Roots Blues

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mississippi John Hurt

Hurt taught himself to play guitar, beginning around the age of 9.

Bluesman’s Estate Sues Eric Clapton Over Mistaken ‘Unplugged’ Credit

The suit alleges that Clapton incorrectly credited the fabled musician Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter as the writer of the song at issue, "Alberta" in the liner notes of the Unplugged album, released in 1992.

Delta Blues Museum to Receive $1.6 Million Upgrade

"These strategic investments help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives."

9th Annual Hambone Festival Energizes Clarksdale This Weekend

A highlight of this weekend's festivities will be Dublin, Mississippi native and master guitarist Jimmy Burns, playing at the Hambone Art Gallery...

Blues Pundit Ralph Speas Dead at 83

"Nothing has ever been boring in my life," he said, "and that’s a healthy thing."

Carlos Elliot Jr.’s ‘Del Otún & El Mississippi’ Is Serious Juke Joint Music

Enjoy hanging in the few juke joints that are left? Listeners should pick this up, and they'll be at the juke joint every time they put this on!

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Sonny Terry

Sonny Terry never thought about a music career. He did well in school, and liked farming. Wanted to grow up, continue his education and have his own farm. But by 18, two separate accidents left him completely blind. All that was left for him job-wise was music...

Odds Lane Spends a ‘Last Night on Cherokee’

"The music that we make, that's honest. That's us. Its what we do."

Big Blues Bender 2016 Was a Blast

This is now a “must go next year and bring my friends with me” event.

Looking Back at the 2016 King Biscuit Blues Festival

This year’s headliners included John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite, and slide masters Roy Rogers and Sonny Landreth together.
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