What’s New In Issue 90

June 3, 2009 in Editorial

Our main feature this month was mostly written by Jeremy Spencer himself. He first contacted us because we reviewed the album In Session, which he made for Secret Records in one afternoon with Dave Briggs. As I had just watched the In Session DVD, in which Jeremy talks about the songs he is playing, I was very interested in doing an interview with him. He has been busy with real life, since leaving Fleetwood Mac, and now lives in Mexico and Ireland. However, in 2005 he played at the Notodden Blues Festival with some Norwegian musicians and recorded Precious Little at the Notodden Juke Joint studio. His first album for some decades, it has been released on the Blind Pig label - more details here.

Jeremy Spencer is headlining at the 26th Chicago Blues Festival this month and is participating in The Art of Slide Workshop with Elmore James Jr, Lil’ Ed and John Primer. Many young UK guitarists say that Jeremy Spencer was their inspiration for playing slide, so this was the subject I asked him to talk about.

Robin Bibi is a guitarist, singer, bandleader, teacher and host to several blues jams. He recently released the live double CD, Switch On The Live, and there is a live acoustic CD coming soon. Robin’s e-letter this month gives us insight into the many things he does.

Our featured venue this month is Shakedown Blues, which puts on blues at the village hall and the church in Castor and also at Stamford Arts Centre. Gerard Homans of Shakedown brings over sometimes obscure but wonderful black American artists and teams them up with Dave Thomas and Big Joe Louis and their bands. This gives us a chance to hear music beyond our normal experience.

Jazz FM has been relaunched! I talked to Richard Wheatly, who made it happen.

We also have an article on the Blues In Britain 2009 CD, subtitled Movinmusic, which is free to all subscribers to Blues In Britain magazine. Previously, we have only featured UK musicians on our CDs but we have wanted to feature some of the many overseas artists who tour here regularly. This CD has some of both. It was compiled by Mike Hellier and Grant Bucknall of Movinmusic agency and, in the article, we have the artists’ comments on their chosen tracks.

Lack of space means we have had to hold over some festival and live reviews until next month, but we had to feature The Burnley Blues Festival. The programme this year was exceptional and brought over US artists who rarely tour here now. Many thanks to all the writers and photographers who covered the festival and all the other events around the country and to our New and Blue reviewers.

Fran Leslie

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