What’s New in Issue 110

February 1, 2011 in Editorial

Our cover star this month is Pete Brown, a colossus who bestrides an ocean of genres. Once a beat poet, he worked as lyricist with musician Jack Bruce, creating the Cream songbook. He has since developed as a percussionist, as a singer and a bandleader. Recently, Pete wrote his biography entitled White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, and has recorded a new album, Road of Cobras, with his current musical partner Phil Ryan. Trevor Hodgett has interviewed him for Blues In Britain.

John Whitehill is renown for having been voted Guitarist of the Year, when he was with Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, so many times he was elevated to the British Blues Connection Hall of Fame. He left the band to return to his native Ashington; this gave him the opportunity to branch out musically. He has recently been working on a new album Lucky Day, which will be released in February. I called him up to ask about it.

The members of Bare Bones Boogie Band, originate from St Andrews, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, however, they met up in London in 2008. The band’s bass player Trev Turley has written an e-letter about the band’s style and the new album, also called Bare Bones Boogie Band, due out shortly.

We are catching up on the reports of last year’s festivals and blues weekends, from Pete Evans, Norma Victor and Bob Chaffey. Thanks go to them and to all our contributors! The good news is that The Arkansas Heritage Festival, at Helena, will revert to its original name, The King Biscuit Festival, this year. More news is arriving about festivals coming up this year. Sadly Burnley Blues Festival is not one of them; there is no sponsor and the local authority cannot fund it. Blues In Britain champions the cause of live blues in the UK. We all have to support it or we will lose it.

Fran Leslie

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