blues Archive

30 Days Out, March 2023 #2: Satsang, Sawyer Fredericks, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Winery Dogs

This edition of 30 Days Out takes a look at a well-known and beloved national touring act as well as some lesser-known artists whose work is well worth investigation. Artist: […]

Album Review: Johnny Rawls – Going Back to Mississippi

Johnny Rawls has deep Mississippi roots. Born and raised in small towns in the state, he developed proficiency on a number of instruments, and by his twenties Rawls had joined […]

Album Review: Martin Lang & Rusty Zinn – Mr. Blues, Mr. Blues

Martin Lang has been releasing albums for two decades on his own Random Chance label. An amplified blues harp player, he’s immersed in the Chicago blues tradition. He has worked […]

Album Review: Ruthie Foster – Healing Time

It’s the rare artist capable of creating a body of work that transcends genre. True, Ruthie Foster has been recipient of many, many awards in the blues idiom. Foster has […]

Hundred-word Reviews, February 2023: Books

These books are all worth your time. ‘Nuff said, but then here’s more. Michael Goldberg – Addicted to Noise Goldberg is a widely acclaimed music journalist who has been at […]

Hundred-word Reviews, February 2023 Part 1

It’s been ages since I did one of these, and since my backlog has got out of hand, it’s time. As ever, each of these merits deeper discussion, investigation, discussion […]

Album Review: Various Artists – Howlin’ Wolf & His Wolf Gang

Truth in labeling is a valued quality. With that in mind, it’s worth pointing out right up front that – although it’s clearly labeled as such – this is not, […]

Album Review: Shelton Powe

Piedmont finger-style folk-blues acoustic guitarist Shelton Powe debuted on record with 2012’s Carolina Blues and Gospel. He returned with 2016’s Black Folk Music (God is Good). On his third and […]

Q&A: Matt Stubbs of GA-20

NOTE: GA-20 appears tonight (Thursday, Jan 19) at Asheville’s Grey Eagle. See ya there! GA-20 takes one of the blues’ traditional configurations, plants one foot firmly in the Chicago style, […]

Album Review: GA-20 — Crackdown

The guitar-and-drums duo format is one with a long and rich history in the blues idiom. That stripped-down setup has also found success in rock acts, from Flat Duo Jets […]