Welcome to Blues & Rhythm!

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.

BB cover1 lo-resOUT NOW!! B&R 301 – Our Special B. B. King Tribute Issue

TAKE 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.

Pages from B&R 300 CHECKED Final Proof 2 TBSTILL AVAILABLE!! B&R 300 64 PAGE ISSUE

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,

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JIMMY REED  – Ray Templeton examines the extensive recording career of the legendary Chicago bluesman.

TINY BRADSHAW – Billy Vera tells the story of the R&B bandleader whose career spanned the 1930s, 1940s & 1950s

LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY – Barrellhouse Chuck interviewed Little Brother in 1972 and he kindly sent B&R a tape of the interview made in Little Brother’s house in Chicago.

LEAD BELLY – Howard Rye looks at the new Smithsonian – Folkways Five CD box set which includes hitherto unissued sides by Huddie.

BY THE BAYOU – Ian Saddler producer of Ace Records’ ‘Bayou’ series has produced a discographical piece which corrects and updates discographical information originally produced on the CD series.

Plus: Chris’s Curiosities; Words, Words, Words; Miltone Mystery; Sam Charters; Roy Brown; Lightnin’ Slim; Gene Vincent; Doc Pomus and much more.


Pages from Pages from B&R 298 second proofTHE RETURN OF SHERWOOD FLEMING – Scott M. Bock interviews re-discovered blues singer Sherwood Fleming who has a new CD available on Eddie Stout’s Dynaflow label.

WYNONIE HARRIS  – Ray Templeton looks at the recording career of ‘Mr. Blues’ – one of the greatest blues singers – ever!

THE COOKIES PART TWO – by Mike Fenton. Mike tells the story of the 1950s and 1960s R&B vocal group who became The Raelettes and much sought after backing singers. Part Two looks at their career in the 1960s and solo recordings.

ALABAMA BLUES TODAY PART TWO – Mike Stephenson overview’s the current Alabama Blues Scene including Robert harris, B. J. Miller, Elnora Spencer and others.

Plus: Demetia Taylor, Vernon Harrington, Rose Marie McCoy, Don Covay, Robert Balfour, Kirk Fletcher, 5 Royales, John lee Hooker, The Valentinos – and tons more!


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R.L. BURNSIDE  – Ray Templeton looks at the recording career of one of the giants of the Mississippi Blues.

THE COOKIES PART ONE – by Mike Fenton. Mike tells the story of the 1950s and 1960s R&B vocal group who became The Raelettes and much sought after backing singers.

ALABAMA BLUES TODAY PART ONE – Mike Stephenson overview’s the current Alabama Blues Scene including Art Grayson, Shar Baby, Sheffield Walker, Earl Williams and others.

ART DECO BLUES – Tony Burke checks out the latest deluxe Paramount Box Set.

PLUS: Alberta Adams, James Wheeler, Ray Gipson, Popsy Dixon,  Words, Words, Words; Chris’s Curiosities; Under The Radar; CD & DVD Reviews and much more!

B&R 302 cover lo-resIN OUR NEXT ISSUE: B&R #302

CURTIS 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 – Mike Stephenson interviews the bluesman and record producer.

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

Current issues of Blues and Rhythm can be purchased for: UK £6.25 – Europe airmail £8.75 – USA, Canada, Japan etc: £10.00 – Australasia: £10.25. Prices include post & packaging. Lots of back issues still available at discount prices! Wanna do a deal? Just ask!