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LiveBluesWorld is a supporter of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, which provides support and opportunities for the bluesmen and blueswomen who set the stage for the rest of us.

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About Me:
I'm the guy behind the curtain at LiveBluesWorld.

I came to the blues through the door that Fat Possum Records kicked open. I journeyed from a love of punk rock to find R.L. Burnside, and I was blown away. R.L. connected me to Junior Kimbrough, and nothing was ever the same. I followed them back and found Son House, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bukka White, and so many others. I followed them forward, and found a vibrant blues scene that covered traditional country blues, boogie texas blues, all the way to the punk blues scene that brought me full circle.

I created this site to help promote the blues, to help support the artists, and to help fans find great music. I hope you like what we have here.

I don't get to hang around on the site very much anymore. And I don't have time to provide much support if you are having trouble with the site. But I'll keep the lights on here, so that blues fans around the world have a place to go to discover great blues music.

And of course, when you aren't hanging around LiveBluesWorld, go see some shows. Buy some music. Support the Blues.
Favorite Blues Artists and Bands (Please list at least a few...we use this question to weed out spammers)
R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Robert Belfour, Black Diamond Heavies, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Robert Johnson, The Clash, T-Model Ford, The Pixies, The Gun Club, Skip James, The Cramps, Seasick Steve, Dinosaur Jr., The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Blanche, Blind Willie Johnson, Scott H. Biram, Charley Patton, Chris Thomas King, The Black Keys, Dave "Honeyboy" Edwards, Dropkick Murphys, Howlin' Wolf, The Immortal Lee County Killers, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, Kenny Brown, Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, The Minutemen, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Precious Bryant, The White Stripes, Son House, Treat Her Right, the immortal Joe Strummer, Fat Possum Records, and so many more...
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What's up with LiveBluesWorld Chat

Hi all

Well, as many of you now know, last week we had an upgrade to our Chat room, and it's been nothing short of a disaster. I was holding out hope that things would improve, but I have no word from the powers that be that a fix is on the way.

We had a great chat community here, and I'm not going to just let it whiter away.

So first off...I'm sorry this has happened. I know that chat is a big part of our community, and I'm as frustrated as you are with the… Continue

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 7:54pm — 4 Comments

1,000 Members!

Well...actually, we blew past 1,000 members earlier today....but I got to this blog post as quick as I could. 1,000 members is a big milestone for LiveBluesWorld. We're building a great online blues community here...artists, fans, promoters...folks who love the blues and want to talk about it, listen to it, and support it.

We're rapidly approaching the first anniversary of the launch of LiveBluesWorld...just a bit over a month away. And over this first year, we've been slowly growing… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 10:05pm

LiveBluesWorld and Music Maker Relief Foundation are teaming up to support the Blues!

Hi all

Many of you probably know something about the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Some of you may have even been helped by them at one point in your career. Music Maker is a nonprofit based in North Carolina, USA, with a focus on helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern music gain recognition and meet their day to day needs. It's a noble effort, and one that should be near and dear to… Continue

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 10:00pm

Advertising comes to LiveBluesWorld

Ok, let's face it. No one loves advertising. We're all bombarded every day with messages about lots of crap we don't really need. People trying to swipe our hard earned cash. But unfortunately, it's one of the things that makes the world go around these days, and for a site like LiveBluesWorld, it's one way to help fund ongoing investment in the site to ensure it stays a healthy and vibrant part of the blues community.

So you'll see we're starting to add advertising to certain… Continue

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 12:34am

It only looks like I'm a slacker

For those of you that pay attention to your surroundings, you may have noticed that the home page was getting a bit stale over the past couple of weeks. While I haven't had as much time as I would like to add new content to the site, I'm working hard behind the scenes on ways to ensure that LiveBluesWorld continues to grow as the online spot to hang out and talk about the blues.

So much more to little time.

We just added an Instant Messaging function today, and… Continue

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 10:01pm

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At 1:11pm on December 30, 2010, Mickey Flynn said…

Droppin by to say Hi & every success for 2011 

 I use one of these guys axes myself they are the poodles plums. keep em in mind for next time u ever need a spare axe. This is also a cool tool to use for your own promos.

Best of Everything.


At 10:52pm on December 24, 2010, Mickey Flynn said…
At 2:11pm on November 20, 2010, Poe said…

Bobby Little told me about you and your work "Keeping The Blues Alive." Thank you for your outstanding efforts. It is refreshing to find someone who is more interested in preserving the art-form than making money. Keep up the good work! Fabulous site!
At 4:45pm on April 24, 2010, J.T. said…
Eric,Good to hear from LiveBluesWorld again.Iwork with Bluesman"Big Daddy"Stallings who just released his 3rd CD"Blues Party".Would you like a copy to review.Contact me,J.T.
At 5:11am on March 9, 2010, Mickey Flynn said…
At 4:44pm on March 3, 2010, Mickey Flynn said…
for a compilation of the Best of Rock n Blues music check out:-
a cool mix for piped music in Roadhouse/Rock bars - bikers events, hotcar & truckers shows, summer barbies and long haul journeys in ur gigbus ( 100 more tracks added ) - enjoy

At 4:32pm on February 9, 2010, Mickey Flynn said…
Hi Eric,
hopin all is good with you, enjoy this vid Ive knocked up for a young mate of mine from Baltimore whos up for a grammy with this song also if you like blues rock check out my jukbox at
have added all my own fave tunes from the past. should make a cool selection to play at your local bikers bar. enjoy.
Regards Mickey
At 9:32am on January 20, 2010, Patti said…
hi Eric..first a big thank you for this is just what I was looking for so long..
now my question.. who is the artist featured today in the music box? it says only titel and the songs are numbered so it goes titel 01 thru I do not know!
anyway, he or she is good!! I would love to know more about them. the music is sort of ethnic and great...

thanks for the info...take care and keep the blues alive!
At 8:05am on December 19, 2009, sasa said…
dear Eric,
it is possible to make Shirts with pfotos from all MUSICANS on LBW
i would be pleased to have one

thank you

best regards
At 11:50pm on August 6, 2009, Patti said…
Thanks for this site....I was dying out there, trying to find something like this.... thanks for allowing me to hang around here!


LiveBluesWorld Shutting Down

Dear LiveBluesWorld community.  LiveBluesWorld has had a good run, but unfortunately, we'll be shutting down the site on September 7, 2014.

We are no longer accepting new members.  

On September 7, the site will go offline forever. 

Thanks for being a part of the LiveBluesWorld community. 


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