Vocalist Sugaray Rayford featured in latest issue of Living Blues

Living Blues #276 features vocalist Sugaray Rayford on the cover. Texas-born former Marine Rayford stands 6’5” and has a commanding stage presence. His career has been ascending for the last 20 years and, with a new CD about to drop, he is ready to hit the ground running post-COVID. Eighty-two-year-old Alabama Slim has been part

Living Blues magazine showcases Old School Southern Soul

Living Blues #274 (September/October 2021) is an Old School Southern Soul special. Mississippi bluesman Sam Mosley has spent his life making music. Now 75, Mosley looks back on his long career, which includes multiple bands with his partner, Bob Johnson, and their decades of successful songwriting for Malaco Records. Billy Ray Charles has been singing

“Voices of Mississippi” set for Sept. 14

The world premiere of “Voices of Mississippi,” a multimedia production chronicling some of Mississippi’s most iconic people and art, will kick off the 2021-22 performance season at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi. The multimedia event, set for Sept. 14, celebrates the people and art of the

Gimme the Beat!

Living Blues #273 is the third in the history of LB that is dedicated to drummers—looking at the important roles played by blues drummers, including the first two female drummers ever covered by the magazine. The ten artists anchor the backbeat of the genre. Artists featured include Rodd Bland, Jamiesa Turner, Joe “Iceman” Williams, Greg Gordon,

Living Blues looks forward to next generation of the blues

Living Blues #269 (November /December 2020) concludes the 50th Anniversary celebration with a look forward at the future of the blues with the “Next Generation of the Blues” special issue. At age 38 multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons has spent the last 15 years taking a deep dive into the roots of African American music eager to

Thacker Mountain Radio celebrates 50 Years of Living Blues magazine

    Written by Martha Grace Mize Event Details When: Saturday, Sept. 12, broadcast at 7 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and 9 p.m. on Alabama Public Radio; rebroadcast Thursday, Sept. 17 on local station WUMS 92.1 Author: Diane Williams, author of “The Life and Legacy of B.B. King: A Mississippi Blues Icon” Guest Musicians: John Wilkins

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

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

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.