The great blues singer Robert Calvin Bland, known throughout the blues world as Bobby "Blue" Bland, had indeed, as the St. Louis Jimmy standard stated, been going down slow for sometime, yet was regularly performing in his final year of life until a very short while ago. His death at home on June 22, 2013 near Memphis ended the career of an extraordinarily beloved and long-running legend in blues music.
Alvin Lee of Ten Years After has died at the age of 68.
Some rumors do pan out: Mobb Deep reunites.
The past several years of medical set backs kept her from the public eye, then came the word: Fontella Bass, St. Louis' leading woman of song for the past half-century, died the day after Christmas. She was 72 years of age.
Album sales are down for 2012 but don't blame vinyl.
Sad news came across the wires last night: Tim Mize -- a longtime KDHX volunteer and a central figure on the St. Louis punk scene -- has passed away after suffering a brain aneurism and a massive stroke.
It's perhaps easy to underestimate the impact that Doc Watson has had over the course of his career, in part because of the ways we choose to express it.
Although he lost his battle with colorectal cancer, Robin Gibb leaves us with six decades of music and memories during his solo career and with his brothers Maurice and Barry as the Bee Gees.
In the world of American music (and especially rhythm & blues and soul) who, I would ask, could ever presume to test Etta James?
The great Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora has passed away.