By Rod Evans
Texas-native Trudy Lynn has been singing the blues for over 50 years now. Her career has seen a resurgence over the past six years with a new label and a worldwide touring schedule.
I’ve Never Been Quiet in My Life
By Scott M. Bock
Millie Jackson has always had something to say and has never shied away from saying it. Explicit, outspoken, and bold, her songs have attacked racial issues, social issues, and prudish sexuality—and nothing is different today.
The Sass Is Back
By Roger Wood
Vocalist Annika Chambers has exploded onto the blues scene over the last five years. With three albums and a string of BMA nominations and awards, the Houston native is riding high on her newfound success.
I’m the Person Singing at the Red Light Losing Her Mind
By Scott M. Bock
Louisiana-born Crystal Thomas is finally focusing her life on her musical career, and the response from the blues world has been immediate and positive.
Be Right By Peoples and Keep On Living
By David Whiteis
Eighty-four-year-old Mary Lane has been singing the blues in Chicago since the 1950s. The subject of a new documentary and on the heels of a new CD release, Lane is enjoying a late-career resurgence.
Let It Roll: Memphis Minnie
By Jas Obrecht
On May 21, 1941, Memphis Minnie Douglas and her boyfriend, Ernest “Little Son Joe” Lawlars, arrived at the Wrigley Building at 400–410 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Over the next several hours the duo recorded eight sides that included some of Minnie’s most popular recordings.
- New Releases: Mavis Staples, Bobby Rush,
and Billy Branch
- Reissues: Big Jack Reynolds, Ivory Joe Hunter,
and John “Schoolboy” Porter
Artist to Artist: Shemekia Copeland
Breaking Out: Amythyst Kiah
2019 Living Blues Awards Winners
Cover photo by Jeff Fasano
Trudy Lynn, Memphis, Tennessee, May 2019.
Inside Living Blues
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When it comes to African American roots music—for that matter, any American roots music at all—the Staples name is royalty. Led by Roebuck “Pops” Staples, the Staple Singers made music that did more than just transcend genres; it erased the divisions between them. The group’s anthemic, soul-stirring songs had the same effect upon listeners, using music as a way to bring people together.... Read More