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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steve Cushing  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Cushing lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cushing has been the hose of the nationally-syndicated blues radio show, Blues Before Sunrise, for the last 30 years. He has served as anchor of WBEZ's nationwide boradcase of the Chicago Blues Festival, performs frequently as a drummer and has produced several recordings by Magic Slim, Lurrie Bell and Smokey Smothers.

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Titles At Your Library

Blues Before Sunrise: The Radio Interviews
ISBN: 0252077180

University of Illinois Press. 2010

This collection assembles the best interviews from Steve Cushing's long-running radio program Blues Before Sunrise, the nationally syndicated, award-winning program focusing on vintage blues and R&B. As both an observer and performer, Cushing has been involved with the blues scene in Chicago for decades. His candid, colorful interviews with prominent blues players, producers, and deejays reveal the behind-the-scenes world of the formative years of recorded blues. Many of these oral histories detail the careers of lesser-known but greatly influential blues performers and promoters.

The book focuses in particular on pre–World War II blues singers, performers active in 1950s Chicago, and nonperformers who contributed to the early blues world. Interviewees include Alberta Hunter, one of the earliest African American singers to transition from Chicago's Bronzeville nightlife to the international spotlight, and Ralph Bass, one of the greatest R&B producers of his era. Blues expert, writer, record producer, and cofounder of Living Blues Magazine Jim O'Neal provides the book's foreword.

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