What’s New In Issue 93

September 1, 2009 in Editorial

When Blues In Britain staffers see familiar people at blues festivals, we ask each other, ‘Is that Bob or Dave?’ Well a couple of articles this month are about two Daves and their fellow musicians. Guitarist Dave Peabody, a long-time member of the UK blues fraternity, has now made a solo album with his fellow member of the King Earl Boogie Band, pianist Colin Earl. The album is called Frets & Keys and Dave and Colin came in to Blues In Britain to talk about it.

The Blues Band is celebrating thirty years since the band started; they have been playing together, on and off, ever since. To celebrate, the band has released two DVDs, one with a bonus soundtrack CD, which you can win in this month’s competition on page 31. Their Dave, Dave Kelly, guitarist, slide player singer and songwriter, took a break from his holiday in France to talk to me on the phone.

Gary Brooker has been in the news lately as a dispute about the creation of Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale” has just been resolved in the courts. Gary Brooker’s first band The Paramounts, was a blues band, which also featured guitarist Robin Trower. He has toured with Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman. In this issue, he talks to Trevor Hodgett about the many excellent things he has done.

New to me, Tom Rodwell has had some good reviews from our contributors. Tom has emailed in his piece, which intrigues me. I hope to catch him at the Spitz Blues Festival at Kings Place on 4th September.

Our featured club venue, The Famous Monday Blues at the Bullingdon in Oxford, is celebrating twenty-five years of live music. Soundman Tony Jezzard has been involved since the 1990s, when Jonathan Lee was the licensee at the original venue. Now in its third location, the club is thriving.

We are considering changes in our schedule for Blues In Britain. Producing twelve issues a year makes it hard to take a break, to go to New Orleans or on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for example. The other options are to publish ten issues, six issues or only four issues a year. I feel that we have so little space to cover so many artists it would be a shame to cut down to a quarterly or bi-monthly schedule. Also, the Gig Guide would lose its edge as last minute gigs and tours would not get listed. The compromise, publishing ten issues a year would free up some time. One alternative, though, is to ask if there are any other blues fans with publishing skills who would like to join the team. Please let me know what you think. In the meantime, many thanks to all our writers and photographers who keep the magazine alive.

Fran Leslie

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