Shemekia Copeland performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Liz Waldie/WXPN hide caption

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Shemekia Copeland On World Cafe

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Jeffrey Foucault's latest album is called Salt as Wolves. Joseph Navas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jeffrey Foucault Finds Beauty In Small Towns And Simple Truths

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Walter Trout's latest album is called Battle Scars. Austin Hargrave/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Walter Trout Returns From The Edge Of Oblivion With 'Battle Scars'

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G. Love & Special Sauce's new album, Love Saves The Day, comes out Oct. 30. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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G. Love & Special Sauce: Still Cooking

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Shemekia Copeland's album, Outskirts of Love, is out now. Suzanne Foschino/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Shemekia Copeland Still Loves, And Lives, The Blues

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Gary Clark Jr.'s new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, is out now. Frank Maddocks/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gary Clark Jr.: 'Music Is Medicine To Me'

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Mike Flangin's debut album, The Drifter, comes out Aug. 21. Ashley McCue/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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20 Years A Musician, Mike Flanigin Reflects On Firsts

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Buddy Guy's latest album is titled Born to Play Guitar. Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Buddy Guy: 'I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music'

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Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie. Frank Masi/Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

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B.B King in 1996. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His 'Droopy-Drawers' Sound

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Dave (left) and Phil Alvin. Beth Herzhaft /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

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Blues artist John Hammond is celebrating more than 50 years of recording with a live album called Timeless. Marla Silver/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Hammond: The Time Tom Waits Wrote Me A Song On The Spot

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Leo Welch's debut album is called Saboulga Voices. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

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Black Joe Lewis' new album is Electric Slave. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Black Joe Lewis And His Band Stay The Course, Lose The Name

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A Musical Power Couple With A Dozen-Strong Entourage

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Bobby McFerrin's new album is titled Spirityouall. Carol Friedman /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bobby McFerrin: Spirituals As Sung Prayers

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Corey Harris' new album is titled Fulton Blues. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 'Fulton Blues,' Corey Harris Resurrects Memories Of Southern Neighborhood

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Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite's new collaborative album is titled Get Up! Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy

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Vintage Trouble recently reissued its 2010 debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

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Gary Clark Jr.'s new album is called Blak and Blu. Frank Maddocks/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gary Clark Jr.: A Blues Wunderkind Grows Up, Breaks Out

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"Blues is a feeling, and it exists cross-culturally. It always has existed, and it always will. It's part of being human," says musician Elliott Sharp. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elliott Sharp: 'Blues Is A Feeling'

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Kid Koala's new album is titled 12 Bit Blues. Corinne Merrell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kid Koala: All Roads Lead To The Blues

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Pianist Kirby Lee Hammel and drummer Jake Alexander perform as Clangin' & Bangin' at an Oakland farmers market. Nina Thorsen/KQED hide caption

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A Honky-Tonk Duo Takes The Piano Outdoors

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Guy Davis performs in northern Italy at the Piacenza Blues Festival in 2010. Giulia Ciappa/Flickr hide caption

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'Ambassador' Guy Davis Takes Blues Around The Globe

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Dr. John's newest album, Locked Down, comes out Tuesday. Michael Wilson hide caption

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Dr. John: A Rock Legend Gets Personal

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