"Wade Walton an internationally known Mississippi Delta Blues musician playing harmonica in his Clarksdale, Mississippi barber shop. Born on a plantation in 1923 as one of 17 children Mr. Walton performed Blues songs with guitar and harmonica. His day job for 55 years was as a barber and in in 1972 he opened Wade’s Barber Shop cutting hair and slapping out the blues and rhythm." Photograph by Nathan Benn
The Mississippi Blues Project, produced by WXPN in Philadelphia, is a yearlong endeavor that showcases the rich musical heritage of the Magnolia State. Hear a continuous mix of the kind of rough, earthy Southern blues music you might hear in a smoky juke joint.
Photo: John Vettese
Born on this day: Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin’ Wolf
Photo by Joel Brodsky
Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
R.I.P. Hubert Sumlin
Here’s a young Sumlin with Howlin’ Wolf. Another legend of the rich delta blues music tradition is gone. Hopefully, he won’t be forgotten. If you know the Wolf, then you know Sumlin, even if you think you don’t know Sumlin.
Born on this day: R.L. Burnside
John Lee Hooker - It Serves You Right to Suffer (Note the spelling on the cover. It was originally “serve” as shown in the pic. Later reissues changed it to “serves”. You probably won’t see one with the “serve” cover unless it’s a very early pressing, or the 45rpm Analogue Productions pressing.)
This was the only album John Lee Hooker recorded for Impulse! records.
Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters, better known as ‘The Super Super Blues Band’.
Rest In Peace Honeyboy
Honeyboy Edwards at the Jazz Record Mart in Chicago, 1972