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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 42
Interviews with Maria Muldaur, who was recently in the UK, with veteran pianist Bob Hall who played with many blues greats in the 1960's blues boom, and regular visitor Jim Diamond. Blues Archive interview is with accomplished acoustic guitarist Paul Geremia. There is also an article on the honoring of Muddy Waters by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (and about time too!). Plus the usual selection of blues news which has the latest on forthcoming UK tours and Festival line-ups, and live reviews which includes the latest of the increasingly popular blues weekends that took place in the UK. There is also the regular reviews section, which includes archive selections, a reissue roundup and the demo box, and a very favorable review--factual errors notwithstanding--of the book "Guitar - Music, History Players" by Richard Chapman, which has a foreword by Eric Clapton. 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)
Christmas 2000 (No. 155)
Features Erma Franklin, a short article on singers Uncle Joe (Joseph Henry Johnson), Susie Thomas and John B. Sutton who were recorded by Anne and Frank Warner, a label listing for Super Disc and Scoop (following on from B&R 154), the joys of browsing the budget bins with an extended listing of thrift store albums, and an interview with legendary bass player Willie Kent. The series of extended articles on important new releases and reissues continues with the triple CD "And This is Maxwell Street" and the related Robert Nighthawk "Live On Maxwell Street" CD. 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 talks about working with Alan Lomax, the results of which are now on the Deep River of Song collection of CDs on the Rounder label. Regular features include news updates, obituaries (covering Little Mack Simmons,
Jimmie Davis and Paul Griffin amongst others), Steppin' Out (including a review of the 15th King Biscuit Blues Festival), and the product review section (blues CDs, alternative takes, and books). CD of the Month for Christmas is Walter Brown/Crown Prince Waterford's "Blues Everywhere" (Westside WESF 110).
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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. 64, Jan/Feb 2001
In this special issue dedicated to the unsung sidemen and supporting musicians, some of the Blues most recognized names emerge from the background to take center stage. Articles featuring Steve Cropper, Kid Ramos, Sam Lay, Steve Howard, Mel Brown, and James Gadson tell their memorable stories. In a feature article in advance of their much anticipated February release Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon a.k.a. Double Trouble talk about the ten years since Stevie Ray’s death and their years as his rhythm section. Regular columns: T’Aint Nobody’s business, Down In the Delta, Steady Rollin’,
Blues From the Field, Blues Books, Classifieds, Sales Charts. Reviews include: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, R.L. Burnside, the Chris Duarte Group, Ike Cosse, Pinetop Perkins, Barbara Lynn, Rusty Zinn, King Ernest, Geoff Muldaur, Roscoe Shelton and Roy Gaines, Big Jay McNeely, Tom Hambridge, The, Bruce Katz Band, Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes, Anthony Gomes, DC Bellamy, Joe Beard, Norton Buffalo & the Knockouts, Mohead and many others.
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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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