TheCountryBlues.com Best Album Award

Best Album of 2011: Toby Walker, “Shake Shake Mama,” by Frank Matheis © 2012

Best of Album of 2012: Maria Muldaur & Special Guests, “First Came Memphis Minnie,” by Frank Matheis © 2013


Love Evolution: The antidote to the blues, by Frank Matheis © 2017

The First Annual John Cephas Piedmont Blues Festival, by Frank Matheis © 2015

Thecountryblues.com Sponsors “Women in the Blues” Concert, by Frank Matheis  © 2015

An Evening of Piedmont Blues, May 3, 2013
, by Frank Matheis © 2013

The Charlie Musselwhite Quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center – March 2013
, by Bibiana Matheis © 2013

Country Blues Summit – Alvin Youngblood Hart Plays Jazz at Lincoln Center – brings friends
, by Frank Matheis © 2012


Book Review: Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition– Dr. Adam Gussow, by Frank Matheis © 2017

Book Review: Piedmont Style Country Blues Guitar Basics– Valerie Turner, by Frank Matheis © 2017

Book Review: 
Busker’s Holiday– Dr. Adam Gussow, by Frank Matheis © 2015

Book Review: Head, Hands and Feet – A book of One Man Bands– Dave Harris, by Frank Matheis © 2012

CD Review: CW Stoneking- Jungle Blues– King Hokum Records, by Frank Matheis © 2009

CD Review: Pyeng Threadgill Sweet Home- The Music of Robert Johnson
Random Chance Records by Frank Matheis © 2004

CD Review: Michael Powers (a.k.a. Murchison) Onyx Root , Baryon 2004,
by Frank Matheis © 2004

Feature Articles

Phil Wiggins Awarded the Prestigious National Heritage Fellowship– By Frank Matheis © 2017

Meet Down-Town Takoma Radio WOWD 94.3FM – By Frank Matheis © 2016

Augusta Blues Week 2016 – By Frank Matheis © 2016

Another Robert Johnson Photo Debunked – By Frank Matheis and Dr. Bruce Conforth © 2015

Music feature: Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite “A New Way of Being Traditional” – Living Blues – Jan. 2013 Issue Nr. 223, Vol. 44 #1 by Frank Matheis © 2013

Biographical: Guy Davis –  “Guy Davis Has It All – Or Does He? “– published in Blues Access – Spring 2001 by Frank Matheis © 2013

Opinion: Country Blues: Is it, or is it ain’t? – exploring the meaning of the term “country blues.” By Frank Matheis © 2012

Biographical: Lonnie Johnson – An excellent article about the great bluesman -Excerpted from The Guitar Players by James Sallis © 1982

Satire: What to Wear to a Jazz Club—and what not to wear in Paris – a humorous look at the beret. By Frank Matheis, published in InsideOut © 2008

Opinion: In Defense of Robert Johnson– An ever so mild critique of Elijah Wald’s “Escaping the Delta” by Frank Matheis © 2006

Satire: How Can You Listen To That Stuff?– a humorous look at musical snobbery, by Frank Matheis © 2005

Biographical: Meet Slam Allen– Today he plays guitar and leads the band for James Cotton. Back then, this article featured the then up-and-coming Hudson Valley, New York musician. By Frank Matheis © 2000

Busk or bust! Hitting the streets of Europe. (Hey Rube! Tips, hints & ideas to foster a good working environment among folk music’s community of performers). Article published in: Sing Out! By Frank Matheis © 2002

Opinion: Blues & Race– An OpEd by Frank Matheis about a controversy within the blues community © 1996

Old Time Guitar Recording – Sound technical advice to get that authentic vintage sound. By John Williams © 2009

Top 50 Country Blues CDs- Pre-War to 1960. By Frank Matheis © 2011

Top 100 Country Blues CDs – 1960 to present day © 2012


Interview with Dom Turner– By Julie Fox © 2015.

Interview with Pete Seeger– while not about the blues, it may be of interest anyway.
By Frank Matheis © 1998

Creative Writing

Ode to Otha – a poetic tribute to Otha Turner by Rafael Otto © 2009

Rambling Man – a poetic tribute to Robert Johnson by Rafael Otto © 2009