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JOE BONAMASSA: Interview from 2010 by Trevor Hodgett

From our archives   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 […]

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CHICAGO BLUES ALL STARS 1970: Lafayette Leake / Lee Jackson / Sister Rosetta Tharpe / Clifton James / Shaky Horton

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 gospel remained resolute and uninhibited, […]

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE: Interview by Billy Hutchinson

Since the release, in 1966, of ‘Stand Back’, Charlie Musselwhite has recorded over 20 albums and received 18 WC Handy Awards and 6 Grammy nominations. In a career now running into it’s 5th decade he’s played with all the greats (John Lee Hooker was the Best Man at his wedding!) and pushed the boundaries of […]

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Editor Neil McCauley: Today I’m listening to Van Morrison ‘Pay The Devil’

Meanwhile ……. “His vocal digs into the lyrics and sets it in the blanket of the deceptively loose barroom-styled accompaniment. The set closes with a deeply emotional read of Rodney Crowell’s “Till I Gain Control Again.” Paul Godden’s lonesome dobro is the engine that guides it emotionally. Bob Loveday’s violins add painterly touches to the […]

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BUDDY GUY: When I Left Home – My Story by Buddy Guy

Martin Chilton writes: “Buddy Guy dedicates his memoir to Muddy Waters – “father of us all” – and some of the most sparkling and gritty reminiscences in this autobiography, called When I Left Home, concern Guy’s friendship with his fellow Blues star. Guy, winner of six Grammys and a man inducted into the Rock and […]

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WALTER TROUT: Battle Scars (CD)

Deluxe edition digipack with extended booklet and 2 bonus tracks. Joyful, energized guitar-and-vocal performances frame the dozen original songs that narrate his hard-won, life-or-death struggle waiting for, and ultimately receiving, a life-saving liver transplant. With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter Trout’s new album, […]

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SEASICK STEVE: Interview

Kicked out of his family home at the age of 14, Steve became a genuine hobo, hopping freights all over America. Always travelling with his guitar – having been taught a few chords as a kid by Delta bluesman KC Douglas, an old pal of the legendary Tommy Johnson – in the ’60s he began […]

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JEREMY SPENCER: In conversation

 Asking the questions: editor Fran Leslie. You have been invited to play at the Chicago Blues Festival and I see that you are doing a workshop entitled The Art of Slide. How did that come about? In July of last year (2008), I was playing with the Norwegian band at Fitzgerald’s, a blues club in […]

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MUDDY WATERS: Blues band featuring BB King live at Ebbets Field

Classic live radio broadcast from 30th May 1973 Includes the entire broadcast Digitally remastered for enhanced sound quality Background liners Muddy Waters had only recently completed his Australasia tour that had started in late April and finished in Perth on 11th May 1973. He arrived just two days later in Vancouver before performing five dates […]

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