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The legendary James Cotton played the TLA on Friday, September 6th for the final concert of XPN’s Mississippi Blues Project. The 78 year old blues man performed with the energy of a twenty-something to a sold out crowd, playing songs from his new album, Cotton Mouth Man, along with some classics including “Got My Mojo Workin’” that you can watch below. Listen to the entire concert here. The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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The legendary James Cotton is playing a free show at the TLA on South Street in Philadelphia on Friday, September 6. It’s the finale concert of the year long Mississippi Blues Project and will be hosted by Jonny Meister, host of The Blues Show on WXPN. In addition to James and his band playing a full set, the evening will also feature a Funky Friday Dance party with David Dye. In between Funky Friday and James Cotton’s set, Jonny Meister will be spinning the blues. James has an excellent new album on Alligator Records, Cotton Mouth Man that features special guests Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, Warren Haynes and Keb Mo.

The event at the TLA is free, but you need to sign up. Go here to RSVP for the show.

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We’re saddened to hear that James “T-Model” Ford has passed away. He was 94. Born James Lewis Carter Ford in Forest, Mississippi. T-Model was a hard hitting and raw sounding Delta bluesman. While he played music for most his life, it wasn’t until the mid-1990′s the he played outside of Mississippi and released his debut on Fat Possum records in 1997, Pee-Wee Get My Gun. Go here for his discography. Below, check out a couple videos of Ford.

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Below, from our session with David Bromberg, watch him perform “Kind-Hearted Woman,” and “Wee Midnight Hours.” You can listen to the full session here.

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Listen to a Spotify playlist: Mississippi Blues Project, Various Artists

June 10, 2013
Listen to a Spotify playlist: Mississippi Blues Project, Various Artists

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of Mississippi Blues artists. Listen to the first volume of the Mississippi Blues Project playlist here.

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Listen: Rory Block releases Avalon: A Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt

June 9, 2013
Rory Block photo by Sergio Kurhajec

Rory Block, who performed a concert for the Mississippi Blues Project, has released Avalon: A Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt on Stony Plain Records. The album is the fourth CD in her “Mentor Series.” Previous tribute have been to Rev. [...]

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A Visit With David Bromberg (and his guitar!) by Jonny Meister

June 6, 2013
A Visit With David Bromberg (and his guitar!) by Jonny Meister

Listen to this special Mississippi Blues Project session with David Bromberg here. David Bromberg dropped by the studios at WXPN in Philadelphia in April to talk about, and play, Mississippi Blues. Bromberg cited the influences of players such as Muddy [...]

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Listen to Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks live in concert

May 21, 2013
Listen to Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks live in concert

Award winning Blues guitarist and singer Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks made the trip from his home in Clarksdale, Mississippi to Philadelphia last Thursday, May 16 in a double header Mississippi Blues Project concert as part of WXPN’s Non-COMMvention [...]

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Listen to the Homemade Jamz Blues Band live in concert

May 21, 2013
Photo by Mike Lynch www.mikelynchphoto.com

Last Thursday during XPN’s Non-COMMvention, the Tupelo, Mississippi brothers and sister trio, the Homemade Jamz Blues Band, performed in concert with Super Chikan for the final Mississippi Blues Porject concert series. The band performed songs from its new album, Mississippi [...]

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Listen to Rory Block in concert from World Cafe Live

May 13, 2013
Listen to Rory Block in concert from World Cafe Live

Rory Block performed a special concert at World Cafe Live during the XPN Music Film Festival on Saturday, April 13th. Listen to the concert here.

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Watch Robert “Wolfman” Belfour perform “Big Road Blues” at WXPN’s Free At Noon concert

April 30, 2013
Watch Robert “Wolfman” Belfour perform “Big Road Blues” at WXPN’s Free At Noon concert

Mississippi blues legend Robert “Wolfman” Belfour performed a concert at World Cafe Live for WXPN’s Free At Noon on February 15th, 2013. You can see photos and listen to the audio of the full sets here. Below, watch Belfour perform [...]

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Download a free 17 song Blues and Roots sampler from Alligator Records

April 23, 2013
Download a free 17 song Blues and Roots sampler from Alligator Records

April is Public Radio Music Month. To celebrate, Alligator Records is offering a free 17 song download of a Blues and Roots music sampler with some great artists that you hear on XPN including, The Holmes Brothers, Jesse Dee, Koko [...]

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