Living Blues #243 May/June 2016


Barbara Lynn

A Good Thing

By Lee Hildebrand

Beaumont, Texas, native Barbara Lynn struck gold in 1962 with her chart-topping hit You’ll Lose a Good Thing. The southpaw guitarist and vocalist hit the charts 13 more times over the next decade and has continued to bring her music to fans around the world.

Toni Lynn Washington

Music Is My Passion

By Margo Cooper

Eighty-year-old Toni Lynn Washington is the queen of the Boston blues scene. With sixty years in the music business, Washington is enjoying that role and her brand new CD.

Brushy One String

When I Wake All That’s in Me Is Music

By Scott M. Bock

It is hard to categorize the music of Brushy One String—part blues, part reggae, part soul and all deep roots. Nearly every blues guitarist has a story about playing a one string—Brushy just still plays his.

A Look Inside Blues Heaven

By Rob Bowman – Photos by Eric Fefferman

Willie Dixon’s vision of a place to teach the blues to kids, provide business advice for musicians and help artists down on their luck eventually came to life in Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation in Chicago. We take a look inside.

Pick a Card

The Business of the Blues

A business card can tell you a lot about a person. We look at a fascinating collection from the world of blues.

Record Reviews

  • New Releases by: William Bell, Keb’ Mo’ and Janiva Magness
  • Reissues by: B.B. King and The Blind Boys of Alabama


Blues News

Breaking Out: B.B. King’s Blues Band

Living Blues Talks to Sugar Blue

Radio Charts

Cover photo by Gene Tomko • Contents photo by James Fraher



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