Living Blues #251 September/October 2017


Benny Turner

Blues Survivor

By Melanie Young

Bass player Benny Turner has spent a lifetime holding down the bottom end of the blues. The brother of guitarist Freddie King, Turner has played behind some of blues’ greats and has recently stepped up to the mic as a front man leading his own band.

Marquise Knox

Coming to the Blues

By Barry Lee Pearson

It is hard to believe Missouri native Marquise Knox is still just 26 after being on the scene for a over a decade now. Since making his debut, the guitarist has been schooling with his elders and crafting a sound of his own.

Wigg Walker

60 Years in the Making

By Tim Ghianni

Nashville soul singer Charles “Wigg” Walker was part of the often-unheralded blues and soul scene that thrived in the Music City in the 1960s and ’70s. One of the few remaining survivors of that classic era, Walker still performs every week.

Clarence Brewer

I Want to Be Over the Top First

By Scott M. Bock

Hailing from the Ozark Mountains, Clarence Brewer isn’t your typical bluesman. Having spent much of his life as a visual artist, Brewer brings a unique perspective to his songwriting.

’Cross the Road

Robert Johnson and the Crossroads

By Adam Gussow

An excerpt from the new book Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition.

Record Reviews

  • New Releases by: Johnny Rawls, Rick Estrin and Little Willie Farmer
  • Reissues by: Arthur Alexander, Esther Phillips and Guitar Slim

Blues News
Breaking Out with Akeem Kemp
Book Reviews
Radio Charts

Cover photo by Joseph A. Rosen




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