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In The Basement, Soul Music Magazine (UK, Quarterly)
Issue #17, February-April 2000
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. Featured in the latest, 60-page issue, No:17, February-April 2000: William Bell*, Gloria Edward, Oscar Perry*, Velvelettes*. (*including up-to-date interview and discography.)
Over 60 CD reviews including 'Star Pick' choices from JoJo Benson (new release), Hardway Connection (new release), Bridge (archive material), Walter Jackson (archive material), Oscar Perry (archive material), O.V. Wright (archive material), plus 'So Soulful 70's' and 'When A Man Cries' (various artists - archive material).
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BluePrint, The Magazine of the British Blues Connection (UK, Monthly)
Vol. 2. Issue 34
Interviews with Mighty Sam McClain who is appearing at Burnley Blues Festival over Easter 2000; with highly respected bassist and producer Dave Bronze; with author Charles Shaar Murray, and with Australian bluesman Gypsys Dave Smith. Blues Archive interview this month features guitarist Innes Sibun who played with Robert Plant in the 1990s before starting his own band. Plus the usual selection of blues news which includes the latest on the forthcoming festival line-ups in the UK and Europe, live gig reports (including the 6th Banbury Blues Festival), CD reviews (incorporating a reissues round-up), a round up of some independent releases and the extensive Gig Guide.
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Blues & Rhythm, The Gospel Truth (Published in the UK, 10 issues per year)
April 2000 (No. 148)
Two big stories this month: the story of gospel and soul singer Tiny Powell, and the story of blues shouter H-Bomb Ferguson. Interview with Big Bill Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters (as if you did not know). Also has the latest batch of updates and corrections to the last published edition of "Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943". Regular features include a news update section, the ubiquitous, and all too extensive obituary section (including Screaming Jay Hawkins and legendary producer Johny Vincent), book reviews, and a lengthy CD review section which includes a few non-blues albums in the alternate takes section. Album of the Month for April is Gus Cannon's "Walk Right In" CD (Stax SCD-8603-2) of which only 500 copies were pressed when it first came out on vinyl.
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Juke Blues (UK, Quarterly)
Interviews with Cootie Stark, The Campbell Brothers (of "Sacred Steel" fame), and Billy Price, and a look back on the careers of the excellent O.V. Wright, and Albert Washington. The Blues Heritage Series continues with Louis Jordan. The "On the Soul Side" section includes a look at the Chi Lites recordings(!); the "Jazz My Blues" section looks at the career of singer Big Miller, and an eyewitness account of a 1926 Clara Smith gig; and the "Let's Go Zydeco and Louisiana" section reflects on the Funky Meters and the latest episode in Tabby's Blues Box saga. The reviews catch up on the festivals from the tail end of last year, including the Freedom Creek Blues & Gospel Festival in Alabama. The obituaries section looks back on too many people to mention. 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. 57, May 2000
On the cover John Hammond’s smile belies the fact that he had an uphill road to success as a Blues performer. Some forty years ago as a kid with a pronounced stutter he struggled with both self doubt and direction. John’s world expanded beyond belief when he realized he had a gift for performing and since that time has become one of the most respected contemporary blues artists by followers and fellow performers alike. I remember at the time listening to Big City Blues (1964) and, as his first effort it has a folk-blues-almost coffeehouse kind of feel, I was then and still am a big fan of Mr. Hammond! Other articles feature Carey Bell and Chicago’s own Son Seals. Heading into the Blues Festival season, some of the most up-to-date information available is in this issue. Monthly columns by Art Tipaldi (T’aint Nobody’s Business), Doug’s Back Pages, Tom Hyslop covers "Blues Bites", "We Remember" this month is in fond memory of "Screamin’" Jay Hawkins. Record Reviews include: Deborah Coleman, Tinsley Ellis, Sam Lay Blues Band, Toni Lynn Washington, Terry Evans, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Fruteland Jackson, Clifton Chenier with Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Claude Williams, Rick Holmstrom, Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, Josh White Jr., John "Juke" Logan & Doug MaCloud, Back Porch Rockers and others. Also as in every issue, the Classifieds, Sales/Record Charts, addresses and links to websites, labels, performers, catalogues and wearables for all your blues needs…or wants.
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Living Blues Magazine (Published bimonthly in the US)
Number #150, vol 31, number 2, (Apr/May 2000)
Among those of us who have followed the careers of the more senior blues artists like Taj Mahal, who appears on this issue’s cover, his commentary reminds us much is still to be discovered. From his perspective of contemporary blues artists to the manner in which they conduct themselves, his observations are well worth noting. Another in a series of recent articles dealing with the legendary, though short lived Robert Johnson is also well worth reading. Jay McShann is featured as is a forum on the state of the blues as we enter a new millennium, entitled "Blues at 2000.". Festival previews along with the monthly columns, Blues and News, Record Reviews that include: Jay McShann, Beverly "Guitar " Watson, Lurrie Bell, Trudy Lynn, Roy Hytower, Super Chickan, Southside Slim, Will Roy Sanders, Phil Guy, Little Arthur Duncan, Larry Garner, Liz Mandville Greeson, (Bayfront perennial) David "Honeyboy" Edwards and others. Soul Stew presents a unique profile of Stevie Wonder and other releases of the soul genre. Obituaries pay tribute to Frank Front, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, Don "Sugarcane" Harris among others. The Classifieds and Radio Charts round out a packed issue for everyone who loves the Blues. As Living Blues celebrates its thirtieth year it continues to deliver some of the most important commentary on the Blues in print
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Blues Access (Published four times a year)
Issue #41, Spring 2000
The Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas sits down for an insightful one on one with John Sinclair in a candid interview that will leave the reader with a "really"! sort of feeling after finishing the article. In a "giant" tenth anniversary issue no blues fan will want to miss are featured articles covering the career and stories of Little Milton, Debbie Davies, "Little" Freddie King and Cedell Davis. The upcoming 2000 Blues Festival is covered in as much detail as was available at press. Maxwell Street’s Jimmy Lee Robinson and Johnnie Mae Dunson take a stand as they continue telling the story of their Chicago blues roots. "In Memory" pays respect to Billy Davenport, Bobby Marchan, Willa Mae Buckner, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Early Wright, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and others. CD Reviews include: Little Freddie King, Little Milton, B.B. King, Sacred Steel Live, Little Arthur Duncan, Michael Burks, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Andre Williams, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Big Al Dupree, Billy Lee Riley, Blue Chamber (featuring Big John Dickerson), Catfish Keith, Claude Williams, Floyd Miles, George Stancell, Tom Hunter, Jeremy Lyons & the Deltabilly Boys, Johnny Laws, Johnny Sansone, Larry Garner, Pinetop Perkins and many more! Since Blues Access is published only (unfortunately) four times a year, every issue highlights more than 3 months of blues reviews! Quarterly columns dig deep and uncover "access" to the things any blues fan needs to know.
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