Nigel Foster attended Surrey's, Boom Boom Club on Friday 31st March 2017, to see The Mike Zito Band, led by the inimitable Texan Bluesman Zito and Weston Super Mare based The Blue Horizon deliver a monstrous concoction of music and vibes of this genre, sending a packed house into delirium, it really was that good. Video and pictures included.
Friday, March 24th sees the release of the first single "Nothing Compares 2 U" from the long-awaited forthcoming album from American soul singer Nikka Costa - "Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between" which is due out later this year. Says Nikka – “I’m really excited to have recorded the new album with a rhythm section and a string quartet!"
American, singer-songwriter Quinn Sullivan gives us his Top 5 Buddy Guy songs and his reasons for loving them so much! 18-year-old Quinn has been mentored by Buddy Guy for over 10 years now and knows his music well. This collection includes 'She Suits Me To A Tee' Quinn's response - "one word for this one. Bad-ass..." Video links have been included.
Issue 95 out now! Interviews include Eric Gales, Robin Bibi, Quinn Sullivan, Erja Lyytinen, Ash Wilson, Ronnie Baker Brooks, David Bromberg, Tim Williams, Mick McConnell and JD & The Straight Shots. Regular features include new artists, charts, festival & gig news, plus a staggering 90 album releases to browse through.
Award-winning Belfast blues and soul queen Kaz Hawkins brings her own very special blend of music to BBC Radio Ulster. Kaz Hawkins Got The Blues begins on Sunday 26 March on BBC Radio Ulster at 6.30pm. In this new six-part series Kaz plays her favourite tracks from artists such as Etta James and Bessie Smith and digs out some classic blues and soul performances from the archives.
Salute Music Makers is a pioneering enterprise launching the next generation of unsigned music makers. The idea behind the project is to create an accessible and fair opportunity for a diverse range of music makers to showcase their talents, with the opportunity to win a life-changing, no-strings-attached cash prize of £50,000.
17 year old, Buddy Guy protege, Quinn Sullivan is set to release his 3rd studio album, Midnight Highway on Friday 24th March, out on Provouge/Mascot Label Group. Quinn is interviewed in our next edition of Blues Matters magazine which is out soon, in the meantime, you can watch the video of his latest single release Tell Me I'm Dreaming and listen to tracks from Quinn's upcoming album.
Founded & Fronted by Felix Bechtolsheimer, formerly the singer-guitarist in British roots pioneers Hey Negrita. Acclaimed new London five-piece, Curse Of Lono will release their debut album ‘Severed’ on Submarine Cat Records on 7th April, with their album launch taking place at Water Rats, London on Thursday 20th April. Follow this link to watch the 4 stunning cinematic videos from Curse of Lono's debut album released in 2016.
Orlando, Florida six-piece Thomas Wynn and The Believers will be releasing their new album 'Wade Waist Deep’ on 19th May 2017 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. The band's combination of Rock and Southern Soul, supported by Thomas’ self-styled “blood harmonies” with his sister Olivia are hauntingly beautiful and forge an uplifting “soul rock", mixing the best of Classic Rock, R&B and Gospel.
World-renowned blues harmonica master, James Cotton, whom Rolling Stone called "one of the greatest of all time, burning with brilliant virtuosity,” died on 16th March 2017 of pneumonia at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was 81. His overwhelmingly powerful harmonica playing was one of the iconic sounds of the blues. He toured worldwide for over 60 years.