Little Sammy Davis
Long Way To The Midnight Ramble
By John W. Barry
Little Sammy Davis plays with the likes of Levon Helm, Elvis Costello, and Jimmy Vivino on a regular basis, but the road to Helms’ legendary Midnight Ramble jam sessions has been a long one for Davis. Fifty-five years after making his first recording with blues guitar legend Earl Hooker, Davis is still blowing with the best of them.
Loves To Sing
By Scott M. Bock
South Carolina blues singer Wanda Johnson is ecstatic at getting to travel the world singing. Her joy and enthusiasm for it come through as soon as she opens her mouth to sing. Fast becoming a festival favorite, Johnson is counting her blessings.
Catching Up With Andre Williams
By Mark Coltrain
It had been ten years since LB interviewed Andre Williams. We talked with him last month, and he caught us up on the latest incarnation of the Old Black Grandfather Rock Star.
Lil’ Dave Thompson
Doin’ It Till I Leave
By Tim Holek
Mississippian Lil’ Dave Thompson has paid his dues. As part of a promising wave of forty-something deep bluesmen, his years of hard work are finally paying off.
I Got Two Wings
The Story Of Elder Utah Smith
By Lynn Abbott
Elder Utah Smith pretty much only had one song—but it was so good that he spent his whole life performing it. This book excerpt reveals the remarkable character of Elder Utah Smith and the story of Two Wings.
New releases by Magic Slim, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm, and B.B. King.
Reissues from Ike and Tina Turner, Jimmy Hughes, and Tommy Tate.
New DVDs of Johnny “Guitar” Watson and the film M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues.
Cover photo by Paul LaRia