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Washington Watch: Week 23 - "The Greatest"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.05.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

This past week we celebrated the 237th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. Yes...our issues are many, and our Congress is in gridlock, an...

Chicago Blues Musician Dies At 79

AP | Posted 06.05.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago blues piano player Piano C. Red, who performed with Muddy Waters, B.B King, Fats Domino and Buddy Guy before being paralyzed in 20...

Blues Legend Gets Hall-Of-Fame Nod

Posted 04.29.2013 | Chicago

As Brownie McGhee once said, "The blues is life." Nowhere knows that life better than Chicago, which has been the world's blues mecca for more than...

Jimmy Dawkins, Chicago Bluesman Of 'West Side Sound' Dies

AP | Posted 06.13.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago bluesman Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins, known for his stellar guitar playing and mellow singing voice, has died. He was 76. De...

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.

Buddy Guy Named Kennedy Center Honoree

Posted 11.28.2012 | Chicago

After a lifetime of work in which he pioneered the Chicago Blues sound, Buddy Guy is getting honored by the Kennedy Center. The influential guitar...

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!"

White House of the Blues

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.05.2012 | Home
Paul Stoller

The magic of The Blues worked itself way into the White House, providing a moment of communitas in Washington, D.C., a moment of unexpected unity in our divided society.

Blues Legend Inspires Unusual Audience

Zack Isaacs | Posted 12.17.2011 | Black Voices
Zack Isaacs

There is a musician whose work might be missing from your iPods: David "Honeyboy" Edwards. He was a blues icon who passed away in August at the age of 95, but his friends are working tirelessly to preserve his legacy.

Buddy Guy Way: Chicago Names Street For Blues Legend

AP | Posted 10.08.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago blues great Buddy Guy now has his own street. The city of Chicago has renamed the stretch of Wabash Street in front of his cl...

Behind the Scenes With Blues Musician, Nicholas Barron

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In Episode 1 of Fear No ART Chicago, Nicholas Barron belts out the blues in his guitar-filled studio. He also talks about when a song is good... and, well, not so good.

Albert 'Little Smokey' Smothers Dies: Veteran Chicago Blues Guitarist Dead At 71

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Veteran Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Albert "Little Smokey" Smothers has died, his record producer said Tuesday. He was 71. T...

Buddy Guy's 'Legends' Blues Club Moves To New, State-Of-The-Art Space

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After a decade of uncertainty, Buddy Guy's Legends finally has a new home - and it's a lavish improvement on just about anything the venerable Chicago...

Junior Wells Made His First Blues Record in 1965: Has Anyone Made a Better One Since?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

I could run down the song list and marvel at the rich variety of music, but the big picture is all that matters: These are the definitive versions of twelve classic songs.

Koko Taylor Mourned As Chicago Blues Festival Kicks Off

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Hundreds of mourners honored Chicago blues icon Koko Taylor at her funeral Friday by singing her signature song "Wang Dang Doodle" and...

Koko Taylor Gets Musical Sendoff From Blues Legends

AP | F.N. D'ALESSIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Hundreds of mourners turned out Thursday at a music-filled wake and memorial service for Chicago blues icon Koko Taylor, whose regal b...

Koko Taylor Funeral Services Announced

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago record label has announced plans for funeral services for the legendary blues singer Koko Taylor. A statement from Taylor's ...

Chase The Blues: Byther Smith At Buddy Guy's Legends

Chicago Reader | David Whiteis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Byther Smith's pungent, smoldering roar infuses his blues with hellfire. ...

Chase The Doldrums: Linsey Alexander Blues Band With Nellie "Tiger" Travis At Blue Chicago

Chicago Reader | David Whiteis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago-based Nellie "Tiger" Travis performs in a variety of blues settings, but she sounds most comfortable singing the kind of contemporary soul-blu...

Blues And Jazz Fests Losing A Day

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Blues Fest and Jazz Fest, two of the city's most popular outdoor music festivals, will be reduced from four days to three and feature fewer stages bec...