Living Blues #272 May/June 2021
I Need to Walk My Own Path
By David Whiteis
Blues powerhouse Shemekia Copeland has grown up before our eyes. Now a fully realized artist, we catch up with Copeland 20 years after her first LB cover story.
From Urban R&B to Southern Soul Blues
By Christopher Klug
Atlanta-based Jesse Redmond, who goes by the name of J. Red, is a rising southern soul blues star and a powerful player in the regional music scene.
It Just Comes Out of Me
By Scott M. Bock
Vocalist and songwriter Kemp Harris attacks every performance with a theatrical flair. A mainstay in the Boston-area blues scene, Kemp talks of life in the North for a southern transplant.
Robert “Lefty Preacher” Sampson
Don’t Limit Yourself
By Mike Stephenson
Forty-one-year-old Robert “Lefty Preacher” Sampson has spent his life crafting a career in music. A four-time finalist at the International Blues Challenge, Sampson’s dreams may be close to reality.
Let It Roll
Elmore James, Trumpet Records, Jackson, Mississippi, August 5, 1951
By Jas Obrecht
Elmore James recorded just one song at his August 5, 1951, session for Jackson, Mississippi–based Trumpet Records, but that song cemented his place in blues history.
- New Releases: Little Freddie King, Guy Davis, and Maria Muldaur
- Reissues: Down Home Blues: Miami, Atlanta & the South Eastern States, Hip Lankchan, and Mickey Baker
2021 Living Blues Festival Guide
Cover photo by Mike White
Caption: Shemekia Copeland, 2021.