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 Williams, Shemekia Copeland, and many more.

#266 also includes the story of the early years of Living Blues as told by co-founding editor Jim O’Neal. Other special features include Thirty of the Very Best Blues Albums of the 2010s and Thirty You May Have Missed and People, Places, and Things, a list of 50 blues songs dealing with particular people, places, and things, both real and mythical, both from Jim DeKoster; and Fifty Fabulous Sessions – The Pre-war Era, from Jas Obrecht. Our Let It Roll column highlights Barbecue Bob’s recording session for Columbia Records in Atlanta on April 13, 1928, a session that helped define the sound of Atlanta Blues.

All of this plus the latest in Blues News, the Breaking Out column spotlighting King Solomon Hicks, record reviews, book reviews, the 2020 Living Blues Festival Guide and latest Living Blues Radio Charts.

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