Living Blues #259 January/February 2019


Linsey Alexander

The “Hoochie Man” Hangin’ With the Cats 

By Justin O’Brien

Former Chicago police officer Linsey Alexander has played the blues his entire life. Now retired, he is rising toward the top ranks of Chicago blues players.

Cash McCall

God Gives You Ideas 

By David Whiteis

Cash McCall spent much of his career out of the limelight as a session man (at Chess Records), a sideman and a songwriter. But listen to his forays as a frontman and you’ll know why his new blues record is cause for celebration.

Soul Man Sam Evans

I Just Do What I Do 

By Scott M. Bock

Austin-based, Memphis-born soul singer Sam Evans is making his mark on the scene. A late bloomer, Evans didn’t start singing until he was 49 but since settling in Texas he has found his niche.

Booker “Blues” Brown

“Who’s He?”

By Mike Haralambos

Most blues fans outside of Memphis and the heart of the chitlin’ circuit haven’t heard of Booker “Blues” Brown. Our article introduces the long overlooked singer.

John Dolphin

Charting the Blues

By Lamont Jack Pearley

John Dolphin was a music industry pioneer, innovator and entrepreneur. His Dolphin’s of Hollywood record store was open 24 hours a day, had its own radio show and a popular DJ—it even boasted a recording studio in the back where Dolphin cut and pressed his own hits.

Record Reviews

  • New Releases: Bloodest Saxophone, Chicago Plays the Stones and Sugaray Rayford
  • Reissues: Wiener World Records, Old Hat Records and Dr. John



Blues News

Artist to Artist with Daryl Davis

Breaking Out with Rick Franklin

Book Reviews


Living Blues Radio Charts Top 50 Releases for 2018

Radio Charts

Cover photo by Peter Hurley (Linsey Alexander performing at Kingston Mines, Chicago, December 12, 2018.)





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