SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME: Clarence Gatemouth Brown and BB King lead a list of musicians who just won’t (or can’t) leave the party early. A look at American musical icons who play to their dying day.
THE HISTORY OF STAX-VOLT: The end of an Era, but the sound lives on. Soul, Blues, jazz, gospel, black and white all meet at this Memphis musical crossroad.
Isaac Hayes tells his personal Stax story.
Free Elmore Sampler with your subscription: … Hooker, Hot Tuna, Thorogood, Mayall and more.
Kickin’ in Your Stall: Is the generation gap a true flap or just a lot of noise?
On the Record: Discs worth a listen. CDs from old friends Ray Charles and Solomon Burke as well as up and comers like Clarksdale’s Jimbo Mathus and Nashville’s Robbie Fulks, a radio programmer’s nightmare.
Collecting … Ray Charles: Ten CDs by a master. For a collector, the minimum. For a newbie, a wish list.
DVDs: B.B. King, with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and many others, young and old, tell an entertaining history of the blues on a number of recent releases.
Re.issues: Blood, Sweat & Tears’ first album showcases Al Kooper’s genius on this early fusion materpiece.
Festival Map: Who made American Music, and where it’s playing this month, and next.
Your guide to the event, with schedule, headliner bios and interesting stuff. (PULLOUT)