UK Blues-rockers King King kicked off their 2018 Tour by playing their first ever headline show at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London in support of their latest album Exile And Grace. Frontman Alan Nimmo is back on form after some recent vocal problems and is out on the road again belting out his special blend of blues-rock anthems.
UK artist Laurence Jones is set to release his new studio album The Truth on Friday, March 9th 2018. To dovetail the release of his new album Laurence will start his nationwide tour at Londons' Borderline on Tuesday 23rd January. One of our writers attended this gig and its reviewed here, to find out about the tour schedule and more then please follow this link.
Fans of Pokey LaFarge, the California Honeydrops and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will delight in this debut album by Memphis Blues big band The Love Light Orchestra, a group of the best Memphis has to offer. The LLO seek to distil the sounds of the ‘40s and ‘50s Rhythm & Blues and Blues, with their name coming from Bobby Bland’s 1961 hit “Turn On Your Love Light.
Issue 100 is Out Now! Featuring an in-depth interview with Kim Simmonds, there is also Steve Kozak, Elles Bailey, Buddy Whittington, Mick Kolassa, Dave Fields and Zoot Money. Regular features include festival and gig reviews, chart positions, Blue Blood and over 80 album reviews! To find out more about our centennial edition then please follow the link.
Three for the Road is the new live album out for the John Mayall Trio, featuring cuts from 2 exuberant concerts recorded live in Germany in 2017. The title is a nod to the trio format featured on Mayalls 2017 world tour, which includes longtime bassist Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport. This is the sixth offering from the fruitful Mayall and Corne partnership.
UK Blues Guitarist (and former MMA fighter!) Kris Barras is set to release a brand new album. The Divine And Dirty, which will be released on March 23rd via the Provogue/Mascot Label Group. It's produced by Josiah J Manning (Keyboards) at Momentum Studios, with the rhythm section consisting of Elliott Blackler (Bass) and Will Beavis (Drums). Plus new video release for Hail Mary.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our most admired and longest standing writers Bob Bonsey, who died peacefully on Saturday 13th January 2018. Bob is most notably known as the host of the Bulls Head and the Boom Boom Club, Sutton. He was also a great writer and contributed many articles to Blues Matters over the last 18 years. He will be greatly missed by us all.
The Great British Rock & Blues Festival, at Butlins, Skegness is an exciting weekend which showcases some of the finest acts on the Rock & Blues scene today. While you're there please check out our stage in Jaks bar, where you'll find a full schedule of entertainment including the Jam sessions with Roadhouse on Saturday afternoon. The Full festival schedule is included here.
The Blues Music Awards Nominees were announced earlier today by The Blues Foundation and we have the results here! Two new categories have been added, Instrumentalist-Vocals, and Rock Blues Artist making a total of 26 categories. Voting begins on 23rd January.
**Wednesday 10th January 2018** Musician and broadcaster Jools Holland will host a rare in conversation event with Eric Clapton and Academy-Award winning director Lili Fini Zanuck ahead of the UK and Irish premiere of ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS. Follow this link for tickets to the one-day-only LIVE event being broadcast at participating cinemas and for info about the release of the film.