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Arise Sons of Giants

Arise Sons of Giants

When we told John Lee Hooker Junior that he was to feature on the cover of Blues Matters magazine alongside Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, together with pictures of their legendary fathers, he said “Wooh. That will get people’s attention, get them to want to see what’s going on and listen to our records!...

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Blues DJ’s 2: Ashwyn Smythe

Blues DJ’s 2: Ashwyn Smythe

The Blues Matters blog gears up for some Anglo-French writing with this post, on British broadcasting Blues DJ, Ashwyn Smythe. We put just four topics to Ashwyn – but they weren’t easy. BM Blogger: What are your top 3 British and French Blues artists (6 in all) – Ashwyn: “Now this is a difficult one...

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Blue on Black’s Door

Blue on Black’s Door

Blue on Black are a Blues Rock act based in the South West of England, these days a place that is not only a haven for tourists and fishermen, but also of a thriving Blues scene. For their latest album, Blue on Black have returned to one of the wellsprings of the Blues, Robert Johnson. ...

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Otis Grand: Blues ’65

Otis Grand: Blues ’65

Blogger asked Otis a few questions ahead of his rare, lengthy interview in the July 2012 issue of Blues Matters magazine.  His new album “Blues ‘65” is on release Sept 17th on the Manhaton Label.   How do you write your songs? “Everyone has his own method of writing songs. I usually start off with an...

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Mud Morganfield – Hoochie Coochie Boy

Mud Morganfield – Hoochie Coochie Boy

Interviewing Mud Morganfield is a singular and special experience. It in doing so, the interviewer is talking to the beating heart of the Blues. Mud is a great Bluesman, but he also happens to be son of the late and very great Muddy Waters. That makes Mud a Hoochie Coochie Boy, as he says in...

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Paul Lamb and the King Snakes – The Games People Play

Paul Lamb and the King Snakes – The Games People Play

The Blues Matters Blogger recently asked some questions of a band praised by Otis Grand in the upcoming July issue of Blues Matters magazine (sneak preview moment there, as is this – Otis doesn’t hand out praise lightly), namely Paul Lamb and the King Snakes. The band have a new album out on 28th May 2012,...

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Saxman of the Blues: Richie Taz

Saxman of the Blues: Richie Taz

The Blog of the Blues caught up with Richie Taz, saxaphone player with The Billy Walton Band, during the band’s current tour of England.  The band are not to be missed.  They are terrific live and their new album “Crank It Up” is current favourite for the Blog of the Blues album of the year.  Though...

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Clare Free on her new album Dust and Bones

Clare Free on her new album Dust and Bones

Back in November, Clare Free kindly wrote one of the first blogs for the Blog of the Blues.  So her return is very welcome, and this time she comes armed with her new album, Dust and Bones. The Blues Blogger asked Clare a few questions: Blues Blogger: “What was the highlight of making the album?” Clare: “For me, the highlight of...

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Viva La Wilde Diva

Viva La Wilde Diva

Dani Wilde will shortly be featuring as a Blues Diva at the Boisdale Viva La Divas Festival being launched on 12 September by Jools Holland. Blues Matters asked Dani a few questions ahead of the Festival:  How do you feel about being one of the very select group of Divas for the Viva La Divas Festival?...