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Magic Sam’s “Black Magic Deluxe Edition” Reveals So Much

    Magic Sam’s “Black Magic Deluxe Edition” Reveals So Much

Sam himself is relaxed and in fine form, without a care in the world because as he puts it, “I got nothing but expert musicians. I don’t have to worry about it.”

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Muddy Waters’ “Hard Again” is an Album for the Ages

    Muddy Waters’ “Hard Again” is an Album for the Ages

This album is a shot of pure blues love that will grab your heart, caress your soul, and warm your spirit to the floorboards.

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Toronzo Cannon – “The Chicago Way” Marks New Beginning

    Toronzo Cannon – “The Chicago Way” Marks New Beginning

Cannon’s new album on Alligator Records, “The Chicago Way,” is a gripping, no-holds-barred look at life in the sometimes unforgiving city of Chicago…

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Guy King Brings The Suave of Jazz to His Blues

    Guy King Brings The Suave of Jazz to His Blues

Yes, there are touches of B.B. King, Albert King, and Wes Montgomery; but make no mistake, Guy King has his Tele testifying from his heart.

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TBT – The Beatles Gave Us the Future with “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”

  TBT – The Beatles Gave Us the Future with “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” may not be blues in the “purest” sense, but it is an absolutely pioneering, fearless, forward looking performance.

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TBT – Lou Reed’s “Rock N Roll Animal” One of the Best Live Albums Ever

  TBT – Lou Reed’s “Rock N Roll Animal” One of the Best Live Albums Ever

Lou Reed participates in a performance that so absolutely leverages the talent and ability of all the players, there is literally nothing left for them to offer up when it’s over!

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Johnny Rawls Delivers with “Tiger In A Cage”

  Johnny Rawls Delivers with “Tiger In A Cage”

Bring “Tiger In A Cage” home. Invite friends. Share liberally.

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TBT – “The Ragpicker’s Dream” Still Inspiring Players Today

  TBT – “The Ragpicker’s Dream” Still Inspiring Players Today

In an instant, we are whisked away and enticed into the various settings painted for us with Knopfler’s storytelling.

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TBT – Why We Celebrate Lead Belly

  TBT – Why We Celebrate Lead Belly

If anyone thinks his work is powerful when interpreted by Dylan, Nirvana, or The Animals, go back and experience his original recordings.

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TBT – Homesick James’ Forgotten Masterpiece “Ain’t Sick No More”

  TBT – Homesick James’ Forgotten Masterpiece “Ain’t Sick No More”

“Ain’t Sick No More” is everything a blues album should be: moving, soul stirring, joyous, and exquisite in its execution.

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