VARIOUS ARTISTS: Peabody Blues, St. Charles Blues & Jackson Stomp

        Various Artists Peabody Blues St. Charles Blues Jackson Stomp Nehi Records 1, 2 & 3   Though there are plenty of crossovers and cross polinizations on these three vintage collections, two have local focuses. Peabody Blues offers 26 tracks by ten acts recorded Sept. 22-25, … → read more

JOHNNY WINTER: The Essential

            JOHNNY WINTER The Essential Columbia/Legacy   This double-disc overview of key studio tracks, drawn from material that originally appeared on the Columbia, Blue Sky and Legacy labels, as well as an abundance of anarchic live sides (including two selections from Woodstock) captures the … → read more

SHANNON McNALLY: Small Town Talk

          SHANNON McNALLY Small Town Talk Sacred Sumac Music 8975   Small Town Talk is Shannon McNally’s tribute to Bobby Charles (born Robert Charles Guidry), a wonderful Louisiana-bred songwriter whose songs reach back as far as Bill Haley & the Comets’ “See You Later Alligator” … → read more

HOWELLDEVINE: Jumps, Boogies and Wobbles

          HOWELLDEVINE Jumps, Boogies and Wobbles Arhoolie 544   This popular, Northern California-based neo-traditional blues duo – rough-hewn slide guitarist and cuttingly astringent harmonica ace, Joshua Howell, and imaginatively rhythmic percussionist Pete Devine – sure sound like they’re having loads of fun on this ten-track … → read more


Dwight DeVane and Blaine Waide- Drop On Down In Florida

          DWIGHT DEVANE and BLAINE WAIDE Drop On Down In Florida Dust-to-Digital 24   In 1981, the Florida Folklife Program released a double-disc, 27 track LP, highlighting African American music traditions, that was based on four years of fieldwork throughout the state and bears the … → read more


Dustbowl Revival: Carry Me Home

          THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL Carry Me Home Dustbowl Revival   Expanding steadily from a string band fronted by lead singer and songwriter/arranger Zach Lupetin that began by playing up and down the West Coast a few years ago, the aptly-named, Los Angeles-based Dustbowl Revival  is … → read more

RIP T-Model Ford

T-Model Ford

Fat Possum Records has confirmed that delta blues musician James “T-Model” Ford passed away on Tuesday, July 16th of respiratory failure after a prolonged illness. His age was unknown, though he claimed to be 93. Heralded for his rugged personality and raw performance style, T-Model ford was one of the … → read more