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In a world where blues seems to be everywhere, it's hard to remember that wasn't always the case.  In England, a small, dedicated group of musicians who became Stones, the Animals, along with John Mayall, Eric Clapton and many more were hardcore devotees of the music, whether they heard it on vinyl or when someone like Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf toured the UK.

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Terry Lee's Illness

Monday, 29 July 2013 06:04 AM Written by

The recent brief announcement on Terry Lee's website that he's undergoing treatment for lung cancer has pained his many fans in the region. The family, responding to queries as to why the legendary Pittsburgh DJ and promoter of the 60's and 70's, who'd revived his musical activities in the past three years, wasn't broadcasting or webcasting, was brief. It's unclear if there'll be updates on his progress.

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Joe Negri Recovering From Surgery (Updated)

Friday, 26 July 2013 04:36 PM Written by

Joe Negri was sidelined during the summer of 2012 with some issues related to infection in the colon.  At the time, the problem was controlled with antibiotics, though a possibility of surgery loomed if there were future issues.  It did, this spring, in a milder form.  Last week he had surgery at UPMC Passavant.  He's home now and recovering. "(I want to) thank everyone for the phenomenal support and positive energy I'm happy to be home and that the surgery is behind me," he said.

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Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson's first bluegass album, titled, simply and appropriately enough, The Bluegrass Album, will be released be EMI Nashville on September 24.  And yes, the above is the actual cover.  We'll have a review on, at the very least, the "Believe Your Ears" podcast around the time of its release.

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Bluesman T-Model Ford: One Of A Kind

Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:11 AM Written by

When James Lewis Carter Ford, aka "T-Model" Ford (the "Taildragger") died last week in Greenville, Mississippi at 90 (or thereabouts) a vital part of the blues went with him.  While he bounced back after a 2010 stroke, a second one last year ended a musical career that began at an age when most are planning retirement.  The New York Times had an excellent obit.

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'Rediscovering Eddy Arnold' on 'Believe Your Ears'

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 04:40 PM Written by

This week's "Believe Your Ears" Music Podcast looks at You Don't Know Me: Celebrating Eddy Arnold, a tribute to the country music legend featuring various Americana, pop and even punk rock veterans adding their spin to various Arnold classics.  Click here.

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The George Jones Biography

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:41 AM Written by

As my blog bio states, I've written two books, which like the overwhelming majority of published books One was Great Guitarists (1985), the other Southwest Shuffle (2003). The latter is still available, the first long out of print.  Like the vast majority of published books, neither made the New York Times Best Seller list.

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John Fogerty Reviewed on 'Believe Your Ears'

Thursday, 11 July 2013 07:24 AM Written by

On this week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast, I review John Fogerty's Wrote A Song For Everyone, an album pairing Fogerty with a number of country, rock and New Orleans stars to reprise some of his best known Creedence and post-Creedence compositions.  It's a mixed bag and a mixed success.    Click here.

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