Living Blues #264 November/December 2019


The Low Down on the Low End 

LB takes a look the role of the bass in the blues in our first-ever bass player issue. Often overlooked in coverage of the genre, the bass has held down the bottom end of the music since the earliest days. In this issue we take a look at eight of the best bassists on the scene today.


by Brett J. Bonner

Jerry Jemmott

by Bill Kopp

Pookie Young

by David Whiteis

Larry Fulcher

by Roger Wood

Nellie Mack

by Scott Barretta

E.G. McDaniel

by Justin O’Brien

Tanya Richardson

by Roger Wood

Joe Pratt

by David Whiteis

Chuck Bush

by Gene Tomko

Let It Roll 

Big Three Trio

By Jas Obrecht

On December 30, 1947, the Big Three Trio, Leonard “Baby Doo” Caston, Ollie Crawford, and one of the most influential figures in postwar blues, bassist Willie Dixon, recorded eight of their most popular sides. 

Record Reviews

  • New Releases: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Crystal Thomas and Filmore Slim
  • Reissues: Down Home Blues—Chicago Volume 2: Sweet Home Chicago, the Big Three Trio, and Protobilly: The Minstrel and Tin Pan Alley DNA of Country Music



Blues News 

Artist to Artist with Melvin Smith

Book Reviews


Radio Charts 

Cover photo by Bill Steber
Harvell Thomas at the Deep Blues Festival, Clarksdale, Mississippi, October 18, 2019.



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