Living Blues magazine turns 50!

Today, Living Blues #266 (April/May 2020) publishes their special 50th Anniversary issue, and the largest issue in nearly a decade. For this issue they revisit 21 of the past cover artists to see where life and the blues have led them. The artists featured include Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Robert Cray, Lil’ Ed… Read More >

Living Blues begins 50th celebration

Living Blues #265 (February/March) begins the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Living Blues. Eighty-eight-year-old Leon Blue has had a remarkable, though mostly under the radar, musical career. Through run-ins with Bob Wills, recording with Lowell Fulson, and touring with Ike Turner and Albert Collins, Blue has seen it all. Chicago club stalwart Smilin’ Bobby… Read More >

Living Blues features Eric Bibb and music festival guide

Living Blues #260 (April/May 2019) features bluesman Eric Bibb on the cover. Eric Bibb’s music is rooted in the American blues tradition, but the scope of his vision is expanded by his world travels and musical partnerships. California bluesman Mike Henderson is a true Renaissance man. His artistic skills are wide ranging. A musician, filmmaker… Read More >

February/March issue of Living Blues available now

Living Blues #259 (February/March 2019) features Chicago guitarist Linsey Alexander on the cover. The Delmark Records artist is one of the top acts in the Windy City and has a growing national profile. Cash McCall first emerged on the Chicago gospel scene in the 1960s but soon moved to the blues. As a guitarist, songwriter,… Read More >

August/September LIVING BLUES Looks at Protest in the Blues

Living Blues#256 (August/September 2018) takes a look at protest in the blues. There have been songs of protest throughout the history of the blues and in this issue we trace a sampling of the voices of dissent over the decades and then turn our gaze to several contemporary musicians and their strong voices of dissent.  

Check out the June/July LIVING BLUES

Living Blues #255 (June/July 2018) features Louisiana bluesman Chris Thomas King on the cover. A second generation Baton Rouge bluesman, King has been making records for more than 30 years and over that time his perception of the blues and where it came from has evolved and broadened. King discusses his early years with his father, Tabby Thomas, and his forthcoming book about the origins of the blues.

April/May LIVING BLUES Available Now

Living Blues #254 (April/May 2018) features the duo of Warner Williams and Jay Summerour on the cover. One of the last great East Coast blues duos, Williams (age 87) and Summerour do it the old-school way.

Check out the June/July 2017 LIVING BLUES

Living Blues #249 (June/July 2017) is a special issue devoted to the blues of Yazoo County, Mississippi. We explore the history of the county, the music and the musicians who made it. We then turn our spotlight on the current scene and the man who has committed his life to keeping it alive.

October/November Issue of LIVING BLUES Out Now

The October/November 2016 issue of Living Blues features the griot of the blues Taj Mahal on the cover. At age 74 Taj Mahal is one of the biggest stars in the blues today. His musical and cultural knowledge is vast and his desire to share this lifetime of knowledge is his enduring legacy.