Watch the James Cotton Blues Band’s Mississippi Blues Project concert from the TLA

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker
Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker

The legendary James Cotton played the TLA on Friday, September 6th for the final concert of XPN’s Mississippi Blues Project. The 78 year old blues man performed with the energy of a twenty-something to a sold out crowd, playing songs from his new album, Cotton Mouth Man, along with some classics including “Got My Mojo Workin'” that you can watch below. Listen to the entire concert here. The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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Listen to the James Cotton Blues Band concert from the TLA

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker
Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker
Blues legend James Cotton played the TLA on Friday, September 6th as part of XPN’s Mississippi Blues Project. Listen to the entire show here.

Set list
1. Noel’s Boogie
2. Waiting On The Other Shoe To Drop
3. Hard Times
4. How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong
5. Blues In My Sleep
6. Blow Wind
7. Honest I Do
8. Bird Nest On The Ground
9. He Was There
10. Hard Sometimes
11. Strange Things Happening
12. Going Down to Main Street
13. Rocket 88
14. That’s All Right
15. Got My Mojo Workin’
16. The Creeper

The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


James Cotton brings the year long Mississippi Blues Project to a dynamic close at the TLA

The legendary James Cotton brought WXPN’s year long Mississippi Blues Project to an explosive close last night during a rocking performance last night the TLA. Cotton, preceded by a Funky Friday dance party with David Dye and a Blues DJ set by XPN’s Blues Show host Jonny Meister, proved his legendary status with a dynamic 90 minute set of songs, including several from his latest album Cotton Mouth Man, and a rousing version of “Got My Mojo Workin.'” All photos by Laura Jane Brubaker. Audio from the entire show will be posted on Monday. The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


RSVP Now: The WXPN September First Friday Funky Friday dance party and free blues concert with the legendary James Cotton at the TLA!!

JamesCotton01_byChristopherDurst_600x300 The legendary James Cotton is playing a free show at the TLA on South Street in Philadelphia on Friday, September 6. It’s the finale concert of the year-long Mississippi Blues Project and will be hosted by Jonny Meister, host of The Blues Show on WXPN. In addition to James and his band playing a full set, the evening will also feature a Funky Friday Dance party with David Dye. In between Funky Friday and James Cotton’s set, Jonny Meister will be spinning the blues. James has an excellent new album on Alligator Records, Cotton Mouth Man that features special guests Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, Warren Haynes and Keb Mo.

The event at the TLA is free, but you need to sign up. Go here to RSVP for the show. here.


Non-COMM recap: Photos, audio, and setlist from the Mississippi Blues Project concert with Homemade Jamz Blues Band

Last Thursday during XPN’s Non-COMMvention, the Tupelo, Mississippi brothers and sister trio, the Homemade Jamz Blues Band, performed in concert with Super Chikan for the final Mississippi Blues Porject concert series. The band performed songs from its new album, Mississippi Hill Country. The band, featuring Ryan (guitar/vocals), Kyle (bass) and Taya (drums), played a fun and spirited set. You can listen to the band’s full set here via the XPN media player. All photos by Mike Lynch,

Homemade Jamz Blues Band set list
1. Blues Train
2. Buy One Get One Free
3. Burned Down the House
4. If Home is Where the House Is
5. Voodoo Woman
6. Red Eye Flight
7. Ain’t No Sunshine
8. Mississippi Hill Country
9. Pay Me No Mind
10. Washing Clothes
11. So Many Tears

The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


WXPN to broadcast and webcast Non-COMMvention performances featuring Tom Jones, Tom Tom Club, Foxygen, Kurt Vile, Wild Belle, Laura Mvula and more

This Wednesday, May 15 through Friday night May 17, the 13th annual Non-COMM industry and music conference is being hosted at WXPN. Many of the bands performing over the three days will be broadcast and webcast on XPN. Below is the schedule (subject to change).

Wednesday, May 15
7 – 7:25 p.m. Gabriel Kelley
7:30 – 8:10 p.m. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (video webcast)
8:10 – 8:35 p.m. John Murry
8:40 – 9:20 p.m. Tom Tom Club (video webcast)
9:25 – 9:55 p.m. Kurt Vile
10:00 – 10 :45 p.m. Phoenix (Phoenix will NOT be broadcasted live)
10:50 – 11:20 p.m. Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

Thursday, May 16
12:00 p.m. – A Special Mississippi Blues Project Free At Noon 12 featuring
the Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks (video webcast)

7 – 7:20 p.m. Mount Moriah
7:25 – 7:55 p.m. Mavis Staples (video webcast)
8 – 8:20 p.m. Wild Belle
8:25 – 9:05 p.m. Tom Jones (video webcast)
9:10 – 9:40 p.m. The Last Bison
9:45 – 10:15 p.m. José James
10:20 – 10:55 p.m. David Wax Museum
11 – 11:45 p.m. Robert Randolph
11:50 -12:20 a.m. Foxygen

Friday, May 17
12 – 1:00 p.m. Free At Noon Concert: The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Bobby Long

7 – 7:25 p.m. Wild Feathers
7:30 -8 p.m. Laura Mvula
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. The Lone Bellow
8:40 – 9:10 p.m. Free Energy
9:15 – 9:45 p.m. Kopecky Family Band
9:50 – 10:30 p.m. The Olms featuring Pete Yorn
10:35 – 11:05 p.m. Marie Miller
11:10 – 12:00 a.m. The Relatives


An Interview with the Directors of ‘We Juke Up In Here!’ (screening at World Cafe Live on Saturday for XPN Music Film Fest)

We Juke Up In Here!, the new documentary film by blues fans and historians Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel, returns to Philadelphia this Saturday as part of the XPN Music Film Festival. Stolle (the owner of Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art) and Konkel (the owner of the Broke & Hungry label) also co-directed the 2008 film, M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through The Birthplace Of The Blues. Much like that film, We Juke Up In Here! explores the rich history of the Delta blues. But this time the focus is specifically on the past, present and uncertain future of Mississippi’s juke joints. Though Stolle was extremely busy organizing the 10th Annual Juke Joint Festival – a four-day blues fest happening this weekend in Clarksdale – The Key was able to catch up with him and Konkel to talk about the new film.

The Key: How does We Juke Up In Here! compare with your last film, M For Mississippi?

Jeff Konkel: They’re both different sides of the same coin; they follow an interrelated, intertwined story. M For Mississippi was a road trip film shot in 2008. The idea was to take viewers through the Delta area and meet these various characters, mostly musicians, in the various places they haunt, including juke joints, front porches, their homes, house parties, and so on. And so we introduced viewers to about a dozen of the old guard—the traditional players in Mississippi playing the traditional style of blues. We Juke Up In Here! tells a similar story, but we focused on the juke joint owners, and those venues, which have been the traditional proving ground for these Delta musicians.

TK: What is a juke joint?

Roger Stolle: A juke joint is a real deal blues club. It’s an African-American owned, quasi-legal blues establishment that probably started out in the cotton plantations. As the music and the people moved into town—normally on the other side of the tracks—these clubs became the proving grounds for blues musicians. And it’s where it became something that would eventually be recorded and would move North, but this is the place where blues is the most natural.

It’s sort of like a “blues club,” but more like a house party, except the proprietor of a juke joint doesn’t really want you at his house. Continue reading →


Listen to the Mississippi Blues Project concert featuring Anthony “Big A” Sherrod with Robert “Bilbo” Walker

Last Friday, the Mississippi Blues Project featured two one hour Free At Noon performances featuring a solo set from Robert Belfour and a rousing performance from Anthony “Big A” Sherrod with Robert “Bilbo” Walker. Both concerts were hosted by Jonny Meister, the host of the WXPN Blues Show, heard Saturday evenings at 7 PM. Read Meister’s review of the show here. The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project. All photos by Joe Del Tufo. Go here to see the full photo set from the concerts.

Click here to the concert featuring Anthony “Big A” Sherrod with Robert “Bilbo” Walker.


Photo Recap: The Mississippi Blues Project Free at Noon featuring Robert “Wolfman” Belfour and Anthony “Big A” Sherrod

Today’s special extended edition of the Free at Noon concert series doubled as a Mississippi Blues Project showcase, with an acoustic set by Robert “Wolfman” Belfour and an electric trio led by Anthony “Big A” Sherrod. Take a look at photos from the show in the gallery above; we’ll have audio and more images later this weekend.


This Friday’s Mississippi Blues Project concert is SOLD OUT (listen online and on-air)

Photo by Dave Pearson |

This just in: Friday’s Mississippi Blues Project Free at Noon concert featuring Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod and Robert “Bilbo” Walker Jr. is now sold out. Blues fans can still tune in on the air at 88.5 FM in Philadelphia or online at for an extended edition of the midday concert series, and check back to the Mississippi Blues Project website afterwards for archived audio.