Blues Highway: New Orleans to Chicago

by Richard Knight

304 pages

Trailblazer Publications

$19.95

This book is written primarily for jazz and blues enthusiasts who might be interested in what it would be like to spend three weeks touring what author Richard Knight calls "Blues Highway," the New Orleans-to-Chicago path (that includes the Quad Cities) where much of jazz and blues originated.

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