Outrage Channeled in Verse
By Frank Matheis
There have been songs of protest throughout the history of the blues. We trace a sampling of the voices of dissent over the decades.
It’s My Job . . . It’s What I Was Given to Do
By Melanie Young
A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens has branched out on a soaring solo career that finds her taking on challenging subjects from America’s past and present.
We Can Turn It Around
By Bill Kopp
Winner of the 2017 GRAMMY for best contemporary blues album, Fantastic Negrito has roared onto the scene with a voice and attack that takes on a wide range of nationally relevant issues.
The Heart Is a Muscle Used to Sing the Blues
By Frank Matheis
Colorado native Otis Taylor has been challenging the power structure in America since the 1970s and his focus has only steadied as he has aged.
Reverend Sekou and
the Power of Song
By Warren Hines
Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou hails from the Arkansas Delta, but his message of peaceful protest is international. A musician who is also a human rights activist, Sekou practices what he sings.
- New Releases: Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy and Fantastic Negrito
- Reissues: Battleground Korea, Professor Longhair, Willie Dixon
Breaking Out with Reggie Garret
2018 Living Blues Awards Winners
Cover photo by Bill Steber
Rhiannon Giddens at the Woolworth’s lunch counter at 221 5th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, June 2018.Read More
Inside Living Blues
- Buddy Guy, The Blues Is Alive And Well, Silvertone/RCA
- Shemekia Copeland, America’s Child, Alligator
- Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here, Alligator
- Anthony Geraci, Why Did You Have To Go, Shining Stone
- Boz Scaggs, Out Of The Blues,