Living Blues #282 January/February 2023
Jimi “Primetime” Smith
From Big Boss Man to His Own Man
By Justin O’Brien
His first gig at age 14 was backing his mother, Chicago drummer Johnnie Mae Dunson’s friend Jimmy Reed at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival. Smith’s journey in the blues has certainly been atypical. Now, at age 63, he has absorbed all of the masters of his past and is his own blues man.
One Day I Decided that I Liked the Blues
By Mike Stephenson and Jim Feeney
Wisconsin-based guitarist Stephen Hull is another of the rising young blues players looking into the deep past of the blues while striking out on his own forward-looking path.
Forging a Blues Road:
Remembering Samuel B. Charters
By Larry Hoffman
Writer, photographer, musicologist, historian, and producer Samuel Charters’ career was instrumental to our understanding of blues, jazz, and world music. We take a deep look at Charters’ remarkably broad career and influence.
Let It Roll
Mance Lipscomb, Arhoolie Records, Navasota, Texas, June 30, 1960
By Jas Obrecht
Chris Strachwitz’s field recordings of Mance Lipscomb were the impetus for launching the classic Arhoolie Records. Lipscomb’s music predated the blues. Born is 1895 he was a classic songster who could play anything.
- New Releases: Buddy Guy, Mud Morganfield, and Johnny Rawls
- Reissues: Elmore James, Mance Lipscomb, and Jimmy McCracklin
Breaking Out: Gervis Myles
LB Talks To Breezy Rodio
Cover photo by Marilyn Stringer: Jimi “Primetime” Smith, Phoenix, Arizona, November 29, 2022.