At Thanksgiving, ‘Signs of the Times’

'Signs of the Times'--Paul Laurence Dunbar's dialect poem in honor of Thanksgiving, originally published in his 1897 book of verse, Lyrics of a Lowly Life.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Andrew Oldham: Stone Free At Last

ANDREW OLDHAM, the svelte, shadowy figure who guided the Rolling Stones from London's blues clubs to international infamy, has published the third volume of his memoirs, STONE FREE. MICHAEL SIGMAN tracks him down.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Beatles ’64: Surmounting Media Skeptics, Fab Four Carve Out a Career

THE BEATLES were greeted by a skeptical, sometimes dismissive mainstream media as Beatlemania broke out abroad. On Feb. 9, 1964, the Fab Four dismissed the naysayers. Plus: The Beat Alls on The PowerPuff Girls.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Reality Check

On April 5, 1968, the day after MARTIN LUTHER KING's assassination, ROBERT F. KENNEDY addressed 'The Mindless Menace of Violence' in a speech in Cleveland that resonates ever louder in 2015, after Charleston.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Deep Roots Elite Half-Hundred of 2017 (Part 1)

The Best of the Rest: The Elite Half-Hundred of 2017 honors 50 outstanding albums of the year newly completed. Part 1 includes gospel, classical, bluegrass, blues, world music and unadulterated rock 'n' roll (thank you, Chuck B...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Gutless Vandals Desecrate Tommy Johnson’s Grave; Eddie C. Campbell Benefit Set

Gutless vandals desecrate Delta blues giant TOMMY JOHNSON's grave; benefit set for Chicago blues guitar great EDDIE C. CAMPBELL, who suffered a heart attack and stroke while on tour.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Video Moment of the Week

TRAVIS TRITT and his impressive 15-year-old daughter TYLER REESE are terrific on a remake of the 1992 rock smash 'Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough'
by David McGee
 

 
 

Jesse Winchester: Talk Memphis

JESSE WINCHESTER Tribute, Part 2: a Jesse monologue, his most extensive comments on his years in and abiding love for Memphis--'It was the world to me'--from an interview with Crossroads to Freedom.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Tribute to B.B. King

Remembering B.B.: The making of the King of the Blues's 1981 Grammy winning album THERE MUST BE A BETTER WORLD SOMEWHERE with songs by DOC POMUS and DR. JOHN
by David McGee
 

 
 

Chuck Yeager Struts The Right Stuff At 89

This week, 89-year-old nonpareil badass Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first person to break the sound barrier, recreated his historic achievement of Oct. 14, 1947 on that very day in 2012. The right stuff indeed.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Cleotha Staples, 78, Is Called Home

Remembering CLEOTHA STAPLES, Pops Staples' firstborn child and a vital element in the Staple Singers' success. Afflicted with Alzheimer's, Ms. Staples died in her Chicago home on Feb. 21.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Few Answers About ‘Answer Me’

'ANSWER ME, MY LOVE' is a classic pop song with a complicated history. CARL SIGMAN wrote the lyrics, and herein his son MICHAEL SIGMAN relates the tune's fascinating backstory.
by David McGee