Living Blues #282 January/February 2023


Jimi “Primetime” Smith

From Big Boss Man to His Own Man

By Justin O’Brien

His first gig at age 14 was backing his mother, Chicago drummer Johnnie Mae Dunson’s friend Jimmy Reed at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. Smith’s journey in the blues has certainly been atypical. Now, at age 63, he has absorbed all of the masters of his past and is his own blues man.

Stephen Hull 

One Day I Decided that I Liked the Blues

By Mike Stephenson and Jim Feeney

Wisconsin-based guitarist Stephen Hull is another of the rising young blues players looking into the deep past of the blues while striking out on his own forward-looking path.

Forging a Blues Road:

Remembering Samuel B. Charters

By Larry Hoffman

Writer, photographer, musicologist, historian, and producer Samuel Charters’ career was instrumental to our understanding of blues, jazz, and world music. We take a deep look at Charters’ remarkably broad career and influence. 

Let It Roll

Mance Lipscomb, Arhoolie Records, Navasota, Texas, June 30, 1960

By Jas Obrecht

Chris Strachwitz’s field recordings of Mance Lipscomb were the impetus for launching the classic Arhoolie Records. Lipscomb’s music predated the blues. Born is 1895 he was a classic songster who could play anything.

Record Reviews

  • New Releases: Buddy Guy, Mud Morganfield, and Johnny Rawls 
  • Reissues: Elmore James, Mance Lipscomb, and Jimmy McCracklin 


Blues News 

Breaking Out: Gervis Myles  

LB Talks To Breezy Rodio  

Book Reviews  

Radio Charts 

Cover photo by Marilyn Stringer: Jimi “Primetime” Smith, Phoenix, Arizona, November 29, 2022.

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