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BLUES BIRTHDAY: Huddie “LEAD BELLY” Ledbetter

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HARPIN BY THE SEA 2021-VIRTUAL HARMONICA FESTIVAL

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Joe Bonamassa live streaming tonight! (20.01.21)

Watch Joe in a special livestream performance on 1/20/2021 at 6PM EST only on Bandsintown PLUS.   Joe is playing live from The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and streaming to your homes in this exclusive performance and interview.   Sign up now for a FREE 7-day...

Review: VARIOUS – Rockin’ Blues Party

This is not really a review, but an urging to you all to go to your nearest Sainsburys and search the shelves for this album while its still there!. Why? Because it is a 3 CD set of 60 songs, that I am sure most of you will have several already, but for £4.00, yes...

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Review: CHARLES BROWN – The Collection 1947-57

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New album from Chicago slide guitarist Joanna Connor

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Sister Gavin and The Gator announce their debut single release ‘Walking Free’

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REVIEW: Emma Wilson, Loveheart

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