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In The Basement, Soul Music Magazine (UK, Quarterly)
Issue #20, Nov. 2000-Jan. 2001
Quarterly Soul Music Magazine Dedicated to 'real' soul including southern, 'bluesoul', northern. News, views, features, vinyl spotlight and masses of reviews of CD releases of new and reissued material.
This month’s features include Ann Peebles, Roscoe Robinson, Margie Alexander, Don Varner and many new reviews.
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BluePrint, The Official Magazine of the British Blues Connection (UK, Monthly)
Vol. 2. Issue 41
Interviews with Rosco Gordon who recently ended his 18 year absence from performing in the UK, and with regular visitors Blind Mississippi Morris and Brad Webb, and Guy Davis. Blues Archive interview is with harp player Neal Pattman. There is also an interview with the UK's Nightporters. Plus the usual selection of blues news which has the latest on forthcoming UK tours and Festival line-ups, and two batches of live reviews. There is also the regular reviews section, which includes a few EPs, a couple of book reviews, and a highly favorable review of the film "Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'Roll." As usual the back pages are occupied by the ubiquitous and extensive Gig Guide.
PLEASE NOTE: Blueprint will give a free CD (currently the Blueprint 2000 compilation) to ALL new subscribers, whenever they subscribe. If they renew their subscription, they'll continue to get whatever CDs we put out. Not a bad deal!
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Blues & Rhythm, The Gospel Truth (Published in the UK, 10 issues per year)
November 2000 (No. 154)
The main feature is a long archive interview (from 1993) with Snooky Pryor, who talks about amplifying the harp and working down on Maxwell Street. The story of Lee "Shot" Williams, who is still going strong 38 years after his first recording, is also featured. The battle for the right to use the King Biscuit name is reported (courtesy of Helena's Daily World). The final story is an update to the Bobbin Records discography which initially appeared in Blues Unlimited some 25 years ago. Also has the latest batch of updates and corrections to "Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943", and Peter B. Lowry in his "Oddenda & Such" column describes how he became interested in the blues. Regular features include a news update section, the ubiquitous obituary section (including Jocko Henderson, Bill Barth and Mabel Scott), Steppin' Out (live reviews including the Dragon Blues Festival), and a lengthy CD review section which includes a few non-blues albums in the alternative takes section, plus a couple of book reviews too. CD of the Month for September is the double Muddy Waters CD, "Rollin' Stone/The Golden Anniversary Collection" (MCA 088 112 301-2).
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Juke Blues (UK, Quarterly)
Interviews with Ronnie Lovejoy, Neal Pattman, and Ruth McFadden, and an update on Mighty Sam McClain, and an extended article on Johnnie Taylor. The Blues Heritage Series continues with Jimmy Reed. "On the Soul Side" meets up with Don Covay; "Jazz My Blues" section looks at the career of Tommy Tucker, and has a 91st birthday tribute to Lionel Hampton; Sister Rosetta Tharpe is featured in "The Gospel Spot" and the "Let's Go Zydeco and Louisiana" has an excerpt on C.J. Chenier from Michael Tisserand's "The Kingdom of Zydeco." The live reviews catch up on the festivals from March to June. The obituaries section looks back on Clarence Hollimon, George "Bongo Joe" Coleman, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and James Hill. Plus the regular extensive Bluenotes news section, and CD reviews for each of the sections in the magazine (Blues, Soul, Gospel, Jazz and Zydeco) and Blues books reviews.
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Blues Revue (Monthly in the US, except Jan/Feb, Jul/Aug)
Issue No. 63, December 2000
The holiday issue of Blues Revue features the blues own elf Lil' Ed Williams on the cover smiling from under his trademark fez, all done with a festive seasonal motif. As leader of Chicago's Blues Imperials, Ed is as likely to duck walk across the stage as down the bar and not spilling a drop, do a back bend that would cause a chiropractor to grimace or jump on the shoulders of his bass player not missing a note of his searing slide guitar. All this and more in the way this extraordinary musician entertains the legions of blues fans affectionately known as "Ed Heads." One of the most respected and important American songwriters, John Hiatt talks about his new release "Crossing Muddy Waters" and its country influences. This drumless new collection is worthy of any Delta style blues aficionado's attention. Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen talks about the blues and his role in it during the sixties. Don't miss Darrell Nulisch's take on tax returns, Anson's Rockets and Ronnie Earl's Broadcasters. Record Reviews include: Shemekia Copeland, Keb' Mo', Kid Ramos, James Armstrong, Doug Macleod, Ann Rabson, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, Snooky Pryor and Mel Brown, Carl Weathersby, Willie Nelson, John Hiatt, Big Sister, Chris Whitley, Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, theJames Harman Band, Billy Rigsby, Howard and the White Boys, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kristi Johnson, Elvin Bishop, Lil' Band O' Gold, Calvin Owens, Peter Case and others. You will also find holiday gift ideas for the hard to buy for blues fan. We Remember: R.H. Harris, Lorraiine Blue, Allen Woody and Freddie Waters. Classifieds, Blues Sales Charts, links and where to find all things "Blue" you need or want. Have a safe and meaningful holiday season and nothing but the Bluest of New Years!
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Living Blues Magazine (Published bimonthly in the US)
Number #154, vol 31, number 6, (Nov/Dec 2000)
Features in this packed issue include a report on what is probably Otis Spann's last recordings at a small club in Boston just three weeks before his death in 1970. Willie Cobbs wants to "make some music we can shake our ass to". He talks about his dues payin' days on Maxwell Street playing harp with Little Milton and life in the shadows of the Blues he loves. Blues Philosopher Willie King offers his view of life- inspired by the blues and warning us that "if you don't participate in the blues, the blues will ride you, no matter where you come from or how much money you have they will take you under". Willie calls it "struggling blues and we can all learn from his interpretation. One of the finest blues guitarists and entertainers on the blues festival circuit Mel Brown, insists he likes being "where I'm not supposed to be". A native of Mississippi who now lives in Ontario, Canada leads the Housewreckers and tells of the long journey and the interesting turns from the south to where he now calls home. Those of us old enough to know how Sylvia called her "lover boy" also know she only had to call Mickey once! Don't miss this opportunity to catch up with Mickey Baker and all he's been involved with for the last fifty or so years. Record reviews include: Willie King, Roy Gaines, Irma Thomas, Wallace Coleman, D.C. Bellamy and America's Most Wanted, King Earnest, James Armstrong, Roscoe Shelton & Earl Gaines, Snooky Pryor, `Bernard Allison, Barbara Lynn, Shemekia Copeland, Jerry Ricks, Calvin Owens and his Blues Orchestra, Eddie "the Chief" Clearwater, Eddie C. Campbell, Elvin Bishop and Little Smokey Smothers, Pinetop Perkins, Ann Rabson, Roosevelt Dean, Lou Pride, Little Arthur Duncan, Denise LaSalle, Luqman Hamza, Sonny Kenner and many others. Regular columns: Short Takes, Soul Stew, This issue's Obituaries: Saunders King, Johnny "Two Voice" Morisette, Mabel Scott, Roland "Cookie" Cook, Roy Searcy, Bill Barth, R.H. Harris, Richard Trice, Barkin' Bill Smith, Radio Charts and places and suggestions for everyone on your "blues" gift list. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and the Bluest of New Years!
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Blues Access (Published four times a year)
Issue #43 Fall 2000
Workin' the Delta juke joints for change Big Jack Johnson thought at the time quarters and a buck here and there was "real money." Having to provide for a family may have changed his method of earning a living, but not his passion for playing the blues. New Orleans is home to many a performer whose chosen avenue of expression runs the musical gamut, but chief Bo Dollis of the Mardi Gras Indians is one "performer" from the Big Easy you'll not soon forget. One of the most accomplished guitarists on the scene today, Larry Garner is profiled in an article covering his Baton Rouge roots to this years Handy nomination for "Contemporary Blues Entertainer of the Year." Continuing with the Louisiana theme fellow New Orleans bluesman John Cleary is featured in an article that discusses his interesting career. CD Reviews include: B.B. King, John Mooney, Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band, Big Jack Johnson and the Oilmen,Robert Ward, John Primer, Boo Boo Davis, Daddy Mack Blues Band, Carl Weathersby, Chris Cain, Pinetop Perkins, Harmonica Shah, E.C. Scott, Dave Specter, Johnny Nicholas and the Texas All Stars, Kipori Woods, Little Buster and the Soul Brothers, Mighty Sam McClain, Louisiana Red, The North Mississippi All Stars, O.B. Buchana, T-Model Ford, Timothea, Charlie Musselwhite and many others. This Blues quarterly is always filled with information you won't find anywhere else. A subscription would be a great holiday gift for someone.yourself too! Seasons Greetings and have a Blue New Year.
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