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L to R: Garry Burnside, Cody, Trenton Ayers, Chuck Duncan, and Cedric Burnside (Photo courtesy Amanda Gresham)

Cody Burnside Passes Away

Cody Burnside, the musician and grandson of the legendary Hill Country Bluesman R.L. Burnside, has passed away.

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Bill Withers

Bill Withers wrote and performed some of the best-loved, most covered songs of all time. But he didn’t even pick up an instrument till he was in his late twenties...

National Blues Museum Opens on a High Note in St. Louis

Washington Ave. in Saint Louis was filled with people and the air was electric for the National Blues Museum's opening. News crews reported, cameras flashed. The mayor and Saint Louis dignitaries were there. So were blues legends Bobby Rush and Shemekia Copeland! Find everything you need to know about the National Blues Museum and how to plan a musical vacation to Saint Louis.

Devon Allman's "Ragged & Dirty": The Next Rung on the Ladder

Front to back this is as good an album as you'll find. It is a sure contender for album of the year and one look at the top of the blues charts right now...
Banjo Collection

The Language of the Blues: BANJO

From it's African origins to Minstrel shows and finally Bluegrass, the Banjo is one of the oldest instruments in American roots music. Discover it's history here.

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band Are "Live In Hamilton"

Live In Hamilton, distributed by Indie Pool, is living example of what a first-rate live album can be.

Catfish & Cotton; Third Report from the Road

This is the third update from Marc & Luc Borms, Belgian brothers who are currently in a search for the blues in the Mississippi Delta for their forthcoming book, Catfish & Cotton.

Memphis Horns, Famous Soul Sidemen, Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement

The Memphis Horns, Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love, have received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. The duo's vast collection of musical accomplishments are almost unmatched.
Skip Pitts

Soul Music Pioneer Charles "Skip" Pitts, of "Shaft" fame Dies

Charles "Skip" Pitts, the wah-master soul and blues guitarist from Memphis and best known for his work on Isaac Hayes' track, "Shaft" and the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing", has passed away.
Richard Hacksaw Harney FEATURED

Mississippi grave marker unveiling — Richard “Hacksaw” Harney

Through a charitable donation, Richard “Hacksaw” Harney, superlative ragtime and blues guitarist and pianist of the Golden Era, will receive posthumous recognition of his great talent with the unveiling of a headstone
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