Living Blues #247 January/February 2017


Cedric Burnside

I’m Gonna Carry This Music as Long as I’m on This Earth

By Margo Cooper

Cedric Burnside, the grandson of R.L. Burnside, creates music that is steeped in the sounds of the Mississippi Hill Country. Cedric has picked up the mantle of the family tradition and is proudly carrying on the unique sounds his family has created for generations.

Sharon Lewis

Some Things Need to Be Said

By David Whiteis

Chicago vocalist Sharon Lewis is finally coming into her own as one of the premier blues singers in the Windy City. On the heels of her latest release on Delmark Records, Lewis is poised to make this her break out year.

Keith Dunn

Either You Can Throw Down or Get Off the Stage

By Scott M. Bock

Boston-born, Rotterdam, Holland–based harp player Keith Dunn may not be a familiar name to blues fans in the United States after 30 years in Europe, but that doesn’t mean his music is any less powerful.

Paramount Records

A Centennial Celebration

By Jim O’Neal, Alex van der Tuuk and Guido van Rijn

Paramount Records, the most iconic pre–World War II label among collectors, was founded in 1917. This is the first of a series of articles Living Blues will publish in honor of the 100th anniversary.

Record Reviews

  • New Releases by: Trudy Lynn, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Valerie June
  • Reissues by: Washington Phillips, Chuck Willis and Lead Belly


Blues News

Breaking Out: E.J. Mathews

Living Blues Talks to Mississippi Heat

In the Groove

Book Reviews


Living Blues Radio Chart’s Top 50 Blues Albums for 2016

Radio Charts

Cover photo by Margo Cooper

Cedric Burnside at the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, Greenville, Mississippi, 2016.



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