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When you first meet Black roots music sensation Fantastic Negrito, you are struck by his demeanor and eclectic look. Hailing from Oakland, California, the artist told rolling out his tale of cultural displacement, triumph over tragedy, weed farming, and success in the music industry. Negrito, real name Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, moved to Oakland when he…

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In the world of true blues music, you call a person who plays harmonica a ‘harp’ player and few were greater than harp legend James Cotton. He was called ‘Mr. Superharp’ and has played with music legends such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, B.B King, Carlos Santana, and many others. Cotton died on Thursday in…

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History was made last night as living legend Bobby Rush won his first Grammy at the age of 83. Rush had been nominated for Grammys three times in the past and his win this year has blues fans relieved and happy that he received the long overdue recognition. Rush has been called the “Dean of…

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Atlanta has a proud music tradition that stretches back to slavery. At its roots is blues, the basis of all popular music in America and perhaps the world. This past week, dozens of local and regional artists gathered at Northside Tavern in Atlanta to celebrate the legacy of blues music with performances and stories about the…

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This past weekend a pioneer in early R&B, Tommy Brown, was laid to rest. As previously reported by rolling out, Brown was a popular entertainer during the heyday of Atlanta’s nightlife and had hits that saw him reach No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts of the 1950s both in America and Europe. His big hit…

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Jontavious Willis, 19, is a student at Columbus State University and a true blues prodigy. With mentors like blues icon Taj Mahal, there can be no doubt that the tradition of a unique American musical art form is being passed down to a worthy young artist. Rolling out spoke with Willis about his music and…

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Blues music legend B.B. King is gone and his legacy will live on, apparently so will the controversy surrounding his estate. This week four of King’s daughters, Patty King, Karen Williams, Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree filed a lawsuit claiming that his longtime manager, LaVerne Toney; and her aide, Myron Johnson, were unfit to act…

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B.B. King is gone and the world has lost a true legend. His one string guitar solos were distinctive and just with 4 notes the listener knew he was hearing the “King of the Blues.” One of BB King’s lifelong friends was fellow bluesman and a legend in his own right, Bobby Rush. Bobby talked…

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World-renowned and beloved bluesman B.B. King has died at the age of 89. According to the his attorney, Brett Bryson, King died peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on Thursday, May 15 at about 9:40 p.m. PDT. King, a 15-time Grammy winner, suffered from diabetes and had been dealing with declining health recently. Last year…

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