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In The Basement, Soul Music Magazine (UK, Quarterly)
Issue #19, August-October 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.
This month’s features include Ann Peebles, Roscoe Robinson, Margie Alexander, Don Varner and many new reviews.
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BluePrint, The Magazine of the British Blues Connection (UK, Monthly)
Vol. 2. Issue 38
Interviews with Son Seals, who was due to visit the UK in August, with the ever popular Joe Louis Walker, and soulful bluesman Syl Johnson who has a forthcoming album recorded with brother Jimmy. All three artists are on the bill for this year's Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival held in late August. Blues Archive interview is with one of the UK's premier soul singers Paul Cox who fronts his own band Soul Intention. Plus the usual selection of blues news which has the latest on forthcoming UK tours and Festival line-ups, live gig reports which include a report from the Steel City Blues Weekend in Sheffield, the Chelsea Blues Festival, and the Hull Blues Day, CD reviews including a reissues round-up, book reviews, the demo box and the extensive Gig Guide.
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Blues & Rhythm, The Gospel Truth (Published in the UK, 10 issues per year)
September 2000 (No. 152)
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 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. 61, October 2000
The feature article in this months issue of BR has Walter Trout talking about topics ranging from his pre performance preparations to likening his solos to a Southern preacher. Coming off a recent appearance at The Bayfront Blues Festival these revelations brought into focus a deeper understanding of one of the most dynamic Blues guitarists commitment to personal expression. Long John Hunter, one third of the Lone Star Shootout along with Phillip Walker and Lonnie Brooks, talks about the early days of Texas Blues. "Everything is successful if you look at it as growth," so says Arthur Adams in a profile and overview of this talented Bluesmans life so far! One look at the practice room of John Primer and you'll know not only some of his former
employers, friends and heroes like Junior Wells, Muddy, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Dawkins, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Etta James to name a few. Reviews include: Robert Lockwood Jr., Duke Robillard, Irma Thomas, Walter Trout and the Free Radicals, Jerry McCain, Eric Bibb, Sista Monica, Roy Book Binder, Alberta Adams, Canned Heat, Bryan Lee, Melvin Taylor and the Slack Band, Bob Willoughby, Mick Clarke, Candye Cane., William Howse & Jack
Pearson, James Wheeler, Willie Cobbs, Sue Foley, Steve James, Fathead and many 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 #152, vol 31, number 4, (July/August 2000)
Living Blues Awards 2000 Readers and Critics Poll Winners are highlighted in this issue of surprises, but not surprising votes! The readers voted Magic Slim and Shemekia Copeland as Male and Female Blues Artists of the Year. Critics choice was: B.B. King and Ruth Brown. Other critics picks were Willie Kent, George Stancell, Little Milton, Roy Gaines and Snooky Pryor among others. Readers liked James Cotton, Luther Allison, Bobby Rush, and Pinetop Perkins as some of their favorites. Citing early influences like Freddy King and Hank Williams, Sherman Robinson talks at length about how he got started and continues to this day as one of the lesser known Texas Blues greats. A trip through some of the infamous juke joints of the South are visited in a revealing photo essay. Like a good mystery? Rumor and speculation, both are in abundance in this revisitation of the Rev J. M. Gates story. Preacher, one of the earliest recorded Blues personalities and social observer, the combination of truth and conjecture continues. Reviews include: Robert Ward, Larry Garner, Robert Belfour, Corey Harris and Henry Butler, John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band, Magic Slim, Mighty Sam McClain, B. B. King, Alvin Youngblood Hart, T-Model Ford, Joe Weaver and His Blue Note Orchestra, Melvin Taylor, The Daddy Mack Blues Band, Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers, James Wheeler, Darrell Nulisch and many others. Regular columns: Soul Stew, Short Takes, Radio Charts, Back Door, News, Obituaries, Classifieds, and all the places to go for all the blues stuff you need or want.
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Blues Access (Published four times a year)
Issue #42, Summer 2000
Don’t miss this Monster Summer Festival Issue which lists dates and performance line-ups from hundreds of Blues festivals from across the country. Features include a retrospective of "Screamin’" Jay Hawkins, and Johnnie Mae Dunson and David "Honeyboy" Edwards recall their Maxwell Street days together. New Jersey native Walter Trout, who for years has built legions of fans, particularly in the UK, finally gets some long overdue stateside recognition. Bnois King and "Smokin’" Joe Kubek two high-intensity Texans share stories of how they got to where the are
today. A closer look at the life of Jimmy Reed and a powerful argument that he helped pave the way for civil rights in the South. CD reviews include: Rick Holmstrom, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Sam Lay, Smokin Joe Kubek, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Etta Baker, Toni Lynn Washington, Tommy Castro, Sam Taylor, South Side Slim, Lee "Shot" Williams, Sean Costello, Mel Brown, Fruteland Jackson, The Pattersonaires, Algia Mae Hinton, John Dee Holeman, James Cotton, Guy Davis, Super Chikan, Terry Evans and many others! As a quarterly you get three months of Blues
news in every issue. Regular Departments: Rooster Pickins, In Memory, Dear Dr. Harpo, Blues With a Twist, Blues Clues, Illustrated History of The Blues, Classified ads and links to sites for all Blues related merchandise, wearables, CDs, and something for all Blues fans. Since each issue covers three months of Blues news its a cover to cover must read!
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