Living Blues #263 September/October 2019


Earl “Little Joe” Ayers

Blues Come Deeply from My Heart 

By Margo Cooper

Little Joe Ayers carries on the legacy of North Mississippi Hill Country music. An elder in the scene now, Ayers played with R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough back in the days before Fat Possum recorded them, and he continues to make his own music today. 

Andrew “Shine” Turner

The Blues Is My Roots 

By Margo Cooper

Clarksdale, Mississippi, native Andrew “Shine” Turner is one of the links between Delta blues past and Delta blues future. Turner schooled with Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, Sam Carr, and CV Veal, and today he carries on their legacy as a member of the Stone Gas Band.

The Delta Blues Museum

40 Years of Showcasing the Blues 

By Bill Kopp

Having humble beginnings as a small exhibit in the local library, the Delta Blues Museum is now a world-class museum with nearly 5,000 square feet of gallery space. We celebrate the museum’s 40th anniversary.

The Death and Life of Arnold Dwight “Gatemouth” Moore 

By Burgin Mathews

On Easter weekend in 1952 in Birmingham, Alabama, Gatemouth Moore staged his own death and resurrection in one of the great showbiz acts in a long career of great acts. The bluesman turned preacher was a master showman who was never at a loss for words or ideas.

Let It Roll

Otis Rush at Cobra Records

By Jas Obrecht

In the late 1950s Eli Toscano recorded some of the genre’s most electrifying blues sides. For many, the pinnacle of these recordings was the last session he did with Otis Rush in early 1959. 

Record Reviews

  • New Releases: Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969, Toronzo Cannon, and the Stone Gas Band
  • Reissues: Cadillac Baby’s Bea & Baby Records, Doctor Ross, and John Lee Hooker.



Blues News 

Artist to Artist with Keith Little

LB Talks to Guitar Shorty


Radio Charts

Cover photo by Margo Cooper

Little Joe Ayers at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas, October 5, 2019.



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