It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our most admired and longest standing writers Bob Bonsey, who died peacefully on Saturday 13th January 2018. Bob is most notably known as the host of the Bulls Head and the Boom Boom Club, Sutton. He was also a great writer and contributed many articles to Blues Matters over the last 18 years. He will be greatly missed by us all.
The Great British Rock & Blues Festival, at Butlins, Skegness is an exciting weekend which showcases some of the finest acts on the Rock & Blues scene today. While you're there please check out our stage in Jaks bar, where you'll find a full schedule of entertainment including the Jam sessions with Roadhouse on Saturday afternoon. The Full festival schedule is included here.
The Blues Music Awards Nominees were announced earlier today by The Blues Foundation and we have the results here! Two new categories have been added, Instrumentalist-Vocals, and Rock Blues Artist making a total of 26 categories. Voting begins on 23rd January.
**Wednesday 10th January 2018** Musician and broadcaster Jools Holland will host a rare in conversation event with Eric Clapton and Academy-Award winning director Lili Fini Zanuck ahead of the UK and Irish premiere of ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS. Follow this link for tickets to the one-day-only LIVE event being broadcast at participating cinemas and for info about the release of the film.
The Blues Foundation presents the thirty-ninth annual Blues Music Awards on May 10th, in Memphis TN. Nominees will be announced LIVE on Tuesday 9th January at 10 AM CT or 4 PM GMT. Multiple BMA Award Winners, Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal and John Nemeth will emcee the announcements. Links for viewing included here.
100th edition of Blues Matters COMING SOON! We're celebrating 100 issues of the finest Blues news brought to you by the fabulous team of 50+ at Blues Matters. The featured cover artist for this centennial edition is the legendary Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown, the reason why Blues Matters began, back in 1998. Founder and Editor-In-Chief Alan Pearce, tells us why.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the essential figures in the history of rock and roll. Her heartfelt gospel folksiness gave way to her roaring mastery of her trusty Gibson SG, which she wielded on a level that rivalled the best of her male contemporaries. Some call her the creator and inventor of Rock and Roll and no one deserves more to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Albert Castiglia has released his 7th album 'Up All Night' on Ruf Records. Which is an apt title for Castiglia's newest album because nobody sleeps when this man is in town! Recorded at Dockside Studios, Louisiana with producer Mike Zito, which might be home-turf, but any notion of a comfort zone was dispelled by an edgy new lineup. Follow this link to find out more and have a listen.
Huge thanks to all who voted for us, we are delighted to say that Blues Matters Magazine are the WINNERS of BEST PUBLICATION 2017. Winners of the 37th European Blues Awards 2017 were announced at Manchester Blues Festival on Sunday 26th November and again on Monday evening at the #BluesHour forum on Twitter.
Following on from 12-year-old Toby Lee's huge success at the renowned Blues Heaven Festival, Denmark, The UKBlues Federation is excited to announce that for the first time ever the UK will have a representative taking part in the Youth Showcase at the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee between 16th & 20th January 2018. Click here to read more...