Living Blues #255 May/June 2018


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Chris Thomas King

A Badge of Honor

By Robert H. Cataliotti

Second generation Baton Rouge bluesman Chris Thomas King has been making records for more than 30 years and over that time his perception of the blues and where it came from has evolved and broadened. King discusses his early years with his father, Tabby Thomas, and his forthcoming book about the origins of the blues.

Robert Finley

Being Real

By Keerthi Chandrashekar

Louisiana soul singer and guitarist Robert Finley has leapt from obscurity to stardom in two short years. His raw, unabashed style endears him to lovers of old-school hard blues and soul.

Johnny Tucker

Everything Comes from My Soul

By Bill Kopp

Drummer and vocalist Johnny Tucker has been playing blues since 1965 when he joined Phillip Walker’s band, but he didn’t record a solo album until 2006. On the heels of his second solo release we talk with the colorful character about his years in the scene.

What Are We Going to Do With All This?

Tracing Blues Origins in the Black Press

By Robert H. Cataliotti

We sit down and talk with author Lynn Abbott about the completion of his groundbreaking trilogy of books with collaborator Doug Seroff that trace the evolution of African American popular music from 1888 to 1926.

65 Years of the Blues

Bob Koester and Delmark Records

By Scott Barretta

After 65 years at the company’s helm, Bob Koester recently sold Delmark Records. We look back at his remarkable life in the blues.

Record Reviews

  • New Releases by: Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Robert Lee Coleman
  • Reissues by: Down Home Blues: Chicago, Little Freddie King and Z.Z. Hill


Blues News

Artist to Artist with Alexis P Suter

Breaking Out with Jamell Richardson

DVD Reviews

Book Reviews


2018 Living Blues Awards Ballot

Radio Charts

Cover photo Courtesy Chris Thomas King



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