The “Hoochie Man” Hangin’ With the Cats
By Justin O’Brien
Former Chicago police officer Linsey Alexander has played the blues his entire life. Now retired, he is rising toward the top ranks of Chicago blues players.
God Gives You Ideas
By David Whiteis
Cash McCall spent much of his career out of the limelight as a session man (at Chess Records), a sideman and a songwriter. But listen to his forays as a frontman and you’ll know why his new blues record is cause for celebration.
Soul Man Sam Evans
I Just Do What I Do
By Scott M. Bock
Austin-based, Memphis-born soul singer Sam Evans is making his mark on the scene. A late bloomer, Evans didn’t start singing until he was 49 but since settling in Texas he has found his niche.
Booker “Blues” Brown
By Mike Haralambos
Most blues fans outside of Memphis and the heart of the chitlin’ circuit haven’t heard of Booker “Blues” Brown. Our article introduces the long overlooked singer.
Charting the Blues
By Lamont Jack Pearley
John Dolphin was a music industry pioneer, innovator and entrepreneur. His Dolphin’s of Hollywood record store was open 24 hours a day, had its own radio show and a popular DJ—it even boasted a recording studio in the back where Dolphin cut and pressed his own hits.
- New Releases: Bloodest Saxophone, Chicago Plays the Stones and Sugaray Rayford
- Reissues: Wiener World Records, Old Hat Records and Dr. John
Artist to Artist with Daryl Davis
Breaking Out with Rick Franklin
Living Blues Radio Charts Top 50 Releases for 2018
Cover photo by Peter Hurley (Linsey Alexander performing at Kingston Mines, Chicago, December 12, 2018.)
Inside Living Blues
- Bloodest Saxophone, Texas Queens 5, Dialtone/VizzTone
- John Mayall, Nobody Told Me, Forty Below
- Benny Turner and Cash McCall, Going Back Home, Nola Blue
- Watermelon Slim, Church of the Blues, NorthernBlues
- Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Killin’ It Live, Alligator
- Big Joe and the Dynaflows,