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  • 'Last Man Standing' finds CeDell Davis growling his finest Delta blues

    'Last Man Standing' finds CeDell Davis growling his finest Delta blues
    Whether singer and guitarist CeDell Davis is literally the "Last Man Standing" among rural Delta blues players, as the title of his forthcoming album puts it, he belongs to an undeniably exclusive club.
  • Review: 'The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs' by Greil Marcus

    Review: 'The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs' by Greil Marcus
    We now live in the seventh decade of rock 'n' roll, and it has never felt more irrelevant, if such a thing can be gauged by contemporary radio playlists now dominated by slick rappers and aerobicized dance divas. Even terrestrial radio today plays less of...

    Cassandra Wilson returns to 'Blue Light'

    Cassandra Wilson returns to 'Blue Light'
    Quick: Name the best jazz recording of 1993. For me, there was no contest: Cassandra Wilson's "Blue Light 'Til Dawn," an album that sounded like nothing else in jazz that year (or any other) and established Wilson as one of the pre-eminent jazz...

    Blues veterans to join in tribute

    Blues veterans to join in tribute
    Ask Jody Williams about Howlin' Wolf's legacy, and he'll rattle off remarkable numbers about the old Chicago bluesman. Not chart statistics. Measurements. "Well, he was a pretty big man," said Williams, 78, who played guitar for Wolf (a.k.a. Chester...

    Bobby 'Blue' Bland dies at 83; influential blues singer

    Bobby 'Blue' Bland dies at 83; influential blues singer
    When blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, his longtime friend B.B. King, considered one of the most successful and influential blues singers of the 20th century, praised Bland not just for the blues...