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Johnny’s back!

April 20, 2015
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Johnny’s back!

We was just witness to what some say was one of Johnny Rawls best ever performances. Saturday April 11th during Juke Joint Festival JR held the overflow crowd in Hambone Gallery in the palm of his hand belting out his own version of smoooooth soul-blues. A performance that ranks up with perhaps his top...

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“livin’ the blues life” aka a clarksdale tale…

April 19, 2015
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“livin’ the blues life” aka a clarksdale tale…

Okay, it’s over for another year. So for all y’all who tire of hearing about it, ain’t never been there, ain’t never planning to go there, or jes plain don’t give a sheit, this should do it for the next 12 months. The final...

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beautiful, but…

April 17, 2015
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beautiful, but…

As I set out on the front porch of our little cabin, looking across the beautifully manicured lawn to “the big house”, couldn’t help but wonder how sharecroppers in the Jim Crow south must have felt. Living in such a beautiful area, but totally...

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jazz tonite & tomorrow…

April 17, 2015
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jazz tonite & tomorrow…

  On Saturday April 11th, West Virginia Jazz Society President, Eric Spelsberg wrote: “We are very pleased to announce that both nights of the Marshall Keys & The Cool...

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the Hoover’s of Baptist Town

April 16, 2015
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the Hoover’s of Baptist Town

We had some really fine food while in Clarksdale last week at St Louis Frank’s house party. Not only great bbq ribs ‘n chicken prepared by Johnny Miles, but...

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RIP “King of Slow Soul”

April 15, 2015
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RIP “King of Slow Soul”

Brought to our attention this morning via Ole’ Blues Hound in Columbus. Percy Sledge passed away Tuesday April 14th in Baton Rouge, LA. Quote: “never saw him, but I...

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A Trend on the Way to a Tradition

April 14, 2015
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A Trend on the Way to a Tradition

  In these unsettled and uncertain times, we cling to tried and true traditions, whether religious or secular, to provide us with occasions to which we can look forward...

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on the road!

April 8, 2015
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on the road!

  *time has come… no more talking… we’re on the road… southbound to the Delta. Thursday: Po Monkey’s Friday: St Louis Frank’s yard party & strolling the Clarksdale jooks...

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a call for assistance…

April 7, 2015
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a call for assistance…

We just received word that Dolores Cotton, the mother of Doris Fields aka Lady D, passed away last Friday, April 3rd, at the age of 81. This hard-working lady...

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Documenting the Blues…

April 7, 2015
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Documenting the Blues…

Really nice article in the New York Times. Documenting the Blues in the Mississippi Delta by Fayemi Shakur is about researching the blues of North Mississippi and the Delta...

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BB King in hospital

April 6, 2015
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BB King in hospital

LAS VEGAS — Reported today (Monday April 6th) that B.B. King is in a Las Vegas hospital An unnamed source said he was taken over the weekend for dehydration...

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no janis…. (yet)

April 6, 2015
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no janis…. (yet)

Janis Joplin from Port Arthur, TX died due to an overdose nearly 45 years ago. It now seems at least that long since word first came out there would...

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from juke joints past…

April 5, 2015
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from juke joints past…

The following article is from our old Big Bend Blues News. Submitted by our buddy Gumbo Charly April 13th, 2011 telling of preparation, travel plans, and over-all general excitement...

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chicago blues…

April 4, 2015
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chicago blues…

*ain’t no place like Chicago, ain’t no blues like Chicago Blues, and ain’t no festival like the Chicago Blues Festival… One of the worlds biggest and best blues festivals...

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get MUGGed at The Grill!

April 3, 2015
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get MUGGed at The Grill!

For one night only, Detroit’s “motor city blues/rockers”, The Muggs return to Court Street Grill aka “the Ohio River juke joint” Saturday April 4th, showtime is 9:00pm. Seating is...

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