Living Blues #252 November/December 2017



Lee Fields

Soul Is of the Spirit and the Spirit Is of God

By David Whiteis
Soul singer Lee Fields has amassed a huge following in the last decade with a string of solid records with his band, the Expressions, but Fields’ career dates back to the 1960s. We explore the many facets of this popular soul man.

Carl Sims

Soul Power

By Scott M. Bock
Southern soul survivor Carl Sims is now one of the top draws in the market. We sit down with Sims on the heels of his lifetime achievement award from the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation and reminisce about his long career.

Don Bryant

This Is All I Know

By Bill Kopp
Perhaps best known as the author of I Can’t Stand the Rain for Ann Peebles, Memphis singer-songwriter Don Bryant is riding high on a late-in-life resurgent career that finds him releasing his first soul record in 48 years and touring around the globe.

Big G

Keepin’ It Real . . . Richmond Style

By Noah Schaffer
Virginia-based southern soul artist Big G has been making a name for himself over the past 20 years as a powerful songwriter and singer. With a string of regional hits Big G is poised to make his move nationwide.

Revisiting the Worlds of Charley Patton

By Jim O’Neal
In another of our Paramount Records Centennial Celebration series of articles, blues scholar Jim O’Neal traces his research on Patton’s real birthdate and his journey to uncover the meaning behind Patton’s 1929 recording Tom Rushen Blues.

Record Reviews

  • New Releases by: Chris Thomas King, Wee Willie Walker and James Armstrong
  • Reissues by: John Lee Hooker, Lucky Peterson and Lazy Lester
Blues News
Catching Up with Lonnie Shields
Living Blues Talks to John Nemeth
Book Reviews
Radio Charts

Cover photo by Michael Jackson (Lee Fields at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, January 17, 2009.)


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