Living Blues #261 May/June 2019


Lucky Peterson

Still Paving the Way 

By Roger Wood

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Lucky Peterson recorded his first album 50 years ago. Still only in his mid-50s, Peterson is at the peak of his prowess in the blues world. 

Wayne “Blue” Burns

I’m Playing What I Came Up With 

By Gene Tomko

Louisiana native Wayne “Blue” Burns spent most of his career as one of the preeminent bass players in the zydeco scene and did long stints with Clifton Chenier, Fernest Arceneaux, and C.J. Chenier. But these days Burns has stepped out front and is making his own music, this time playing guitar.

Larry Griffith

Telling His Own Story 

By Christopher Klug

As a teenager in Cincinnati, Ohio, Larry Griffith worked as a practice session drummer for the local King, Fraternity, QCA, and Jewel record labels. Moving to the Atlanta area in the 1990s, Griffith followed his musical path as a drummer, as well as a guitarist and songwriter.

The Stone Gas Band

A Tribute to Johnnie Billington and Arthneice “Gas Man” Jones 

By Margo Cooper

The Stone Gas Band was a legendary blues band in the Mississippi Delta in the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. After over 20 years apart, the group has reformed and has recorded their first CD as a tribute to founder Arthneice “Gas Man” Jones.

Let It Roll

Son House, Willie Brown, Fiddlin’ Joe Martin, and Leroy Williams 

By Jas Obrecht

On September 3, 1941, Alan Lomax set up his Presto Model Y portable recorder in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi, and proceeded to record some of the most quintessential field recordings in blues history. 

Record Reviews

New Releases: Jontavious Willis, Grady Champion, and Keb’ Mo’ 

Reissues: Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Staple Singers, and J.B. Hutto 


Blues News 

Artist to Artist with Jimmy Burns

Catching Up with The Lee Boys 

LB Talks to Kingfish

Book Reviews 


Radio Charts 

Cover photo by Florian Duboé; Lucky Peterson, May 2019.



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