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FEATURES -- 2020
John Primer by Eric KriesantFEATURE: John Primer Interview/Part 1

Chicago Blues Hero drops new album

World famous blues star Primer was on top of the world until the world changed. Keeping the blues alive takes on new meaning in 2020.
John Primer by Jennifer NobleFEATURE: John Primer Interview/Part 2

Chicago's real deal blues icon speaks his mind on Muddy Waters, Magic Slim, The Rolling Stones, young blues rockers & more.
FEATURES -- 2019
Billy Branch by Jenn NobleFEATURE: Billy Branch Interview

Branch performs Chicago Plays The Stones live, releases new CD tribute to Little Walter

photo: Jennifer Noble
Coco MontoyaFEATURE: Interview with Coco Montoya

Montoya to release new Alligator CD & perform at Blues on the Fox
Mary Lane by Lee Ann FlynnFEATURE: Mary Lane Interview

Mary Lane has been singing the blues for over 60 years with little recognition. Now at age 83, it's her turn to be a star.
Bitten by the Blues bookBOOK REVIEW: Bitten By The Blues: The Alligator Records Story

The story of the blues is impossible to tell without also telling the story of Alligator Records. Co-written by label founder Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts, this fascinating memoir is essential reading for even the casual blues lover.
Lindsay BeaverFEATURE: Lindsay Beaver Interview

Drummer Lindsay Beaver, Alligator Records' newest artist, is multi-talented and Tough As Love, with a little help from her famous friends.
FEATURES -- 2018
Koko Taylor & Bruce IglauerFEATURE: Alligator's Bruce Iglauer was Bitten by The Blues and lived to tell about it!

Inspired by seeing Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers at age 23, Bruce Iglauer founded Alligator Records in 1971. In his new memoir, Bitten By The Blues, the president of the world's largest indie blues label recalls his 50 years in the business working alongside many blues legends.
Jimmy Nick on lawnFEATURE: Jimmy Nick Interview

His new CD is titled:
Dangerous Decisions and Bad Things
Yet this rising young star's career choices are quite the opposite!
Samantha Fish by Howie GreenblattFEATURE: Samantha Fish Interview

Blues Music Award Winner Samantha Fish returns to Blues on the Fox Fest 2018

photo: Howard Greenblatt
Mud MorganfieldFEATURE: Mud Morganfield Interview

Like father like son, Mud Morganfield chose an all-star cast of Chicago blues players for his new CD and release party on April 5 at SPACE.
FEATURES -- 2017
Michael Packer & Mike Wheeler FEATURE: Who was Michael Packer and why did he start the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame®?

5th annual Induction Ceremony slated for Oct. 15 at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago

photo: Mike Wheeler & Michael Packer by Lee Ann Flynn
Survivor: The Benny Turner Story coverBOOK REVIEW: Survivor: The Benny Turner Story

Benny Turner may not be a household name, but his older brother the late Freddie King is a blues legend. Benny's life and story are forever intertwined with the history of American Blues and its biggest stars. Benny personally tells us his story, like we are having a barstool chat. It's a tale filled with love, poverty, wealth, fame, heartbreak and survival.
Art of the Blues book cover smallFEATURE: The Art of the Blues

The Art of The Blues:
A Visual Treasury of Black Music's Golden Age by Bill Dahl is a lavish, stunning book that truly lives up to its title and then some. Read our review.
National Blues Museum neon signFEATURE: National Blues Museum in St. Louis Gives Chicago a "Blues" Print for Success

A trip to St. Louis' year-old blues museum provides a lesson in how Chicago can live up to its title as the "home of the blues."
Corky Siegel by Jenn NobelFEATURE: Corky Siegel Interview

Harp virtuoso features familiar friends on new Chamber Blues CD.

photo: Jennifer Noble
Ronnie Baker Brooks by Howard GreenblattFEATURE: Ronnie Baker Brooks: The Interview

Greg Easterling caught up with the busy Chicago blues star, who had just stepped off the Blues Cruise in time to celebrate his birthday and his new CD, his first in 10 years!

What took Ronnie so long? Read the story to find out.
FEATURES -- 2016
Joanna ConnorFEATURE: Interview with Joanna Connor

Chicago's guitar goddess has played around the world, recorded for multiple labels and backed everyone from Jimmy Page to Buddy Guy. Still she remains under the radar. But a viral video and new CD shine a light on this remarkable artist.
Henry Gray headshotFEATURE: Interview with Henry Gray

At age 91, the piano legend is a true blues survivor who continues to defy the odds and thrive
Magic Dick & Shun NgFEATURE: Magic Dick & Shun Ng Interview

J. Geils harp master Magic Dick teams with young guitar whiz Shun Ng for new CD and tour into new musical territory.
Matthew Skoller small picFEATURE: Matthew Skoller Interview

Blues harp master Skoller's new CD, Blues Immigrant tell modern blues tales and more.
John Mayall by JennFEATURE: Interview with John Mayall

At nearly age 83, the "Godfather" of British blues shows no sign of slowing down, while keeping up a hectic pace of touring and recording.
Guy King at SPACE by Jenn NobleFEATURE: Interview with Guy King

Blues star on the rise: from the Holy Land to Blues Capitol Chicago, King comes full circle.
Jimmy JohnsonFEATURE: Beyond The Blues Fest 2016

Where to Find the After-Parties post Chicago Blues Fest

Jimmy Johnson/photo: Jennifer Noble
The RidesFEATURE: Interview with Barry Goldberg

About to embark on a new tour with his bandmates in The Rides--Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd-- Goldberg keeps Chicago and the blues close to his heart.
Jorma Kaukonen smallFEATURE: Interview with Jorma Kaukonen

The venerable folk-blues-roots guitarist discusses his new CD, Rev. Gary Davis, John Lee Hooker, Fur Peace Ranch and Hot Tuna. He pays homage to his recently departed bandmates from Jefferson Airplane, Paul Kantner & Signe Anderson.
Dave Weld by JennFEATURE: Interview with Dave Weld

A true blues survivor, who has done it all and seen it all, Dave Weld and his band The Imperial Flames are back with a sophomore CD for Delmark Records. Weld has paid his blues dues and lived to tell us about it.
Webb WilderFEATURE: Interview with Webb Wilder

Eccentric roots rocker, known for songs like "Human Cannonball," pays homage to his home state with new CD and a local show.
FEATURES -- 2015
Toronzo Cannon by JennFEATURE: Interview with Toronzo Cannon

This rising star just signed with Alligator, plays all over the world and drives a CTA bus. How does talented Toronzo manage his seemingly double life?

photo: Jennifer Noble
Shemekia CopelandFEATURE: Interview with Shemekia Copeland

Blues star Shemekia Copeland returns to home base with a new CD on Alligator that captures her artistic maturity and social conscience.
Lazer LloydFEATURE: Interview with Lazer Lloyd

Israel's Lazer Lloyd is not your usual blues-rock guitarist. He had many career choices in the U.S. but ended up "Rockin' in the Holy Land" and beyond to spread hope around the world.
Otis on guitarFEATURE: Interview with Shuggie Otis

Musical prodigy and the son of late legend Johnny Otis, Shuggie's early music influenced the likes of Prince and Lenny Kravitz. Always ahead of his time, the multi-talented artist has been rediscovered and is hitting the comeback trail. He will perform at City Winery on July 17.
Eddy ClearwaterBeyond The Blues Fest 2015: The After-Parties
Where to find live blues around town before, during and after Chicago Blues Fest in Grant Park.
Devon Allman by Roman Sobus smallFEATURE: Interview with Devon Allman

Although his tenure with Royal Southern Brotherhood winds down after four years, Allman has plenty in store as he returns to his solo career. His new CD, Ragged & Dirty, displays his "love affair" with Chicago and the blues.
FEATURES -- 2014
Southern Soul-Blues book cover smallFEATURE: Book Review/ Southern Soul-Blues

Chicago author Dave Whiteis offers an in-depth look at this under-the-radar musical genre. Interviews with Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, Latimore, Willie Clayton and more.
Blues in Modern Days book coverFEATURE: Book Review/ Blues in Modern Days: 31 Artists in Their Own Words

Authors Terry Mullins & Bob Kieser have interviewed and photographed dozens of today's living blues artists from all corners of the U.S. Here are 31 of them "in their own words"
Jimmy Rogers book coverFEATURE: Book Review/ Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story

Author Wayne Everett Goins elevates this highly influential and beloved Chicago musician to his rightful place in the blues pantheon.
100 Blues Books artFEATURE: Book Review -- 100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own

100 Books is an informative and engaging look at blues literature, old and new, for blues aficionados.
Charlie Love by JennFEATURE: Inside the Blues with Liz Mandeville

Charlie Love heads to Durban, South Africa as Blues Ambassador.
Charlie recalls his long journey from Chicago's South Side to this premiere international blues festival.
Selwyn Birchwood smallFEATURE: Interview with Selwyn Birchwood

It's no wonder this rising young blues star never stops smiling; his career is on a roll and for good reason.
liz-mandeville-sm FEATURES: Inside the Blues with
 Liz Mandeville.
  Blues musician Liz takes us behind the Chicago blues scene and beyond with her very personal column. Luther Allison, Tail Dragger, Charlie Love, Zora Young, Mark Wydra, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro & more.
Tail DraggerFEATURE: Beyond The Blues Fest 2014

There will be blues events all over town before, during and after Chicago Blues Fest. Here is what's happening in the clubs, plus brunches, films, exhibits, free shows and more!
Dave Specter verticleFEATURE: Interview with Dave Specter

Specter spent his youth learning and performing with blues legends. His new Delmark CD features one of them, Otis Clay. "Spec" recalls the lessons he learned from teachers Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay and more.
Tom MarkerFEATURE: Interview with Tom Marker

WXRT DJ and Blues Breakers host has been keeping the blues alive since 1984. Tom explains how the blues bug first bit him and recalls legends he's met over the years.
Sax player with Mississippi vanFEATURE: Black History Month

Maxwell Street: Birthplace of Chicago Blues -- photo essay.
Mavis StaplesFEATURE: Black History Month 2014 and Beyond

Highlights for historical books, photography, theater, recordings, symposiums, preservation and more.

Mavis Staples: photo Jennifer Noble
Bobby Rush kicksFEATURE: Interview with Bobby Rush

The ever youthful soul-blues legend tells the truth about his life in show biz along with tall tales about preachin', sellin' cotton, playin' the chit'lin' circuit, Chicken Heads, other heads, shady record deals and the list goes on...
Bobby Rush small photoFEATURE: Bobby Rush's Grammy nod: A victory for The Blues

Muddy Waters tunesmith Terry Abrahamson celebrates Bobby's Grammy nomination with a nostalgic remembrance of "Chicken Heads". PART 1
FEATURES -- 2013
Chicago Slim wails guitar smallFEATURE: The Blues Doctor is in! Good guys wear black.

Dr. Dan Ivankovich, a.k.a. Chicago Slim, mends bones in the city's poorest 'hoods by day and plays the blues at night.
Sterling Plumpp book coverFEATURE: Book Review of Sterling Plumpp's Home/Bass

Esteemed Chicago poet, Sterling Plumpp, has authored a new book of poems inspired by, and dedicated to, his late friend bluesman Willie Kent.

Donald KinseyFEATURE: Interview with Donald Kinsey

From Gary to Jamaica and back, musician Donald Kinsey keeps the music moving forward. The celebrated artist talks about his family band, Big Daddy, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Albert King and more.
Frank BangFEATURE: Interview with Frank Bang

The ex-Buddy Guy guitarist left music for a time. Now Frank "Bang" Blinkal is back like a force of nature.
Mud Morganfield by JennFEATURE: Interview with Big Bill Morganfield

Blues is in the blood of this multi-talented award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist who happens to be the son of Muddy Waters. Big Bill Morganfield will perform July 20 for ShedFest in Highland Park, IL, along with Chicago Blues Reunion and Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
Joanne Shaw Taylor live shotFEATURE: Interview with Joanne Shaw Taylor

British blues-rock artist Joanne Shaw Taylor is currently touring as part of Ruf Records Blues Caravan Tour and will stop in Chicago June 13.

The multi-talented young lady talks about her dream career so far, with more to come.
Charlie MusselwhiteFEATURE: Beyond the Blues Fest 2013

There will be blues events all over town before, during and after Chicago Blues Fest. Here is what's happening in the clubs, plus concerts, a blues seance, exhibits, brunches, bus tour, films, free shows and more!

Charlie Musselwhite
photo: Jennifer Noble
Liz Mandeville with frattoireFEATURE: Interview with Liz Mandeville

Renaissance woman Liz Mandeville was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame and will appear at Chicago Blues Fest 2013, plus the Chicago Women in Blues show this weekend. 
Pierre LacocqueFEATURE: Interview with Mississippi Heat's Pierre Lacocque

Miss. Heat founder and harp player Lacocque isn't your typical blues man. He's lived all over the world, but never felt at home until he discovered the blues in Chicago. The band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new CD on Delmark, and sets at Blues Fest 2013 and Delmark's annual Blues Brunch.
Alvin Lee smallFEATURE: Poetry by George Kalamaras

Our resident blues poet  pays homage to the recently departed guitar great Alvin Lee
Bex marshallFEATURE: Interview with British Blues Woman Bex Marshall

The first and only female guitarist ever to be invited to play Cork's International Guitar Fest, the feisty guitar player and singer/songwriter is headed to the Home of the Blues for an intimate show on March 6.
Mardi Gras masksFEATURE: Mardi Gras 2013 in Chicagoland

Can't make it to New Orleans?
Craving beads, blues, hurricanes and jambalaya? Here's where to celebrate Fat Tuesday locally.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Belly of the Blues book coverFEATURE: Book Review
Terry Abrahamson's In the Belly of the Blues

 The author's life changing musical journey into “The Belly of The Blues” is chronicled through his iconic B&W photos and his written memoirs in this very enjoyable hardback.
buddy-guy-small FEATURES: So Many Roads,
Blues Poetry by George Kalamaras.

 This internationally-known, award-winning poet kicks off his series with  tributes to Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor and more music legends.
FEATURES -- 2012
The Congregation small FEATURE: Interview The Congregation's Gina Bloom
 "Right Now Everything" seems to be happening for Chicago's hottest bluesy garage soul band
Buddy Guy book cover small FEATURE: Book Review of Buddy Guy's Autobiography, When I Left Home, My Story

 Buddy's life is a true rags to riches tale of how a poor sharecropper's son left his loved ones behind in Louisiana in search of a better life in Chicago. He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams to become a world renowned guitar legend and more.
J.B. RitchieFEATURE: Interview with J.B. Ritchie

 J.B. Ritchie has been playing the blues for nearly five decades. His wild ride of a life story would make a great screenplay.

To celebrate his 60th birthday the guitarist will play Buddy Guy's Legends on Oct. 6.
Lonnie Brooks small FEATURE: Interview with Lonnie Brooks

 Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010, Lonnie Brooks is an international blues star. In Part 1 of a lengthy interview, he reminisces about his childhood in Louisiana and details a recent  recording session with his sons Ronnie and Wayne in Nashville.
Lee Ritenour FEATURE: Interview with Lee Ritenour

It would be a misnomer to call Lee Ritenour a jazz guitarist. The acclaimed musician mixes blues, funk, rock, pop and other genres into his Grammy-winning music.
Ritenour also wants to provide a voice to amateur musicians with his third annual Six String Theory Global Music Competition.  He expounds on this YouTube contest, along with other cool topics. See him in Chicago on April 4.
Howard Levy FEATURE: Interview with Howard Levy

 Evanston's resident harmonica genius, along with bandmates Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, celebrate their recent Grammy win and hit the road for a major tour. Levy reflects on his past projects with stars like Dolly Parton and Paul Simon, and looks to the future.
Mojo & the Bayou GypsiesFEATURE: Mardi Gras 2012 in Chicagoland

Can't make it to New Orleans?
Craving beads, blues, hurricanes and jambalaya? Here's where to celebrate Fat Tuesday locally.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Staple Singers


In Chicago, the sweet sound of gospel music could be heard on Jubilee Showcase, a popular local TV show that ran from 1963 to 1984. A new DVD, Classic Moments in Jubilee Showcase, captures outstanding performances by the most famous gospel artists of all time, including the Staple Singers (photo), Andrae Crouch, Soul Stirrers, Jessy Dixon, Inez Andrews and more!
Maxwell Street JimmyBLACK HISTORY MONTH:
A Visit to Maxwell Street

 Chicago blues was born on the gritty avenues of the Maxwell Street Market.   Photographer Tom Smith documented the open-air marketplace for 30 years. Take a trip back in time to see the vendors, hustlers, preachers and especially the musicians of the long gone original Maxwell Street Market.
Buddy & Hopkins comic headshot FEATURE: Welcome Buddy and Hopkins!

The further misadventures of Buddy and  Hopkins will be featured regularly on our website, thanks to talented artist Jason Nocera. Click on the photo to find out what kind of trouble they get into this month.
Big Llou Johnson FEATURES: Interview with Big Llou Johnson

 "Bringing sexy back to the blues"

 The voice of B.B. King's Bluesville radio network releases his debut blues CD.
FEATURES -- 2011
Otis Clay Ring in the New Year with the Blues!

 Blues clubs and other venues offer deals that won't give your wallet the blues.

Candye Kane FEATURE: Is Candye Kane the "Toughest Girl Alive"?

In this interview with the colorful and outspoken blues belter, songwriter and actress, Candye speaks frankly about her unique life and career.

She will perform at SPACE in Evanston on Sept. 15
Wendell Holmes FEATURE: Interview with the Holmes Brothers

 Wendell Holmes, Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon have triumphed over adversity with help from the uplifting music and message they bring to audiences around the world. Was it divine intervention that first brought this band of brothers together and has kept them going for over 40 years?
Tab Benoit B&W FEATURE: Interview with Tab Benoit

 Cajun bluesman Tab Benoit gives voice to the Louisiana wetlands and serves up some Medicine, on his hot new CD.
Tail Dragger 2010 FEATURE: Beyond the Blues Fest 2011

Our top picks on where to hear the blues in the city and suburbs before, during and after the Chicago Blues Festival.

Catch top blues artists like Tail Dragger (photo) at clubs after Grant Park closes each night.
Holle Thee Maxwell small FEATURE: Interview with Holle Thee Maxwell

 Combining sexiness with sass, this Chicago blues/R&B diva commands the stage in her own unique style.

Catch her at two shows during Chicago Blues Fest week.
Andre WilliamsFEATURE: Interview with Andre Williams

 Chicago music icon to give FREE concert at Milliennum Park May 30. Whether he's urging you to "Shake a Tailfeather" or get greasy with "Bacon Fat," Andre Williams is first and foremost an entertainer for all seasons.
Ronnie Baker Brooks small FEATURE: Interview with Ronnie Baker Brooks

Carrying the torch and infusing new energy into the blues, the son of blues legend Lonnie Brooks is featured on a heralded new tribute album.

Catch the Brooks family at two major events during Blues Festival week in Chicago.
Marcia Ball Interview with Marcia Ball

The party's still going on for veteran blues/boogie pianist Marcia Ball. The Louisiana native brings her "Roadside Attractions" to Chicago for an intimate show.
buddy-guy-small FEATURES: So Many Roads,
Blues Poetry by George Kalamaras.

 This internationally-known, award-winning poet kicks off his series with  tributes to Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor and more music legends.
Tampa Red by Bellini FEATURES: We celebrate Black History Month 2011 with The Illustrated History of the Blues

 Artist Dan Bellini recalls Depression era blues men Tampa Red (photo), Roosevelt Sykes, Peetie Wheatstraw, Big Joe Williams and more.
liz-mandeville-sm FEATURES: Inside the Blues with
 Liz Mandeville.
  Blues musician Liz takes us behind the Chicago blues scene and beyond with her very personal column. Luther Allison, Zora Young, Mark Wydra, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro & more.
Kenny Smith FEATURES: Kenny Smith talks about Louisiana Stomp Swamp

 Chicago blues drummer Kenny Smith co-produced the talent-filled benefit CD, Louisiana Swamp Stomp, a collaboration between New Orleans and Chicago musicians. All those involved in the project donated their time and talent to this worthy cause.
Eric Bibb FEATURES: Interview with Eric Bibb

Troubador Eric Bibb's chance encounter with the "holy relic" of the blues inspires a tribute to Delta legend Booker White.
JC Brooks & Uptown Sound FEATURES: Interview with Uptown Sounds' frontman JC Brooks  
No matter what you call their soulful sound, this is one band guaranteed to get you dancing!
Pierre Lacocque FEATURES: interview with Mississippi Heat's Pierre Lacocque
A gentleman and a scholar with an extraordinary background, this bandleader/songwriter and harp player is not your typical blues artist. After four decades of playing the blues, Lacocque is living his dream with Mississippi Heat
FEATURES -- 2010
Shemekia CopelandFEATURES: Interview with Shemekia Copeland

Blues singer Shemekia Copeland, now a Chicagoan,  rings in the New Year with awards, acclaim and a career retrospective CD. And she’s only 31.  Shemekia carries the blues torch into the future, while remembering the past.
Tom HollandFEATURES: Interview with Tom Holland

 Guitarist/vocalist Holland is relatively young to have such an impressive blues resume. A member of James Cotton's touring band, Holland is now a part of the legend's critically acclaimed new CD, Giant.
Janiva MagnessFEATURES: Interview with Janiva Magness

Her life is a dream come true thanks to the blues, hard work, perseverance, positivity. She's second female artist in history to win a BMA for Entertainer of the Year. Koko Taylor was the first
Harper FEATURES: Interview with Harper

 Blind Pig recording artist from the land down under blends native sounds with soul grooves and blues harp to create his unique musical style. Harper raps about didgeridoo, blues, grooves, world music and more.
George Thorogood FEATURES: Interview with George Thorogood

 The Delaware Destroyer discusses his early days with Howlin' Wolf, Eddie Shaw and Hubert Sumlin and his stint in baseball.
Trombone Shorty FEATURES: Interview with Trombone Shorty

Shorty shines a light on New Orleans with his musical gumbo and a hit TV show
Guitar Shorty small FEATURES: Interview with Guitar Shorty

 There's no slowing down this triple threat guitarist, singer, songwriter and showman, who still feels like he's 19. At age 70, Shorty
 has released the best album of his storied career, so far.
Rockin' Johnny small FEATURES: The return of Rockin' Johnny.

 After a 7-year hiatus, the real deal blues guitar whiz makes a triumphant return, sounding better than ever with a new CD, and a new commitment to make every note count.
Jonny Lang small FEATURES: Interview with Jonny Lang

The former wunderkind, now 29, talks about playing Clapton's Crossroads Fest with Buddy Guy and Ron Wood and how Chicago blues influenced him.
Tail Dragger small photo FEATURES: Exclusive interview with Tail Dragger by Liz Mandeville. Part 1.

Schooled by Howlin' Wolf, Tail Dragger tells his life story starting on the farm and onto Chicago's roughest blues bars.

Our top picks on where to hear the blues in the city and suburbs before, during and after the Chicago Blues Festival, from June 7 - June 13.
J.B. Hutto from Slidewinder FEATURES: Dave Weld remembers J.B. Hutto

 One of Chicago's most influential slide guitarists and bandleaders, J.B. Hutto passed on his musical legacy and rough 'n' rowdy style to his nephew Lil' Ed and to his protege Dave Weld. The latter recalls adventures with his mentor and his huge influence.
Will Jacobs & Roberto AgrestoFEATURES: Jammin' The Blues, Chicago Style  
Come along to 3 cool jams: Club Blujazz, Hot Dog Jam & Morseland. Plus a total guide to Chicagoland blues jams.
Buckwheat ZydecoFEATURES: Mardi Gras in Chicagoland

Can't make it to New Orleans? Here's where to celebrate Fat Tuesday locally. Laissez les bon temps roulez!
Elvin Bishop & Smokey SmothersFEATURES: Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey Smothers are Chicago Blues Buddies 
 Bishop pays for benefit CD to help his friend and mentor
buddy-guy-small FEATURES: So Many Roads,
Blues Poetry by George Kalamaras.

 This internationally-known, award-winning poet kicks off his series with  tributes to Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor.
liz-mandeville-sm FEATURES: Inside the Blues with
 Liz Mandeville.
  Blues musician Liz takes us behind the Chicago blues scene and beyond with her very personal column. Luther Allison, Zora Young, Mark Wydra & more.
FEATURES -- 2009
Koko Taylor 2008FEATURES: Koko Taylor: The Royal Lady remembered.

Chicago Blues Guide staff pays tribute to The Queen of the Blues with fond  memories and photos. We remember the good times and her reign.
koko taylor 2009FEATURES: The Blues As Life's Mission: Koko Taylor, Queen of the Blues by David McGee

The undisputed Queen of the Blues is gone but her indelible spirit, influential music, and unique legacy will live on. David McGee hails her life, originality and achievements.
Jody WilliamsBeyond the Blues Festival 2009: Our top picks on where to hear the blues in the city and suburbs during and after the Chicago Blues Festival, from June 8 - June 16.
ronnie baker brooks mugs small FEATURES: Interview with Ronnie Baker Brooks. Blues Royalty: The Next Generation, Part 2.
The son of  Lonnie Brooks, this talented 42-year-old singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer is the torch bearer for the blues. Ronnie talks about his childhood, his dad, Eddy Clearwater, Legendary R&B Revue and Inaugural Day in D.C.
ronnie baker brooks FEATURES: Interview with Ronnie Baker Brooks. Blues Royalty: The Next Generation, Part 1.
The son of  Lonnie Brooks, this talented 42-year-old singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer looks back on a stellar year. Eddy Clearwater, Elvin Bishop and the Legendary R&B Revue are a few of the artists he's been working with.
c.j. chenier Mardi Gras in Chicagoland
 Can't make it to New Orleans? Here's where to find the beads, blues and gumbo in the city and suburbs.
cadillac-etta-beyonceFEATURES: Film Review.
Cadillac Records
is pure entertainment, but just don't confuse it with the facts of Chicago's Chess Records music history.
book-cover-corkyFEATURES: Book Review.
Let Your Music Soar: The Emotional Connection
by Corky Siegel & Peter Krammer is a fantastic teaching tool for musicians of all levels on the concept of music dynamics.
nick-moss-small FEATURES: Nick Moss -- singer, songwriter, guitarist, band leader, label head, producer, family man. No matter which hat he's wearing, Nick is a Chicago blues man to the bone.
FEATURES -- 2008

billy-branch-cropFEATURES: Interview with Billy Branch

Harp virtuoso passes the torch to the next generation with Blues in the Schools and recalls the Disneyland days of Chicago blues.




FEATURES: Interview with Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater

 His hot new CD on Alligator is "a dream come true."

johnny-b-mooreSPOTLIGHT ON:  Delmark Records' 55th Anniversary Party at  Buddy Guy's Legends

 Highlights from the legendary Chicago label's star-studded anniversary bash

lonnie-brooks-jennBeyond the Blues Festival: Our top choices on where to hear great blues outside of Grant Park

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