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Little Freddie King, Absolutely the Best (WadeRight Records)

Little Freddie King: Raucous Blues from the Bywater Despite posing on the Absolutely the Best cover—and on stages on the festival circuit—in clothes picked off the racks at Soul Train […]

Bookmark: Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts, Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story

The Perfect Weekend Read     If you’ve subscribed to, or even randomly leafed through, a couple of issues of Living Blues in the last few decades, undoubtedly you’ve perused […]

Bookmark: Randy Fox, Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story (BMG Books)

Although Excello Records was located in the “Record Center of the South”—Nashville—its success was largely dependent on the “Sound of the Swamp,” a sound incubated and perfected in “The Rice […]

Various Artists, Confessin’ The Blues (BMG)

This is a 42-track blues anthology of material that became early influences on a certain British rock band. While the music here is outstanding, the premise of this collection is […]

In Memoriam: Lazy Lester (1933-2018)

“They call me lazy, goodness knows I’m only tired.” Leslie Johnson, better known as Lazy Lester, the last member of the pantheon of classic Louisiana swamp blues artists, died August […]

In Memoriam: Stanley J. Lewis (1927 – 2018)

For nearly three decades Shreveport was known as “The Record Center of the South.” The man who was single-handedly responsible for Shreveport earning that designation was Stan Lewis. Stanley J. […]

James Carr, The Best Of (Kent Records)

James Carr reissues have appeared over the past three decades on vinyl and CD. While all of the tracks here can be found on other collections, let it be said […]

Various Artists, Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesin’ by the Bayou: Livin’, Lovin’ & Lyin’ (Ace Records)

Just as when the bayous are flowing it guarantees that the crawfish keep a-growing, here comes another release in Ace’s popular By The Bayou series. As in the previous dozen […]

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm” (Jay-Vee Records)

By teaming with the legendary Hi Rhythm band, young Bob is decidedly going old-school. Hi Rhythm was of course the Memphis studio quartet that under the tutelage of producer Willie […]

300 Songs for 300 Years: R&B standouts

In this month’s installment of essential New Orleans songs, we look at some of the cornerstones of New Orleans R&B. Each of these songs made an impression nationally and left […]