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CD Reviews - 2007 through 2009

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by James "Skyy Dobro" Walker  (To See James' CD review rating system, CLICK HERE)
112 North Duck - I took The Hook
112 North Duck - Dog at Your Door
Albert Castiglia - These Are The Days
Ana Popovic - Blind For Love
Ana Popovic - Still Making History
Andrea Marr - Little Sister Got Soul
Back Door Slam - Roll Away
Big James and the Chicago Playboys - Thank God I’ve Got The Blues
Big James & The Chicago Playboys - Right Here Right Now
Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry - The Way of Blues
Billy Gibson - DVD: Live at the North Atlantic Blues Festival (2007)
Billy Jones - My Hometown
BJ Allen & Blue VooDoo - Heartless
Blue Road - Live at Gabe’s Backstage Lounge
Blue Voodoo - Hot Wire (My Heart)
Bobby Jones featuring The Mannish Boys - Comin’ Back Hard
Bobby Rush - Raw
Bocce Boogie – Live 1978
Byther Smith - DVD: Blues on the Moon – Live at the Natural Rhythm Social Club
Candye Kane - Guitar’d and Feathered
Candye Kane - Superhero
Carlos Johnson - LIVE at B. L. U. E. S. on Halsted
Carolyn Wonderland - Miss Undestood
Chainsaw Dupont - Ghost Kings of Beale Street
Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings - Blues Evolution
Christian Dozzler - The Blues and a Half
Clarence Spady - Just Between Us
Corey Harris -
Cyril Neville - Brand New Blues
Cyrus Hayes & Lady Lee - Mr. President
Dallas Hodge - Reelin’
Damon Fowler - Sugar Shack
Dave Hole - Rough Diamond
Dave Riley and Bob Corritore - Lucky to Be Living
Dave Riley and Bob Corritore - Travelin’ the Dirt Road
Deak Harp - Gateway To The Blues
Eddie C. Campbell - Tear This World Up
Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater - West Side Strut
Eden Brent - Mississippi Number One
EG Kight - It’s Hot In Here
Ellis Hooks - Another Saturday Morning
Eric Lindell - Low On Cash, Rich In Love
Eric Lindell - Gulf Coast Highway
Fiona Boyes - Blues Woman
Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill, Rich DelGrosso - Live From Bluesville
Gary Moore - Bad For You Baby
Glenn Patrik - Nuthin’ But a Thang
Haley Crouch & The Comet Blues Band - Bring Pluto Back
Hamilton Loomis - Ain’t Just Temporary
Harper - Day By Day
Hollywood Fats & The Paladins - Live 1985
Honeyboy Edwards - Roamin’ and Ramblin
Howard & The White Boys - Made In Chicago
Jason Ricci & New Blood - Rocket Number 9
Jean Shy & The Shy Guys - The Blues Got Soul
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat - Tijuana Bible
Joanne Shaw Taylor - White Sugar
Joe Bonamassa - The Ballad of John Henry
John Hammond - Rough & Tough
John Németh - Magic Touch
John Németh - Love Me Tonight
John-Alex Mason - Town and Country
Kenny Neal - Let Life Flow
Larry Garner -Here Today Gone Tomorrow
Laurie Morvan Band - Fire it Up!
Lefty Williams Band - Snake Oil
Lew Jetton & 61 South - Tales From A 2 Lane
Lightning Red - The Groovemaster

Louisiana Red & Little Victor’s Juke Joint - Back to the Black Bayou
Luke Mulholland Band - Further
Luther Allison - Underground
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues - Backbone & Gristle
Maddy Moneypenny - Maddy Moneypenny
Malkum Gibson and the Mighty Juke - It's Gonna Be Alright
Mannish Boys - Big Plans
Matthew Stubbs - Soul Bender
Michael Osborn - What Goes Around
Michael Packer - Rikers Island Blues
Mike Bader - Matches my Feelings
Mitch Kashmar - Live at Labatt
Miss Blues - Bad Prospects
Mississippi Heat - Hattiesburg Blues
Monica Dupont - Life Goes On
Mud Angels - A Bolt From The Blue
Nick Moss and The Flip Tops w/special Guest Lurrie Bell - Live at Chan’s – Combo Platter No. 2
Otis Taylor - Recapturing the Banjo
Pat Smillie Band - Down By The River
Paul Mark & The Van Dorens - Blood & Treasure
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines - A Night in Woodstock
Phil Berkowitz - All Night Party
Popa Chubby - Electric Chubbyland Volumes 1 & 2
Reba Russell Band - Bleeding Heart
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Twisted
Ricky Gene Hall & The Goods - Bam
Rob Rio - Thank You, Joe Turner
Rob Roy Parnell - Let’s Start Something
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers Blues Quartet - ThrillVille
Roomful of Blues - Raisin’ A Ruckus
Root Doctor - Change Our Ways
Rusty Wright Band - Playin’ With Fire
Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women - Havin’ The Last Word
Samuel James - Songs Famed For Sorrow And Joy
Scott Ellison - Ice Storm
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Blood Brothers
South Side Cindy & The Sliptones - Change From a Penny
South Side Cindy & The Slip-Tones - This Time
Stan “the Man” Hedges - Two Mule Parade
Studebaker John - Waiting On The Sun
Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Roxanne Potvin - Time Bomb
Ted Cash - Big Boss Man & Alternative
Terry Davidson & The Gears - Damnation Blues
Texas Slim - Driving Blues
The Beat Daddys - Live at the Quincy Blues Fest 2007
The Delta Jets - Chair Factory Blues
The Gas House Gorillas - Five Gorillas Walk Into A Bar...
The Insomniacs - Left Coast Blues
The Insomniacs - At Least I’m Not With You
The Mannish Boys - Lowdown Feelin’
The Rounders - Wish I Had You
The Twisters - Come Out Swingin’
Tommy Castro - Hard Believer
Too Slim and the Taildraggers - Free Your Mind
Ty Curtis Band - Down on My Luck
Various Artists: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks - Things About Comin’ My Way
V.E. Paul - Susquehanna Stomp
Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots - Beale Street to the Bayou
Wanda Johnson - Hold What You Got
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith - Born In Arkansas

By Belinda Foster
Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans - ‘Le Blues Hot’
Fatback Deluxe - Rat Now
JC Smith Band - Defining Cool
Judy Roderick & The Forbears with Special Guest Mac “Dr John” Rebennack - When I’m Gone
Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy - Good Time Music for Hard Times
Michelle Malone - debris
Motor City Josh with Special Guest Jason R
icci - Forty Four - A Tribute to Howlin’ Wolf
Queenie & the Blue Cats - Another Blue Day
Shar-Baby - The Blues Is Here To Stay
Shemekia Copeland – Never Going Back
Shirley Johnson - Blues Attack
Sunny & Her Joy Boys - Introducing Sunny & her Joy Boys
Terry Hanck - Always
The Sean Carney Band - Live Blues On Whyte
Jr. - The River Club
Watermelon Slim - Escape From the Chicken Coop

by John Harrelson
Alvin Jett & The Phat noiZ Blues Band - Honey Bowl

Charles Wilson - Troubled Child
Earl Gaines - Nothin’ But The Blues
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials - Full Tilt
Otis Taylor - Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs

Taj Mahal - Maestro

Tas Cru - Grizzle N’ Bone

Webb Wilder - More Like Me

by Nikki O’Neill
Blind Willie’s - Live at Blind Willie’s, Volume 1
Chris James & Patrick Rynn – Stop and Think About It
Hybrid Groove - Just About Feeling
Irma Thomas - Simply Grand
Mr. Keith Little - Take It Off And Get Loose With It

by Mike O'Cull
Bill Sims Jr. & Mark LaVoie - American Blues Roots Duo
Buckwheat Zydeco - Lay Your Burden Down

Cal Williams Jr. - Morning Star
Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm - 2 Man Wrecking Crew
Chick Willis - The Don Of The Blues
Dave Fields - All Wound Up
Davis Coen - Blues Lights For Yours And Mine
Gary Allegretto - Many Shades Of Blue
Gravel Road - Shot The Devil
Hiromasa Suzuki - From Where I Am
Jake Walker - Confidence Man
John Primer - All Original
Jon Justice - The Rebound
Liz Mandeville - Red Top
Michael Burks - Iron Man
Scottyboy Daniel Blues Band - Flip The Switch
The Reverend Jimmie Bratcher - The Electric Rev
Watermelon Slim and th
e Workers - No Paid Holidays
Tribute To James “Yank” Rachell - Various Artists

By Tom “The Energizer” Schlesinger
Dave Herrero - Austin to Chicago
Delmark Records Celebrates 55 Years of Blues at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago - It Ain’t Over
Everett Smithson Band - Mad Dog

Gaye Adegbalola - Gaye Without Shame
James "Super Chikan" Johnson - Sum' Mo' Chikan
Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers - Inside Tracks

Marcia Ball - Peace, Love & B.B.Q.
Paul Metsa and Sonny Earl - White Boys Lost in the Blues
Steve Howell - My Mind Gets to Ramblin'
Walking with The Kings - DVD/CD
Walter Trout - The Outsider
Willie “Pinetop” Perkins - Pinetop Perkins And Friends


By Eric Steiner
Boo Boo Davis - Ain’t Gotta Dime
Boom Boom Steve V & the Knockouts - Tuff Love
Big G & the Real Deal - Chicago Blues Party
Bobby G Blues Band - Bitter Cup
Various Artists - Broadcasting the Blues!
Carlos Del Junco - Steady Movin’
Chicago Kingsnakes - Snapshots
Colin Linden - From the Water
Dave Arcari - Got Me Electric
Deb Callahan - Grace & Grit
Doug Cox & Salil Bhatt - Slide to Freedom 2 (Make a Better World)
Gina Fox - Her Name is Gina
Glen Terry - Soul Searchin
Joe Price - Rain or Shine
Johnny Drummer - Rockin’ in the Juke Joint
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne - Can’t Stop Now
Mark Hummel - Odds and Ends

Omar Kent Dykes - Big Town Playboy

Ramblin’ Rose - Woman in Heat
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers Blues Quartet - Soul Monster
The Billy Gibson Band - Live At Rum Boogie Café
Various Artists - Ninth Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit

By Ian McKenzie
Bankers Blues - A Study In The Effects Of Fiscal Mischief
Chris Collins & Blues Etc. - I Ain’t No Guitar Slinger
Marcus Bonfanti - What Good Am I To You

By Eldrige “Big Cat” Tolefree
Deborah Coleman, Candye Kane, Dani Wilde - Blues Caravan - Guitar’d and Feathered

By John McCormick
Jimmy Sweetwater - Jimmy Sweetwater
JJ Grey & Mofro - Orange Blossoms
Lightnin’ Rod & The Thunderbolts - After The Storm
Magic Slim & The Teardrops - Midnight Blues
Travis “Moonchild” Haddix - Daylight at Midnight
Vince Agwada - Eyes of the City

By Karen McFarland
Bob Levis - Barstool Blues
Kilborn Alley - Tear Down Chicago
Willie King - One Love

By Dale Clark
Betty Harris - Intuition
Christy Howard - I Crossed the Tracks
Joe Castellano Super Blues Band - Blues & Soul with My Latin Side
King Robinson and the Housewreckers - Hit the Big Time
Randy McAllister - Dope Slap Soup
Roxy Perry - In My Sweet Time
Steve Gerard & the National Debonaires - New Sounds From Kansas City
The Phantom Blues Band - Footprints
Cadillac Records The Movie

◊ By Mike "Cathead" Nunn
The Nighthawks - American Landscape

◊ By Gary weeks
Bluestone Company - Supernatural Delight
Chris Duarte Group
- Vantage Point
Chris Duarte and Bluestone Co. - 396
Eric Gales - Story Of My Life
Hill Country Revue - Make A Move

Jack Bruce and Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live DVD
Jeff Healey - Songs From The Road
Jimmy Bowskill - Live
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat - Tijuana Bible
Joe Pitts Band - One Night Only
Joe Pitts - One More Day
Johnny Winter - Woodstock Experience
Kelly Richey - Carry The Light
Liz Brown and The TomCats - Liz Brown and The TomCats
Liz Melendez - Liz Melendez Live
North Mississippi All-Stars - Do It Like We Used To Do
Rory Block - Blues Walkin Like A Man
Sean Chambers - Ten Til Midnight

◊ By Rob Paullin
Back Door Slam - Special EP
Becki Sue and her Big Rockin’ Daddies - Big City Blues
EB Davis and the Superband - Live at Yorckschlosschent
EB Davis and the Superband - Uh Uh Baby
Eric Bibb – Get On Board

Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - Overnight Sensation
Jerome Washington Express - Live – San Luis Obispo Blues Society Show
Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band - Let the Four Winds Blow

Phantom Blues Band - Footprints
Scott Albert Johnson - Umbrella Man

Sean Costello - We Can Get Together
Second Breath - Save The Blues
Tab Benoit - Night Train to Nashville
Tommy Keys - Side Street Boogie

◊ by Ben Cox
Albert Collins - Live at Montreux
Alberta Adams - Detroit Is My Home
Alex Wilson - Tell Me Why
Aynsely Lister - Everything I Need
B.B. King - Live (DVD/CD)
Bettye LaVette - Scene of the Crime
Born In the Honey: The Pinetop Perkins Story
Buddy Flett - Mississippi Sea
Catherine Russell - Sentimental Streak
Charlie Wood & the New Memphis Underground
Chris Bergson Band - Fall Changes
Coco Montoya - Last Dirty Deal
Cool Disposition - Jumping In the Mudd
D. Johnson - Doney Blues
Darrell Nulisch - Goin’ Back to Dallas
Dave Gross - Crawling the Walls
Dave Specter & Friends - Live In Chicago CD
Delta Moon - Clear Blue Flame
Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves - Roll With You
Elvin Bishop - Booty Bumpin
Gerry Hundt - Since Way Back
Gina Sicilia - Hey Sugar
Gina Sicilia  - Allow Me To Confess
Guy King - Livin' It
Janiva Magness - What Love Will Do
JW-Jones - Bluelisted
Kim Field & the Mighty Titans of Tone - Blue Smoke
LA Blues Alliance - What A Life
Laurie Morvan Band - Cure What Ails Ya
Los Lonely Boys - Sacred
Lurrie Bell - Let’s Talk About Love
Mason Casey - Sofa King Badass
Maurizio Pugno & Sugar Ray Norcia - Look What I Found Out!
Mem Shannon - Live: A Night At Tiptina’s
Mia Vermillion - Alone Together with the Blues
Microwave Dave & The Nukes - Down South Nukin'
Mike Morgan & the Crawl - Stronger Every Day
Monster Mike Welch - Just Like It Is
Moreland & Arbuckle - 1861
Nalle, Magic Slim, Omar Dykes - Chapel Hill
Nappy Brown - Long Time Coming
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops - Play It Til Tomorrow
Nicole Hart - Treasure
Nicole Hart & the NRG Band - Live! NRG
North Mississippi All Stars - Hernando
Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan - On the Jimmy Reed Highway
Peter Karp - Shadows and Cracks
Richard Ray Farrell & Marco Pandolfi - Stuck On the Blues
Ruthie Foster - The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
South Side Cindy & The Sliptones - Mighty Mighty
Steve Guyger - Radio Blues
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Solos, Sessions, & Encores
Sugar Ray Norcia & The Bluetones -My Life, My Friends, My Music
Tad Robinson - A New Point of View
Teeny Tucker - Two Big M’s
Texas Northside Kings - Texas Northside Kings
The Blues Experience w/Cash McCall - The Vintage Room
The Pauline York Band - Get Down and Ride!
The Soul of John Black - Black John
Ty Curtis Band - Stubborn Mind
Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History
ZZ Hill Jr. - Goin' To Mississippi

By Steve Jones
Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo - It Ain’t Easy
Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All Stars - Finger In Your Eye
Chocolate Thunder - Ear Candy

Dave Keller - Play for Love
Dan Peart - Truth Be Told
Dave Riley and Bob Corritore - Lucky to Be Living
Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam - Coming Up for Air
Fried Bourbon – Deep Fried
Meantooth Grin - Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Mike Zito - Pearl River
Pat Pepin - In It For the Long Haul
Rich Berry - Headin’ South On a Delta Breeze
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters - Living in the Light
Roy Rogers - Split Decision

The Cash Box Kings - Cuttin’ Heads Live
The CSL Jr. Band - Voice of the Heart

Tia Carroll - Live!

Zac Harmon - From the Root

By Mark THompson
Alabama Mike – Day to Day
Alphonso Sanders - Mississippi Influences
Barrelhouse Bob Page - Smokin’ 88’s

Bill Abel - One Man Band
Bobby Rush - Standing the Test of Time DVD
Chris English - 1-13-07
Coyote Slim - South Bay Jive
Dave Plaehn -Crazy Man
3rd Annual Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue - Live at Ground Zero - Vol. 1 & 2
Dennis Jones - Pleasure & Pain
Doug Adamz & Dan Hayes - Blues Duo
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans - Visions
Jason Ricci & New Blood - Done With the Devil
J. Hansen - Give the Drummer Some
J.P. Soars - Back of My Mind
Jeff Dale & the South Woodlawners - Blues From the South Side of My Soul
Jennie DeVoe - Strange Sunshine
Jenni Muldaur - Dearest Darlin’
Marc Benno - I Got It Bad
Mare Edstrom - Mare’s Blues
Mary Flower - Bridges
Roadblock - Live Vibe @ BB King’s
Roger Hurricane Wilson - Exodus
Seth Walker - Leap of Faith
Stan Mosley - Man Up
Steve Rowe - Five
Uphill - Blues & Mojo
Woodbrain - Swimming in Turpentine
Zach Prather & Slight Return - Freak

◊ by cRAIG ruskey
Duke Robillard's Jumpin' Blues Revue - Stomp The Blues Tonight

◊ by Brian Holland
Albert Cummings Live - Feel So Good
Chicago Blues - A Living History
Jeff Healey - Mess Of’ Blues
Joanne Shaw Taylor - White Sugarjstaylor.htm

Joe Louis Walker - Witness to the Blues
Long John Hunter - Looking For A Party
Sean Costello - Sean's Blues - A Memorial Retrospective

Woodbrain - Swimming In Turpentine

◊ by Reid Doughten
Davis Coen - Magnolia Land

◊ by George Fish
AZ Kenny Tsak/56 Deluxe - Like I Do
The California Honeydrops - Soul Tub!
Chaz DePaolo - Bluestopia

Craig Brenner & the Crawdads - Live to Love
Curtis Salgado - Clean Getaway

Ernie Vincent - Bayou Road Blues
Jake Lear - Lost Time Blues
John Parker - Self Titled

Kelly Carmichael - Queen Fareena
Paul Reddick - Sugarbird

Robson Fernandes Blues Band – Cool
Shout Sister Shout - Hit that Jive
Sweet Claudette & Friends - That Man’s Got To Go

The R&B Bombers - The R&B Bombers

◊ by Michael Packer
Alex Dixon Band - Rising From The Bushes
Andre Bisson - Rhythm & Blues Experience
Cee Cee James - Low Down Where The Snakes Crawl
Commander Cody - Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers
Front Street Blues Band – Blues Promised Land
Greg Nagy - Walk That Fine Thin Line
Izzy and Chris  - Preachin The Blues Vol I
Jim Byrnes - My Walking Stick
Lluis Coloma - Boogie Portraits
Missy Andersen – Missy Andersen
Scotty Boy Daniel Blues Band - Flip the Switch

Shawn Kellerman - Blues Without A Home

◊By BruCe Williams
Dennis Mitchell Band - Highway Kind Of Life
Kurt Crandall - Get Wrong With Me
Various Artists - Rich Man’s War - New Blues & Roots Songs of Peace And Protest

Other Reviews
Coco Montoya - Dirty Deal (Courtesy Crossroads Blues Society)
Delmark Records - 55 Years of the Blues  (Courtesy Crossroads Blues Society)
The Holmes Brothers - State of Grace (Courtesy Crossroads Blues Society)
Jimmy Burns - Live at B.L.U.E.S Delmark DVD (Courtesy Mark Thompson  Crossroads Blues Society)
Carey & Lurrie Bell - Gettin' Up Delmark DVD  (Courtesy Mark Thompson  Crossroads Blues Society)
Phillip Walker - Going Back Home - Review by Bill Porter
Big Joe Shelton - Black Prairie Blues - Review by Bill Porter
Elvin Bishop - The Blues Rolls On - Review by Bill Porter
Homemade Jamz Blues Band - Pay Me No Mind  Review by Jeremiah "Little Junior" James
Bonnie Bramlett - Beautiful  Review by Jeremiah "Little Junior" James
Eric Steckel – Feels Like Home Review by
John Mitchell
Homemade Jamz Blues Band - I Got Blues For You - Joan Turner

DVD Reviews

◊ by James "Skyy Dobro" Walker
The Son Seals Story - A Journey Through the Blues
Willie King - Down In the Woods

Little Arthur Duncan DVD - Live at Rosa’s Blues Lounge
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters – Hope Radio Sessions DVD
Experience Hendrix DVD

Performance Reviews

◊ by Chicago Blues Editor Lordy
Chicago Venue and artist reviews - Updated weekly!

◊ by James "Skyy Dobro" Walker
Back Door Slam - Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, IL
Blues On The Fox - Blues Festival, Aurora, IL
Joe Bonamassa - The New Lafayette Club, Normal, IL
John Nemeth with Junior Watson - The Alamo, Springfield, IL
Robert Randolph - 2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Fest
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat - The Alamo, Springfield, IL January 28, 2008
Laurie Morvan Band - Live at The Highdive, Champaign IL

◊ by Ben Cox
Sue Foley, Debra Coleman & Roxan Potvin - 2007 Nothin' But The Blues Fest
Gina Sicilia featuring Dave Gross - The Alamo – Springfield IL November 12, 2007
Bill Lupkin & the Blues Coalition - Live at the Alamo, Springfield IL January 21, 2008
"Honeyboy" Edwards, Kilborn Alley,  Deak Harp and Dave Faubel - Deactur, IL - February 28, 2008
Coco Montoya Live - The New Lafayette Club, Bloomington, IL -  Saturday, March 15, 2008
Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones Live - The Alamo, Springfield IL March 17, 2008
The Chris Cain Band - Live at Blue Monday May 5, 2008 The Alamo, Springfield IL
Simply the Blues Festival - May 9th – 10th, 2008 Ft. Madison Iowa
Too Slim & the Taildraggers - Thursday, May 8, 2008, Normal, IL

By Rob Paullin
The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue - Live @ The New Lafayette Club, Bloomington, Illinois - February 7, 2008 (With 12 year old Matthew Curry)
City of Glendale Gibson Jazz and Blues Festival - April 12-13, 2008

By Mike CATHEAD Nunn & Gary WINGMAN Weeks
Nick Moss - Marietta, Georgia


Book Reviews

Moanin’ At Midnight – The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf - Book by by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman - Book review by James "Sky Dobro" Walker

Today's Chicago Blues - Book by Karen Hanson - Book review by James "Sky Dobro" Walker

Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life & Times of Muddy Waters - Book by Robert Gordon - Book review by Ben Cox