Living Blues #280 features the Mississippi Blues Child, Mr. Sipp. In 2013 Mr. Sipp seemed to come out of nowhere and reached the IBC finals in Memphis. But Castro Coleman was already a well-established name in the gospel scene in Mississippi; he was just rebranding himself as a blues artist. Over the past decade he has used the skills he learned in gospel to wow the blues world. Vocalist EB Davis grew up in the Arkansas Delta and built his career in the clubs of Memphis and New York. But, after an army deployment to Germany, Davis settled in there to become one of the most popular blues artists in Europe. Guitarist Melody Angel is one of the top rising young stars on the Chicago blues scene. Her dynamic guitar playing and energetic live shows have quickly made her a crowd favorite. Texan Larry Lampkin came to the blues late, guided by a dollar store Freddie King CD. Mentored by U.P. Wilson and Ray Reed, the young guitarist was soon a budding bluesman. Within a few years he was on tour with Vernon Garrett and over the last decade has focused on his own career.

This issue’s Let It Roll focusses on Blind Blake. Blake is one of the most skillful guitarists in the history of the blues. His remarkable guitar runs and seemingly effortless playing continue to amaze listeners today. By August of 1929 Blake was one of Paramount Records’ most popular artists, and for this session they paired him with Detroit’s premier pianist Charlie Spand. The result was some of Blake’s best sides including one of his most popular, Diddie Wa Diddie.

All of this plus the latest in Blues News, Breaking Out with Dylan Triplett, plus over 50 record reviews.

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