ELMORE JAMES: Blues After Hours (Vinyl LP)

We are told ….. Compiling singles originally released on the Flair label (a subsidiary of the legendary Modern label, known for making a star out of B.B. King, among others), this 1960 LP was released only two years before the death of electric bluesman Elmore James. One of the most important and influential slide guitarists […]

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Let Me Get By (Limited Deluxe 2CD) by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Let Me Get By is the third studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring ten new, original songs that stand together as a testament to the spirit and commitment of the tightly-knit 12-member ensemble. Driven by Susan’s soaring, spiritually charged vocals and Derek’s masterfully lyrical slide-guitar, the band’s musical talents are on display in full […]

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Eddie Boyd – 7936 South Rhodes (Vinyl 180g LP)

Blues pianist Eddie Boyd’s 7936 South Rhodes was recorded in London in January 1968 with three members of the early lineup of Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green (guitar), John McVie (bass), and Mick Fleetwood(drums). It’s a tantalizing setting for Boyd’s straight up Chicago piano Blues, going heavier on the slow-to-mid-tempo numbers than the high-spirited ones. Eddie […]

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An Interview with Blues/Roots/Americana artist Natasha James: Blues is more than just a style of music:

NATASHA JAMES is known for taking Roots music styles, turning them on their head, combining them, and coming out with tunes that are completely unique but totally familiar (Music Connection, Aug 2008) at the same time. On her debut album, BAD JUDGEMENTS, she had the pleasure of working and recording with old friend and monster […]

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Van Morrison – Live In Austin Texas 2006 (CD)

First class live performance from Van Morrision – performed Austin, Texas – September 14th, 2006. WILD NIGHT CHOPPIN’ WOOD THERE STANDS THE GLASS PLAYHOUSE I’M NOT FEELING IT ANYMORE CLEANING WINDOWS SAINT JAMES INFIRMARY I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU DON’T START CRYING NOW – CUSTARD PIE BROWN EYED GIRL GLORIA ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and […]

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TOM JONES / RONNIE WOOD: interview: Why everyone’s still singing the blues

Neil McCormick: In a dingy, crowded rehearsal studio in north London, Sir Tom Jones sits on a high stool, facing his five-piece band as they come to the rumbling end of another song. “Sounds a bit timid to me,” says the grey-haired, grey-bearded, deeply tanned 72-year-old veteran. “Let’s do it again.” A set list rests […]

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John Cahill / Music, Myth, Sex and Shamanism

Those of you who log in here on a fairly regular basis will know of my affection for John Cahill – a friend and all round ‘good bloke’ who never lets his audio get in the way of his musical pleasure. John is completely without pretension or elitism and the breadth of his musical tastes […]

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WALTER TROUT: The Craig Hunter Ross interview

To many, Walter Trout is a contemporary guitar legend and his guitar prowess, prolific recordings and non-stop tour schedule provide more than ample evidence to support the claim. As member of Canned Heat and having spent several years with John Mayall’s BluesBreakers, Trout has also supported numerous masterful musicians throughout his several decades on the […]

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Soundstage – Blues Summit In Chicago 1974 (DVD) by Muddy Waters And Friends

Muddy Waters (1913-1983) was frequently considered the father of Chicago blues.  Born in Mississippi and discovered there in 1941 by musicologist Alan Lomax, he moved to the Windy City in 1943 and proceeded to refine and redefine the sound of the blues, inspiring not just future artists in the genre but, significantly, those who later […]

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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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Joe Bonamassa Interview from 2010 – by Trevor Hodgett

Due to popular demand, and straight off the back of a sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert in front of 5,000 people, critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will embark on a nationwide UK tour in October. Here’s an online exclusive – an archive interview with Joe from issue #83 in November 2008. Asking the questions – Trevor […]

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All Tore Down (CD) by Mick Abraham’s Blodwyn Pig

We are told ….. Mick Abrahams was the original guitarist for Jethro Tull and featured heavily on This Was.. He left the group to form Blodwyn Pig a successful blues/jazz influenced progressive rock group. All Tore Down was recorded live in 1993 and features the classic Tull track Cat’s Squirrel. It’s Only Love All Tore […]

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T’ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do, a book about blues women – by Rhetta Akamatsu

In the past, they were the Queens, strong women who took an unconventional path. They were the Blues Women, and they changed the face of music. To understand their history is to understand not only a great deal about black history but about the history of the country as a whole. Today, blues women still […]

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JOE FILISKO: For a man bearing such a burden, you’d think Joe Filisko would have broader shoulders…

  We caught up with the harpmaster at his one UK appearance, in Brighton, en route to the Northampton Blues Week. For a man bearing such a burden, you’d think Joe Filisko would have broader shoulders. I mean, considering the fact that he’s hoisted the entire tradition of blues harmonica up on them things, you’d […]

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ELMORE JAMES: A very useful mini-biography

Not my words, but …….. “No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. Although his early demise from heart failure kept him from enjoying the fruits of the ’60s blues revival as his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf did, James left a ……..” […]

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MUDDY WATERS: Live At Rockpalast (2CD+2DVD Box set)

We are told ….. Muddy Waters had a great ear for talent and accordingly the formation accompanying him on this DVD was one of the very best: The pianist Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie Big Eyes Smith, bass player Calvin Jones, the two guitarists Luther “Guitar Jr. Johnson and Bob Margolin and harmonica player Jerry Portnoy. […]

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From the archives: Channa Vithana / “I grew out of Clapton and the Stones as my twenties faded because I can’t stand their bland dinner-party classic status, after one too many of their “

Previously published on September 17, 2012Channa’s (formerly of Hi-Fi World and now of Hi-Fi Choice joins us as guest writer for a short series of contributions. Prologue Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively […]

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