Living Blues #287 November/December 2023
Ain’t Playing Around
By Roger Wood
Houston singer Diunna Greenleaf grew up immersed in gospel music. Encouraged by the likes of Katie Webster and Teddy Reynolds, she began to sing the blues. Now, with more that 25 years in the blues, Greenleaf has become one of its strongest voices.
Music Is the Closest Thing to My Salvation
By Mike Stephenson
Danva Johnson is the son of James “Super Chikan” Johnson and grew up in the middle of the Clarksdale, Mississippi, blues scene. After years of struggling down South, he has moved north to make a name for himself in the blues.
Extending Her Heritage
By Jim Trageser
Taj Mahal gave Pat Wilder her first real guitar back in 1997 and over the past 20 years she has become one of the Bay Area’s best blues players.
Lost Blues Files
Left Hand Charlie: The Last Great Excello & Goldband Mystery Man
By Gene Tomko
After a ten-plus year quest, writer Gene Tomko has solved the mystery of Left Hand Charlie. Charlie recorded some scorching sides for Excello and Goldband back in the mid-1950s and then disappeared. But now we finally know the story of the elusive guitarist.
Let It Roll!
Bukka White: Vocalion/OKeh Records, Chicago, March 7–8, 1940
By Jas Obrecht
Bukka White was one of the most powerful of all blues singers and one of its most creative songwriters. Just weeks after being released from Mississippi’s Parchman prison, White went to Chicago and recorded what was one of the last great pre-war country blues sessions.
- New Releases: Chris Thomas King, Johnny Rawls, and the Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band
- Reissues: Howlin’ Wolf, Ike & Tina Turner, and Sugar Boy Crawford
- Christmas Reviews
Catching Up: Ike Cosse
LB Talks to Tom Hambridge
Cover photo by Roger Stephenson
Diunna Greenleaf at the Blues Music Awards, Memphis, May 2023.