What’s New in Issue 101

April 28, 2010 in Editorial

Issue 101Now that Spring is finally with us, visiting blues artists are here again, weather and volcanic ash permitting. Eric Bibb is touring in Europe and will be in the UK and Ireland throughout May. He is promoting his new album Booker’s Guitar, which has him playing solo and with harmonica player Grant Dermody. Eric was in Finland when I called him to ask about it. I am hoping to see Eric and Grant at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, where they are playing on two nights.

Another visiting American is Tommy Castro from California. Although he was touring, Tommy found a moment to send us an e-letter to introduce himself to new Blues In Britain readers. He is doing six dates in the UK as part of his European tour, including his only Scottish date at The Ferry in Glasgow. His latest album, Hard Believer, has been nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year and his band is short-listed for the Band of The Year award, in the Blues Awards; the results are announced in Memphis in May.

The Pete Harris Blues Band, based in the South of England, has recorded a live album, Goin’ Away. Bob Long interviewed Pete Harris, for Blues In Britain, just before he went on tour in New Zealand with Mike Garner. You can see Pete and Mike playing together on YouTube.

One of the many up and coming young players is Jack Blackman. He plays solo acoustic blues and writes his own songs. He already has a six-track CD out called Just A Game. He too sent in an e-letter, taking time off from his GCSE studies and playing guitar in the garden shed to write it. Jack will be playing at festivals and support gigs for visiting artists this summer and is working on an album. Who says the blues is old people's music!

This month we have an election. Remember, when we are approached by people wanting our vote, we must ask what their candidate will do to support live music. The Live Music Bill will be re-presented to Parliament after the election. We have to make sure it is passed into law. Music is an important part of our cultural life and our economy; blues is important to us. Let's keep the blues alive!

Fran Leslie

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