*Starred Review* Blues guitarist and music professor Goins, who grew up in Chicago just blocks away from the home of virtuoso blues guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Rogers (1924–97), believes that Rogers deserves infinitely more recognition for his innovative artistry, hence this expert insider’s biography. Born James Lane in Mississippi, Rogers traveled the country with his train-porter grandmother, a foretaste of his future on the road. Blues was his calling from the start, and working hard was his lifelong habit. Goins enthusiastically tracks Rogers’ early years playing in the juke-joint South and his arrival in Chicago in 1945, where he began his dynamic, downright telepathic collaboration with Muddy Waters. Fluent in the blues vernacular, Goins gleans fresh facts and vivid memories from dozens of lively interviews to capture the energy and struggles of the Chicago blues scene, from Maxwell Street to the Chess Records studios, as he tracks the ups and downs of devoted family man Rogers’ career with Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, and many others. Rogers’ story, including his retreat from music during the 1960s, triumphant return, and international stardom, is engrossing, and Goins’ zeal and nimble expressiveness are thrilling as he praises Rogers’ “special brand of lyrics,” his “irresistible, buttery-smooth vocal quality,” and his “highly sophisticated melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic style” while celebrating Rogers’ “timeless passion and conviction.” --Donna Seaman
"Wayne Everett Goins hasn't simply written a long-overdue biographical portrait of one of modern blues' most influential and gifted stylists; he's given us the context as well, with vivid, indelibly limned vignettes. . . . It brings to life not just musical history, but the feel, flavor and emotional resonance of the times during which this history was lived."--Living Blues
"Jimmy Rogers was the most under-appreciated of all the postwar Chicago blues pioneers--until now. Deep, heartfelt, and immaculately researched, Blues All Day Long sets the record straight. A major contribution to blues lore."
--Jas Obrecht, former editor, Guitar Player magazine
“Blues All Day Long is suffused with the same spirit as Rogers’ style of guitar-playing: tasteful, relaxed and stylish. . . . A mature and worthy biography."--De Blueskrant
"A great read. I loved it. What a nice tribute to the great Jimmy Rogers."
"Great work. Long, long overdue."--Taj Mahal
"For blues aficionados, Goins provides a wealth of information on one of the underacknowledged masters of the Chicago sound."--Kirkus