Saint Louis blues

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.

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Lonnie Johnson

Growin’ up in New Orleans, Lonnie Johnson learned to play music alongside his brothers and sisters. His dad, a violin player, brought up the family to play together. But after he lost all his kin to the Spanish Flu, Lonnie was on his own...

BREAKING: Here are Your 2016 International Blues Challenge Winners!

Here are your 2016 International Blues Challenge Winners!

C.C. Rider the Venerator: Bessie Smith

A mean temper, with a mouth like a sailor, a penchant for whiskey, and a taste for both men and women, Bessie Smith lived a life that would drop the jaws of even the baddest rock star...

Jack White Makes Large Donation to National Blues Museum

Music champion Jack White has made a six-figure donation to the National Blues Museum in St. Louis...

C.C. Rider the Venerator – Classic 1920s Blues Women

Until August 10, 1920, record companies didn’t even try to sell music to—or by—black people. But on that day Mamie Smith, a 37-year-old medicine show singer from Cincinnati, barreled into a New York studio.

The 36th Blues Music Award Nominees Announced

The Blues Music Awards nominations have been announced. With six nominations each, Elvin Bishop, John Németh and Sugar Ray Norcia are leading the pack. Janiva Magness, who appears on the cover of the current issue of American...

St. Louis Blues Society's "Road to Memphis" Challenge, October 19

The coming of fall means one thing for blues fans and bands across the planet: local International Blues Challenge competitions.

This Week in Blues Past: Freddie King, R.L Burnside, Club Ebony and more!

This Week in Blues Past has some big landmarks, with the loss of a Hill Country icon, the opening of a distinctly American hall of fame, the birth of a Texas blues giant a big bootleg recording, and much more!

This Week in the Blues History: Jr. Kimbrough, Buddy Guy, Atlantic Records, Leadbelly, More

A statue for a bluesman, Another's release from one of Louisiana's most notorious prisons, the birth of blues pioneers and icons, and the final appearance of a wildly influential blueswoman...
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