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Furry Lewis in Hollywood movie

I had known for years that Furry Lewis, one of my musical heroes, had a part in W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings, a 1975 movie starring Burt Reynolds, but had never seen it, because it has not been released on DVD, so it’s not on Netflix or at video stores or anywhere. Well, now it […]

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Playing Little Hat Jones songs

OK, I guess I’m a late enrollee in the Little Hat Jones fan club. Been digging, playing and teaching “Kentucky Blues” and “Bye Bye Baby Blues” lately and thought I’d chime in about them on here. What beautiful, unusual and different-from-each-other songs those two are! In “Kentucky,” the singer is an expert at escaping from […]

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The Three Ps

Practice, play, perform. Those are pretty much the three ways to make music. And the words create different feelings in musicians or music students. “Practicing” sounds like drudgery, delayed gratification. Doing something dull now so that you can do the exciting stuff later. “Playing” sounds like fun, of course! Kids play all the time; grownups […]

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Guide to Portland Waterfront Blues Festival 2012

Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, coming up July 4-8, is one of the world’s biggest blues festivals. It also is the biggest annual event in Portland — an interesting idea, for any city’s big party to be a blues festival, and especially a Pacific Northwest city without a blues tradition of its own. First let me […]

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The world didn’t owe him nothing

As you may have heard, blues artist David Honeyboy Edwards died recently at age 96, a few months after he finally retired from touring. I am happy that there was so much news coverage of his passing. But the reports described him as “the last of the Delta bluesmen,” “the last of the first generation […]

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Review of Fetch It! from Il Blues, the Italian blues magazine

Quando si va nel profundo Sud degli Stati Uniti a percorrere i luoghi del blues, non ci si può improvvisare “turisti per caso,” perchè il rischio di perdre pezzi di storia è molto alto. Bisogna allora affidarsi ad “un compagno di viaggio”, meticoloso e dettagliatissimo, come l’ottimo libro/guida “Blues Traveling/The Holy Sites of Delta Blues” […]

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Mother’s Best Music Festival

Mother’s Best Music Festival — it’s named after another brand of flour that once sponsored a radio show in Helena, Ark. (King Biscuit Flour was the sponsor of King Biscuit Time, which lent its name to the town’s much bigger and longer-running festival, the King Biscuit Blues Festival, until an unfortunate legal challenge took that […]

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Review of Blues Traveling, third edition

This is from the funny-named but highly respected country-blues website weeniecampbell.com, written by the great guitarist and teacher John Miller: “Blues Traveling–The Holy Sites of Delta Blues”–Steve Cheseborough, University Press of Mississippi Author Steve Cheseborough must be very happy at the reception his Delta Blues guidebook, “Blues Traveling”, has received, for it is now in […]

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Say Amen, Somebody!

I enthusiastically recommend Say Amen, Somebody. It is a movie about gospel music but a major part of it is blues singer Georgia Tom, who rechristened himself Thomas A. Dorsey when he became the Father of Gospel Music. The reasons you, a blues fan, ought to run right out and get it from your library […]

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Review of Fetch It!

From the fun and and authoritative country-blues website weeniecampbell.com comes this review of my new CD: Fetch It! – Steve Cheseborough Written by Andrew Mullins Fetch It! – Steve Cheseborough Independent Portland-based musician and author Steve Cheseborough has put together a strong set of country blues for his latest CD, Fetch It!, which was released […]

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