What’s New in Issue 114

June 1, 2011 in Editorial

The touring bands are busy on the road and among them is the Warren Haynes Band. The guitarist, singer and songwriter, from Ashville in North Carolina, is best known to us through his work with Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers and The Dead. He plays one date in the UK, on 5th July at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, on his way to Europe. When he was in London recently, promoting his new album Man In Motion, Moray and Al Stuart and I went to interview him for Blues In Britain. The new project makes good use of his soulful vocals.

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It was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Johnson in May. Scots blues man Al Hughes, bandleader of Lights Out By Nine, has recorded a compilation of Robert Johnson songs, Feel Like Robert Johnson Volumes 1 & 2, not as Johnson would have played them back in the day. Al plays them in his own way or perhaps how Johnson might have played them had he lived longer. Gordon Baxter interviewed Al for Blues In Britain.

Bandleader, singer, songwriter and guitarist Marcus Malone has sent in an e-letter about his new album, Let The Sunshine In. For this he has reunited with musician friends he knew when he was in a rock band called Marcus and based in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

In July, London celebrates its second blues festival of the year, BluesFest London. I went to see the saxophonist Leo Green, who is the man behind this series of events, to report on it for Blues In Britain.

Still on the festival front, we have a review by Sue Hickling and Tony Winfield who went to The Big Wheel Festival on the Isle of Man. Thanks to them and our other tireless contributors we have a magazine every month.

Fran Leslie

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Comments (1)


  1. chris barber says:

    to Trevor Hodgett………lovely review of “memories of my trip”
    Especially the wonderful words about Ottilie’s “St.Louis Blues” tour de force………….Mavis Staple eat your heart out!
    this recording was made a few months after we played for Pres.Kennedy’s Washington J.F and the Staples heard her and asked Ottilie to record with them…she was too scared to accept! what a pity…….I class this Ottilie recording alongside Mavis on the original “Too close/On my way to Heaven” recording………….
    thanks anyway….Ottilie will be remembered…..Chris

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