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In Living Blues #228
November 2013

Dear Friends, Just a few weeks ago, I went back for another fun-filled three day weekend at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. It’s one of ...

In Living Blues #226
July 2013

Dear Friends, This year’s Chicago Blues Festival, presented the second weekend in June, was one of the best in years. With beautiful weather, a new, out-of-t...

In Living Blues #225
May 2013

Dear Friends, I just returned from the 34th annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis. It was a great night, over seven music-filled hours, packed with over a tho...

In Living Blues #210
November 2010

Dear Friends, 2011 marks Alligator’s 40th year of recording the blues. It’s almost impossible to believe that on May 25th, it will be four decades since my c...

In Living Blues #201
May 2009

Dear Friends, I just returned from the 2009 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. It was a very exciting night —lots of great music (about six hours of it) and plen...

In Living Blues #196
May 2008

Dear Friends, A couple weeks ago I had the great pleasure of attending the Springing The Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Sam Veal founded this...

In Living Blues #194
January 2008

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! I’m sure hoping 2008 will be a good year for the blues; we lost way too many of our elder statesman in 2007. Our first piece of...

In Living Blues #193
November 2007

Dear Friends, I’m very honored to learn that in February I’ll be receiving the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping The Blues Alive” award for my work as a Producer. ...

In Living Blues #192
September 2007

Dear Friends, The summer has sped away in what seems like a moment. I haven’t had a chance to get to many festivals, but the Chicago Blues Festival was excep...

In Living Blues #191
July 2007

Dear Friends, A big chunk of sorrow for my world on May 6, when my old pal Carey Bell died. I had known Carey since 1969, when we met at Bob Koester’s Jazz R...