HENDRIX: Why did Jimi Hendrix stop playing with Mitchell and Redding?

Gary Gomes, Current Musician, Vedic Astrologer at Self-Employment Noel was a guitar player first and actually thought he was auditioning for the New Animals. Hendrix hired him mainly because he liked his hair! In fairness to Redding, he actually did a very good job for Hendrix considering his lack of experience (pun intended). Redding actually […]

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OPEN REEL RECORDINGS: Why analog-obsessed audiophiles are returning to reel-to-reel

Audiophiles are notorious for embracing dated technologies, but their latest move might leave some wondering if they’ve lost their marbles. Incredibly, the audio world is seeing the resurgence of a product that declined decades ago and practically disappeared from the market around the early 2000s: the reel-to-reel tape deck. Forty years ago, a reel-to-reel deck […]

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“Dust My Broom”: The Story Of A Song

  The passionate, hard-driving blues song “Dust My Broom” has been filling dance floors and exhilarating listeners for more than 60 years. The song’s been covered by countless performers – a quick search on youtube turns up versions by Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, The Yardbirds, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Ike […]

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PETER GREEN: Biography

    by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated March 08, 2017 If not for the cruel hand of fate, Peter Green (born October 29, 1946 in London England) might today be considered the greatest British blues guitarist, on par with Eric Clapton, instead of the somewhat obscure cult artist he is today. Green’s struggle with […]

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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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Early Blues Interview John Anderson, singer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist

I had the pleasure of talking with John Anderson, latterly joined by Alan Draisey, over a jar during their virtuoso performance as The Ragtime Jug Orchestra at the Upton Blues Festival. Alan:   Thank for agreeing to do the interview John.  What are your first musical memories growing up in deepest Gloucestershire? John:   I’m a Londoner […]

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

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 Down Lies Billy The […]

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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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Texas Blues Man (Limited Green Vinyl LP)

  We are told: Lightnin’ Hopkins had already recorded dozens, if not hundreds, of sides for various labels by the time he hooked up with Chris Strachwitz in the late ‘50s, but his recordings for Strachwitz’s Arhoolie label are some of the rawest and strongest of his career. Originally released in 1968, this classic slab […]

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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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