Living Blues #266 March/April 2020


2020 Living Blues Festival Guide!

Catching Up with 50 years of Living Blues

For our 50th anniversary we are revisiting 21 of our past cover artists and seeing where life and the blues have led them since we last spoke.

  • Bobby Rush – By Mark Coltrain
  • Irma Thomas – By Robert H. Cataliotti
  • Jimmy Johnson – By David Whiteis
  • Robert Cray – By Roger Wood
  • Lil’ Ed Williams – By Alex McCarthy
  • Shemekia Copeland – By David Whiteis
  • Johnny Rawls – By Mark Coltrain
  • Walter “Wolfman” Washington – By Robert H. Cataliotti
  • Lurrie Bell – By Justin O’Brien
  • Robert Randolph – By Alex McCarthy
  • Thornetta Davis – By David Whiteis
  • Larry Garner – By Gene Tomko
  • The Campbell Brothers – By Alex McCarthy
  • Jimmy Burns – By Justin O’Brien
  • Bettye LaVette – By Robert H. Cataliotti
  • John Primer – By Robert H. Cataliotti
  • Corey Harris – By Roger Wood
  • Roy Roberts – By Mark Coltrain
  • Carol Fran – By Gene Tomko
  • Willie Cobbs – By Keerthi Chandrashekar
  • Michael Hill – By Alex McCarthy

Living Blues

In the Beginning . . .

By Jim O’Neal

The story of the early years of Living Blues as told by co-founding editor Jim O’Neal.

Let It Roll

Barbecue Bob, Columbia Records, Atlanta, April 13, 1928

By Jas Obrecht

On April 13, 1928, in Atlanta, Tidwell Barbecue’s pit chef Robert Hicks, a.k.a. Barbecue Bob, went into the studio for the first time that year to record a series of songs that helped define the sound of Atlanta blues. 

Thirty of the Very Best Blues Albums of the 2010s and Thirty You May Have Missed

By Jim DeKoster

People, Places, and Things

By Jim DeKoster

A list of 50 blues songs dealing with particular people, places, and things, both real and mythical.

Fifty Fabulous Sessions

The Pre-war Era

By Jas Obrecht

Record Reviews:

  • New Releases:  Dom Flemons, John Primer and Bob Corritore, and Frank Bey 
  • Reissues: Mel Brown, Fats Domino, and Gus Jenkins 


Blues News 

Artist to Artist with Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield 

Breaking Out with King Solomon Hicks 

Book Reviews 


Radio Charts 

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