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Issue 241: January 2022

With new album Faster doing the business on both sides of the Atlantic, Samantha Fish’s trajectory continues to rise. “I had a lot to prove, early on,” she says, but the Kansas City-born singer/guitarist has no need to justify anything now. A superb guitarist, Fish can cross styles with ease; from straight blues to hard rock, ‘50s styled rhythm ‘n’ blues to fast fizzin’ pop, she’s never been content to sit still and do what was expected of her. Simon Green listens in.


Another female player who is pushing the blues in new directions is Finland’s Erja Lyytinen, an artist who has featured in our pages many times before, and with good reason. Known initially as a brilliant slide-player, Lyytinen has shaken the tree and her last couple of releases have pushed in what she (with tongue slightly in cheek) calls ‘Prog-Blues’. But who’d have thought she’d have brought out her own brand of tea? “Blues is such an emotional music,” she tells Steve Morphew, as they sit down to a virtual cuppa.  

Cherry Red has re-issued a 5CD box of classic albums by the Midlands maestro, Steve Gibbons and, having just celebrated his 80th birthday, the “Steady Rollin” veteran of British rhythm, blues and rock and roll blows his candles out and settles down for a chat with writer, Pete Clack and Graham Munn talks to Rebecca Downes about her recent, pared-back, Stripped album, an album she wouldn’t have made but for the lockdown.

Spotted by Alexis Korner in 1969, Raphael Callaghan is a guitar and harp-player who’s played with an impressive list of notables, including Bonnie Raitt and Jo Ann Kelly. He tells John Bottomley his story. Also in this issue, we’re on the hotline to the Windy City to talk to guitarist Guy King, The Jive Aces “Swing, Jump And Jive” and Trevor Hodgett’s in conversation with the unique Walter Parks.  

Plus album and gig reviews, On Your Radio with Clive R, Jim “Big Bear” Simpson’s Opening Gambit and much more. Dive right in.

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226

JOE BONAMASSA  plus 

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

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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

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

December 2021 - 240

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