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...
Issue 99 is out now! Interviews include Robert Plant, Chris Rea, Supersonic Blues Machine, Janiva Magness, Scott Holt, Black Country Communion, Marcus Malone, Gov't Mule, Jonny Lang, Samantha Fish and Hamilton Loomis. Regular features include festival and gig reviews, chart positions plus over 80 album reviews. Available in App, Andriod & Print.
Son Little has just announced an exciting UK and European 'New Magic Tour'. After the release of the brilliant 'New Magic' album via Anti, he will be hitting the road this December to perform across the UK and Europe. The tour begins in Manchester and includes a date at London's Omeara from which he will then be travelling on to dates in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and more.
The Steve Clayton Trio will play live at the Award-Winning Cafe Rene in Gloucester on Wednesday 22nd November at 9pm with Free Entry. Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton, is a highly gifted piano player and singer. He has dedicated his musical life to his love of blues piano and has remained true to himself and blues piano for over 30 years. To find out more and to hear some of his music please follow this link.
Check out this video of Toby Lee with Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Nemeth and Sugaray Rayford plus other stars performing live at the prestigious Blues Heaven Festival, in Frederikshavn, Denmark in November 2017. It has now had well over 93 million views and counting!!
Bad Touch announce they'll be undertaking a headline tour in November with special guest Mollie Marriott. To dovetail this tour Bad Touch have released their official new music video for their new single "Baby Get It On" featuring guest vocals from Mollie Marriott. UK tour dates plus artists and ticket links included.
Supersonic Blues Machine's bassist Fabrizio Grossi gives up his favourite Top 5 Blues Songs. SBM will be releasing their new album 'Californisoul' featuring Billy F. Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Eric Gales, Robben Ford & Walter Trout on 20th Oct via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Check out the tracks Fabrizio has chosen here.