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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Award-Winning Music Site Will Chase the Blues Away

According to legendary guitarist Willy Dixon, the blues appeared when man and woman first met. Since then, they have spread to Russia and have stuck around for the Computer Age.

You can find all you need to know about this enduring music style at www.blues.ru, where you can also learn to play Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" or look up the latest gigs at Moscow nightclubs.

The site was put together by some 20 music fans motivated by their "deep love for the blues" and has won a series of awards since its inception in December 1996 -- including the Best of the Blues web site award in 1999 and a Best of the Russian Internet award in 1997.

The main article on the page is devoted to Russian blues band Ragtime, which started way back in 1987 in the city of Nalchik in the North Caucasus but is now playing its first series of concerts in Moscow -- with a show scheduled for Wednesday at the B.B. King club.

Along the left side of the main page is a list of the site's features and sections. The "encyclopedia" offers an alphabetical list of the world's biggest names in blues -- from Luther Allison to Mighty Joe Young.

Click on a specific musician to see their discography and biography. Some of the artists have song lyrics and notes along with a picture and, with the right software, you can even listen to them play.

As one would expect, there's a section devoted to Russia's blues musicians. The "Blues in Russia" section carries information on a couple dozen local bands -- including lineups and some band history.

There's also a news section with information on new album releases and a section announcing upcoming blues festivals.

The clubs and concerts section gives a schedule of upcoming blues shows in Moscow and links back to information on the band that is playing. The schedule runs through mid-December.