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                     Recognised for her exceptional guitar skills and powerful songwriting, Joanne Shaw Taylor’s musical journey began at sixteen when she was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. Her new record Heavy Soulis poised to be another landmark in an illustrious career, an album that resonates with Joanne’s emotive vocals and rich guitar riffs. “It’s about connecting the dots from Nobody’s Fool back into the blues…” she tells Simon Green. 

 

                         Probably the most recognisable hard rock icon and guitar hero in the world today, Slash has feet firmly planted in the blues world. Orgy Of The Damned, a celebratory album with a selection of A-list guest singers including Billy F. Gibbons, Paul Rodgers, Gary Clark Jr, Beth Hart and Brian Johnson proves just that. The man in the top hat is on tour with his solo band when Blues In Britain’s Liz Medhurst catches him on the phone from Brno in the Czech Republic, on what he describes as “a pseudo day off”.

               

             

           Southern blues rockers Robert Jon & The Wreck have been winning new fans in the UK through what seems like a schedule of constant touring, while also releasing a succession of acclaimed albums, teaming up with Joe Bonamassa’s Journeyman Records in 2023. A new studio album, Red Moon Rising, is due on 28th June 2024 and it represents the essence of the band’s transformative years. Simon Green talks to band leader, vocalist and guitar player, Robert Jon Burrison.

                                 In the two years since Spin The Bottle, The Milk Men’s reputation and fanbase has soared thanks to their catchy songs and rocking blend of rhythm and blues. Holy Cow!is their fifth album and maybe the band’s best album to date. Liz Medhurst’s on the case, in a feature filled with milk-related puns. You have been warned.

            “I grew up on the South side of Chicago and worked as a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority for twenty-nine years…” says Alligator blues artist Toronzo Cannon, a bluesman with something to say and a new album Shut Up And Play! out in June.  “I worked the day job and played music at night – that was hard getting up at 5.00 a.m. to go to work, getting home after midnight from a gig!” John Mitchell gets that early bird feeling.

                      Look through the lens of Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers and what do you see? A passion for the blues and raw rock ’n’ roll manifested on the band’s new release, the intriguingly-entitled Eyeball, the band’s first for London label Lunaria Records. The Icebreakers employ vintage sounds and an old-school approach to recording, giving an appealing rawness to their music, one packed to the brim with delicious blues grooves, jazz rhythms and swirling sounds. Check ‘em out!

   Blues In Britain flew to Helsinki, then took a train through the March snow to Tampere, then walked a bit, all to catch Erja Lyytinen live on her home soil, on part of the European leg of her Diamonds On The Road Live tour. An excellent time was had by all concerned, as was the recent UK tour by Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse, which enthralled all who attended a show. We review the Billion Dollar Babies’ UK shows!  We look back on the UK Blues Awards from Milton Keynes and on top of everything, we sit down and chat to photographer par excellence, Rob Blackham, who tells us what it takes to be at the pinnacle of music photography. “It’s a steep learning curve,” he says, “but I got lucky at the beginning.”

                  High Hopes this month finds us in the good company of 3 Mile Shout, Rhys John Stygal, Thomas Atlas and the Martin Abrahams Blues Band.

                PLUS: we review a selection of John Mayall’s vinyl reissues from his extensive catalogue,  your monthly gig and album reviews, Becc’s Blues by Rebecca Downes, Out & About, the IBBA chart and more than we care to mention.  

                   

Back Issues

226

JOE BONAMASSA  plus 

ERROL LINTON, MIKE ROSS, KIRK FLETCHER, THE 251s, MARK HARRISON

October 2020 - 226

227

KING KING plus

ERJA LYYTINEN, CONNOR BRACKEN, SAMANTHA MARTIN, SCOTT ELLISON, SYLVIE SIMMONS

 

November 2020 - 227

228

WHEN RIVERS MEET plus

CATFISH, ALLMAN BETTS BAND, SUSAN SANTOS, JUSTIN ADAMS, RUZZ GUITAR

 

 

December 2020 - 228

229

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE plus

MARCUS KING, NORMAN BEAKER, CHRIS SMITH, GRAHAM PARKER, BONNIE BISHOP

 

January 2021 - 229

230

GRAINNE DUFFY plus

GEORGE THOROGOOD, JOHN MAYALL, DANA GILLESPIE, THE CADILLAC THREE, KATIE BRADLEY

 

 

February 2021 - 230

231

JOANNA CONNOR plus

KIM WILSON, RONNIE GREER, SHAUN MURPHY, MUDDY MANNINEN, TREV TURLEY

 

 

March 2021 - 231

232

BAI KAMARA plus

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD, IMELDA MAY, MIKE SANCHEZ, LAURA B, NICK WATERHOUSE

 

April 2021 - 232

233

THE DAMN THRUTH plus

KAI STRAUSS, GARY MOORE, WILL JOHNS, ARIELLE, BRAVE REVIVAL

 

May 2021 - 233

234

ELLIS MANO BAND plus

DR. FEELGOOD, CURTIS SALGADO, STEVE CROPPER, DAVE SPEIGHT, FIVE POINTS GANG

 

June 2021 - 234

235

ELIANA CARGNELUTTI plus

MIKE ZITO, MOBY, HITMAN BLUES BAND, JULIAN TAYLOR, SCOTT McKEON

July 2021 - 235

236

TROY REDFERN plus

BERNIE MARSDEN, TITO JACKSON, CLARENCE SPADY, WATERMELON SLIM, SUITCASE SAM

 

    

August 2021 - 236

237

RORY GALLAGHER plus

ERIC BIBB, BERNIE MARSDEN, CONNOR SELBY, ROBERT JON, PAPA GEORGE

September 2021 - 237

238

JOE BONAMASSA plus

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR, TERESA JAMES, REV. GARY DAVIS, JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS, BRIGITTE DeMEYER

October 2021 - 238

239

WHEN RIVERS MEET plus

DION, SUE FOLEY, COLIN JAMES, MARK PONTIN, MISSISSIPPI MACDONALD

November 2021 - 239

240

KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS

plus

SNOWY WHITE, DANNY BRYANT, THE COLD STARES, WARREN HAYNES, MARK HARRISON, MISTY BLUES

December 2021 - 240

241

SAMANTHA FISH

plus

ERJA LYYTINEN, GUY KING, WALTER PARKS, STEVE GIBBONS, REBECCA DOWNES, THE JIVE ACES

January 2022 - 241

242

ELLES BAILEY

plus

ERIC GALES, JOHN MAYALL, CHRISTONE KINGFISH INGRAM, WILLE & THE BANDITS

February 2022 - 242

243

DAN PATLANSKY

plus

BETH HART, JETHRO TULL, STEVE BAILEY, THE 251s, ADAM NORSWORTHY

March 2022 - 243

244

DOM MARTIN

plus

EDGAR WINTER, THE BLUES BAND, THE CINELLI BROTHERS, LARRY McCRAY, DAVE KELLY

April 2022 - 244

245

ROBIN TROWER

plus

ROBERT CRAY, EMMA WILSON, BRAVE RIVAL, BEAUX GRIS GRIS, THE LOVE LIGHT ORCHESTRA

 

May 2022 - 245

246

THE BAD DAY

plus

CATFISH, KARA GRAINGER, MATT PEARCE & THE MUTINY, VANEESE THOMAS, THE TERRAPLANES BLUES BAND

June 2022 - 246

247

BERNIE MARSDEN

plus

WILKO JOHNSON, ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW, LAURA EVANS, XANDER AND THE PEACE PIRATES, TINSLEY ELLIS

July 2022 - 247

248

TROY REDFERN

plus

BONHAM-BULLICK, DELBERT McCLINTON, ROBBEN FORD, KIRK FLETCHER, SUPERSONIC BLUES  MACHINE

August 2022 - 248

249

TOMMY McLAIN

plus

WALTER TROUT, BAD LUCK FRIDAY, THE MILK MEN, JO HARMAN, BEN HEMMING

 

                       

September 2022 - 249

250

250th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

with

LAURENCE JONES, PETER FRAMPTON, SUNJAY, JIMMY HALL, ALBERT CASTIGLIA, DAVE THOMAS, MALAYA BLUE

October 2022 - 250

251

ERJA LYYTINEN

plus

LARKIN POE, DON McLEAN, JASON RICCI, THE COMMONERS, OLIVER DARLING, STEVE HILL

November 2022 - 251

252

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR

plus

RORY BLOCK, CLIMAX BLUES BAND, DONNA HERULA, JOHN VERITY, ROB KORAL, JO CARLEY & THE OLD DRY SKULLS

 

December 2022 - 252

253

TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN

plus

REBECCA DOWNES, CAROLYN WONDERLAND, GERRY JABLONSKI & THE ELECTRIC BAND, TREVOR BABAJACK STEGER, PETE SEARS

           

January 2023 - 253

254

MISSISSIPPI MACDONALD

plus

AYNSLEY LISTER, JARED JAMES NICHOLS, BOB ANGELL, THE CADILLAC KINGS, ANGELA STREHLI

 

February 2023 - 254

255

CONNOR SELBY

plus

ERIC BIBB, MARCUS KING, RUTHIE FOSTER, THE COLD STARES, MARC BROUSSARD

March 2023 - 255

256

KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE AT SEA

plus 

GA-20, MARY STOKES BAND, THE ZOMBIES, HENRIK FREISCHLADER, ARIELLE, GERAINT WATKINS

April 2023 - 256

257

SAMANTHA FISH and JESSE DAYTON

plus

ANA POPOVIC, MARK HUMMEL,JIM KIRKPATRICK, MARTIN McNEILL, JOHNNY MARS & THE COLD HEART REVUE

May 2023 - 257

258

LUKE MORLEY

plus

PAUL JONES, CHRIS DUARTE, MIKE ROSS, THE STUMBLE, DOUG DEMING

June 2023 - 258

259

LAURENCE JONES

 plus 

GRAINNE DUFFY, STEFAN REDTENBACHER, JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS, BISON HIP, ASHLEY SHERLOCK, IVY GOLD

July 2023 - 259

260

WHEN RIVERS MEET

plus

ROBERT JON & THE WRECK, RUBY TURNER, FANTASTIC NEGRITO, IVAN NEVILLE, STEVE ‘WEST’ WESTON, SUGAR RAY NORCIA

August 2023 - 260

261

DOM MARTIN

plus

ALBANY DOWN, BETTYE LAVETTE, LAYLA ZOE, DEBBIE BOND, DADDY LONG LEGS, BRYN HAWORTH

September 2023 - 261

262

JOE BONAMASSA    

 

JOE BONAMASSA

plus

DANNY BRYANT, COCO MONTOYA, ERJA LYYTINEN, JO ANN KELLY, DAVE ARCARI, DUST RADIO

October 2023 - 262

263

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD     

 

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD

plus 

ROBIN TROWER, EMMA WILSON, HEAVENLY CREAM, JO ANN KELLY (pt.2), BILL WYMAN, CRUISE REVIEW!

November 2023 - 263

264

TAJ MAHAL

plus

BOBBY RUSH, BLACKBURN BROTHERS, GRAHAM NASH, SEAN TAYLOR, GREG SOVER, NICK MOSS

December 2023 - 264

265

NINE BELOW ZERO 

plus

FOGHAT,  CAT SQUIRREL, BOB HALL, THOMAS HEPPELL, LONG ROAD HOME, ROBERT HOKUM

January 2024 - 265

266

WALTER TROUT

plus

JO HARMAN, BAD TOUCH, BOB MARGOLIN, HANNAH WICKLUND, TONY HOLIDAY, SARAH BROWN

February 2024 - 266

267

SUE FOLEY  

plus

PHILIP SAYCE, BEX MARSHALL, GREIG TAYLOR, EDDY SMITH & THE 507, TOM HAMBRIDGE, JACK J HUTCHINSON

March 2024 - 267

268

TERRY MARSHALL

plus

DAN PATLANSKY, SUSAN SANTOS, BIG WOLF BAND, SEAN WEBSTER, GUS GLYNN BAND

April 2024 - 268

269

TROY REDFERN

plus

JOOLS HOLLAND, CEDRIC BURNSIDE, BERNARD ALLISON, CATFISH, BOB CORRITORE

May 2024 - 269

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