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THE BABY FACE WILLETTE STORY : Bobby Tanzillo tells the ‘colourful’ story of the life and recording career of R&B and jazz organist Baby Face Willette who recorded for Blue Note, Vee Jay and Argo.
JAMES COTTON INTERVIEW: Another of Neil Slaven’s ‘Lost & Found Series’ of unpublished interviews from the 1990’s.
THE RETURN OF DON BRYANT: Scott M. Bock interviews Hi star Don Bryant – currently on the comeback trail with two critically acclaimed albums.
FREE AT LAST: Ray Templeton previews an upcoming 3CD box set of post war gospel rarities
STUFF YOU DON’T SEE: Hans Schweitz’s rare photos from Hi Records 1972
PLUS: Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Blues Records 3rd Edition Updates & Corrections; Jaques Demetre; Tami Lynn; Rod Bernard; Peter Green; Bobby Jones; Chris Smith’s Words, Words, Words; Barrellhousin’ Around Chicago; R&B Instrumentals; Esther Phillips; Thurston Harris; Eddie Floyd; Earl Scruggs; Dan Penn and lots more.
THE LITTLE HOWLIN’ WOLVES: : Dave Williams chronicles the various blues artists who have associated themselves with Howling’ Wolf including Little Wolf’s etc;
JOHN MAYALL – ‘A BLUES LIFE’: Neil Slaven previews a forthcoming mega box set on the father of the British blues.
GLORIA JEAN MANOR & THE ROLLETTS: Tary Owen’s interviews Austin R&B bandleader Gloria Jean Manor. Who? Yes, highly obscure stuff – but a great insight into the Austin blues scene in the 1960s.
ZYDECO & CAJUN ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s final instalment in this series looks at Cajun and Zydeco music in the UK. Ray will be back in B&R 354 with a brand new series of great writing and research.
THE FIVE DU TONES: More rare Chicago R&B and Soul by Robert Pruter. This time on the ‘Shake a Tail Feather’ vocal group
BLUES IN THE ALLEY: Peter Moody previews a new box set due soon on blues from Atlanta, Miami and the South Eastern States.
PLUS: Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Blues Records 3rd Edition Updates & Corrections; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Jean DuShon; Gaynel Hodge, Frank Bey, Floyd Lee, Yvonne Baker, Junior Wells Box Set, Robert Johnson biography, Mojo Buford, The Coasters, The Dubs, Swamp Dogg and loads more.
JAMES RAY – THE LOST SOUL MAN: Mike Fenton recalls the short career of the New York based R&B singer – the definitive article on James.
THE JSP STORY PART TWO: Mike Stephenson interviews JSP boss John Stedman about his label and promotions in part two of a major feature including Larry Garner, Johnny Rawls, Charlie Sayles, Otis Grand, Larry McCray, John R.T. Davies, Box Sets, DVDs, Rembetika and Old Time Music.
ZYDECO & CAJUN ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton looks at traditional cajun music after the 1960s Newport Festivals including Dewey and Will Balfa, Marc and Ann Savoy, Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil
LITTLE RICHARD: Full tribute article to the late Little Richard by Specialty Records author Billy Vera
PLUS: Words, Words, Words; The Blues Discography (3rd edition) Updates and Corrections; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Walter Scott, Young Jesse, Big Al Carson Eddie Cooley, Bobby Lewis, Eli Murray, Mille Small, Earl Green, Jeanette Baker, Betty Wright, Lucky Peterson, Don Bryant, Rene Hall, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, News, Letters etc.
EDDIE HOPE INTERVIEW: B&Rs Dan Kochakian has traced Florida bluesman Eddie Hope who cut two great down-home blues sides for Marlin Record in 1956. Exclusive interview.
THE JSP RECORD STORY: Mike Stephenson interviews JSP boss John Stedman about his label and promotions in part one of a major two part feature including Professor Longhair, Jack Dupree, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Left Hand Frank etc.
JOHN LEE HOOKER: ‘Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948 – 1952′. Chris Bentley’s detailed review of the brand new Ace Box Set
WASHINGTON D.C.R&B: Jay Bruder’s special feature on the history of rhythm and blues in Washington D.C. as a preview to the forthcoming 16 CD box from Bear Family
ZYDECO & CAJUN ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton looks at cajun and zydeco music in the 1980s including John Delafose, Chris Ardoin and others.
RARE SOUL AND R&B FROM CHICAGO: Robert Pruter continues his historical series – this time focusing on The Dukay’s and Gene Chandler.
PLUS: Phil Phillips, Lillian Offitt, Big George Brock, Bill Withers, Ellis Marsalis, The Blues Discography (3rd edition) Updates and Corrections; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Johnny Fuller, The Staples Singers, B. B. King and much more.
FENTON ROBINSON: Bob Groom’s extensive overview of the life and recordings of ‘The Mellow Blues Genius’ including historic photos and rare label shots.
TARY OWENS TEXAS BLUES INTERVIEWS; The first historic interviews with Texas blues artists from the late researcher and record company owner Tary Owens.
CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s extensive series on cajun and zydeco music features ‘The DanceHall Years – 1950s and 1960s including Nathan Abshire, Austin Pitre, Aldu Roger.
PLUS: Words, Words, Words; The Blues Discography (3rd edition) Updates and Corrections; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Little Charlie Baty, Broadway Al Trommers; British Blues 1966 – 1971 Box Set and much more.
LUTHER ALLISON: Another excellent and historic unpublished interview from the 1990s from the Neil Slaven Archives, this time with Luther Allison who talks about his then new album releases, his time in Chicago in the 1950s with introduction by Bruce Iglauer
THE OTHER BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Bob Groom looks at the pre war recordings of other artists who called themselves ‘Big Joe Williams’.
CRAWFORD JUMP: Chris Smith with some brilliant research into the obscure bluesman ‘Cecil Augusta’.
RARE CHICAGO SOUL: Robert Pruter returns with the start of a second series of rare Chicago Soul and R&B with a feature on The Ideals.
CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s looks at More Zydeco Routes with Clilfton Chenier, Rockin’ Dopsie and Fernest Arcenaux.
BENNY TURNER: Interview with Freddie King’s brother and touring bluesman by Mike Stephenson.
BIG BILL BROONZY IN THE UK: Rare photos from the Sam Benjamin Collection from the 1950s
THE BERNARD KLATZKO LETTERS: Eddie England’s correspondence with Bernie Klatzko owner of the Herwin reissue label.
PLUS: Doris Duke, Willie Parker, Henry Grey, Ron Thompson; The Blues Discography (3rd edition) Updates and Corrections; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Sam Cooke, The Meters, Rampart Records.
BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Second Part of a great two part interview by D. Thomas Moon with Charlie Musselwhite, Bob Koester and George Mitchell on life on the road with Big Joe Williams.
JOHNNY NICHOLAS INTERVIEW: Scott M. Bock interviews guitar player Johnny Nicholas who talks about Walter Horton, Boogie Woogie Red, Snooky Pryor and other bluesmen he has recorded and toured with.
FATS DOMINO BOX SET: Tony Burke looks at the new Fats Domino box set (and now withdrawn/deleted) issued by Bear Family.
CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s on the great Cajun string bands and fiddle swing bands.
PLUS: The Blues Discography (3rd edition) Updates and Corrections; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Words, Words Word by Chris Smith Herb Cox; Sleepy LaBeef; Jack Scott; Robert Parker; Hal Singer; Filmore Slim; Accordion Revolution; Hollywood Fats
BIG JOE WILLIAMS: First of a great two part interview by D. Thomas Moon with Charlie Musselwhite, Bob Koester and George Mitchell on life on the road with Big Joe Williams.
MORE BIG JOE WILLIAMS: Mike Rowe’s historic article on Big Joe’s St. Louis acetates.
CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s looks at the great accordion players of Cajun music including Joe Falcon and Amédée Breaux
HATTIE BURLESON: Pre war blues history by Michael Corcoran
FATS DOMONO RARITIES: Pete Goldsmith tracks down some of Fats’ most obscure and rare recordings.
PLUS: The Blues Discography (3rd edition) Updates and Corrections; Wee Willie Walker; George Chambers; Phil Tricker; Blues Boy Hubbard; Jackie Moore; Jimmy Cavello; Jacques Morgantini; Lucerne Festival; Detroit A Go Go; R. L. Boyce; Gospel CD’s; Rare Pre War Blues and Blind Willie McTell; Ralph Willis; Kings Of Baton Rouge. Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities.
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.
THE DU-ETTES: Another great feature by Robert Pruter on rare Chicago R&B and Soul artists.
HENRY SPAULDING: Chris Smith looks at the recordings of this obscure pre-war recording artist.
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.