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Cover photo: Nappy Brown, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 2007.
Credit: Gene Tomko
Nappy Brown – By Scott M. Bock
One of the last of the original “blues shouters” from the 1950s, Nappy Brown is still going strong. Brown, who just recorded a new studio album, was one of the most popular blues vocalists of the mid-1950s with hits like Don’t Be Angry, (My Heart Goes) Pitter, Patter, and his most popular number, The Right Time—better known to most fans as Night Time Is The Right Time. Brown looks back over a 50-plus-year career from his hit-making days with Savoy Records to his 1980s comeback and his continued success as a live performer.
“Gorgeous” George Stancell-By Steve Sharp
Milwaukee-based bluesman George Stancell has spent a lifetime grinding out the blues in a working-class town. Stancell, a self-taught guitarist, has played in blues bands since the early 1960s. His music combines deep blues guitar, original songs, and his rich baritone vocals into a winning sound.
Blues In Black And White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals—The Photography of Stanley Livingston, Part 2.
In 1969 Stanley Livingston, a talented young photographer and budding blues fan, had the opportunity of a lifetime. The 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. This is part two of a photo essay begun in LB #190.
Malcolm Chisholm—Inside the booth at Chess RecordsBy David Whiteis
From 1955 to1973 Malcolm Chisholm was the primary recording engineer for the famous Chess Records. Chisholm was responsible for recording the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Ahmad Jamal, the Dells and even Chuck Berry’s classics Maybellene and Johnny B. Goode. His story offers a fascinating look behind the studio glass at one of the most important labels in music history.
New CDs by Bobby Rush, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Joe Louis Walker, and Duke Robillard.Reissues from Muddy Waters, Carla Thomas, and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson.
2007 Living Blues Awards