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Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones Checkerboard Lounge by Jonny Meister

January 11, 2013
Muddy and Mick 1981 at The Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago

The release late in 2012 of the DVD “Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Checkerboard Lounge 1981” once again brings to my mind the strange relationship between blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The great Muddy Waters is in his last […]




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Blues Beyond The Blues: An Essay by Tom Moon

December 16, 2012
Blues Beyond The Blues:  An Essay by Tom Moon

Listen to a companion Spotify playlist to the article below here. The blues is a long echo, rattling across decades and vast distances. Returning like a ricochet to tell each generation a slightly different story about what it means to […]




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We Juke Up In Here nominated for Blues Music Award by Jonny Meister

December 13, 2012
Red's Lounge in scene from We Juke Up In Here

The film “We Juke Up in Here: Mississippi’s Juke Joint Culture At The Crossroads” has been nominated for a Blues Music Award (BMA) in the category of Blues DVD. This film, which looks at rhe current state of juke joints […]




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Meet Jackson Mississippi’s Jarekus Singleton by Jonny Meister

December 9, 2012
Jarekus Singleton CD Heartfelt

Jarekus Singleton is a young bluesman from Jackson MS. He’s certainly a hometown favorite, but his name is starting to be known in other places. His influences are not strictly “Mississippi” artists, but he is an invigorating influence to the […]




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The Mississippi Blues Marathon Rolls On by Jonny Meister

December 8, 2012
Mississippi Blues Marathon

The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has picked the Mississippi Blues Marathon as the Southern Region Championship Marathon for 2013. This follows a competitive bidding process, and the blues guys won this year. So, if you’re looking to run […]




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Cedric Burnside interviewed by Jonny Meister

November 19, 2012
Cedric Burnside Project

Jonny Meister interviews Cedric Burnside, August 19, 2012, at the Philadelphia Fok Festival. Note: Cedric Burnside’s brother Cody Burnside, mentioned in this conversation, died at age 29 in October two months after this interview was recorded. Jonny Meister: Cedric, it’s […]




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The Mississippi Blues Project Music Stream at NPR – by Jonny Meister

October 1, 2012
Mississippi Blues Project Music Stream from NPR

Check out The Mississippi Blues Project Music Mix online stream, from NPR Music! I picked out some great tracks from artists from Mississippi as well as some interview segments with the artists, and clips from the 2012 film “We Juke […]




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50th Anniversary Of The Integration Of Ole Miss

October 1, 2012
James Meredith reads news about his entry into Ole Miss

October 1, 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the integration of Ole Miss, The University Of Mississippi. James Meredith, the first black student to attend Ole Miss, was registered, and began attending classes amidst a violent upheaval. Today the turbulent […]




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Thoughts On B. B. King – by Jonny Meister

September 17, 2012
Thoughts On B. B. King –  by Jonny Meister

Thoughts On B. B. King by Jonny Meister • • B. B. King turned 87 years old this past September 16th • • What’s in a name? The name “King” has always had some cachet, given its meaning. It’s a […]




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Interview with Jimmy “Duck” Holmes by Jonny Meister

September 1, 2012
Jonny Meister interviews Jimmy

• Jimmy “Duck” Holmes will perform at The World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on October 22nd with Terry “Harmonica” Bean. I talked with him in July 2011 at The Briggs Farm Blues Festival. • Jonny Meister: So, Jimmy, you’re from […]




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Bala Cynwyd’s Greatest Bluesman – by Jonny Meister

August 15, 2012
Bala Cynwyd’s Greatest Bluesman – by Jonny Meister

I call him “Bala Cynwyd’s Greatest Bluesman.” He has been in the western Philadelphia suburb since 1969, though it would be inaccurate to say he lives there. Skip James is buried in Merion Memorial Park, down the street from the […]




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Get to know: Jessie Mae Hemphill

August 14, 2012
Get to know: Jessie Mae Hemphill

Jesse Mae Hemphill was an award-winning electric guitarist, singer and songwriter who specialized in Northern Mississippi country blues. She was born in 1934 near Como and Senatobia, Mississippi in Northern Mississippi just east of the Mississippi Delta. According to Livin […]




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