• Masters of the Blues Harp

    Blowin’ the blues with Little Walter, Sonny Boy II, Lazy Lester, Big Walter Horton, Slim Harpo, Annie Raines, Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson, etc.

  • Cocktail glass

    There Stands the Glass

    This winter refuses to end. Time to drink (and revisit this post). I’m guessing the first drinking song was written not long after the first…

  • More Swamp Blues

    It’s Slim Harpo Month over at WFMU’s Rock & Soul Ichiban… Seems like a good excuse to pick up where we left off with this…

  • The Sound of the Swamp

     In the last issue of Rolling Stone magazine, I was described as the “blues snob uncle” of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. At first, I…

  • Rockin’ with Ray

    It’s hard to imagine Saturday night in America without the corner-bar blues hero. Even harder trying to imagine said blues hero making it through the…

  • The Sound of the Swamp

    I’m a blues hound… won’t deny it. Love the form’s many sub-genres and permutations. Hate most attempts to slap a little rouge on its cheeks…

  • There Stands the Glass

    I’m guessing the first drinking song was written not long after the first alcoholic beverage was served. Something about draggin’ stone for the pharaoh –…