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James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (2013)

James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man (2013)

James Cotton has long referred to his regular working band as “my family,” so close is their sense of musical symbiosis, so long is their history. Still, to my ear, he’s never put out a more personal album than the forthcoming Cotton Mouth Man.

One Track Mind: Steve Forbert, “Romeo’s Tune” from Jackrabbit Slim (1979; 2013 reissue)

There’s a moment in this song, when Steve Forbert sings “sneak on out beneath the stars and run,” that meant everything to me when this song was new. A whole world, a world far away, lived inside that one line

Bobby Rush – Down in Louisiana (2013)

Underneath Bobby Rush’s good-timing, groove-slinging persona is a canny musician, someone who traverses musical styles with such a broad, contagious smile that he makes it all look deceptively easy.

Exclusive stream: Bobby Rush, “Boogie in the Dark” from Down in Louisiana (2013)

Justly famous on the chitlin’ circuit for his combustible blending of funk and down-home blues, Bobby Rush is back now with a tangy concoction that blends Bayou State spices. Check out an advance track from Down in Louisiana

Steve Forbert – Over With You (2012)

Still witty, if a little more weathered, Steve Forbert returns with a full-band album marked by this notable spaciousness. There’s a thrilling willingness to let things play out.

Download: Paul Thorn – NoiseTrade Sampler (2012)

A new NoiseTrade compilation, available to download now, gives the uninitiated an opportunity to sample songs from three Paul Thorn albums — for free.

Paul Thorn – What the Hell is Goin’ On? (2012)

There is a sense, throughout the covers-filled What the Hell is Goin’ On?, of broken-in familiarity. Paul Thorn and his longtime backing band aren’t simply pulling out these songs to try to move records. They have loved, and they have lived, every one of these tales.

Backstage with B.B.: 'King of the Blues' is generous with his music, and with his time

Guitarist Magazine is honoring B.B. King this month, releasing a gala 132-page magazine focused on the man they call “The Undisputed King of Blues.” That had us going back to a personal moment spent with this music-making legend …

One Track Mind: Charles Caldwell, "Hadn't I Been Good To You" (2004; 2011 reissue)

Discovered far too late, Mississippi bluesman Charles Caldwell was already dying of pancreatic cancer as he began recording his belated debut for Fat Possum.

Ike Turner – Here and Now (2001)

by Derrick Lord This was just what Ike Turner fans had been waiting for. The Clarksdale, Mississippi native returned to his roots with a barrel-house style blues recording that brought him back as a force on the music scene, earning two W.C. Handy Awards from the Blues Foundation for best traditional blues album and comeback album of the year inRead More