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Bobby Rush...2017 GRAMMY winning blues legend, Blues Hall of Famer, 12x Blues Music Award winner, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and Rolling Stone magazine named King of the Chitlin’ Circuit Naming your album after a song entitled “Porcupine Meat” may seem a little unusual unless you’re Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled “Chicken Heads.” He elaborates on his recent composition: “If a lady won’t treat me right, but she doesn’t want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest.” Hence the lyric, “too fat to eat, too lean to throw away.” Porcupine Meat is Rush’s debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Summer 2020

Read "Summer 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Paul Kelly/Paul Grabowsky Please Leave Your Light On Cooking Vinyl 2020 Less the blues in ...

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Sitting on Top of the Blues

Label: Deep Rush Visuals
Released: 2019
Track listing: Hey Hey Bobby Rush; Good Stuff; Get Out of Here; You Got the Goods on You; Sweet Lizzy; Recipe for Love; Bobby Rush Shuffle; Pooky Poo; Slow Motion; Shake Til’ You Get Enough; Bowlegged Woman.

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Article: Album Review

Bobby Rush: Sitting on Top of the Blues

Read "Sitting on Top of the Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


There exists a fertile underbelly to American Music. It is music that never experiences the success of a Jay Z or Beyonce, but is infinitely more vital and fecund than any of the synthesized, IPad-generated, “genius" generated sounds that have come out over the past 20 year. Sorry, but “rad beats" is not everything and second-hand ...

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Article: Live Review

40th Annual Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center

Read "40th Annual Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


40th Annual Blues Music Awards Memphis Cook Convention Center Memphis, Tennessee May 9, 2019 Mississippi writer David L. Cohn, in his 1948 book, Where I was Born and Raised (Houghton, Mifflin), defines the length of the Mississippi Delta thusly: The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody ...

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Article: Album Review

Zoe Schwarz: The Blues and I Should have a Party

Read "The Blues and I Should have a Party" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


That most durable and indivisible of popular music genres: the blues. Traditionally of an eight-or twelve-bar architecture, if not something more primordial from the pre-Great Depression shellac of Mamie Smith, Tommy Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Charlie Patton. After years of sepia-toned, nostalgic reportage regarding the Ur-nature of this folk art, most of the cobwebs of ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Landon Spradlin, Jack Mack, Tom Craig, In Layman Terms, Bobby Rush, and the 2016 International Blues Challenge

Read "Landon Spradlin, Jack Mack, Tom Craig, In Layman Terms, Bobby Rush, and the 2016 International Blues Challenge" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


For two music genres often thought dead or near death, the blues and jazz continue to be two densities attracting talent for interpretation. The blues has been due a resurgence since the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and is likely to take off in the wake of the Rolling Stone's Blue and Lonesome (Polydor, 2016). Here ...

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Porcupine Meat

Label: Rounder Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: I Don’t Want Nobody Hanging Around; Porcupine Meat; Got Me Accused; Snake In The Grass; Funk O’ De Funk; Me, Myself And I; Catfish Stew; It’s Your Move; Nighttime Gardener; I Think Your Dress Is Too Short; Standing On Shaky Ground; I’m Tired.

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Article: Album Review

Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

Read "Porcupine Meat" reviewed by James Nadal


They don't call Bobby Rush the King of the Chitlin' Circuit for nothing. With an extraordinary discography, and legendary status as an enthusiastic live performer, Rush was recognized in 2015 with a fifty year, retrospective box set, titled “Chicken Heads," by Omnivore Recordings. Returning to his home state of Louisiana, and recorded in New Orleans, the ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73

Read "Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


We call it “soul music" for a reason: Because from Ray Charles grooving on “America the Beautiful" to Maxwell gently hammering out his steps to “Ascension," the best soul music hits deep in our ears, our minds and our hearts. Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 -'73, which compiles more than 100 rare soul ...


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