What’s New in Issue 113

May 3, 2011 in Editorial

The band Bad Influence celebrates twenty-five years of music. Singer Val Cowell and her husband, slide guitarist Richard Hayes, came into Blues In Britain to tell me about their experiences and their album Carousel. They work together, write together and have raised two children as well.

Guitarist, singer and band leader, Krissy Matthews celebrates his nineteenth birthday this month. He got off to a very early start and has perfected his playing skills. His voice has also matured nicely. Krissy told me about his new album, Hit The Rock, life on the road and how he has had to develop management skills to promote his band. Krissy has an exciting tour coming up; you can read about it in the magazine.

There are many US acts touring this Spring. J J Grey & Mofro have five dates in May promoting the band’s album Georgia Warhorse. J J has sent us an e-letter to tell us a bit about himself. You can win a copy of the album in this month’s competition. Lance Lopez has just one UK date, heading the bill at the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, on Saturday 28th May. It is his first time here. Lance was on the road, so Craig Shaw has written a profile of him so that festival goers know what to expect. Lance also has an album out called Salvation From Sunrise.

We have reviews of the Swanage Blues Festival, one of the biggest free festivals in the UK, from Pete Clinton, and the Boogaloo Festival at Alvaston Hall, thanks to Bob Chaffey. Looking forward, Jim Soars, himself a musician, has sent in a preview of the Bourbon Stage at Glastonbury Festival. Just as we went to press, we heard that B B King is to headline there on the Friday night. The festival was sold long ago but if you have a ticket, make sure you see B and the many blues artists who are on the bill.

Talking of festivals, we have not had a blues festival in London for ages. Then, like buses, two come along almost at once. Shades of Soul are promoting the London Blues Festival, 15th-22nd May. The line-up has many great UK based blues and jazz artists, playing at venues in and around London. Soul singer PP Arnold, Errol Linton Big Joe Louis, Ian Siegal and Marcus Bonfanti are among my favourites. BluesFest London takes place in late June and early July. It features many overseas artists as well as some good home grown talent. Highlights include B B King at the Royal Albert Hall and Dr John at Under The Bridge, a new venue beneath Chelsea football stadium. There are so many gigs and festivals coming up; get out there and enjoy them!

Fran Leslie

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