LB #245 October/November 2016
The Griot of the Blues
By Wayne Goins
It has been 16 years since Taj Mahal was on the cover of LB and he hasn’t slowed down for one minute. A man of constant exploration, Taj’s musical scope is expansive and inclusive. At the height of his powers, this griot of the blues lives inside the tale, but thankfully, he is happy to share it with us all.
A Step Back in Time
By Maureen Jung
Florida bluesman Willie Green may not be a household name, but this 80-something year old is the real deal. Green has lived the blues and plays them with a conviction and sureness that only comes from years of experience.
The Brakeman and the Wolf
By Mark Hoffman
Howlin’ Wolf biographer Mark Hoffman follows the trail of new evidence about the connection between the Singing Brakeman Jimmie Rodgers and Howlin’ Wolf.
Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge
By Martin Hawkins
An excerpt from Louisiana writer Martin Hawkins’ new biography of Slim Harpo.
New Releases by: Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Michael Burks and JJ Thames
Reissues by: Floyd Dixon, Frankie Lee Sims and Champion Jack Dupree
Breaking Out: Marcus Cartwright
Lost Blues Files: Shelton Dunaway
Living Blues Talks to Barrelhouse Chuck
Cover photo by Jack Vartoogian
Taj Mahal performing at the Putumayo World Music 15th anniversary concert, Central Park SummerStage, New York, July 27, 2008.