ROCKWELL AVENUE BLUES BAND BACK TO CHICAGO When five of America’s best and most prolific blues journeymen are brought back to Chicago for a reunion, including Steve Freund and Tad
Dana Fuchs Love Lives On Dana is interviewed in Issue 103 of Blues Matters! Available from 25th July 2018 The career of Dana Fuchs began in her late teens when
Two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa returns with a brand new studio album, ‘Redemption’, which will be released on 21st September 2018 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group in Europe and J&R Adventures in North America. This is his 13th studio album of all original material and sees him at his most ambitious and diverse. Official music video included.
New six-piece band, The Devon Allman Project, will embark on a world tour with special guest Duane Betts, the son of Allman Brothers co-founder Dickey Betts that will take in six cities across England. To find out more about Devon Allman then please follow this link where you will find videos, a Q&A section, tour info, new record label info plus there's a new album due out soon!
Blues Matter's writer Pete Sargeant recently caught up with Canadian songstress Elise LeGrow in London to chat about her favourite blues numbers and why she likes them so much. We have a compiled the list for you here and it includes videos for each song. Everybody loves number 1 but you can't beat a bit of number 4 turned real up loud on a sunny day!
Veteran Wellington-based blues-man Darren Watson is proud to announce the release of Too Many Millionaires. His first all-acoustic affair. You'll hear echoes of artists like Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson but you'll also hear a rapidly maturing songwriter at the peak of his game. Get the story here and check out the new videos plus album review.
Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods. Playing a dynamic mix of soulful originals and covers. Her impressive musical story includes years of performing with traditional Alabama blues musicians. She's playing at a selection of UK venues this summer follow this link for more details.
Blues Matters team would like to send out a big CONGRATULATIONS to all of this year's winners of the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards held in the Cook Convention Centre, Memphis last night. The event is hosted yearly by the Blues Foundation and the awards are the greatest honour that any blues artist can receive. We have the full list of winners here.
Blues Matters magazine are proud to say that our centennial edition will be presented to all attendees of the 39th annual Blues Music Awards presented by The Blues Foundation at the Cook Convention Centre in Memphis. This event brings together Blues performers, industry reps and fans from all over the world to celebrate the blues.
Buddy Guy recruits some top names to accompany him on his latest album The Blues is Alive and Well. Released on the Silvertone/RCA Record label, the album is due to hit the streets on 15th June 2018. It features performances from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and James Bay. Guy, is also set to appear on the Letterman show on Friday 4th May on NetFlix.
On 13th April, the GRAMMY-nominated powerhouse vocalist Beth Hart released her first live solo record in 13 years. ‘Live From New York - Front & Center,' was a very special, intimate concert at NYC’s Iridium Jazz Club, which featured songs from her latest album ‘Fire on the Floor’ and from throughout her career. Here she reveals Delicious Surprise.
Blues Heaven Festival in Frederikshavn, Denmark, have really stepped up their game this year, so set your sights high for a line-up of 11 world-class Blues & Soul stars, mostly from the USA and coming to perform over 2 days. So far 4 world-class Blues acts have been announced with many more still to be added. To see their exciting news please click here.
The UK Blues Federation has announced the first 2 artist/band's who will be taking part in the 5th UKBlues Challenge at Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion on Saturday 8th September 2018. The first artist announced was Blues singer/songwriter Kyla Brox, with the second announcement, released today, for the increasingly popular blues band Catfish.
Danny Bryant's latest album REVELATION has just been released and is quickly gathering rave reviews from all across the globe. Our writer says of this newest offering, that 'Danny has the credentials to leave a legacy of the blues comparable to B.B. King and Buddy Guy.' He goes on to say - 'To describe Danny Bryant as a national treasure is an understatement.' Links etc all here.
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs will be releasing their brand new album Pills on 15th June 2018 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Pills is the follow up to 2016’s hugely successful Luxury Hobo album and highlights the constant need for pills today but there's a sinister edge to them, explains Bloater. Check out their rip-roaring video here.
Mr Boogie's Back In Town and has a brand new duets & trios album out called Friends Along The Way. Its a big old blues party with many traditional songs given a brand new lease of life. Mitch Woods is nominated in 2 categories of the 39th annual Blues Music Awards, Mitch discusses the album and more in issue 101. For music videos, album links and more, please click the image above.
John Fogerty (Credence Clearwater Revival) & special guests Steve Miller Band are the first headline acts confirmed to play the opening night at London's BluesFest 2018. They will perform at the O2 Arena on Thursday 25th October and this will be their only UK shows for the year. Fogerty will be performing all the hits such as Bad Moon Rising and Proud Mary.
This one-time collaboration, Steady Rollin’ Blues, is not to be missed. In May 2018 two giants of the blues are coming together for a UK tour. Hans Theessink and Brooks Williams share a love of the old blues songs, Piedmont fingerpicking and bottleneck slide. Check out the video premiere of Rock Me & their packed tour schedule here.
Internet sensation TOBY LEE, the 13-year-old British guitarist recently appeared on the famous hit TV show - The Ellen Show where he impressed celebrity host Ellen Degeneres. During this visit, he also spent time at the Gibson studio and at Norman's Rare Guitars. This video has an awesome surprise at the end of it for guitarist Toby Lee. So be sure to watch it right to the end!
Next week sees Blues in Hell with 21 bands from all across Europe compete for the title spot. This will be the 8th European Blues Challenge held in the beautiful 5* Scandic Hell Hotel, Norway. The competition runs over 3 days, with the winners gaining the opportunity to perform at many of the top European Festivals throughout the year. We wish UK band LaVendore Rogue all the very best.