George Benson is Walking to New Orleans

George Benson is Walking to New Orleans

George Benson gets back to Americana basics on ‘Walking to New Orleans‘, the legendary jazz guitarist’s double-barreled tribute to both piano-pounding Crescent City hit machine Fats Domino and the original

ROSIE FLORES Simple Case of the Blues

ROSIE FLORES Simple Case of the Blues

Legendary Texan roots-rocker Rosie Flores has released a Charlie Sexton produced album on 15th February through The Last Music Company record label. It’s telling that Rosie Flores’ e-mail handle begins “chickwpick…”

KING KING Announce New Bass Player

KING KING Announce New Bass Player

King King have confirmed their new bass player is Zander Greenshields (photo by Kirk Lothian). Zander replaces King King’s original bass player Lindsay Coulson, who was with the band for 10

John Mayall’s Musical Diaries

John Mayall’s Musical Diaries

There are few musicians who genuinely merit the description ‘legendary,’ maybe a handful at most. But with the octogenarian, UK bluesman, John Mayall, we have the real deal. Nobody could

NINE BELOW ZERO Acoustic Duo Show

NINE BELOW ZERO Acoustic Duo Show

Nine Below Zero’s founding members, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham have gone back to their blues roots and are performing a series of intimate, acoustic concerts as a duo. These

An Essential British Blues Double Bill

An Essential British Blues Double Bill

STAN WEBB’S CHICKEN SHACK join SAVOY BROWN for an essential double bill! One of the earliest of British Blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, was a major part

R.I.P. Ted McKenna

R.I.P. Ted McKenna

Scottish drummer Ted McKenna sadly passed away on Saturday 19th January after suffering from a haemorrhage during elective hernia surgery. Ted McKenna had a long and illustrious career spanning 50

R.I.P. Mike Ledbetter

R.I.P. Mike Ledbetter

Mike Ledbetter a true ‘powerhouse of a performer’ sadly passed away at his home in Elgin, Illinois early on 21st January 2019, aged 33. Blues fans and people all over

CURSE OF LONO Interview with Felix Bechtolsheimer

CURSE OF LONO Interview with Felix Bechtolsheimer

Described memorably as “Exile On Main Street meets William Faulkner”, Curse Of Lono’s cinematic combination of harmony-laden Americana and atmospheric, driving alt-rock has brought critical acclaim for 2017’s debut, ‘Severed’

DAN PATLANSKY

DAN PATLANSKY

In a recent feature, Blues Matters did the biz on South African guitarist, Dan Patlansky and his cracking new album, Perfection Kills. So, from Weather Report to Danny Gatton and

JON ALLEN’S Top 10 Blues Picks

JON ALLEN’S Top 10 Blues Picks

Jon Allen is an English singer-songwriter born in Winchester, and currently living in London. His debut album Dead Man’s Suit was released in 2009 and his fourth studio album Blue Flame has amassed five million plays on

SAM LEWIS Loversity

SAM LEWIS Loversity

Sam Lewis – LOVERSITY. Released on Loversity Records. Nashville based singer, songwriter guitarist Lewis has been dubbed ‘a modern Townes Van Zandt’, and this latest project heralded as ‘the place where feel-good

R.I.P. EDDIE C. CAMPLBELL

R.I.P. EDDIE C. CAMPLBELL

Eddie C. Campbell – May 6th, 1939 – November 20th, 2018. Eddie C. Campbell’s passing has left a huge hole within the West Side blues community. However, fans around the

SUGARAY RAYFORD Somebody Save Me

SUGARAY RAYFORD Somebody Save Me

Sugaray Rayford Brings Vintage Soul Vibe To New Album. On March 1st, Forty Below Records will release Somebody Save Me, the new studio album from soul-blues singer, Sugaray Rayford. On the album’s opening track,

JARED JAMES NICHOLS Interview

JARED JAMES NICHOLS Interview

On his recent UK tour, American guitarist, Jared James Nichols talked to Blues Matters writer Nicholas John. YOU DO A LOT OF TOURING IN THE UK AND YOU’RE CURRENTLY ON

EDINBURGH BLUES CLUB Presents…

EDINBURGH BLUES CLUB Presents…

Yet again, in the blink of an eye, Christmas is almost upon us and the year’s end is nigh. At Edinburgh Blues Club, we have two fantastic shows left before

GERAINT WATKINS Interview

GERAINT WATKINS Interview

Geraint Watkins – Keys To The Highway. Geraint Watkins – ‘Geraint Watkins & the Dominators’ (1979), ‘Watkins Bold As Love’(1997) – the first two, quite different albums of his lengthy career have been reissued.

SMOOTH GENTLEMEN

SMOOTH GENTLEMEN

Album Review for Smooth Gentlemen – Album Title – Smooth Gentlemen. Released on Flower Records Smooth Gentlemen are two Polish musicians, celebrated piano and Hammond organ player, composer, Bartłomiej Szopiński

R.I.P. Tony Joe White

R.I.P. Tony Joe White

They don’t come any more authoritative or authentic than Tony Joe White. I found him a fascinating conversationalist – never in a hurry to say anything glib, he would ruminate

AUSTIN GOLD – Top 10 Blues

AUSTIN GOLD – Top 10 Blues

Austin Gold – Our Top Ten Blues Choices Writer Pete Sargeant asked English blues-rockers AUSTIN GOLD to tell Blues Matters which recordings really turned them on, so here are their

BILLY GIBBONS

BILLY GIBBONS

Catching up with ZZ Top’s legendary frontman, Billy F Gibbons, as he passes through London was the easy part. Pinning him down for interview time is always tricky with a

BRYAN LEE Sanctuary

BRYAN LEE Sanctuary

Bryan Lee – Sanctuary Released on Ear Relevant Records “This is the Blues/Gospel record I always wanted to make,” says the Braille Blues Daddy. “Sanctuary” first came to Bryan Lee

EDINBURGH BLUES & ROCK FESTIVAL 2018

EDINBURGH BLUES & ROCK FESTIVAL 2018

Edinburgh Blues And Rock Festival – Edinburgh Corn Exchange – Saturday 22nd September 2018 This was the third of its kind, but the first, fully run by UKBlues Award-winning Edinburgh Blues