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Blues & Rhythm, The Gospel Truth is published 10 times a year. Each issue contains in-depth articles, ground breaking interviews, discographies, regular feature columns and all the latest blues news, CD, DVD and book reviews.
Blues & Rhythm covers the full blues and R&B spectrum from pre and post war blues, rhythm and blues, doo-wop vocal groups, vintage soul and gospel and the contemporary blues scene.
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DON GARDNER: Extensive feature/interview with legendary R&B artist, by Dan Kochakian and Seamus McGarvey with full discography.
THE STORY OF TOM MOORE’S FARM: Unique blues research by Jay Brakefield plus additional article on Lightnin’ Hopkins’ Modern/Gold Star recordings of ‘Tim Moore’s Farm’ by Chris Strachwitz.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s on the books you need for the complete blues library – this issue – ‘Anthologies Of Blues Writing’.
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS: More insights into blues lyrics edited by Chris Smith
PLUS: Letters, News; Mike Stephenson’s Young Bluebloods; Bob Fisher, Peter Grendysa, Lyle Ferbrache, Pee Wee Ellis, Willie Cobbs, Roger St. Pierre, Chuck Berry, Johnny Fuller, Huey Smith, Big Joe Turner, Marie Knight, The Drifters, 2022 Blues Calendar, Rev. James Cleveland.
DEE CLARK – Robert Pruter tells the story of one of Chicago’s great 1950s & 1960s R&B singers
R&B IN D.C. – Tony Watson special review/feature on the new Bear Family 16 CD Box Set with 350+ page book on the history of Washington D.C. R&B
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s on the books you need for the complete blues library – this issue – Collectors, Writers And Fans
THE GREY GHOST – Tary Owens’ historic document on the Texas blues pianist R. T. Williams
NEW YORK CITY BLUES – Chris Bentley reviews the great new book by Larry Simon and edited by John Broven
JOE LOUIS AND ALADDIN RECORDS – Great photo feature by Dan Kochakian of the only Aladdin Sports Series 78 disc.
JOHNNY TUCKER – Interview by Mike Stephenson with this West Coast bluesman
PLUS: The Blues Discography 3rd edition corrections/updates; Letters, News; Mike Stephenson’s Young Bluebloods; Warren Storm, Carol Fran, Byther Smith; Wilbert Harrison, Gatemouth Moore, Chuck Berry, Son House, Joe Louis Walker, Little Willie Littlefield & Jack Dupree; Kirk Fletcher in France, US gigs: Melody Angel, Johnny Horton, Mickey Rogers, Bobby Rush.
PLUS FREE SAMPLER CD!!! (See above) In B&R 364 is a FREE Blues & Rhythm Sampler CD produced with Sidetrack Records featuring 19 sides of rare and previously unissued sides featuring Clarence Edwards, Henry Gray, T Bone Singleton, Cora Jefferson, Louisiana Bob Kirkpatrick & Paul Orta. Great Louisiana and Texas blues sides including live recordings.
STILL AVAILABLE B&R#363
JOSH WHITE AND THE RED SCARE – Extensive article on blues singer Josh White from his pre-war days as a blues singer, the McCarthyite witch hunt, his later recordings as a ‘folk’blues’ singer and his time in Europe and the UK written by Douglas Yeager.
OKEH RECORDS – Billy Vera tells the story of Okeh Records from the early 1920s, through to the R&B and Soul years with historic photos and labels.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s on the books you need for the complete blues library – this issue – Blues In The City – Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans.
LOUISIANA & NEW ORLEANS 1972 and 1974 – Great photo feature by Hans Schweitz
BIG APPLE BLUES – Dickie Tapp previews the new book ‘New York City Blues’, by Larry Simon and edited by John Broven
WALTER DAVIS – St. Louis Piano Blues by Gudio van Rijn, special preview of his new book
PLUS: Chris Smith’s Words, Words, Words; The Blues Discography 3rd edition corrections/updates; Mike Stephenson’s Young Bluebloods, Roy Gaines, Charles Connor, Willie Winfield, Scott M. Bock, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Robert Nighthawk, Jimmy McCracklin, George Smith, Cleveland Crochet, Buck Owens, Jimmie Vaughn, Milwaukee Blues.
BIG JOE TURNER INTERVIEW – 1983 interview with the Boss Of The Blues by Steve Propes
CHUCK WILLIS STORY PART TWO: The final part of Mike Fenton’s two part story of Chuck Willis.
JCR RECORDS – MEMPHIS GOSPEL – Great article on rare gospel from Memphis in the 1970s by Michael Hurtt.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s on the books you need for the complete blues library – this issue – including Bruce Bastin’s ‘Red River Blues’, David Evans ‘Tommy Johnson’ and Robert Palmer’s ‘Deep Blues’.
MEMPHIS & NEW ORLEANS 1972 : Great photo feature by Hans Schweitz
Blues Discography 3rd edition corrections/updates; Mike Stephenson’s Young Bluebloods; Lou Courtney, Don Hill, Sandford Clark, Eric Bibb, Bobo Jenkins, Cedric Burnside, Dyke & The Blazers, 5 Royales, Muddy Waters 1954 Live Concert, Wynonie Harris, Lester Williams, Merrill E Moore.
THE CHUCK WILLIS STORY PART ONE: First in Mike Fenton’s two part story of Chuck Willis.
ROBERT COOKSEY – Sugar Foot Stomp – great pre war blues feature by Guido van Rijn
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s on the books you need for the complete blues library – this issue – ‘Blues In The Real World’ featuring books by Paul Oliver and Guido van Rijn
THE OTHER LITTLE SON WILLIS: Post war blues obscurity by Bob Groom
DETROIT & CHICAGO 1972 : Historic photo feature by Hans Schweitz
Plus Words, Words, Words by Chris Smith; Blues Discography 3rd edition corrections/updates; Mike Stephenson’s Young Bluebloods; Lloyd Price, Bob Koester, Pervis Spann, Johnny Shines & Robert Lockwood, Magic Sam, Hound Dog Taylor, James Harman.
JOE LIGGINS & ROY MILTON: Historical 1970s radio interviews with two giants of R&B by Dick Lillard.
PINKNEY ROBERTS: Guy Rawlings’ photo feature on the ‘fashion plate M.C.’
TEXAS BLUES: Another in our historic Tary Owens Tapes series of interviews, this time with piano professor Erbie Bowser and club owner Johnny Holmes
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s look at the books you need for the complete blues library – this issue – record companies and producers.
HOP WILSON: Michael Corcoran’s feature on the Houston lap steel legend.
ROBERT LEE COLEMAN: Mike Stephenson interviews the Music Make Foundation bluesman and former James Brown guitar player.
CALVIN OWENS: Neil Slaven interview with B. B. King’s bandleader in his ‘Lost & Found ‘ series of interviews from the 1990s.
Plus Margie Evans, Quinton Claunch, Sam Frazier, Bob Porter, Paul Harris, Paul Osher, Norbert Hess, Blues Discography 3rd edition corrections/updates, Mike Stephenson’s Young Bluebloods, Chris Bentley’s Curiosities, Johnny Ace, Eddie C. Campbell, Clyde McPhatter, Larry Williams, Little Richard and tons more…..
MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL: Vintage full interview/feature by Val Wilmer from 1971 with unique photos
JOHNNY OTIS: Final part of Steve Propes definitive feature based on interviews with Johnny, associates and band members – this issue features his recordings for a range of labels including Eldo, Hawk Sound, Columbia, his own recordings with R&B greats etc.
FORTUNE RECORDS STORY: Chris Bentley’s review/feature of a new book on the legendary Detroit label.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s look at the books you need for the complete blues library – including listing guides, discographies and biographical dictionaries.
MAHALIA JACKSON: Rare photo’s and posters from the Willy Leiser Collection
Plus: Chris Barber, Jessie Smith, Ray Campi, Sonny Roberts, Sam Montel, Louis ‘Gearshifter’ Youngblood, Hip Lankchan, Rev Ballinger, Howlin’ Wolf, Sunnyland Slim, Words Words Words by Chris Smith, On-line blues shows, Blues Discography 3rd edition corrections/updates, Mike Stephenson’s Young Bluebloods and tons more…..
BILLY STEWART: Robert Pruter tells the story of the legendary R&B and soul artist in his series on rare Chicago R&B and soul.
JOHNNY OTIS:Part Three of Steve Propes definitive feature based on interviews with Johnny, associates and band members – this issue features 1956 – 1957 and Johnny’s Dig label and his move to Capitol Records.
ROY BROWN:Historic feature on Roy Brown’s tour of Scandinavia in 1978 by Jonas Bernholm.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s look at the books you need for the complete blues library – including listing guise and biographical dictionaries.
SMOKEY HOGG: Reviews of the new book on Smokey Hogg and accompanying CD
PLUS:Grady Gaines, Sherman Robertson, Mary Wilson, Winfield Parker, N Ben Wiley Paton, Mike Stephnson’s Blues Young Bloods, Blues Discography 3rd edition updates and corrections, More blues curiosities from Chris Bentley, Jimmy Rushing, Louisiana Red & Sugar Blue, Matchbox Pre War Blues Box sets;
WAYNE BENNETT: Great interview with the legendary guitar player and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland sideman by Bill Greensmith
JOHNNY OTIS: Second instalment (1953 – 1956) of Steve Propes massive four part feature on the entire career of Johnny Otis based on Steve’s interviews with Johnny himself and many R&B artists who were associated with him.
POISON GARDNER: Bob Fisher tells the story of the obscure boogie woogie and R&B pianist Poison Gardner, with lots of new information. Look out for a new CD featuring his recordings soon.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton focus’s on biographies including Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, and Ledbelly, Little Walter and Blind Willie McTell
BIG JOE WILLIAMS: The second of Giles Oakley’s historic articles in The Listener magazine from 1976 which publicised Giles’ ‘The Devils Music’ series of documentaries.
PLUS: Chris Smith’s Words, Words, Words; Blues Records 3rd Edition Updates & Corrections; Mike Stephenson’s new series ‘Blues Young Bloods’ looking at new and up and coming blues talent. Plus: Van Broussard, Phil Spector, James Purify, Tomcat Courtney, Joseph Morganfield, Big Bob Kornegy, Welwyn Birchwood, Ann Cole, Henry Glover Story, Big Al Sear, Doug Sahm, Excavated Shellac and much more.
JOHNNY OTIS: First instalment of a massive four part feature by Steve Propes on the entire career of Johnny Otis based on Steve’s interviews with Johnny himself and many R&B artists who were associated with him.
HENRY TOWNSEND: Art Shuna interviewed the great St. Louis bluesman for his radio show in 1993. The first of many unpublished interviews from Art Shuna WORT-FM show.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: The second in a new series by Ray Templeton on the books you need on to read on Blues, R&B and Gospel music.
MARY LANE: Mike Stephenson interviews the great Chicago blues artist Mary Lane.
THE DAYLIGHTERS: Another great feature on rare and obscure Chicago R&B and soul artists by Robert Pruter.
PLUS: Blues Records 3rd Edition Updates & Corrections; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Mike Stephenson’s first in a new series ‘Blues Young Bloods’ looking at new and up and coming blues talent. Rance Allen; Ferdie Gonzales; Len Barry; Sonny Green; Earl Bostic; Harry Smith B Sides and much more.
Still Available In B&R 355
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: The second in a new series by Ray Templeton on the books you need on to read on Blues, R&B and Gospel music.
VICTORIA SPIVEY: Giles Oakley’s article from 1976 which tied in with Giles’ legendary TV documentary ‘The Devil’s Music’
FRANKIE LEE SIMS: Michael Corcoran on the great Texas bluesman
DOWNHOME BLUES FROM MIAMI, ATLANTA AND THE SOUTH EAST: Neil Slaven’s review of the new box set from Weinerworld.
PLUS: Blues Records 3rd Edition Updates & Corrections; Chris Smith’s Words, Words, Words; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Roy C; Rev John Wilkins; Lou Ragland; Roy Head; Guitar Crusher; A cappella Gospel; Ruth Brown; Barbara Lewis; Billy Boy Arnold; and much more.
RENE HALL INTERVIEW: Steve Propes interviews the great R&B guitarist and session man on some of the great records he played on – from a radio interview on Steve’s show on KLON in 1988.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: The first in a brand new series by Ray Templeton on the books you need on to read on Blues, R&B and Gospel music.
JAMAICAN R&B: Great feature by Jeremy Collingwood on US and homegrown R&B in Jamaica with lots of rare and historical label shots.
HENRY SPAULDING: Chris Smith looks at the recordings of this obscure pre-war recording artist.
THE DU-ETTES: Another great feature by Robert Pruter on rare Chicago R&B and Soul artists.
PLUS: Blues Records 3rd Edition Updates & Corrections; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Helen Jones Woods; Hal ‘Cornbread’ Singer, Sterling McGhee; Eddie Daniels; Delores Washington; Vince Weber; Los Angeles Blues; Little Richard; Bobby Mitchell; Irma Thomas; James Booker; two competitions – and lots more.
DICK WATERMAN INTERVIEW: Extensive interview by Art Shuna from 1999. Dick talks about the search for Son House as well as Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Joe Williams, Fred McDowell with unique photos.
ROOSEVELT SCOTT INTERVIEW: First in a series of unpublished interviews by Jim O’Neal. Roosevelt Scott only recorded in 1940 and 1941 for Vocalion – this is totally unique interview.
GOOD READIN’ TONIGHT: Ray Templeton’s on the books you need for the complete blues library – this issue – ‘Spirituals To Gospel’.
PLUS: The Blues Discography 3rd edition corrections/updates; Mance Lipscomb Jnr; Mike Stephenson’s Young Bluebloods; Joe Simon, Sonny Rhodes, Peter Moody; Son House, Roosevelt Sykes, New York Blues, Taildragger, Lowell Fulson and much more.