The author of “The Story of the Blues” and other books, he was a respected British architectural historian better known for his sideline as a student of black music.
Category Archives: Blues Music
“Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” is a loving tribute to the bluesmen Willie Smith, Hubert Sumlin and Joe Willie Perkins.
The blues guitarist, one of the genre’s most promising talents, has turned to soul, rock and country on her new album.
The avant-garde vocalist looks back at her nearly 40-year career as she releases two new albums.
Known for his intense guitar solos and his raspy but strong singing voice, Mr. Brooks said the blues didn’t come naturally to him at first.
Mr. Cotton worked on his own, and with stars like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, but he treasured his apprenticeship with Sonny Boy Williamson most.
This captivating movie, like the blues itself, is at once a recognition of somber truths and a gesture of protest against them.
Special sets include David Bowie, the Grateful Dead, Lou Reed, Fleetwood Mac, hip-hop, bebop, Miles Davis — even archival gospel.
The influential musician tapped his voice, instrumental skill and Mississippi upbringing to convey wisdom and worldliness.
Half a century on, playing vintage blues is an act of preservation and reclamation for the band.