Blues Time Machine

‘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 ...


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 ...


‘Walkin’ Blues’ still has legs

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


‘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 ...