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Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, “Roots and Branches: The Songs of Little Walter” (Alligator Records)

Little Walter, the master of the Hohner, was to the harmonica what Wayne Gretzky was to ice hockey, what Leonardo Da Vinci was to oil painting, what Mark Twain was […]

In Memoriam: Art Neville (1937 – 2019)

Arthur Lanon Neville—“Poppa Funk”—a keyboardist, New Orleans music icon and downright great individual, died July 22 after several years of declining health. He was 81. Jerry Wexler once described Neville’s […]

In Memoriam: Dave Bartholomew (1918 – 2019)

Described as a pioneer, an innovator, a genius, and a slave driver in the recording studio, Dave Bartholomew died at a suburban hospital June 23, 2019. He was 100. Forever […]

South To Louisiana—The Music of the Cajun Bayous 2nd Edition (Pelican Publishing)

A testament to the readability and subject matter of the 1983 first edition of South to Louisiana, is that I bought two copies of it—and they both got stolen from […]

In Memoriam: Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal (1944 – 2019)

Dubbed “the gentle giant of guitar” by the esteemed producer Allen Toussaint, Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal died at his Lafayette home June 10, after a lengthy illness. He was 75. […]

Jimmie Vaughan, Baby, Baby Please Come Home (The Last Records)

The gangster of the blues guitar, and one-time original member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Texan Jimmie Vaughan is back with his latest outing, and if you’re a blues fan, you […]

In Memoriam: Margaret Lewis Warwick (1940-2019)

Margaret Warwick, an acclaimed Shreveport, Louisiana singer, songwriter, producer, publisher, and trail blazing music executive, died March 29, after a brief illness. She was 79. Lewis was a former chairperson […]

Various Artists, Cover Me: The Eddie Hinton Songbook (Ace)

In reissuing the crème de la crème from Eddie Hinton’s catalog, Ace has again mined the Muscle Shoals music catalogue. A talented songwriter, producer and guitarist, the late Hinton might […]

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 […]