Blues news from Blues Matters magazine

After the success of Blues in Town last year Nick Garner has decided to take the event to the next level now re-named Blues In the City after Chelmsford gaining City status in the Queen’s Jubilee Awards.   This year the event will run over four days at different venues in and around Chelmsford. Nick […]

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Blues in Britain: Interview – Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

  From the archives – several years ago Paul Rishell & Annie Raines were interviewed by Y6 pupils* at Russell Hall Primary School, West Yorkshire following their workshop at the school and prior to their appearance in Keighley. * Thanks to Laura, Daniel, Natasha, Emily, Holly, Scott, Lauren & Lucy. Who or what encouraged you to start playing music? Annie – […]

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Jack Bruce – Live At The Canterbury Fayre (DVD Digipack)

This is the stunning film of Jack Bruce and the Cuicoland Express captured live at the Canterbury Fayre music festival inthe summer of 2002. Featuring the amazing talents of Living Color guitarist, Vernon Reid, the keyboard magic of WooWarrior and former Parliament/Funkadelic musical director, Bernie Worrell and the supreme percussion skills ofRoddy Ameen, El Negro […]

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Pure Genius – The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Box Set) by Ray Charles

A 7-disc box set covering Ray Charles’ entire Atlantic Records repertoire, with an entire disc of unreleased rarities. A bonus DVD features Ray live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 and an exclusive interview with Ahmet Ertegun by Ray director Taylor Hackford! 7 CDs plus a bonus DVD! Ray Charles is a music legend […]

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BLUES MUSIC: Richard Johnston Interview (2003) Beale Street’s One Man Blues Band

Reverend Keith A. Gordon writes:  Richard Johnston doesn’t need much room on a stage to perform. Tucked in behind a foot-operated drum kit, he’ll pick up a guitar, lean over towards the microphone and begin wailing the dirtiest, lowdown country blues you’ve ever heard. In a space barely the size of a postage stamp compared […]

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Complete Columbia Recordings (10CD) by Bessie Smith

  When Columbia issued the first of the five volumes in Bessie Smith’s complete recordings series in 1991 — as a logical follow-up to 1990’s wildly successful Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings box — they were simply hoping for another hit. As the Smith series continued through to its conclusion in 1996, each volume was […]

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Chicago Blues All Stars 1970 (CD) by Willie Dixon • Lafayette Leake • Lee Jackson • Sister Rosetta Tharpe • Clifton James • Shaky Horton

  We are told ….. The Chicago Blues All Stars, live at the Blues & Gospel Night, Chicago on November 8th 1970. At the colder end of 1970, the cool sound of gospel blues still hollered loudly in the aftermath of a rock revolution and a revival in soul and R&B. Older genres such as […]

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BERNIE MARSDEN: Big Boy Blues Session (CD)

They tell us ….. Bernie Marsden, original Whitesnake guitarist with his legendary blues session album originally released in 2003. Bernie co-wrote many Whitesnake hits including “Fool For Your Loving” and “Here I Go Again”. This album takes Bernie back to his roots with a classic session with many other artists with a collection of fine […]

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Eric Clapton – Planes, Trains And Eric (Blu-ray) Track listings shown here

Eric Clapton is one of the most revered and influential guitarists of all time. From his early days with the Yardbirds, through John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos and on to his solo career he has had consistent critical and commercial success. “Planes, Trains And Eric” follows Eric Clapton and his […]

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What is the Chicago Blues Style?

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated March 08, 2017 When American became embroiled in World War II, it served to increase the exodus of African-Americans from the Southern states northward to cities like St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. Former sharecroppers were moving out of the rural areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to find jobs […]

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Henry Mccullough – Live At Rockpalast (CD+DVD)

This is the first and only solo Rockpalast appearance by the Irish singer-guitarist and legendary Grease Bandmember who backed Joe Cocker at Woodstock in 1969 and Paul McCartney (as an original member of Wings) inthe Seventies.He has also played with Sweeney’s Men, Spooky Tooth and Eire Apparent, and contributed spoken word to PinkFloyd’s ‘Dark Side […]

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Climax Blues Band – Live, Rare & Raw:1973-1979 (3CD)

A brand new compilation that charts the period when the Climax Blues band accelerated from club act to US Top 40 regularsand, finally, Top 3 hit makers with ‘Couldn’t Get it Right’.Accompanying frontman Colin Cooper (vocals, sax) and Pete Haycock (guitar, vocals), both now sadly deceased, were JohnCuffley (drums) and Derek Holt (bass, vocals). The […]

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Buddy Guy Live at Legends

Thom Jurek writes ….. Live at Legends captures the raging bluesman during a blistering set at his club in early 2010, playing pretty much exactly what you’d expect: “Damn Right I Got the Blues,” “Best Damn Fool,” and medleys of “I Just Want to Make Love to You/Chicken Heads,” “Boom Boom/Strange Brew,” and “Voodoo Chile/Sunshine […]

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Rory Gallagher: Best Guitar Solos. Observations by Tony Besgrove

We are – as always – indebted to our friend Tony Besgrove for this terrific recommendation. He writes – “Rory at his greatest – clips from his most spectacular solos – such brilliant phrasing. Strats just don’t get so battered as this one.” Also ….. You can find all of Tony’s infallible choices by clicking […]

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