#32 May/June 2009

#32: May/June 2009
Cover Illustration by Matthew Helminski


All Roads Lead to the Blues: Managing Editor Ali Green and accomplice Danny Silva took to the blues highways and low roads of the Delta to uncover American music, literally, from the cradle to the grave

I Me Mine: A hard look at the Entitled, and how they—and maybe you—are not saving American music at all. Alex Lyras on keeping musicians alive and fed


Arnie GoodmanLensman’s Letter: Executive Director Arnie Goodman looks up from his beloved BBQ and his viewfinder (see Arnie’s photographs in our Delta feature) to offer insights on the origins of American music

Influences: Booker T. Jones & Gregg AllmanKickin’ in Your Stall: Ah, the Good Life! Carl Gustafson offers up a definition Bernie Madoff could never understand

Influences: Gregg Allman and Booker T. Jones both compose and play mean keyboards, but no one can confuse the music of these two sons of the South

Festival Rap: A sampling of upcoming gatherings

On the Record: Booker T. flags down the Drive-By Truckers for a great ride. Justin Townes Earle at the movies, Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s, Jim Suhler in Tijuana, and Willie Nelson, bless his heart, in his birthday suit

Ear Candy: Bruce Cockburn returns with a two-CD album—live, solo and shining

Re.Issues: Graham Nash, in the spotlight with a deluxe three-CD set. Delmark releases 55 years of Chicago’s music: Big Joe Williams, King Curtis, Otis Rush, John Coltrane and more

Get a Grip: Steve Walbridge takes a close look at Susan Tedeschi (who wouldn’t?), as well as Chris Duarte, Curtis Salgado and the Turners—new blues

What’d I Say: New music from old souls? Jim Hynes tracks a few other nextgeneration bluesmen

Also Appearing: Ralph Stanley brought B.B. King’s to a churchlike silence, the Dig brought the Bowery Ballroom to a roar; Frank Zappa brought rock to a new level, Merle Haggard brought us down to earth

Collecting: Jeff Beck. Arnie Goodman narrows down the great guitarist’s albums to his definitive classics

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