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Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!)

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Public folklorists like me often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. We try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and we recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition.

Funeral For B.B. King Held In Mississippi Hometown

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 05.30.2015 | Entertainment

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — B.B. King's early life personified the blues: He was born to dirt-poor sharecroppers in the cotton country of the Mississipp...

Memphis Bids Musical Farewell To B.B. King

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Black Voices

By Mike Blake MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 27 (Reuters) - With music, singing and tears, hundreds of mourners in Memphis bade farewell to blues...

B.B. King Viewing Draws More Than 1,000 In Las Vegas

AP | KEN RITTER | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King kept drawing fans in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memo...

B.B. King Public Viewing Set To Take Place In Las Vegas

AP | KEN RITTER | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A public viewing for blues legend B.B. King will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent to Mississippi, where plans are being...

B.B. "The King"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.16.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I can't say anything more than others have about B.B. King. Except perhaps that my mother loved her "Blues Boy" more than any other musician in the world. They were both from Mississippi, for one thing. But there was a whole lot more to it than that.

B.B. King Died After Series Of Mini Strokes

AP | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King's physician and the coroner in Las Vegas say the 89-year-old blues legend died of a series of small strokes attributable ...

Remembering B.B. King: 7 Of Our Favorite Live Performances

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices

Legendary blues musician B.B. King died on Thursday at the age of 89. His death marks a solemn moment for his countless fans but also reinvigorates me...

Blues Legend B.B. King Dies

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices

Legendary blues musician B.B. King died on Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney told The Associated Press. Cause of death was not released. He was 89. ...

Michal Menert Set to Release Space Jazz Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Musical alchemist, Michal Menert, has been reshaping the world of electronic music. No longer bound by the two genres of house and techno, this underground Renaissance is changing the way critics interpret electronic music.

Musician Keb' Mo' Explains Blues Music's Connection To The Church

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

Grammy award-winning blues musician Keb' Mo' may be just the man to explain what's most authentic about the genre, which for him has a lot to do with ...

My Conversation With Hugh Laurie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.30.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Before finding fame and garnering several Emmy nods and two Golden Globe wins for his role in TV's House, he was a member of Cambridge University's Footlights Revue and a familiar face -- as a comedian -- on British TV.

WATCH: Authenticity (Still) Rules

Shawn Amos | Posted 03.12.2014 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Someone recently told me that "authenticity" is the new marketing bullshit. There's truth to that -- if it's applied as the new sales pitch of the mom...

How One School Is Using Blues Music To Teach Science And English

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 12.26.2013 | Black Voices

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at T...

Diablo Love: Tomás Doncker & Alfred Preisser Bringing the Music of Howlin' Wolf to the SummerStage

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

It's Faust meets Romeo and Juliet. It's soul, funk, gospel and the blues. It's the music of the late Howlin' Wolf brought to life on stage. It is what you want to experience when you want to be taken away even for just a moment by a live musical and theatrical performance.

50 Years Of Blues History Chronicled In New Doc

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.06.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

More than 50 years ago, Howlin' Wolf's ferocious music and gentler side were revealed to guitar whiz Bloomfield and Goldberg, his keyboard-adept buddy.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 3

Debra Devi | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

On my Mississippi Delta book tour for The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu I met people working together to develop a blues tourism industry with the potential to economically rescue the Delta -- the poorest region in our nation.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 2

Debra Devi | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

"They say that so-called twelve-bar stuff is the black man's blues and country western of that day was the white man's blues, but there's a very thin line between the two musics. Only difference is the beat, and the bars to some extent, but the stories of happiness, sadness, being lonesome. All that was the same."

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 1

Debra Devi | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

If you haven't paid a visit to the Mississippi Delta yet, plan one now to this starkly beautiful, richly musical place. You'll thank me as you roll down 61, with cotton fields fanning out on either side under an impossibly wide blue sky.

Why Is the Blues Called the 'Blues'?

Debra Devi | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

The blues invigorated American popular music with African musical techniques and values -- and rock and roll and jazz were born.

Robert Johnson and the Myth of the Illiterate Bluesman

Debra Devi | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
Debra Devi

How often have you heard that old saw about Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at midnight on a Delta crossroads? It all started because of Johnson's uncanny mastery of the guitar.

Possessed: Voodoo's Origins and Influence from the Blues to Britney

Debra Devi | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
Debra Devi

This was the religion of many slaves brought from West Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean. Vodun was brutally repressed by slave-owners, yet its powerful beats, ethics and aesthetics endured. We owe our concepts of cool, soul and rock and roll to it.

Bessie Smith: Music's Original, Bitchinest Bad Girl

Debra Devi | Posted 04.25.2012 | Arts
Debra Devi

What hugely popular female singer beat a rival unconscious, slept with her musical director, seduced her female backup dancers, frequented live sex shows and mortified New York society by telling a wealthy fan to "get the f*ck away from me"? 1920s blues singer Bessie Smith.

The Real Story Behind Howlin' Wolf's 'Killing Floor'

Debra Devi | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Debra Devi

"Wolf had seven wives. One was named Helen. She shot him with a double barrel shotgun with buckshot. Out the second floor window. This woman, oh man, he wrote that song about her!"