Issue 232 – April 2021

March 29, 2021 in Editorial, Uncategorized

One thing I’m pretty darn proud of is that Blues In Britain has survived, possibly even prospered, as a print magazine during the past twelve months. My predecessor, Paul Stiles, steered the magazine through the choppy waters of early lockdowns and fast-disappearing tours and festivals until the end of October and I’ve been delighted (and somewhat relieved) to get to my sixth issue without the magazine dropping pages or losing readers. With much talk of “lights at ends of tunnels”, we’ve also been supported by many artists and labels, who are using our pages to promote new releases, back catalogue and, soon hopefully, tours and shows. We support bands and performers by writing about them and they support the magazine by providing much-needed financial support in terms of advertising.
And you, the readers and subscribers, hopefully find much of interest to read about… and even buy the odd album or two!
This month we pay tribute to the recently-passed Chris Barber, who though rightly is best remembered as a jazz legend in this country, did so much for blues artists touring here for the first time in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. We also talk to Bai Kamara Jr, Laura B, Selwyn Birchwood, Willie Jackson, Catfish Keith and Nick Waterhouse…oh, and we let Imelda May and Mike Sanchez chat amongst themselves (while we listen in).
A big thanks to everyone on the team here, all the contributors and reviewers and, of course, to all our subscribers and readers. Thanks again and tell your friends about us!
Go Well.
Nicholas John

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