Living Blues #250 July/August 2017


The Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival at 30

by Jim O’Neal

Clarksdale, Mississippi’s oldest blues festival turns 30 this year. We trace the history of this event, one of the most important blues festivals in the nation, by looking at the local community and local artists who came together to make it happen.

Clarksdale’s Next Generation of Blues

By Jacqui Sahagian

Blues programs offered to children in and around Clarksdale over the past few decades are paying off as a new generation of artists flowers in the vibrant local scene.

  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
    • By Warren Hines
  • Anthony “Big A” Sherrod
    • By Margo Cooper
  • Lee Williams
    • By Jacqui Sahagian


The Wonder Light City

Robert “Bilbo” Walker’s New Club

By Margo Cooper

Big Red’s Place

By Jim O’Neal

Clarksdale Moan

The Evolution of the Blues in Coahoma County

By Jim O’Neal

The blues didn’t just appear in Clarksdale, it grew out of the environment and the generations of people in Coahoma County. In this, the first part of a series of stories on Clarksdale, we will explore the evolution of the blues in the county.

Visit Clarksdale

Places to See, Places to Eat and Places to Stay

By Jacqui Sahagian

Paramount Blues: Joe Reynolds

By Alex van der Tuuk

We continue our ongoing celebration of Paramount Record’s Centennial with new information on artist “Blind” Joe Reynolds.

Record Reviews

  • New Releases by: Don Bryant, Linsey Alexander and Chuck Berry
  • Reissues by: Guitar Slim Jr., Roy Roberts and Albert King

Blues News
Book Reviews
Radio Charts
2017 Living Blues Awards Winners



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