Issue 96 out now! Interviews include Rory Block, John Mayall, Valerie June, Colin James, Jack Hutchinson, Mississippi Heat, Wille & The Bandits, Justin Johnson, Russell 'Hitman' Alexander and James Montgomery. Regular features include new artists, charts, festival & gig news, plus over 80 album releases to browse through. Available here in App, Andriod & Print (FREE digital copy with printed editions)
Released on the re-activated Chess label on 24th February is Wilko Johnson's latest album called, I keep It To Myself / The Best Of. Recorded between 2008-2012, this is a two-disc set jam packed with the usual high octane rhythm & blues, some re-workings and Dr Feelgood favourites such as She Does It Right, Twenty Yards Behind & Roxette. Click here to read the review.
Doug MacLeod, a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist was born in the blues and is rooted in the American tradition. MacLeod is a perennial Blues Music Award nominee and multiple Blues Music Award, winner. He recently won the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and has a new album out on July 7th.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band release the first track from their upcoming and highly anticipated new album Lay It On Down. We are pleased to offer you a first listen of this track today called Baby Got Gone, a song about falling for a girl that just can't commit. This link also includes a FREE download of the track, Euro & UK tour dates also announced through this link.
Mollie Marriott, the daughter of legendary Small Faces and Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott, is to play an intimate London show at the legendary Borderline Club on Thursday 1st June 2017. Mollie’s live performances exude a warm and charming rapport with her audience. A ticket link for this event is available here.
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado take Change My Game on the road with a touring schedule that will see them raise roofs across the planet and convert countless new fans to the cause. This Danish band are being described as one of the most successful blues & roots bands on the European continent. Follow this link to discover more.
Big Fun is exactly what you get here from Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and blues master Elvin Bishop – along with his friends, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan with his latest musical mixture, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio was released on February 10th 2017. It's rootsy, spirited and soulful, with a happy-go-lucky vibe, check it out here.
Scandinavian born Benjamin Folke Thomas released his latest album Copenhagen, in March 2017. Copenhagen is Ben’s best work to date; an album full of Roots and rhythmic Blues, alongside the most beautiful descriptive storytelling, sung with his trademark baritone vocals and packed with anthemic choruses. Links included here for tour dates etc.
Rory Block, cover girl for Issue 96 of Blues Matters Magazine has released another fabulous title in her Mentor Series, called Keepin' Outta Trouble: A Tribute To Bukka White. She has also released a stunning new autobiography - When A Women Gets The Blues and is touring with Cindy Cashdollar. A busy lady indeed!
This is the 6th studio album from Multi-Award winning Canadian singer-songwriter Ross Neilsen. Here he completely abandons the singular genre format, this is an album of Neilsen’s influences used to tell a biographical story that spans ten years. Driving blues rock, heartfelt ballads, classic and R&B at it's best.