Robert Cray, Steve Jordan and Hi Rhythm appeared on the Conan O'Brien Show on Tuesday 13th June and gave an incredible live performance of You Must Believe In Yourself from their latest and self-titled album. Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. Catch their performance here.
Acclaimed UK singer-songwriter Jo Harman recently performed at the Ribs & Blues Festival in Raalte, Holland. This performance was a live broadcast with soul sensation Harman singing her version of the classic hit Pappa Was A Rolling Stone. It's a truly spell-binding performance from Jo and her magnificent band, viewing figures hit 62k within a week!
Nikka Costa best known for her 2001 album Everybody Got Their Something which featured the hit Like A Feather, is back with her first new album since 2011’s ProWoah EP. “Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between” sees the celebrated soul, funk and blues singer dipping her toes in a refreshing collection of songs backed by a luscious string quartet.
Matt Andersen live at The Borderline, London - gig review. With over 10 million views on YouTube, 2 European Blues Awards, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. He's a powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence.
John Németh releases Feelin' Freaky, recorded with The Blue Dreamers and produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip-hop and rock & roll, Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes.
TajMo brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt.
The King of Slydeco, Sonny Landreth returns with 2 unique live sets, one acoustic and one electric. ‘Recorded Live In Lafayette’ is Sonny Landreth’s first live album in 12 years. After a dozen acclaimed albums, virtuoso slide guitarist and bandleader Sonny Landreth found himself at an artistic crossroads. Click here to discover which track from this recording is his theme song.
Henrick Freischlader and Matt Schofield are to perform 3 never before seen UK co-headline shows this summer. Audiences are in for a treat as they get the chance to see a fantastic night of live music feat. Matt Schofield Music (UK) and "Blues for Gary by Henrik Freischlader" (GER/UK). Ticket links and show details are included within this link.
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.