blues masters: the very best of lightnin’ hopkins (rhino)

b.b. king
live at the regal (mca) and riding with the king, with eric clapton (warner bros.)


the newer blues
these second- and third-generation artists prove the music still cooks.

albert collins
ice pickin’ (alligator)

stevie ray vaughan
couldn’t stand the weather (sony)

bonnie raitt
the bonnie raitt collection (warner bros.)

alvin youngblood hart
big mama’s door (sony)

chris thomas king
dirty south hip-hop blues (21st century blues)

shemekia copeland
turn the heat up! (alligator)

tune in


martin scorsese rounded up some top directors to riff on the blues, and the result, the blues, airs through october 4 on pbs. the seven installments in the series are:

“feel like going home,” directed by martin scorsese

“warming by the devil’s fire,” directed by charles burnett

“the road to memphis,” directed by richard pearce

“the soul of a man,” directed by wim wenders

“piano blues,” directed by clint eastwood

“red, white and blues,” directed by mike figgis

“godfathers and sons,” directed by marc levin

check your local pbs station for showtimes.

live and blue


to get an earful of the blues in person, check these websites for info on dozens of blues music festivals.

www.mudcat.org. click "festivals and venues."

www.bluesfestivals. click the blue search oval.

www.about.com. enter "blues festivals" in search box.