Updated: January 16, 2000
DELTA BLUES is more than just a play on words. I'm a long-time
fan of blues music. The guitar and harmonica can laugh or cry along
with you; the vocals can lift your spirits, or sit with you and share
your pain. There's a song and a style for every mood.
I'm no expert, but I know what I like. Here are some favorites.
- 16 January 2000
- Herd of Blues
- Though DELTA BLUES is a Star Trek site, apparently the Blues Links page is getting some notice; folks are actually submitting blues links to me. This was one, a Chicago-style blues and R&B group. The site includes clips from their CD, and what I listened to, I liked. Check it out.
- 12 October 1999
- SPINNER Web Radio
- This is a streaming audio program set up like a DMX box, with channels for dozens of music genres. There's almost a dozen Blues and Jazz channels to choose from. Use a web-based app or download a the player. Thumbs way up for this site.
- 10 July 1999
- Searchable listing of blues festivals around the country. Also includes interviews, highlights from past blues fests, and news.
- 3 July 1999
- Waterfront Blues Festival
- Home page for the 1999 Portland, Oregon Waterfront Blues Festival
- 14 March 1999
- Georgie Bonds
- Georgie Bonds and The Blues Keepers Live At WARM DADDY'S--some downloadable RealAudio
clips from Philadelphia's Night Club Live.com. Got my feet tappin'.
- 01 November 1998
- Austin city Limits
- Yeah, they play *shudder* country music sometimes. But they also frequently
showcase blues acts. This is the official page at the PBS site.
- 23 June 1998
- Mai Cramer's Real Blues
- Mai Cramer is a Boston-based Blues Babe with an impressive radio resume. This
uncomplicated site is well worth exploring, especially if you're in the Boston area.
- 14 April 1998
- Blues Brothers
- This movie is one of my guilty pleasures.
- 4 April 1998
- Cascade Blues
- Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of blues and roots music in Oregon
and Washington. (Power of the Web--it's based here in Portland, but it took a friend
in Italy to point it out to me.)
- 17 January 1998
- Linn County Blues Society
- Nothing says The Blues like Iowa. :) A surprisingly good site with
lots of blues news, links, info, etc. It includes a nice Luther Allison
- 7 December 1997
- Jim Byrnes
- I'm also a fan of the Highlander movie and television series,
which introduced me to the person--and the music--of Jim Byrnes,
who plays "Watcher" Joe Dawson. This page gives a nice bio and
an order form for his newest CD, That River.
- 23 November 1997
- Spaghetti Blues
- This English-language page is dedicated to Italian Blues bands and clubs. Some
good links, "web ring" jumps to other locations, etc. (Blues, like Trek, is
- 16 November 1997
- Kansas City Blues Society
- There's some great stuff here.
- 2 November 1997
- Geoff's Blues Page
- You're greeted by pictures of Stevie Ray and Buddy Guy. What's not to love? Lots of good SRV and other blues links.
- 26 October 1997
- Nashville Fats
- Brief bio of the Christian Blues artist, and an order form for his CD, Kind Hearted Savior.
- 5 October 1997
- MIDI Collector's Page
- A nice collection of blues songs in MIDI format.
- 13 September 1997
- Blues News
- "Straight from the pages of the Inland Empire's only Blues and Entertainment guide to you!" don't let the front page and its paragraph-long link fool you; there's some good blues info at this site.
- 6 September 1997
- [No selection]
- I accidentally ran into an episode of "Joanie Loves Chachi" on Nick at Night's TV Land.
It took the whole week to recover.
- 31 August 1997
- Blues Primer
- I've gotten a dozen copies of this gem through email the past couple of weeks. The Blues is often about laughing your way through your troubles, so this little how-to guide seems a perfect fit.
- 24 August 1997
- Zenith Blues Festival
- An all-star lineup, a nationwide tour, and cool prizes. Check to see if it's
coming to your town. The tour goes through August and September.
- 17 August 1997
- Luther Allison
- I'm sad to report that Blues great Luther Allison passed away last week. I saw him play a couple of years ago; he was one of my favorites. I'll miss him. This site is a good launching point, and there's a great picture of him. Fittingly, under "Tour Dates," today is listed as the day of his funeral and a "memorial jam session" at Buddy Guy's Legends. Tonight I'll be playing "(They Called) Another Blues Singer Back Home" in his honor.
- 10 August 1997
- Blues Legends Gallery
- Images from the Cascade Blues Association.
- 3 August 1997
- Buddy Guy's Legends Online
- More Buddy Guy. He was just in town with Robert Cray, so Buddy's been on my
mind. (BTW, whoever told my coworkers to nickname me "T-Bone"...thanks a LOT.)
- 27 July 1997
- Blues Links
- A nice collection of blues links, sorted by category.
- 20 July 1997
- DJ Player (updated 11/2/98)
- This excellent program plays continuous, commercial-free music in dozens
of categories...including several all-blues channels (Delta, Chicago, Electric,
Modern, and All). You can use the Internet for other tasks and listen to music
in the background, even on a 28.8k modem. I give this program many thumbs up.
- 13 July 1997
- Howlin' Wolf
- A good introduction to the great Howlin' Wolf, by an ardent fan. Some links to Wolf's recording sessions. If you prefer Duke Ellington, he also has this set of pages.
- 06 July 1997
- 1997 Portland Waterfront Blues Festival
- Great artists, two stages, four days and an evening of barge-based fireworks with several thousand of your new best friends. I knew there was a reason I moved here...
- 29 June 1997
- Delta Blues on the Streets
- The streets of Alexandria, Virginia never sounded so good.
- 22 June 1997
- Blues Web
- More Blues than you can shake a stick at.
- 15 June 1997
- Blue Flame Cafe
- Lots of good Blues references and profiles.
- 08 June 1997
- Buddy Guy
- All Buddy Guy, All The Time. One of Mike's favorites, and mine. Exhaustive
list of credits, albums and tracks, concert dates, and a link or two, this is
a good introduction to a still-touring blues legend.
- 01 June 1997
- Australian Blues
- I don't know if there are deltas in Australia, but they appear to have
a thriving Blues scene. Some nice audio clips and local band info.
- 25 May 1997
- The longest-running blues website on the Internet, this has a unique
feature I really like: mentors. If you have a question about
a specific blues artist or area, there's an expert available to answer your
- 18 May 1997
- Glen Adams' Delta Kitchen
- A whole lotta blues going on here.
- 11 May 1997
- Lonnie Brooks
- I saw Lonnie and his son perform at the Snowbird Jazz and Blues festival a few years ago, and became an instant fan.
- 04 May 1997
- Essential Blues
- If you're new to the Blues, this compilation from House of Blues
Music Company is a great introduction. This page includes biographies of
some of my favorite artists and some sound clips.
- 27 April 1997
- John Lee Hooker
- Another personal favorite, John Lee Hooker is a bluesman from way back who is still
- 20 April 1997
- The Walter Miller Home Page
- This isn't exactly a Delta Blues page, but I'm including it based on the
B.B. King maxim: "The Blues ain't nothing but a good man feelin' bad." Walter, who is
a perennial favorite online, has the sort of life that blues songs are forged from. He
has a gift for language that doesn't extend to spelling, but it's also got some of the
drop-dead funniest bits of Texas trailer-park misery I've ever read. (WARNING: not
for the easily offended.)
- 13 April 1997
- The Eric Clapton Lyric Archive
- Eric Clapton was heavily influenced by Robert Johnson. He's done some amazing things
with the guitar over the years, but some of my favorites have been his blues covers and
- 6 April 1997
- The Mudcat Cafe
- A great launching point for Delta Blues fans. Learn whether Robert Johnson
really sold his soul at the Crossroads, just for starters.
- 30 March 1997
- The Delta Blues Museum
- I recommend this one highly.
- 23 March 1997
- The one who first got me interested in The Blues. Just a man, a guitar,
and a microphone...but if you haven't heard of him, you've heard of the
folks he influenced. A fitting first choice for Site of the Week.