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T-Model Ford: Bad Man

Read "Bad Man" reviewed by Robert Jarovi


You know you're in for the real deal when 78-year-old James “T-Model" Ford shouts out the low-down truth. After a quick and dirty drum roll on this (studio) live set, he announces: “I'm a tail-dragger from Greenville Mississippi. I'm the boss of the blues. Can't read, can”t write, and don”t been to school a day in my life!" Guitarist/vocalist Ford and his drummer Spam are the only musicians on this disc, aptly entitled Bad Man, but they sound like a ...

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Robert Pete Williams: Robert Pete Williams

Read "Robert Pete Williams" reviewed by Alan Jones


The music of Robert Pete Williams does more beyond telling a chain of personal and fictional stories. His music, like the works of great literary figures, is a life-breathing, transcendental product of experience. He perfected the effects of escape and dark satire in his work, which often has an almost supernatural quality.

Williams met a temporary fate brought on by violence and implied jealousy. Forced to defend himself in a scuffle at a bar, the bluesman shot a man to ...

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King Ernest: Blues Got Soul

Read "Blues Got Soul" reviewed by Ed Kopp


King Ernest Baker died in a car crash in Los Angeles on March 4, 2000, just a few days after he finished recording Blues Got Soul. His death seems all the more tragic when you hear the CD. Blues Got Soul is so deep-hearted, the singer would surely have landed more gigs and perhaps some real money from its release. Blues Got Soul is a moving collection of slow and mid-tempo tunes that hark back to classic songs ...

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Dave Thompson: Little Dave and Big Love

Read "Little Dave and Big Love" reviewed by Ed Kopp


This Fat Possum re-release was originally distributed in 1995 but suffered from underexposure when the label's relationship with Capricorn dissolved. Blues fans will be glad Fat Possum decided to revive Little Dave and Big Love. The sucker really cooks.Mississippi native Dave Thompson's displays blazing guitar chops and Hendrix-style vocals on a solid set of blues-rock tunes produced by the late Robert Palmer. At the time the album was recorded, Thompson was a 24-year-old guitar phenom touted as the ...

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Robert Belfour: What's Wrong With You

Read "What's Wrong With You" reviewed by Ed Kopp


Robert Belfour is a rare individual -- a country bluesman who grew up in the backwoods and taught himself the blues. His debut release What's Wrong With You is a powerful solo blues album that has garnered heaps of critical acclaim before it's even been released. (It comes out this month.)

While most contemporary country-blues artists are educated alchemists who combine different early-blues styles, Belfour is a throwback. His brand of country blues is characteristic of a particular place (the ...

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Super Chikan: What You See

Read "What You See" reviewed by Ed Kopp


You're probably dying to know how a dude comes by a nickname like “Super Chikan," so let's deal with that issue up front. When James Louis Johnson worked as a cab driver in Clarksdale, Miss., he became notorious for his lead foot. He acquired the nickname “Quick Chicken," which somehow got altered to “Super Chikan," and a new blues moniker was born.Nephew of bluesman Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan is a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Delta who ...

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Junior Kimbrough: Meet Me In the City

Read "Meet Me In the City" reviewed by Derek Taylor


With Kimbrough’s death in early '98 the blues world lost one its most uncompromising and idiosyncratic practitioners. All we’re left with now are posthumous collections like this one that out of necessity are forced to scrape the bottom of the corn liquor barrel for ‘new’ and releasable material. Though not imbued with the same level of quality as Fat Possum’s earlier Kimbrough compendium “God Knows I Tried,” the eight tracks included on this new compilation still offer plenty of Junior’s ...


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