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Audio: Gil Scott-Heron | Pieces of a Man

I saw my daddy greet the mailman
And I heard the mailman say
“now don’t you take this letter to heart now Jimmy
Cause they’ve laid off nine others today”

August 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Barbara E. Young: Blues for the Fisherman

Since the blues ought to be tall birds
wading and wailing 
when the sun dies—
let the blues fill its lungs now

July 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Ana Popovic | Blues Woman

Ana Popovic is widely regarded as one of the best blues performers in the world.

December 31, 2020 · 2 Comments

Audio: Gil Scott-Heron | Home Is Where the Hatred Is

Home is where the needle marks
Try to heal my broken heart

August 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Pokey LaFarge "Garbage Man Blues"

Pokey LaFarge performing “Garbage Man Blues” at Music City Roots from the Loveless Cafe in Nashville.

August 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Amédé Ardoin

And now only his voice remains
as it cries through the needle scratch.
Across decades, that voice has entered
our voices: our style, our common despair.

February 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Art of Moving or Alternate Interpretations of an Old Blues Song

Back then, whether or not you agreed with the white man, you didn’t question him, because that meant trouble and my family didn’t want trouble with anyone.

June 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Cornelius Eady: Nina’s Blues

We drum rest
We drum thank you
We drum stay.

May 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues — As the Years Go Passing By

. You know my love will follow you As the years go passing by Give you all that I own That’s one thing you can’t deny… . “As the Years … Continue reading

March 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Audio: Mississippi John Hurt “I shall not be moved”

. Biography by Bruce Eder No blues singer ever presented a more gentle, genial image than Mississippi John Hurt (1892-1966). A guitarist with an extraordinarily lyrical and refined fingerpicking style, he … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · 2 Comments

John Lawson: For Jefferson Beauregard Sessions and my cousins Billie and Dave

When I was a boy in a Virginia suburb, The maids came on the bus each day, And cleaned and ironed and made us lunch. Outside, the colored vendor (“colored” … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · 4 Comments

Doug Anderson: Morning Blues

Winter sneaking through the trees with his bag of salt. Winter sneaking through the trees with his bag of salt. Dark days coming ain’t nobody’s fault. Used to think love … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Mighty Sam McClain — When The Hurt Is Over

. Samuel McClain (1943 – 2015), billed as Mighty Sam McClain, was an American blues singer and songwriter. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, McClain began singing at the age of five … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Seasick Steve — Roy’s Gang

. Steven Gene Wold (born in 1940 or 1941) commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician who plays custom guitars, sometimes made from found materials such as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

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