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BluesLetter Number 88 January/February 2018

17 in 17 Compilation CD review and stories by Bob Baugh

Race and Blues in St. Louis Community Dialogue Series by Dr. Rosalind Norman

Torrey Casey and the Southside Hustle CD review by Michael Higgins

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BluesLetter Number 87 November/December 2017

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARK O'SHAUGHNESSY episode two - The second era of BB's by Michael Kuelker

Michael Kuelker also lists Mark O'Shaughnessy's 1980's discography

Bob Baugh looks at this year's Baby Blue Showcase

Bob Baugh reviews the Big Muddy Tribute to Albert King and Tommy Bankhead show held at the National Blues Museum

The 2017 St. Louis Blues Society IBC Road to Memphis winners

Reed Radcliffe's Big Muddy photo spread

Alonzo Townsend talks with Dion Brown about the National Blues Museum's radio…

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BluesLetter Number 86 July/August 2017


The Early Days of BB's (episode one) by Michael Kuelker

A Tribute to Stacy Johnson by Bruce Olson

Mark O'Shaughnessy the Poet by Michael Kuelker

Bob Baugh brings us a history of the Big Muddy Blues Festival - it keeps a rolling along!

Tribute shows at the National Blues Museum during the Big Muddy

A short on the St. Louis opening of the film Mr. Handy's Blues

Highlights and thank yous from the Atomic Blues Festival

2017 IBC information for musicians



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BluesLetter Number 85 May/June 2017

Harmonica Players of St. Louis
Bob Baugh takes an in-depth look at ten of St. Louis' top players

Young Harp Players of St. Louis
Jeremy Segel-Moss add four young players to the list

Third Annual Atomic Blues Festival

Education Fund Report for Quarter 1, 2017

Second Annual St. Louis Piano Festival by Ethan Leinwand

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BluesLetter Number 84 March/April 2017

St. Louis Women of the Blues by Bob Baugh
Kim Massie
Renee Smith
Uvee Hayes
Marsha Evans
Sharon Foehner
Melissa Neels
Tecora Morgan
Laura Green

Victoria Spivey (from the book That St. Louis Thing) by Bruce Olson

Q&A with Marquise Knox on his birthday by Alonzo Townsend
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BluesLetter Number 83 January/February 2017

Happy New Year

St. Louis Blues Society Presents 16 in 16, the third annual compilation CD

Get Involved with the Blues Society this new year

Women of the Blues Exhibit at the National Blues Museum

STLBS new office at NEBULA

Johnnie Johnson awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

Baby Blues Showcase photos
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BluesLetter Number 82 November/December 2016

The winners of the St. Louis Blues Society Regional Blues Challenge The Road to Memphis

IBC Fundraiser Show

Baby Blues Showcase

Jeremy Segel-Moss interviews Marty Abdullah

Preview of 16 in 16 the new St. Louis Blues Society Compilation CD 
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BluesLetter Number 81 October 2016

Alonzo Townsend on his experience at the Big Muddy Blues Festival

Big Mike remembers Preston Hubbard

Lilly's Corner: Spotlight on Frank Bauer

CD Review: Al Holliday Natural Remedies

Johnnie Johnson's wife Francis presented with "Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival Founders Award"

St. Louis Blues Society Road to Memphis area IBC
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BluesLetter Number 80 July/August 2016

Kenny Rice

Road to Memphis

Big Muddy 2016

St. Louis Blues Room at the NBM by Jeremy Segel-Moss

Atomic Blues Festival

Lilley's Corner with Michael Battle

Cast of Blues at the NBM photos by Peter Newcomb
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BluesLetter Number 79 March/April 2016

The National Blues Museum opening April 2, 2016!

Chris Holmes gives us his thoughtful words on the NBM opening in St. Louis with photos from Steve Truesdell

Ethan Leinwand talks on the history of "The 44 Blues"

Reed Radcliffe shares photos from "Meet the Blues" salute to the KDHX Blues Programmers show

CD review from Michael Higgins

NEW column from Lilley Halloran, daughter of St. Louis guitarist Tommy Halloran. She interviews John McVey this month.
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BluesLetter Number 78 January/February 2016

Meet the Blues: Salute to KDHX Blues Programmers 

Looking Forward to the Grand Opening of the National Blues Museum 

It's Time for Musicians and Photographers to Work Together 
by Reed Radcliffe; photo by Crystal Rolfe/Cryrolfe Photography 

Spotlight on the Center for Artistic Expression 

Meet the Blues: Salute to KDHX Blues Programmers 
by Nathaniel Farrell; with forward by Ron Edwards 
photos courtesy of KDHX including "Papa" Ray by Bob Reuter; 
except Art Dwyer and Ron Edwards by Peter Newcomb 

The St. Louis…

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BluesLetter number 77 November/December 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Road to Memphis Blues Challenge

15 in 15 St. Louis Blues Society Compilation CD is nearly complete

National Blues Museum announces Grand Opening date

MADCO and the Blues by David Lancaster

Play it Forward by Samantha Jane St. Raymond

Keep Your Eyes Open Commentary by Brian Curran

VIP Party for volunteers

Baby Blues Showcase

Our busy summer in pictures

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BluesLetter number 76 September/October 2015

Sharon Foehner: Achieving Excellence
by Joe Pastor
photos by Reed Radcliffe and Lori Jeffress
cover photo by Reed Radcliffe

The St. Louis Blues Society's First Atomic Blues Festival

Blues Workshops at the School of Rock by Jordan Heimburger, Regional Music Director, SOR

St. Louis Pre-War Piano Blues: The Sparks Brothers
by Ethan Leinwand

Big Mike Aguirre discusses the recent pedestrian fatalities in the blues district of South Broadway in South Broadway: Call to Action

The 2015 Road to Memphis with photos of…Read more
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BluesLetter number 75 July/August 2015

Eugene Johnson: Nobody Told Me that was Albert King

Jason David Cooper profiles Eugene Johnson
Ethan Leinwand's Pre-war Piano Blues: Walter Davis
John Higgins remembers Mike Prokopf
Jeremy Segel-Moss continues his conversation with Dion Brown of the National Blues Museum
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BluesLetter number 74 May/June 2015

Big Mike Aguirre's Thoughts on St. Louis Blues

This pdf is a page-turner!

Tom Hall's Guitar Wonders
Ethan Leinwand's Pre-war Piano Blues continues with James "Stump" Johnson
A Tribute to "Uncle" Dennis Brannaker by Hound Dog Brown
Killer Blues Headstone Project update on Roosevelt Sykes benefit
Jeremy Segel-Moss talks to Dion Brown, Executive Director of the National Blues Museum
STLBS Member and Volunteer Meet and Greet
Road to Memphis information for Musicians
Blues for Nepal Benefit
STLBS Calendar of Sponsored and…Read more
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BluesLetter number 73 March/April 2015

Eric Slaughter

Joe Pastor profiles Eric Slaughter
Southwestern Illinois College East St. Louis Blues Seminar
Remembering Dutch Schultz
Suzie Gilb reviews Johnny Fox's Room to Move and Time to Think
Jeremy Segel-Moss interviews Rob Endicott, Chairman of the Board of the National Blues Museum
Killer Blues Headstone Project Benefit for Roosevelt Sykes
Ethan Leinwand profiles Roosevelt Sykes in his Pre-war Piano Blues Series

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BluesLetter number 72 January/February 2015

The St. Louis Blues Society 14 in 14 Compilation CD

The Artists of the 2014 St. Louis Blues Society Compilation CD 14 in 14
Arthur Williams
Big George Brock
Eugene Johnson and Company
Al Holliday
Soulard Blues Band
Rough Grooves
Brian Curran
Bob "Bumblebee" Kamoske
Ground Floor Band
Miss Molly SImms
Hudson and the Hoodoo Cats
Jeremiah Johnson
The Bottoms Up Blues Gang
Funky Butt Brass Band

Frank Bauer, Matt Davis and Corey Woodruff remember Alvin Jett
Henry Townsend: Reflections of Genius Event
Ethan Leinwand's first two…Read more
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BluesLetter number 71 November/December 2014

Congratulations to the Winners of the Road to Memphis Blues Challenge

Jeremy Segel-Moss and Reed Radcliffe report on the St. Louis Blues Challenge
Kimmy V remembers The Shanti
Jeremy Segel-Moss profiles the National Blues Museum Radio Show
Joe Pastor continues his drummer profiles with Kaleb Kirby
Frank Mastromatteo reports on Pokey LaFarge's visit to the Six String Heroes group
at Jefferson Barracks
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BluesLetter number 70 September/October 2014

Salute to Blues City Deli

Salute to Blues City Deli on their 10 year anniversary
by Bruce Olson with photos from Reed Radcliffe
Ethan Leinwand explains why he moved to St. Louis
Big Mike shares his IBC experience
Jon Erblich profiles the Morgan family
Bruce Olson reviews the new book: The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson Music, and Civil Rights