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Issue 190 Contents
Cover photo: Luther Allison, Ann Arbor Blues Festival, 1970.
Credit: Stanley Livingston
Blues In Black And White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals—The Photography of Stanley Livingston.
Introduction by Michael Erlewine
In 1969 Stanley Livingston, a talented young photographer and blues fan, had the opportunity of a lifetime. The now-legendary Ann Arbor Blues Festival was happening in his hometown. With unlimited access, Livingston took over 9,000 photographs at the 1969 and 1970 festivals. The lineup was a dream list of blues who’s who from prewar legends like Son House and Roosevelt Sykes to contemporary giants like B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. These never-before-seen photographs are an un-mined gem of blues history.
Big James Montgomery by Tim Holek
Big James Montgomery, two-time winner of the LB critic’s choice award, fronts one of the hottest Chicago blues bands—and does so with a trombone as his lead instrument. Montgomery cut his teeth playing in the bands of Little Milton, Albert King, and others and today blends a refreshing mix of blues, funk, and soul into a unique sound.
Wallace Coleman by Larry Nager
Cleveland-based harp player Wallace Coleman honed his skills watching Sonny Boy Williamson (II). Later he landed a decade-long gig as a sideman with Robert Lockwood Jr. On his own now, Coleman has released four CDs and is touring heavily.
The Lee Boys by Scott Bock
The Lee Boys are carrying on the sounds of the Florida-based branch of sacred steel music. Rooted in the sounds of Reverend Glenn Lee, Henry Nelson, and the Campbell Brothers, the Lee Boys are mixing the secular influences of soul, R&B, and rap with their gospel roots, bringing a fresh take on sacred steel music.
Big Maybelle’s Roots by David Freeland
Maybelle Louise Smith, “Big Maybelle,” was one of the most popular vocalists in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her hit Candy still sounds scorching today. But Maybelle’s life was a complex and often dark journey.
New CDs by Koko Taylor, Carey and Lurrie Bell, Denise LaSalle and Big T and Wesley Jefferson.Reissues from Gatemouth Brown, SPV Records, and the Numero Group.