By Melanie Young
Bass player Benny Turner has spent a lifetime holding down the bottom end of the blues. The brother of guitarist Freddie King, Turner has played behind some of blues’ greats and has recently stepped up to the mic as a front man leading his own band.
Coming to the Blues
By Barry Lee Pearson
It is hard to believe Missouri native Marquise Knox is still just 26 after being on the scene for a over a decade now. Since making his debut, the guitarist has been schooling with his elders and crafting a sound of his own.
60 Years in the Making
By Tim Ghianni
Nashville soul singer Charles “Wigg” Walker was part of the often-unheralded blues and soul scene that thrived in the Music City in the 1960s and ’70s. One of the few remaining survivors of that classic era, Walker still performs every week.
I Want to Be Over the Top First
By Scott M. Bock
Hailing from the Ozark Mountains, Clarence Brewer isn’t your typical bluesman. Having spent much of his life as a visual artist, Brewer brings a unique perspective to his songwriting.
’Cross the Road
Robert Johnson and the Crossroads
By Adam Gussow
An excerpt from the new book Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition.
- New Releases by: Johnny Rawls, Rick Estrin and Little Willie Farmer
- Reissues by: Arthur Alexander, Esther Phillips and Guitar Slim
Breaking Out with Akeem Kemp
Cover photo by Joseph A. Rosen
Inside Living Blues
- Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Stompin’ Ground, Alligator
- Kim Wilson, Boogie And Blues Vol. 1, Severn
- Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Groovin’ In Greaseland, Alligator
- Albert Castiglia, Up All Night, Ruf
- Wee Willie Walker & Anthony Paul Soul Orch., After A While, Blue Dot
- James Armstrong,