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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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 NOW AVAILABLE – B&R #316

br-316-coverMUDDY WATERS, THE WESTMONT YEARS –  D. Thomas Moon’s lenghty feature on Muddy’s ‘Westmont Years’, his late 1960s and early 1970s recordings with insights and contributions from Billy Boy Arnold, James Cotton, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, John Primer, Pinetop Perkins and Eddy Clearwater.

CHICAGO BLUES SESSIONS PART ONE  – Ray Templeton looks Vanguard’s classic ‘Chicago/The Blues/Today’ series, Alligator’s great ‘Living Chicago Blues Series and ‘The New Bluebloods’ album in the first part of a two parter which will also look at 1960s Chicago blues in ‘Meat & Gravy’ and the Ralph Bass Sessions series.

CONVERSATION WITH RABBIT JOHNSON:  The final installment in Mike Rowe’s great Detroit blues interviews, this time Mike interviews guitarist Rabbit Johnson (with Bob Jenkins in the background).

SLIM HARPO – Howard Rye reviews Martin Hawkins’ new new biography of Harpo.

JONTAVIOUS WILLIS – Mike Stephensoon interviews the new critically acclaimed country blues artist.

Plus: Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words, Words’; Chris Bentley’s ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’; Clifford Curry; Billy Miller; Herb Hardesty; Mose Allison; Joe Ligon; Lucerne and Bay-Car Festivals; CD, DVD, book reviews.

STILL AVAILABLE B&R #315

br-315-coverA CONVERSATION WITH BOOGIE WOOGIE RED – During the 1970s Mike Rowe met with a number of Detroit bluesmen. In B&R 315 we publish Mike’s lengthy conversation with Boogie Woogie Red in our ‘Mike Rowe’s Detroit Blues’ series.

AGRAM RECORDS  – Ray Templeton looks at Guido van Rijn’s pre-war blues series of albums from the likes of Barbecue Bob; Alice Moore; Scrapper Blackwell; Charley Jordan; Washington Phillips and many others.

PHILLY SOUL & R&B – Tony Watson takes a look at a a new book tracing the history of R&B and Soul in the City of Brotherly Love.

THE SUN KING OF THE UK – Lyle Ferbrache talks to record collector Larry Williams about his unquie collection of Sun recordings including some amazing rarities.

Plus: Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words, Words’; Chris Bentley’s ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’; Mississippi Festival Reviews; Ted Harvey; Ray ‘Killer’ Allison; Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Durell; CD and DVD reviews.

pages-from-br-314-second-proof-tbALSO AVAILABLE B&R #314

A CONVERSATION WITH BOBO JENKINS PART TWO – During the 1970s Mike Rowe met with a number of Detroit bluesmen. In our next issue we will publish the second part of a lenghty conversation with Bobo Jenkins in our ‘Mike Rowe’s Detroit Blues’ series. Plus a full label listing of Bobo’s Big Star label with rare label shots.

CHESS GOLDEN DECADE  – Ray Templeton looks at the classic eight volume reissue series released in the 197o’s which featured classic and rare racks from the Chess stable of labels.

LIONEL HAMPTON – THE R&B YEARS –  Billy Vera takes a look at Hamp’s R&B Records with great photos from the era.

MATTHEW ROBINSON – Scott M. Bock interviews this excellent Texas Bluesman 

THEO HUFF – Mike Stephenson interview this up and coming soul-blues artist.

Plus: Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words, Words’; Chris Bentley’s ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’; Prince Buster; CD and DVD reviews.

 

B&R cover 313STILL AVAILABLE B&R #313

A CONVERSATION WITH BOBO JENKINS PART ONE – During the 1970s Mike Rowe met with a number Detroit bluesmen. In our next issue we will publish the first part of a lenghty conversation with Bobo Jenkins in our ‘Mike Rowe’s Detroit Blues’ series.

GENESIS: BEGINNINGS OF ROCK BOX SETS – Ray Templeton looks at the classic three box sets released in the 197o’s which featured rare Chess tracks and set the standard for future reissue series.

SAX KARI AND THE ASHEVILLE R&B CONNECTION- The ever intrepid Dan Kochakian continues his pursuit of information on the R&B pioneer Sax Kari and visits Asheville in North Carolina with surprising results!

Plus: Review of the ‘Detroit Special’ box set; Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words, Words’; Edinburgh Festival; Chris Bentley’s ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’; CD and DVD Reviews.

br-312-cover-rev2STILL AVAILABLE B&R #312

THE IMPERIAL – LIBERTY LEGENDARY MASTERS SERIES – Ray Templeton’s over view of the one of the most famous blues and rhythm and blues reissue series – originally produced by Canned Heat’s Bob Hite.

TRUDY LYNN – HOUSTON’S QUEEN OF THE BLUES  – Mike Stephenson’s interview with Trudy who tells of her early years in Houston with the likes of Big Walter Price.

THE BLINKY ALLEN STORY – More rhythm and blues obscurities – this time an article by Ray Astbury on drummer and bandleader Blinky Allen.

SELBY WALSH – An obscure blues/gospel singer tracked down by Dan Kochakian

Plus: As all our regular columns including: Chris Bentley’s ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’; Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words Words’; Letters; Reviews; News and reports from gigs and festivals in Chicago & Mississippi.

B&R 311 cover flatSTILL AVAILABLE – B&R #311

GOSPEL HERITAGE – Ray Templeton’s over view of the Gospel Heritage series of classic gospel vinyl abums.

HENRY CLEMENT – Ian Saddler tells the story of this enigmatic Louisiana musician sometimes known as The Swa,p Doctah or Big Cheif Takaawaka!

MILAWUKEE BLUES TODAY PART TWO – Mike Stephenson’s overview of the current Mailwaukee Blues Scene featuring Milawukee Slim, Marvelous Mack Jim Liban and others.

KNOXVILLE BOX SET – Chris Smith looks at the new Bear Family set of pre war recordings from the town of Knoxville

Plus: As all our regular columns including: Chris Bentley’s ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’; the return of Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words Words’; Letters; Reviews; News.

B&R 310 (rev)ALSO AVAILABLE – B&R #310

RAY CHARLES – THE R&B YEARS – Billy Vera takes an extensive look at at Ray’s recording carerr from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.

KENT ANTHOLOGY OF THE BLUES – Part Two of Ray Templeton’s two part look at at the legendary Kent series of compilations and single artist releases – Mississippi Blues, Detroit Blues, Arkansas Blues, etc plus Elmore James, B. B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins.

MILAWUKEE BLUES TODAY PART ONE – Mike Stephenson’s overview of the current Mailwaukee Blues Scene featuring Harvey Westmorland, Gerome Durham, Steve Cohen and James Cosey.

COSIMO AND EDDIE – John Broven on the relationship between New Orleans producer Cosimo Matassa and Goldband’s Eddie Shuler.

P.P. ARNOLD – Seamus McGarvey talks to the singer P. P. Arnold about her early Gospel and R&B career.

Plus Lonnie Mack; Letters; News; Steppin’ Out –  as well as all our regular columns including: Chris Bentley ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’ (Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words Words’ is taking a break this month.

Pages from B&R 309 Final Proof TBSTILL AVAILABLE B&R #309

VIDO’S BOOGIE – Dan Kochakian tell’s the story of sax man Vido Musso – who played jazz for much of his career but cut some fine R&B recordings.

KENT ANTHOLOGY OF THE BLUES – Part One of a two parter from Ray Templeton who looks at the legendary Kent series of compilations and single artist releases – Mississippi Blues, Detroit Blues, Arkansas Blues, etc plus Elmore James, B. B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins.

PARADISE LOST – Mike Rowe looks at the blues and R&B heritage of Detroit in the 1940s and 1950s, with unique photos and graphics. 

Plus Ernestine Anderson; Lee Andrews; Tommy Brown – as well as all our regular columns including: Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words Words” Chris Bentley ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’

STILL AVAILABLE – B&R #308!

B&R cover 308ARCHIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN & GRACE BRIM – By D. Thomas Moon historic interview from the ‘Mrs & Mrs of the Blues’ from 1998.

CBS BLUES PAPERBACKS AND ASSOCIATED ALBUMS: Ray Templeton looks at the historic book series of ‘Blues Paperbacks’ and their accompanying albums including ‘Story Of The Blues’, ‘Savannah Syncopaters’ and spin off albums.

THE TRAVELS OF RHYTHM WILLIE: Another fine peice of research by Chris Smith on the engimatic blues harmonica player and entertainer Rhythm Willie.

JOHN DUDLEY: Bob Groom uncovers the story of this obscure bluesman recorded on field trips in 1959.

B. B. KING BOX SET: Tony Burke on the new mamouth release from PVine in Japan

Plus all our regular columns including: Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words Words” Chris Bentley ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’; L. C. Ulmer; Bobby ‘Top Hat’ Davis; Toronzo Cannon; Shuggie Otis; Memphis Minnie; Elmore James 45’s Box Set and loads more.

B&R 307cover flatSTILL AVAILABLE B&R #307!

THE M&R R&B INTERVIEWS: Part Three of this major interview series with Jonas Bernholm, blues record collector and owner of the Route 66 stable of reissue labels. Part Three will cover the trial and tribulations booking tours with US rhythm and blues artists and a full listing of all of his reissue albums.

FONTANA BLUES & GOSPEL: Ray Templeton looks at the Fontana label and its series of releases of classic blues and gospel albums and EPs.

THE STAPLE SINGERS: Chris Smith takes a detailed look at the new Staple Singers  ‘A Family Journey 1953- 1976’ 4CD Box Set’

JERRY LEE LEWIS: Tony Watson undertakes in-depth look the new Bear Family Sun Records set from ‘The Killer’.

PLUS: Shirley Gunter; Long John Hunter; Joe Houston; Steve LaVere, Otis Clay; B. B. King; Under The Radar; Words, Words, Words; Chris’s Curiosities plus a full review section of CDs, DVDs Books etc.

STILL AVAILABLE B&R #306!

B&R 306 cover flatTHE M&R R&B INTERVIEWS Part Two of a major interview series with Jonas Bernholm, blues record collector and owner of the Route 66 stable of reissue labels. Part Two will cover Jonas’s  move into the reissue business with his Route 66 stable of Blues, R&B and Gospel albums

ATLANTIC BLUES ORIGINALS: Ray Templeton looks at the classic Atlantic album series featuring Professor Longhair, Blind Willie McTell, Texas Guitar, Detroit Blues etc.

WHO WAS SHIFTY HENRY? Billy Vera spills the beans on the obscure R&B musician who was named checked on Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’.

THE SUPER RARE DOO WOP BOX: Tony Watson takes an in-depth look at Rock Beat’s new box set of rare doo wop discs.

PLUS: Allen Toussaint; Rev. Johnny ‘Hurricane’ Jones; Gene Norman; Rhythm Riot!; Lucerne Blues Festival; Under The Radar, Words, Words, Words; Chris’s Curiosities plus a full review section of CDs, DVDs Books etc.

STILL AVAILABLE B&R #305

B&R 305cover altTHE M&R R&B INTERVIEWS Part One of a major interview series with Jonas Bernholm, blues record collector and owner of the Route 66 stable of reissue labels. Part One will cover Jonas’s travels in the US searching out blues and R&B artists – complete with unique photos.

ORIGIN JAZZ LIBRARY: Ray Templeton looks at this pioneering pre-war blues reissue label.

KING EDWARD REMEMBERS JOHNNY HI-FI: Mike Stephenson follows up on Robert Pruter’s original research on the mysterious Chicago bluesman Johnny Hi-Fi in an interview with bluesman King Edward.

RARE R&B SHEET MUSIC: Dan Kochakian shares some of his collection of rare sheet music from the 1940s and 1950s.

PLUS: Words, Words, Words; Under The Radar; Chris’s Curiosities and tons of reviews of CDs, DVDs Books etc.

ALSO AVAILABLE – B&R #304

B&R 304 wbb cover lores copyTHE LEGENDARY JAY MILLER SERIES: Part Two of this superb feature on Flyright’s ‘Legendary Jay Miller’ series of albums, by Ray Templeton.

THE BOB SHAD STORY : Opal Louis Nations tells the story of legendary record man Bob Shad and his labels.

ORANGE JEFFERSON: Who? Scott M. Bock interviews more new blues talent.

SWINGIN’ ON CENTRAL: Peter Vacher writes about his reserach for his new book on the Los Angeles R&B and Jazz scene in the 1940s and 1950s.

PLUS: Words, Words, Words; Under The Radar; Chris’s Curiosities and tons of reviews of CDs, DVDs Books etc.

ALSO AVAILABLE – B&R # 303

BR-303cover-213x300THE LEGENDARY JAY MILLER SERIES: Part two of a major feature on Flyright’s ‘Legendary Jay Miller’ series of albums, by Ray Templeton. A great feature on a great record man!

CURTIS JONES – Part Two of a career spanning overview of the great pre and postwar piano bluesman by Bob Groom

ACE RECORDS AT 4O! We asked John Broven to look at 40 years of one the great UK Blues, R&B, Soul and Reissue labels. John tells the story of Ace Records. Great feature!

PLUS: Juke Boy Bonner; Edinburgh Blues Festival; Mighty Sam McClain; Eddie Cusic; Don Kent; Words, Words, Words; Under The Radar; Chris’s Curiosities and much more.

ALSO AVAILABLE B&R #302

BR-302-cover-lo-res-213x300CURTIS JONES – Part One of a career spanning overview of the great pre and postwar piano bluesman by Bob Groom

SUN ROOTS OF ROCK SERIES – Ray Templeton’s looks at the great Charly series of albums of Sun blues material

TAMPA RED – John Broven tells of his search for unissued RCA sides for the new Ace double set.

JOHNNY RAWLS – Interview by Mike Stephenson

PLUS: Words, Words, Words; Under The Radar; Chris’s Curiosities; Harold Batiste and much more.

B&R #301 Our Special B. B. King Tribute Issue

B&R 301 BB cover1 lo-resTAKE A SWING WITH ME – A Career spanning overview of B. B. King by Bob Groom

B.B. KING – THE END OF AN ERA – Ray Templeton’s extensive obituary of The King Of The Blues

B.B. KING AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL 1969 – Special feature on his UK debut and tour

REMEMBERING B. B. KING – B&R Contributors recall B.B. King

B.B. KING’S FIRST BIG HIT – Steve Propes tells the story of B.B.s first big hit ‘3 O’Clock Blues’

ONE KIND FAVOUR I ASK OF YOU – B.B. King’s biographer Charles Sawyer reports on B.B.s funeral

RAY’S RUDIMENTS: THE GREAT BLUES LP SERIES – Magpie Piano Blues – The start of a set new features by Ray on classic blues album series.

THE BAYOU BLUES: Bill Millar gives his take on  Ace’s ‘By The Bayou’ reissue series

PLUS: Words, Words, Words; Under The Radar; Chris’s Curiosities; Bruce Lundvell, Billy Butler, I. J. Gosey, Mel Waiters, Johnny ‘Rockhouse’ Green, Sherwood Fleming and much more.

ALSO AVAILABLE!! B&R# 300 64 PAGE ISSUE

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BLUES BOYS KINGDOM – Dan Kochakian’s great research into B. B. King’s own label

LILLIAN CALIBORNE & DC RECORDS –  Major article by Jay Bruder on the Washington DC R&B recording scene in the 1950s and 1960s

JAY McSHANN – Ray Templeton’s overview of the R&B pianist and bandleader’s recordings over four decades

SLIM HARPO BOX SET – Neil Slaven’s major review of the new Slim Harpon Bear Family box set

THE VIOLINAIRES – We have to have some gospel music in issue 300 and Opal Louis Nations delivers the goods with a look at the career of the gospel group The Violinaires

PLUS: Words, Words, Words; Under The Radar; Chris’s Curiosities; Percy Sledge, CD, DVD & Book Reviews

WHAT’S COMING UP IN B&R #317?

Pages from B&R 317 Final ProofTHE SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS LETTERS – Jonas Berholm recounts the trials and tribulations of trying to get a record deal with the R&B legend – it wasn’t easy. Great R&B history by the Route 66 stable of labels’ owner.

CHICAGO BLUES SESSIONS PART TWO  – Ray Templeton looks two Red Lightnin’ reissue 1960s series: Three Volumes of ‘Meat & Gravy From Cadillac Baby’ and Five Volumes of ‘I Didn’t Care If Whites Bought It’ – The Ralph Bass Sessions.

THE GERMAN BOOGIE KING PART ONE:  German boogie and blues pianst talks to Michael Hortig about his career with blues artists such as Jack Dupree, Eddie Vinson, Big Joe Turner, Mama Yancy, Lloyd Genn and others.

KIRK FLETCHER INTERVIEW – Mike Stephenson interviews Kirk Fletcher – on his recent UK tour.

BILL DOGGETT CENTENARY – Rare photos and memorabila compiled by Bill Doggett’s nephew to celebrate 100 years of the R&B organist and pianist. 

Plus: Chris Smith’s ‘Words, Words, Words’; Chris Bentley’s ‘Curiosities’; Mike Stephenson’s ‘Under The Radar’; Rhythm Riot; Terry Cryer; Nat Hentoff; Sven Zetterberg; CD, DVD, book reviews.

 

 

 

 


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