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‘Back Door Man’ – good blues is rarely about behaving yourself

Written by John Kessler Willie Dixon didn’t make his career writing songs about people who behaved themselves, and ...

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Waters’ ‘Trouble No More’ came out of Estes’ ‘Someday Baby Blues’

Written by John Kessler Sleepy John Estes was a master of country blues with a “down-home” feeling. A ...

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‘Walkin’ Blues’ still has legs

It’s one of the defining songs of the Blues, written by one of its formative figures, Son House. ...

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‘Early in the Morning’ – samba, rumba and history

Louis Jordan is one of the pioneers of American music, and an important force in the transition from ...

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