, Michael and Alan. To everyone else, it was Mike Bloomfield and Al ...

Chicken Shack: Stan Webb: What Can A Poor Boy Do?

Interview by Harry Shapiro, BluePrint, March 2001

Stan Webb has every right to be cynical about the music business and how the sharks in suits come on strong as your best friend ...

North Mississippi Allstars: Shake Hands with Cody: North Mississippi Allstars

Interview by Josh Rinkoff, Rock's Backpages, April 2001

Josh Rinkoff meets one o’ the Dickinson boys ...

Rudy Ray Moore: 'I Ain't Lyin'!'...The Unexpurgated Truth about Rudy Ray Moore

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Zolten, Living Blues, May 2001

2008 Prologue: RUDY RAY MOORE, a.k.a. "Dolemite," the "Godfather of Rap," the "World's Greatest X-Rated Comedian," and "Blaxploitation" filmmaker, passed away at age 81 in ...

Charley Patton: The Definitive Charley Patton

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, June 2001

THERE'S 'DEFINITIVE', and then there's definitive. This complete collection – 58 performances on three CDs – of the recorded works of Charley Patton certainly earns ...

John Lee Hooker: Goodbye Boogie Man

Obituary by Cleothus Hardcastle, Rock's Backpages, June 2001

"Woke up this morning..." ...

Ike Turner: The Redemption Of Ike

Review and Interview by Andria Lisle, Stereotype, July 2001

ROCK AND BLUES trailblazer Ike Turner celebrates a new outlook, new album and his 50th year in music. ...

Dick Heckstall-Smith

Interview by Harry Shapiro, BluePrint, August 2001

Dick Heckstall-Smith: the unbearable lightness of being...or how one of the great unsung giants of jazz inspired a blues album, by Harry Shapiro ...

John Lee Hooker: The Boogie Man

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, August 2001

JOHN LEE HOOKER DIED peacefully in his sleep on June 21, 2001, two months and one day short of what would have been his 84th ...

Andre Williams: Bait and Switch (Norton)

Review by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, August 2001

R & B LEGEND Andre Williams first achieved acclaim the mid-'50s on Detroit's Fortune Records with classics like 'Bacon Fat' and 'Jail Bait' on which ...

Charley Patton, Skip James: The Spooky Blues Of Skip James

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2001

Mystical, otherworldly sounds from the '30s ...

Charley Patton: Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues (Revenant)

Review by David Dalton, MOJO, December 2001

HIS PEERS weren’t exactly trying to flatter him when they called him a rascal, a drunkard, a clown, a squabbler, a glutton, and hustler of ...

Dick Heckstall-Smith (2001)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 2001

Tenor-man Heckstall-Smith takes us on a trip through the Brit blues boom with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, Alexis Korner, Graham Bond and Cyril Davis, through to Colosseum.

File format: mp3; file size: 38.7mb, interview length: 42' 18" sound quality: * (phoner)

Jerry McCain: Absolutely the Best – The Complete Jewel Singles

Review by Andria Lisle, Oxford American, Summer 2001

BLUES HARMONICA fans beware: Jerry "Boogie" McCain's harp-blowing is anything but conventional, and this collection, featuring material cut a decade into his career, during the ...

B.B. King: King Of The Road: On The Road With B.B. King In The Mid-1950s

Sleevenotes by John Broven, Ace Records, 2002

First published in the book accompanying the box set B.B. King: The Vintage Years (Ace Records), 2002. ...

Mel Brown: Whaddya Mean You've Never Heard Of… Mel Brown?

Retrospective by James Maycock, MOJO, 2002

"WITH THE GUITAR outselling all other musical instruments today," declared a Down Beat editor confidently in 1967, "it's good to have Mel Brown around to ...

North Mississippi Allstars: North Mississippi All Stars: 51 Phantom (Tone-Cool)

Review by Andria Lisle, Living Blues, January 2002

EARLIER THIS YEAR, the North Mississippi All Stars received a nomination for a Grammy (Best Contemporary Blues Album), the LB Critics' Awards for Best Debut ...

R.L. Burnside: R. L. Burnside: Burnside On Burnside (Fat Possum)

Review by Andria Lisle, Living Blues, January 2002

IN THE LAST decade R.L. Burnside, the best-known purveyor of Mississippi hill country blues, has become almost an anti-hero of the blues scene. His label, ...

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown: The Lion in Winter: Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, January 2002

IT IS 10:15 on a Saturday morning, and I am banging on a motel room door in San Juan Capistrano, having driven down from Los ...

Lazy Lester: Blues Stop Knockin’

Review by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, January 2002

ONE OF THE LAST of that great fraternity of Excello bluesmen – and a throwback to the days when harp-blowers like Little Walter Jacobs, Jimy ...

Ike Turner: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2002

IF YOU didn't know Ike Turner was 70 before this show, you certainly did within minutes of his swaggering entrance. ...

Muddy Waters: Robert Gordon: Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters (Jonathan Cape)

Review by Tim Clifford, Rock's Backpages, September 2002

MUDDY WATERS STANDING at a mike hollering "I’m a man", giving those three simple words a world of meaning – invitation, warning, primal statement and ...

Blues Explosion

Retrospective by Paul Gorman, MOJO, October 2002

FOR MANY A PUNK CHANCER, CRED comes with claims of attending the Sex Pistols' brace of gigs at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall in the ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Elvis Presley: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: Rock Me Mama: 22 Original Hits By The Godfather Of Rock & Roll

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Bluebird/RCA, 2003

"DOWN IN TUPELO," Elvis Presley famously remarked in June 1956, "I used to hear old Arthur Crudup bang his box the way I do now, ...

Ray Charles: 10 Questions for Ray Charles

Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, January 2003

Meeting Nat Cole, crafting genius songs on the spot and tips on sartorial cool. Bill DeMain gets the word from the emperor of soul. ...

Roy Gaines: Backside of the Blues: Roy Gaines at the Chalkboard

Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Senior Life, March 2003

IF EDUCATORS WERE to design a college course on the history of the blues, they could do a lot worse than study Roy Gaines. ...

Buddy Guy, Blues Singer

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World Acoustic, June 2003

"WHEN I FIRST heard of the electric guitar, I thought somebody was bullshittin' me," says George "Buddy" Guy. "We lived so far in the country ...

B.B. King: Reflections

Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, August 2003

B.B. KING ALREADY had a career dating back 20 years - first playing to chitlin circuit audiences and then at the Fillmores and other psychedelic ...

Bonnie Raitt: Last Night A Record Changed My Life - Bonnie Raitt on Blues At Newport - Recorded Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1964

Memoir by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, August 2003

Tracks and artists: Mississippi John Hurt: Candy Man/Coffee Blues/Stagolee. Brownie McGhee: Long Gone/Key To The Highway. Rev. Gary Davis: Samson And Delilah/I Won't Be Back ...

Cryin' the Blues

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, Observer Music Monthly, November 2003

In September 2002, the US Congress officially designated 2003 as 'The Year Of The Blues.' Why this year of all years? ...

Omar & the Howlers: Omar: Last of the Miss'ippi Howlers

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Southland Blues, December 2003

TOO BAD "road warrior" has been done to death as a descriptor for every long-haul job-wrangler on Earth because it works so well for musicians, ...

Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson: Memphis Slim & Sonny Boy Williamson: Live In Europe

Sleevenotes by Bill Wasserzieher, Reelin' in the Years/Hip-O/Experience Hendrix DVD, 2004

MEMPHIS SLIM AND Sonny Boy Williamson - even their names, their performing aliases, have a bigger-than-life aura. And though both passed away decades ago, time ...

Buddy Guy Brings It All Back Home

Report and Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, January 2004

LEGEND HAS IT that when novelist William Faulkner, who sometimes did hack work in Hollywood, was writing the screenplay for Land of the Pharaohs, he ...

Robert Johnson: Elijah Wald: Escaping the Delta - Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues

Book Review by Anthony Heilbut, Los Angeles Times Book Review, January 2004

WHOSE BLUES is it anyway? On his first trip to the Mississippi Delta, Elijah Wald found himself performing a Robert Johnson song at the Mt. ...

Eric Clapton, Howlin' Wolf, Hubert Sumlin: Talkin' 'Bout A Spoonful: Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton and the evolution of blues guitar

Essay by Adam Blake, Cosmik Debris, February 2004

FOR THE RECORD, I would like to state that my favourite bluesmen are Sonny Boy (Aleck 'Rice' Miller) Williamson and Professor Longhair, neither of whom ...

Elijah Wald: Escaping The Delta: Robert Johnson And The Invention Of The Blues

Book Review by Tony Russell, New Humanist, May 2004

FOR A MUSIC that has always been resolutely secular, the blues has attracted a remarkable crowd of hierarchs and hierophants. Scholars, musicians, record collectors and ...

Taj Mahal: A Living Edifice To The Blues

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2004

Taj Mahal/Tinariwen, Barbican, London **** ...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: George Thorogood & the Destroyers: Raiders of the Lost Axe

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, September 2004

Bluesman George Thorogood is celebrating 30 years of 12-bar brilliance with a new Best Of… and a global tour. He talks to Terry Staunton. ...

Ray Charles: I Believe to My Soul

Essay by Dave Marsh, Harp, September 2004

One of these days, and it won't be longYou gonna look for me, and I'll be gone ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Butterfield Blues Band: The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw/In My Own Dream

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

THE 1967 departure of BB Band axedude Mike Bloomfield provided fellow Windy City man Elvin Bishop with the chance to come in and revamp Paul ...

Jimbo Mathus, Squirrel Nut Zippers: Jimbo Mathus Is No Longer a Squirrel Nutter

Profile and Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, October 2004

"JIMBO MATHUS is a link in what I call the 'crazy Mississippi white boy' chain of music that goes all the way back through Elvis ...

Rail Good Lesson in the Blues

Report by Michael Gray, Daily Telegraph, October 2004

Michael Gray follows the trail of some great American musicians who moved from the rural South in the early 1900s. ...

Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green: Fleetwood Mac: The Making of Then Play On

Retrospective and Interview by Toby Manning, unpublished, 2005

IN 1969, FLEETWOOD Mac's prime mover had begun acting very strangely. First of all this East End Jew found Jesus, and began trying to convert ...

Robert Johnson: Travelling Riverside Blues (Clarksdale, Mississippi)

Book Excerpt by Graham Reid, Random House, 2005

Travelling Riverside Blues is a chapter in Graham Reid's Postcards From Elsewhere collection of travel stories (Random House) and is available through his website: www.elsewhere.co.nz ...

Al Kooper: Al’s Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, February 2005

Unsung hero's anthology of solo work and collaborations ...

Janiva Magness: Company at the Crossroads: Blues Singer Janiva Magness Makes Life's Journeys A Little Less Lonely

Report and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, February 2005

THE BAR AT THE RITZ-CARLTON in South Pasadena has hand-rubbed wood on the walls and a copious amount of plush sofas and chairs. Bookcases ...

Ray Charles: O-Genio: Live In Brazil 1963

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, March 2005

AFTER LAST YEAR'S duets album became the best-selling release of his career, coupled with the Oscar buzz surrounding the new biopic, it was inevitable that ...

Cream: Royal Albert Hall, London, 5 May 2005

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2005

THIRTY SEVEN YEARS ago my Mum wouldn't let me go to the Cream Farewell Concert. She didn't want me to mix with all those ...

The White Stripes: The Truth In Red And White: The White Stripes' Romanticised Reality

Comment by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, August 2005

"I SAW THIS documentary about a classical guitarist," Jack White told me recently. "He was playing Bach and Mozart, these really ridiculously complicated pieces, but ...

Dion: The Wanderer Walks with the Blues

Interview by Gene Sculatti, ICE, Winter 2005

IT'S A SHAME that, these days, a singer this good needs a qualifier. Until the arrival of Celine, there was only one Dion — Dion ...

North Mississippi Allstars: The Real Deal

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, Spring 2005

EVEN GOOD BANDS play bad shows. Equipment malfunctions, guitars don't stay in tune, somebody has a cold or a hellacious hangover. Maybe the vibe is ...

Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, North Mississippi Allstars, R.L. Burnside: North Mississippi Hill Country Blues

Overview by John Sinclair, Honest Tune, Spring 2005

WHEN YOU hear the word "blues" you're bound to think of Mississippi. The phrase "Mississippi blues" leads at once to thoughts of Clarksdale and Greenwood ...

Blues In The Bottle: American Vernacular Music and the Medicine Show

Book Review by Tony Russell, Catalyst, May 2006

A review of the compilation Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows, 1926-1937 (Old Hat Records) ...

This Be an Empty World Without the Blues – So Clifford Antone filled it

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, Austin Chronicle, May 2006

THE FIRST TIME I met Clifford Antone, he sold me a sandwich. He had opened a shop on Guadalupe, right around the corner from the ...

Clifford Antone: 1949-2006

Obituary by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, October 2006

CLIFFORD ANTONE liked to say he was "the blues in Austin." He was and then some. From 1975, when he opened his namesake club, until ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Return of Jeremy Spencer

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, October 2006

This the complete interview with (ex-Fleetwood Mac) Jeremy Spencer. The edited version will be published by Blues Revue in October 2006 ...

Johnny Winter: After A Long Drought, Winter Blows Into Town

Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News, November 2006

THE CALL comes just before midnight on election night — a Texas accent thick as T-bone steak and as lived-in as the frets on T-Bone ...

Ahmet Ertegun

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Richard Williams, Guardian, The, December 2006

A mogul who nurtured the careers of stars such as Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield ...

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Remembering Robert Lockwood Jr.

Obituary by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, February 2007

WHEN ROBERT LOCKWOOD JR. passed away at age 91 on Nov. 21, the obituaries in the major daily press made much of his connection to ...

Ike Turner

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, August 2007

FUNNY HOW things change. A little over a decade ago, Ike Turner was rock'n'roll's terminal pariah. Damned by 1993's What's Love Got To Do With ...

Maria Muldaur: Sweet and Sassy, Bawdy and Blue

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Detroit Metro Times, August 2007

WHEN SINGER Maria Muldaur takes the stage at this week's Detroit Jazz Festival, it will be a culmination of a chain of events that run ...

James Hunter

Interview by Graham Reid, elsewhere.co.nz, June 2008

AT 46, JAMES Hunter from Colchester in Essex is an overnight soul-singing sensation who took a couple of decades to get to where he is. ...

Bo Diddley

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, June 2008

American pioneer of rock'n'roll who influenced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones ...

Jerry Wexler: Appreciating Jerry Wexler, the Supreme Atlantic Record Man

Memoir by John Broven, Now Dig This, October 2008

AS SOON AS Jerry Wexler's death was announced on August 15, 2008, daily newspapers and rock magazines had their already-written obituaries ready to go in ...

Robert Johnson: The Death of Robert Johnson

Book Excerpt by Tom Graves, DeMers Books, October 2008

Excerpt from the book Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson (DeMers Books) ...

Seasick Steve: I Started Out With Nothing And I Still Got Most Of It Left


Review by Mick Middles, Quietus, The, October 2008

ORGANIC TO the foot of every blue soaked note. Here we meet the real deal. 40 years in a hobo hell (well, mostly) this 60-something ...

Cyril Davies, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones at the Ricky-Tick, January 1963

Memoir by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, April 2009

THE FIRST TIME I hear Cyril Davies blow his harmonica is January 1963 at Leo's Jazz Club in Windsor. As I approach, shoulders hunched against ...

Alexis Korner, Blues Incorporated, Cyril Davies: Blues Incorporated: How British R&B Trashed Trad

Retrospective by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, September 2009

ALEXIS KORNER'S Parisian birthplace, Austro-Greek parentage, noble features and languid growl endowed him with an aura of exoticism unreflected in his musical partner Cyril "Squirrel" ...

Blues Incorporated, The Rolling Stones: More British R&B: The Stones Start, Blues Incorporated Stumble

Retrospective and Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, October 2009

THE FIRST PUBLIC appearance of what would one day be touted as "the greatest rock and roll band in the world" was hardly headline news, ...

Delbert McClinton: Tarrytown Music Hall, New York

Live Review by Kris DiLorenzo, Rock's Backpages, May 2010

IT'S BEEN A WAAAY too long time, but I'd be stupidly remiss if I didn't rave about Delbert McClinton's show at the Tarrytown Music Hall ...

Bobby Charles: 'See You Later Alligator': Bobby Charles and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll in South Louisiana, with Harry Simoneaux

Retrospective and Interview by John Broven, Now Dig This, July 2010

WHEN BOBBY Charles recorded 'Later Alligator' for Chess at Cosimo Matassa's J. & M. Studio in New Orleans in autumn 1955, he was not only ...

The Black Keys: The Ongoing Adventures Of Two Complete Knuckleheads

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, July 2010

"WE DIDN'T KNOW what the hell we were doing," laughs the Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach, in a not entirely successful attempt to sum up ...

The Black Keys: 'It's ridiculous to say that we play the blues'

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, July 2010

FOR EIGHT MONTHS NOW, since the end of a relationship, the Black Keys drummer Pat Carney has been living in New York's Lower East Side. ...

Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan: Beacon Blues: Jimmie Vaughan's Lifelong Song

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Bentley, Austin Chronicle, July 2010

THE ONE KNITE was an oasis of soul. The room was a little box, sitting at the corner of Red River and Eighth Street. Cut ...

Bobby Bland: For Members Only: Bobby Bland on Malaco

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Malaco Records, October 2010

TWENTY-FIVE years ago, searching for the extant spirit of southern soul, I made my way to a former Pepsi-Cola warehouse in a decidedly unlovely industrial ...

Blazers, the: The Blazers: East Side Soul

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, New Rounder, October 2010

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – the first weekend of March, 1995. Mudslides wiped out nine homes in a town near Ventura while OJ trial junkies debated the ...

Belated Props: Arhoolie Records at 50

Comment by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, March 2011

DON'T IT FIGURE that Arhoolie's 50th anniversary just happened to overlap with the publication of John Szwed's biography of Alan Lomax? An unfortunate but appropriate ...

Benny Spellman: New Orleans R&B stalwart Benny Spellman

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, July 2011

BENNY SPELLMAN, the New Orleans R&B singer, died of respiratory failure on June 3, 2011, in Pensacola, Fla., at the age of 79. He was ...

Bobby Bland: Charles Farley: Soul of the Man – Bobby "Blue" Bland

Book Review by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, July 2011

I HAVE TWO REASONS to vividly remember the first occasion I saw Bobby "Blue" Bland perform in a Los Angeles nightclub 35 years ago. ...

Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

Review by Larry Jaffee, Audiophile Review, Fall 2011

BEFORE YOU EVEN HEAR a note, the coupling of Gregg Allman produced by T-Bone Burnett seems like a match made in heaven. ...

Bobby Bland: Bobby "Blue" Bland: Two Steps From The Blues (Soul Jam)

Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2012

WHEN BOBBY BLAND'S debut LP Two Steps From The Blues crept out over here on Vogue in the early '60s, one reviewer, whether through bitchiness, ...

Various Artists: 100 Years Of The Blues (Universal)

Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, February 2012

BLUES HAS BEEN an integral part of popular music for decades, and this new 4CD set celebrates its birth, its growth and its ever-widening influence. ...

Freddie King

Retrospective by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World, August 2012

NOTE: This is an expanded version of a piece that was in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's induction program in 2012: the lengthier ...

Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds: Got Dem Ol' Home Counties Blues Again, Mama: How the Surrey Delta shaped British rock from the early Stones to Led Zeppelin

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, September 2012

RIPLEY... EPSOM... WALLINGTON. The names hardly resonate in the way that Clarksdale or Greenville or Natchez do. Yet in their way these Surrey towns are ...

The Black Keys, ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons and Dan Auerbach

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World, October 2012

MISSISSIPPI FRED McDowell's haunted, woody voice sails through the air as the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach nurses a cup of coffee and flips through a ...

The Black Keys, Lightnin' Hopkins, ZZ Top: When Lightnin' Strikes: Billy Gibbons and Dan Auerbach talk Lightnin' Hopkins

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World, October 2012

BILLY GIBBONS AND Dan Auerbach are standing shoulder to shoulder on Easy Eye Studio's checkerboard floor, trading lazy blues licks through a battered old Gibson ...

Elmore James: How Elmore James Invented Metal

Retrospective by John Morthland, Wondering Sound, January 2013

ELMORE JAMES is often demeaned as a one-trick pony — or, in his case, a one lick pony. That would be the swooping, stinging slide ...

Alvin Lee: Finally Going Home: Alvin Lee

Interview by Roy Trakin, Rock's Backpages, March 2013

This tribute piece is based on an interview conducted on the release of Alvin's 2012 album Still on the Road to Freedom, a sequel of ...

Mike Bloomfield, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Rolling Stones: Born in Chicago: Butterfield, Bloomfield & the Sixties' Young Turks

Comment by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, April 2013

IS IT JUST ME? Or has anyone else who's seen the PBS special Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones Live found the whole affair cringe-worthy ...

The Birth Of The Blues and The Myth Of Authenticity

Essay by Mick Gold, Rock's Backpages, November 2013

Film-maker Mick Gold on the blues, authenticity and Blues America – broadcast by BBC4 on Friday 29 November and Friday 6 December at 9pm. ...

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