| Mar 7, 2013
| 8:50 PM
In terms of record sales, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf have nothing on U2 or Mariah Carey — no No. 1 singles or albums between them. But pop music history would be inconceivable without their influence. Here are a few places it can be found:...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 12:32 PM
The look on William "MoBetta" Ledbetter's face told the story. When he stepped into the administrative office at Kecoughtan High School Thursday afternoon, 17-year-old, guitar-playing blues musician was anything but blue.
There were hugs, smiles, laughs...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:57 AM
For Ralph Stanley, the road indeed seems to go on forever. The bluegrass legend, who turns 86 this month, says that touring has gotten easier than when he started out.
"It was harder then," he says by phone. "We have a lot better roads now." The...
| Dec 10, 2011
When Howlin' Wolf romped through "Wang Dang Doodle" or thundered in "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy," the snarling guitar that accompanied him belonged to one of the greatest bluesmen to pick up the instrument: Hubert Sumlin.
The cry of Sumlin's guitar ...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 7:52 AM
"Few can claim to have forged an entirely original genre of music, but in 1966, Corky Siegel did just that. Guiding the blues of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters out of the smoky cavern of Big John's and onto the stages of the Chicago Symphony, New...
| May 1, 2011
The intersection of DeSoto and State streets here doesn't look like anything special.
On the southeast corner of the roads is H Town Custom Wheels. Across DeSoto to the west is Beer & Bud Mart, which faces a Church's Chicken stand. Immediately to the...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 7:04 AM
Norfolk blues singer Jackie Scott, over the course of two albums and countless live shows, has earned a solid reputation on the national blues scene. She's not a star yet, but Scott has impressed blues fans in Baltimore, Chicago and elsewhere.
| Sep 14, 2011
| 1:33 PM
September 16th and 17th, 2011
The Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans
Through hell and high water, the Ponderosa Stomp has spent the last decade bringing icons of American music back to the stage, shining a spotlight on the architects of songbooks that are part...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 7:02 PM
Get ready for some foreplay with Slow Burn Burlesque! Sick and Sexy is a decadent taste of the sinful and outrageous entertainment. Acts will include an insane stilt walking and acrobatic duet with special guest Scarlett Rose of the March Fourth...
| Nov 26, 2011
On a recent Wednesday night at Blue Chicago, a long-running club downtown, you had to elbow your way forward just to get past the doorman. Men and women in business suits — collars loosened, beers in hand — packed the place, barely leaving...
| Dec 28, 2011
They buried Hubert Sumlin two weeks ago at Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Homewood, laying to rest the man whose ferocious guitar riffs galvanized Howlin' Wolf's classic recordings of the 1950s and '60s.
Just before Sumlin's casket was lowered...
| Jun 5, 2011
You can't find the blues on radio very easily these days, unless you hunt low down on the dial in the small hours of the morning.
Same with TV -- a vast wasteland, as far as real blues is concerned.
Record stores -- remember those? -- no longer can...