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Male Artist of the Month
Victor Wainwright

Since his 2019 GRAMMY nomination, Victor and his band are on fire. “Our fans are like locomotive firemen,” says the bandleader, “frantically shoveling coal into the furnace. They fuel us as we pull handles, twist knobs, and screech around bends. With flying sparks and a wicked whistle, we’re arriving right on time with Memphis Loud.”     [Read More]

Female Artist of the Month
Carolyn Wonderland

Recording and touring with John Mayall since 2018, Carolyn recently signed with Alligator Records. Besides her highly acclaimed Dave Alvin produced “Tempting Fate” album, Carolyn has 2 nominations in The Blues Foundation’s 43rd Blues Music Awards, Contemporary Blues Female Artist, and Song of the Year,  “Fragile Peace and Certain War.”     [Read More] 


Blues Album of the Month

This months' Blues Album of the Month is Mississippi Blues Travellers' pick of the month: "Legends of Country Blues", a 5 CD set from JSP Records featuring the complete works of Tommy Johnson and Ishmon Bracey and also the complete early recordings of Skip James, Son House, and Bukka White. These 20th-century artists are important figures in the history of the Blues and this collection of early recordings has been meticulously remastered. 

New Album Releases
"Golden Girl" by Trudy Lynn

"With a voice that easily transitions from barroom growl to uptown sass and sophisticated soul, her special blend of blues, R&B, and soul has won over crowds from sweaty Houston juke joints to massive European festivals."  - Rod Evans, Living Blues

To be released on March 18.

The 30 Best All-time Blues Albums
Voting has already begun!

Every Blues fan has their top 10 or 50 Blues Albums, which no doubt include B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Lee, Koko Taylor, John Hammond Jr., Muddy, Howlin' Wolf, John Mayall, Etta James, Sonny Boy, Ruth Brown, Charles Brown, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and a whole bunch more.

[Watch this list change as votes roll in]

WikiBlues Monthly Blues Columns

Speaking of the Blues
Steve Niederhauser, Blues Radio Host

Going back to its earliest roots, the Blues has evolved into what it is today, noticeably influenced by the rapid pace of modernization.  Where the blues is now, and what changes happened along the way are discussed here.

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Whiskey, Women and Blues
Monica Looeez, Blues Columnist

The influence of the Covid-19 pandemic on touring Blues musicians in the past two years and the effects the absence of live local events has had on them, as well as to us Blues fans all around the world.

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If It Weren't For The Blues . . .
Millard Farmer, Wikiblues Founder

In a continuing series of articles, the author breaks down the many classes of Blues: Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Texas Blues, Urban Blues, and others and attempts to identify their oftentimes subtle differences. 

[For more click here.]

'Basement' Blues
Growlin' Stevie Tindall, Musician

Blues lyrics, the backbone of the Blues.  Originating from chants and hollers from the deep southern cotton fields, or losing one's best friend and being treated badly by the man; the Blues has lots to say.

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The Blues Music Awards
Formerly the W.C. Handy Awards

Presented by the Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization set up to foster blues heritage. Originally named in honor of W. C. Handy, "Father of the Blues." the first awards were presented in 1980 and are "universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in blues music. They are presented annually in the City of Memphis, Tennessee.

[Current and Past Blues Music Award Winners]

The Grammy Awards - Blues
Current and Past Winners

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Sunday, April 3rd.  Currently, the Grammy has 83 different musical categories, but the Blues are only represented by two categories. The Grammy is considered one of the four major annual American entertainment awards, along with the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, and the Tony Awards.

[Current and Past Blues Grammy Award Winners]