Front/Titel 2018 - Yank Rachell
January/Januar 2018 - Champion Jack Dupree
February/Februar 2018 - Delmar Evans & Almon Haney
March/März 2018 - Dave Alexander
April 2018 - Lonnie Brooks
May/Mai 2018 - Kansas City Red
June/Juni 2018 - Smokey Wilson / Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
July/Juli 2018 - Henry Gray
August 2018 - Floyd Jones
September 2018 - Tonny & Little Willie Littlefield
October/Oktober 2018 - Hubert Sumlin
November 2018 - Phillip Walker
December/Dezember 2018 - Mr. Leo & Little Smokey Smothers
Backside/Rückseite 2018 - Georgia Tom Dorsey
Sorry, in the 6th Blues Calendar women are in the minority. This is mainly by coincidence, but also because (old) men predominate in the blues.
A PORTRAIT of the mandolin player Yank Rachell (1910–1997) is on the cover. Martin Feldmann (who lives in Frankfurt/Main, Germany) took this photo on November 24, 1979 at the Blues Estafette in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Born in Brownsville, Tennessee, Yank Rachell was one of the most important representatives of the Country Blues. In the South, he worked with Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon. Finally he made Indianapolis, Indiana, his new home. He recorded his last album “Too Hot for the Devil” (Flat Rock Records) shortly before his death.
ON THE BACK, Georgia Tom Dorsey (1899–1993) is pictured in his garden on the deep South Side of Chicago during a conversation on August 16, 1981. The German blues researcher Friedemann Heinze interviewed him. Thomas Andrew Dorsey had started playing gospel and blues in the 1920s as a singer and pianist in the South. After arriving in Chicago, he met guitarist/vocalist Tampa Red, with whom he sang blues in Hokum style with mostly suggestive lyrics. After his wife and child died in 1932, Dorsey completely renounced the “devil’s music” and focused on gospel. As a composer of songs like “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “Peace in the Valley”, he became an icon of American church music. More blues photos are on the monthly pages.
SINCE THE LATE 1970s, Martin Feldmann has been taking blues photos during his travels, festival- and concert visits.