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World-renowned blues harmonica master James Cotton, whom Rolling Stone​ called, “One of the greats of all time, burning with brilliant virtuosity,” died on March 16, 2017 of pneumonia at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was 81. His overwhelmingly powerful harmonica playing was one of the iconic sounds of the blues. He toured worldwide for over 60 years.

James Henry Cotton, known as “Mr. Superharp,” recorded nearly 30 solo albums, winning one Grammy Award, six Living Blues Awards and 10 Blues Music Awards. He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2006. The New York Daily News called him, “The greatest blues harmonica player of all time.” NPR Weekend Edition said, “Conjure up a list of all-time great blues harmonica players, and high up on it you'll see the name James Cotton.”

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January 25th is the 120th birthday of legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson (1897).

To celebrate the legacy of Blind Willie Johnson, we’re offering the Grammy-nominated God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson on vinyl for the special low price of $16.98. The LP includes a free digital download as well as custom inner sleeve with Michael Corcoran’s award-winning essay on Blind Willie Johnson.

Enter the code – BWJ120 – at checkout. Offer valid through February 1st.

God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson highlights the music of one of the most charismatic and influential slide guitarists and vocalists who ever walked the Earth. The eleven-track album features inspired interpretations of the iconic slide guitarist/vocalist’s most seminal material. Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Cowboy Junkies, The The Blind Boys of Alabama (accompanied by Jason Isbell), Sinéad O'Connor, Luther Dickinson with The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Maria McKee, and Rickie Lee Jones all deliver deeply moving and highly personal reinventions of Johnson’s otherworldly “gospel blues” music.

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On Monday, January 9, 2017, The Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world's highest honors. Five Alligator recording artists received a total of twelve nominations

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Shemekia Copeland performing "Ghetto Child" at the 36th Annual Rawa Blues Festival in Katowice, Poland

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