Adam Gussow, author of Whose Blues?: Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music, is professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and author of four previous books on the blues. He is currently appearing on Netflix in Satan & Adam.

Gussow is also a musician in The Blues Doctors, a two-man band out of Oxford, Mississippi, with Alan Gross. They play a mix of down-home Delta standards and urban grooves from the Clarksdale-to-Chicago axis with some New Orleans funk thrown in. Since joining forces in 2012, they’ve transformed themselves into a two-man band with a bold and distinctive sound: Gussow on harmonica and drumset, Gross on guitar, with both men sharing vocal duties. CLICK HERE to watch a performance of one of Gussow’s original compositions, “Thunky Fing Rides Again,” performed by his longtime “other” duo, Satan & Adam.

Published Works

Whose Blues?: Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music
Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition


Reading Under the Influence: Music, History & Race

Regina Bradley (Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of Hip-Hop South), Adam Gussow (Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of Music), and Claudrena Harold (When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras) discuss the ways that music, history, and race intersect in the creation of American identity, with a focus on blues, southern hip-hop, and late-century gospel music.

March 15, 2021 | 7PM – 8:30PM

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