LB #242 April/May 2016
The King of Beale Street
By David Whiteis
Memphis bluesman Preston Shannon has performed on the famed Beale Street for decades. A string of recordings and national tours brought him a wider audience, but he still holds court most weeks on Beale.
If Speed Was Just a Thought
By Justin O’Brien
Chicago harp player Harmonica Hinds took the unlikely path from Trinidad to Canada to Chicago, but with the help of James Cotton and an apartment around the block from Theresa’s, he gained recognition on the Chicago scene. The complex, often esoteric bluesman tells us his story.
The Millennium Diva of the Blues
By Scott M. Bock
Daughter of Memphis bluesman Dr. Feelgood Potts, Sheba Potts-Wright has made her own mark on the southern soul scene. Mentored by Quinn Golden and Denise LaSalle, Potts-Wright has developed a distinctive style and a first-class live show.
Don’t Hold Back Anymore
By Michael Streissguth
Washington D.C.–based bluesman Clarence Turner survived the mean streets of his hometown to become a powerful guitar player and songwriter.
A Young Man and the Blues:
The Photos of Cary Baker
When the father of teenager Cary Baker gave his son a hand-me-down camera, the young man took to shooting images of what fascinated him—the local music scene. With camera in tow, Baker recorded his surroundings as he explored the blues of Chicago in the early 1970s.
New Releases by: Toronzo Cannon, Johnny Rawls, Mac Arnold and Albert Collins
Reissues by: B.B. King and Magic Sam
Breaking Out: Jontavious Willis
In the Groove
2016 Living Blues Festival Guide
Cover photo by Marco van Rooijen