Issue 235 – July 2021

July 5, 2021 in Editorial, Uncategorized

Truth is, it was something of a surprise to discover that Paul Stanley of KISS had taken time out from the day job to release an album called Now And Then, featuring reinterpretations of classic Motown songs backed-up by a few of his own compositions, released under the moniker of Paul Stanley’s Soul Station. The relevance to this column was buried deep in the interview Stanley gave to Classic Rock magazine: when asked if he would ever consider another generic side-step, for example, making a blues record, Stanley answered thus: “As much as I have an appreciation of the blues, no. That term gets thrown around so much it means a lot of different things.” That is certainly true. “The blues” can mean different things to different people and we all have our own views and opinions on its terminology.
This month’s issue is covered front and back by Italian guitarist, Eliana Cargnelutti, whose new album takes her in a more rock-based direction than previously; Mike Zito opens up on his past in revealing fashion and we talk to Russell Alexander of The Hitman Blues Band and Scott McKeon, as well as exciting newcomers, The Jujubes. And pushing a few envelopes of our own, we’re right on board with Ajay Srivastav and his new album Powerless and we talk to the artist who AllMusic considers “among the most important dance music figures of the early 1990s” and we ask him what part the blues played in his life. Oh, and there’s Julian Taylor in Toronto and Daniel De Vita in Buenos Aires. It’s a jam-packed edition and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it together.
Go Well.
Nicholas John

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