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Review: Babajack’s new album “Rooster”

Review: Babajack’s new album “Rooster”

The much anticipated third album from this amazingly different band will not disappoint, due to be launched in March anyone catching them live will be able to purchase a copy early. BabaJack have managed to capture the vitality and originality of their live show onto this studio album. BabaJack are a trio with the component...

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Eric Johnson – the Texas Tone Ranger

Eric Johnson – the Texas Tone Ranger

Multi-instrumentalist Eric Johnson has been hailed by Guitar Player magazine as “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet”.  While he is a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist, it is his electric guitar playing he is most renowned for. He has found...

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Blues DJ’s – exclusive interview with Martin Clarke, Radio Wey and KCOR

Blues DJ’s – exclusive interview with Martin Clarke, Radio Wey and KCOR

The Blog of the Blues welcomes its first Blues DJ to its paperless pages. Martin Clarke hosts his Blues session shows weekly on community radio station Radio Wey and US station Kansas City Online Radio (KCOR), and by the wonders of the internet it is possible to listen to them live around the world including...

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Handmade guitars: Playboy meets the Tin Guitar

Handmade guitars: Playboy meets the Tin Guitar

One of the best nights of The Blues Blogger’s life was seeing Bo Diddley play his trademark oblong guitar at The Jazz Cafe. What hair he has rose as the unique jungle beat took hold of the audience. Both Diddley and Brian May are famous for their guitars made from odd, handy objects. Today Seasick...

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Sam Hare – an early morning and late night Blues treat

Sam Hare – an early morning and late night Blues treat

In an age where so many Blues artists reach their crossroads and are tempted to go down the road marked “Rock”, Sam Hare is a bit different. The Blues Blogger was on a mission to see Blues prodigy Aaron Keylock play at the Blues Kitchen in Camden when he first saw Sam, as he has a residency there, and other London...

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Stuart Dixon – driving Marcus Wilde

Stuart Dixon – driving Marcus Wilde

BM Blogger: What have been the highlights of your music career to date? Stuart: “So far, I would have to say the two “biggies” have been touring with Eddie Floyd, who is a lifelong hero and, also working in the studio with legendary producer Mike Vernon at the helm. Two really nice people and it was as...

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Connie Lush

Connie Lush

JOY IN MUSIC, JOY IN LIFE I managed a brief chat with the lovely Connie Lush just before the Christmas 2009 mayhem began. She’s a joy to speak to ebullient and full of life and enthusiasm. We touched on several topics, the Liverpool music scene, the latest album, why we make music at all, Liverpool...

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Johnny Dickinson

Johnny Dickinson

Long-term hospitalisation is a dread of most people but it can be particularly tough on professional musicians, who are self-employed, after all.  Northumberland-born slide-guitarist/singer/songwriter, Johnny Dickinson is currently the victim of a particularly pernicious condition which has seen him spend the last eight weeks (at time of writing) in an intensive care unit in a...

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Festival People: Richard Pite, serving up the Boisdale Blues Festival

Festival People: Richard Pite, serving up the Boisdale Blues Festival

The 14th of June will see the Blues Matters Blogger in some outstanding musical company at Boisdale of Canary Wharf for the opening night of the Boisdale Blues Festival.  As a warm up to the night, he spoke with Richard Pite, the man fine tuning the tasty musical menu. “I’m really looking forward to highlighting...

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Joint Statement from PapaMojo and The Scottish Blues Alliance

Joint Statement from PapaMojo and The Scottish Blues Alliance

At the start of 2012 Billy “the Blindman” Allardyce longtime drummer with PapaMojo, Blues Hall of Fame inductee, organiser of The Dundee Blues Bonanza, Chair of The Scottish Blues Alliance and Administrator of the largest Internet Blues Forum was being treated with antibiotics for a chest and inner ear infection and still playing gigs. During...