BONNIE RAITT: WITH FRIENDS, FEATURING LOWELL GEORGE – I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME (CD)

We are told ….. Bonnie Raitt’s Georgetown show from April 1973 unveiled a hugely impressive cast for blues fans boasting the appearance of Paul Butterfield’s Better Days and the original Rolling Stone himself; Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup. Accompanying the relative newcomer Raitt, is Lowell George whose own band Little Feat open the show. Another giant […]

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Complete Albums 1965 – 1980 (14CD Box Set)

We are told ….. Paul Butterfield was the first white harmonica player to develop a style original and powerful enough to place him among the true blues greats. His initial recordings from the mid-60s featuring the legendary ‘Paul Butterfield Blues Band’ were eclectic, ground breaking tracks fusing electric blues with rock & roll, psychedelia, jazz […]

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Lady Sings The Blues

Wedaeli writes: “Billie Holiday is our hero” Val Wiseman announced from the Playhouse stage. She’s not overstating. Wiseman and her six-piece band have been touring for nearly two decades, all the while performing their take on Billie Holiday’s repertoire. You’d be mistaken for thinking that this Saturday night’s gig was among their first shows. In […]

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Share BluesFest presents Daryl Hall & John Oates, plus special guest Chris Isaak The O2, London 28 Oct 2017

We are told: Soul survivors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Daryl Hall & John Oates are one of the most sampled artists today. Their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul and rap-rock fusion. Since their 1973 debut album, Abandoned Luncheonette, they’ve sold more albums than any other […]

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Wilko Johnson interviewed by Siane Daley 2009

Wilko Johnson is famous for two things; firstly his contributions to one of Britain’s most respected band’s R&B bands of the early 70s the celebrated Doctor Feelgood, they did more than anyone to establish pub-rock/R& B and to put life back into a jade rock scene just before the emergence of punk. The liaison was […]

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Blues in London: Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir Interview by Will Bray

Mix plenty of traditional, deep south, old country blues, a sprinkling of cajun spice and a dollop of bluegrass will only result in an Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir cake. Following the release of the brilliant Ten Thousand, AMGC have been extremely busy and in high demand. The Canadian four piece have just completed a very […]

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Blues in Britain: Issue 187 – July 2017

They say: We’re very much in west London this month with a piece on the Ealing Festival and a history of the Eel Pie Club in our Club spot. Matt Schofield will be returning to our shores shortly for a few gigs and some of them with Henrik Freischlader – we get the full run […]

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Mike Bloomfield – From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

Produced and curated by Al Kooper (who played with Mike Bloomfield on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited sessions in 1965 and the Super Session album in 1968), From His Head to His Heart to His Hands premieres a wealth of previously unreleased tracks–including Bloomfield’s first demos for John Hammond Sr.in 1964 and his final public performance, climaxing with a track from […]

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Aretha Franklin – The Atlantic Albums Collection (19CD Box Set)

From humble beginnings touring American churches in her father’s caravan, Aretha Franklin has since been crowned the ‘Queen of Soul’ and is not only the definitive female soul singer of the Sixties, but also one of the most influential and important voices in pop history. Franklin fused the gospel music she grew up on with […]

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ERIC CLAPTON: JJ Cale got me through my darkest days

Martin Chilton (The Daily Telegraph) writes: Eric Clapton talks about how guitar maestro JJ Cale was his musical ‘beacon’, as he releases a tribute album called The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/10990285/Eric-Clapton-JJ-Cale-got-me-through-my-darkest-days.html ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct […]

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Blues music: notable interviews – Matt Schofield

Blues Matters magazine writes:  Matt Schofield has been on the UK blues scene since about 2002, in the last few years he has increased his fan base by touring extensively abroad. He is well respected especially in the USA by many guitarists, he is definitely a guitarists guitarist. His eagerly awaited new album “Far As […]

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Johnny Winter – My Father’s Place, Old Roslyn, NY, September 8th 1978 (3CD)

Taped for New York’s WLIR-FM just after the release of the classic White, Hot & Blue album, this epic performance captures the Texan blues great on fiery form, backed by new cohorts Jon Paris (bass, harmonica, vocals) and Bobby Torello (drums). Despite – or because of – being drunk, Winter turns in remarkably extended performances […]

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Johnny Winter – Step Back (CD)

Step Back” features an amazing list of musical guests and takes the late Johnny back to a more aggressive style of blues. . . one that helped shape the musical icon. Johnny was the only white person to be so respected by the black blues artists and Johnny was the last living link to the […]

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BB King – Ladies & Gentlemen… Mr B.B King (4CD Box Set)

“B.B. King was one of America’s few, long-standing musical treasures, whose stature has grown to an unassailable, international level. Despite being 85, King continues to tour, perform and grow in influence, casting a shadow that reaches far beyond the blues scene from whence he first came. His warm, down-home vocal style, his distinctive, talking blues […]

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Steve Miller Band – Live At The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, April 28th 1968 (2CD)

‘One of the top San Francisco bluesrockers during the late 60s’ – www.allmusic.com Awesome San Francisco psych / blues Finally available on CD Two-disc set Includes background notes / rare photos The Steve Miller Band are one of themost legendary of all the acts thatflourished in late 1960s San Francisco.Recorded at the city’s legendaryCarousel Ballroom at the […]

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Johnny Winter – Raisin Cain (CD)

John Dawson Winter, III, known as Johnny Winter was an American blues guitarist. He was a multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer. Johnny was prominent session man and toured with Muddy Waters. Johnny is the brother of Edgar Winter. Sadly, Johnny passed away in 2014 so we are proudly releasing Raisin Cain on CD. This was originally […]

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Essential Listening: Rock Candy Funk Party (ft. Joe Bonamassa) – Takes New York – Live At The Iridium (2CD+DVD)

A live DVD/Blu-ray package which includes a 30-minute documentary and an exclusive live companion double CD featuring over 100 minutes of music  all filmed and recorded at the legendary Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. The sound of Rock Candy Funk Party (RCFP) is as celebratory as the band name suggests.  Spinning a fresh […]

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Fleetwood Mac – Live at Record Plant in Los Angeles, 19th September 1974 (Vinyl LP)

Live at Record Plant in Los Angeles, 19th September 1974 (Vinyl LP) Recorded for the “Live At The Record Plant” radio series, the show begins with legendary KMET-FM disc jockey B. Mitchell Reed introducing the group with: “Tonight we’re very happy to present Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Bob Welch, Doug Graves – in […]

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BLUES: A leap in interest in pre-World War II acoustic blues

The thread starts: In mid-April, The New York Times Magazine published a cover story that might have been taken as a sign of a leap in interest in pre-World War II acoustic blues. It concerned the utterly obscure Depression-era singers Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley. In fact, while John Jeremiah Sullivan’s “The Ballad of Geeshie […]

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