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Battle of the Blues: Muddy vs. Wolf

What's the best way to honor blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf? Stage a virtual cutting contest.

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Songs of Hope

A playlist to perk you up: Aretha, Louis Jordan, Bob Wills, Howlin' Wolf, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, Devo, etc.

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RCR Mailbag

Rubber City Review tackles the tough issues: the Middle East, the Midwest brain drain, brain surgery, Scarlett Johansson, Kanye West, the Cavs, frozen custard...

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Crazy ‘Bout an Automobile

Much has been written about America’s love affair with the automotive vehicle. And I’m certainly not the first music blogger to throw together a “car song” playlist. But I’ll justify this post by [...]

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The Best of Paul Butterfield

Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum worth arguing about? Some say no – the whole idea of enshrining punks and metalheads in some shiny glass-plated pyramid that many of them would rather [...]

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Sonny Boy II: The Chess Years

America’s greatest musical export? That’s easy – Chess blues and rock ‘n roll. New Orleans R&B might be a close second, and you can’t deny the lasting, global impact of jazz greats like Miles [...]

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Chess Blues Rarities

A few months ago, my blogging buddy April asked me what I thought about the movie “Cadillac Records,” a glossy look back at the birth of modern electric blues at Chicago’s Chess label in the ‘50s [...]

Doin’ the iPod Shuffle

I have more than 21,000 songs on my iPod. And I wrap tin foil around my head to keep out the gamma rays. Do you think less of me? I’m referring to the iPod, of course. Normal people would find [...]

American Folk Blues Festival

Nephew Dan is a busy man – touring the world and all – but he wanted us to check out this awesome clip of Otis Rush in his prime, playing in front of a polite but reverent audience [...]

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Butter’s Best

I’ve played blues harp for years… not on the same level as, say, Charlie Musselwhite, but I can get the attention of a bar full of drunks. One band I played in never seemed to make it [...]