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Muddy Waters

Waters was born McKinley Morganfield in Issaquena County, Mississippi in 1913 (He later told people that he was born in 1915 in Rolling Fork, Mississippi; the reason for this remains unknown). His grandmother Della Grant raised him after his mother died in 1918. His fondness for playing in mud earned him his nickname at an early age. Waters started out on harmonica but by age seventeen he was playing the guitar at parties and "fish fries", emulating two blues artists who were extremely popular in the south, Son House and Robert Johnson. "His thick heavy tone, the dark coloration of his voice and his firm almost stolid manner were all clearly derived from House," wrote Peter Guralnick in Feel Like Going Home, "but the embellishments which he added, the imaginative slide technique and more agile rhythms, were closer to Johnson." In 1940 Waters moved to St

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Spring 2020

Read "Spring 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. David Clayton-Thomas Say Somethin' Linus Entertainment 2020 Circa “Spinnin' Wheel" plus “And When I Die," ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Allman Brothers Band: Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection

Read "Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection" reviewed by Doug Collette

The gold-embossed lettering on the front and back cover of the roughly 5" by 7" slipcase enclosing the Allman Brothers Band's box set Trouble No More belies its otherwise generic art work. Yet the graphic design isn't all that gives the lie to an otherwise positive first impression gleaned from 50th Anniversary Collection. A glance at ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Cotton Pickin' Blues

Read "Cotton Pickin' Blues" reviewed by Martin McFie

Blues began with enslaved African peoples' work songs in the cotton fields of the Deep South of America. The Slave Narrative of Mr. Sam Polite, given at 93 years of age, chronicles that life. It was written on St. Helena, a cotton producing Sea Island in the Carolinas, where Mr. Polite was born into slavery. The ...

Meet Tom Kohn

Read "Meet Tom Kohn" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Like many of our Jazz Super Fans, Tom Kohn's passion for music started when he was a teen, with a job in a record store and a penchant for acquiring albums that would impress even the most dedicated adult collectors. He grew up into a music business day job but, after suffering a life-changing event, he ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues

Read "Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues David Dann 776 Pages ISBN: #978-1477318775 University of Texas Press 2019 Through a combination of journalistic objectivity, scholarly attention to detail and the passion of a fan, author David Dann accomplishes exactly what he professes to achieve in his 'Prologue' to ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining

There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music

Read "Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Adam Rudolph has been seeking to push the boundaries of musical creativity for decades, developing a unique concept of composition, ensemble interaction, and conducting. As many writers have commented, his music resists critical commentary due to its prototypical nature. Said another way, Rudolph's music doesn't sound like anything else, and its antecedents are so varied that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From The New Adelphi Club: Pram, The Brackish, Les Bécasses & Dr. Feelgood

Read "Live From The New Adelphi Club: Pram, The Brackish, Les Bécasses & Dr. Feelgood" reviewed by Martin Longley

Pram The New Adelphi Club Hull, England August 13, 2019 The New Adelphi Club in Hull, England, is not so new anymore. In the last couple of months this legendary alternative haunt has celebrated its 35th anniversary, since opening in the heady post-punk days. It's mostly been a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

ZZ Top and Cheap Trick with special guest Marquise Knox at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Read "ZZ Top and Cheap Trick with special guest Marquise Knox at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

ZZ Top and Cheap Trick with special guest Marquise Knox The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 50th Anniversary Tour Wantagh, NY September 19, 2019 When the Little Ol' Band From Texas, Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famers, ZZ Top tours, fans can expect a night of fun featuring blues, ...


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