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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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OUT NOW B&R #345

OUT NOW IN B&R #345

DINAH WASHINGTON : THE R&B YEARS: Fantastic research by Robert Pruter on the Queen of The Blues’ R&B recordings 1945 to 1953. Lots of rare graphics and label shots.

CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s looks at Canray Fontenot and Bois Sec Ardoin – more great Cajun music history.

SUNLAND & FANTASTIC RECORDS: GABRIEL – Norman Darwen interviews Bob Scheir co-owner of Sunland/Fantastic Records on their blues 45’s released in the early 1980s.

THE SPECIALTY RECORDS STORY: Billy Vera previews his new book on the Specialty Records Story – great R&B history.

LIONEL HAMPTON ORCHESTRA: Rare and unpublished photographs for the collection of Sam Benjamin of Lionel Hampton’s debut UK tour in 1956 – when the UK press and jazzers told him to stop playing rock & roll!

PLUS: The Blues Discography (3rd edition) Updates and Corrections; Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins, Gip Gibson, Spot Barnett; Mississippi Blues Festivals; John Mayall; Screaming  Jay Hawkins; Big Bear Story; Gospel CD releases; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; CD & Book Reviews.

 

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JOHNNY OTIS INTERVIEW: Another interview from Jonas Bernholm’s “Mr. R&B Tapes” – this time a Howard Kozy’s 1989 radio interview in Pittsburgh with Johnny Otis transcribed by Tony Watson.

CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s looks at  Iry LeJeune and his family – more great Cajun music history.

GABRIEL – THE FLOCK ROCKER: Third part of this unique piece of R&B history on the St. Louis DJ, recording artist, producer, label owner and promoter. A full Gabriel discography by Bill Greensmith and Jim O’Neal with labels shots and memorabilia.

BEA & BABY BOX SET: Tony Burke’s special review of the new box set from Earwig Records featuring great Chicago blues and R&B recordings issued on Cadillac Baby and his variety of labels.

PHOTOS FROM THE PINKNEY ROBERTS COLLECTION: Dan Kochakain compiled some great photos of R&B stars of the 1940s and 1950s from the collection of MC and performer Pinkney ‘Fashion Plate’ Roberts. (Lionel Hampton in the UK will now appear in B&R 345!)

PLUS: The Blues Discography (3rd edition) Updates and Corrections; Donnie Fritts, Larry ‘The Mole’ Taylor, Pat Brown, UK bluesman Julian Piper obituaries;  Big Jack Reynolds, Ann Arbour Blues Festival 1968, Hollywood Fats, William Clarke; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; CD & Book Reviews.

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GOREE CARTER: Another interview from the “Mr. R&B Tapes” an interview by Dick Shurman transcribed by Dave Clarke, vintage interview with the great Houston blues man.

CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s digs deeper into the roots of cajun and zydeco music this time into the roots of Zydeco music and Boozoo Chavis..

GABRIEL – THE FLOCK ROCKER: Second part of this unique piece of R&B History based on interviews by Bill Greensmith with Gabriel, the St. Louis DJ, recording artist, producer, label owner and promoter.

PLUS: Art Neville obituary by Paul Harris; Luther ‘Houserocker’ Johnson; Steve Richards; Jerry Lawson; Steve Franz; Billy Branch; Bobby Rush; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; CD & Book Review

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GABRIEL – THE FLOCK ROCKER: Great R&B History. The first of a three part feature – interview with St. Louis DJ, recording artist, producer, label owner and promoter by Bill Greensmith.

CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s digs deeper into the roots of cajun and zydeco music.

LARRY GARNER: The first in an occasional series of ‘Lost & Found’ interviews from the early 1990s by Neil Slaven.

FRANK VICK: Mike Stephenson interviews the Greenville, Mississippi drummer who played behind Howlin’ Wolf, Little Milton, Booba Barnes, Little Willie Foster and many others.

DAVE BARTHOLOMEW TRIBUTE: Billy Vera’s special tribute to the great New Orleans artist, songwriter and producer who died aged 100 recently.

PLUS: Dr. John – Mac Rebenack obituary by Neil Slaven; Chicago Downhome Blues Box Volume Two major review by Chris Bentley; John Broven’s ‘South To Louisiana’ revised/republished book reviewed by award winning cajun writer Nick Leigh;  Chicago Blues Festival by Mike Stephenson; Luther Jennings; Gary John Williams; Lil Buck Sinegal; Jesse Fuller; Eddie Vinson plus Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; CD & Book Reviews

COMING SOON In B&R 346

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.

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YOUNG JESSIE: Great Rhythm and Blues history on the great west coast vocalist by Seamus McGarvey in an interview from 1988.

CAJUN & ZYDECO ESSENTIALS: Ray Templeton’s new series kicks of with cajun music pioneer Amede Ardoin

ROBERT JOHNSON: Special review by Neil Slaven on the new Robert Johnson biography ‘Up Jumped The Devil’

CRYSTAL THOMAS: Scott M. Bock interviews a new blues star who’s new album is due on Dialtone

PLUS: Chris Albertson; Lou Johnson; Chuck Weldon; Eddie Tigner; Paul Orta; Cedric Burnside; Faye Adams/Joe Morris; Preston Epps; Bruce James; Kingfish; Joe Louis Walker plus Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; CD & Book Reviews

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THE RISE AND FALL OF ALADDIN RECORDS: Great R&B Music History by Billy Vera

THE BLUES COME TO TEXAS: Special feature by Ray Templeton on the newly published book from an unpublished manuscript by Paul Oliver and Mack McCormick

MYTHS & FALSEHOODS: D. Thomas Moon interviews musicologist Kip Lornell  on blues history.

STAX/VOLT UK TOUR 1967: Great photo-spread of original photographs by Neil Carter

CADILLAC BABY BOX SET PREVIEW: Tony Burke previews the forthcoming 4 CD box set of tracks from Chicago’s Bea & Baby, Keyhole & Miss labels.

WILLIE WINFIELD: Billy Vera pays tribute to a doo wop and vocal group legend who has just retired.

PRESTON FOSTER: Chris Bentley’s Curiosities column delves into the history of the man who wrote ‘Got My Mojo Working’

PLUS: Margaret Lewis; Hal Blaine; Fed Foster; Kent Harris; Cash McCall;  Juke Joint Festival; Lil Jimmy Reed; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; CD Reviews including Johnny Shines; Malaco Gospel; Magic Slim and The Teardrops; Tommy Hunt

Still Available B&R #339

SOLOMON BURKE: ‘The King’s Comeback – The Remaking Of A Solomon Burke Classic’ – Unique, extensive and exclusive article written by producer Scott Billington.

ROBERT JOHNSON:  Final part of Gayle Dean Wardlow’s series on ‘Searching For Robert Johnson’.

THE MR. R&B TAPES – RED PRYSOCK: The first of a series of edited transcriptions of Jonas Bernholm’s audio tapes used for the sleevenotes of his Route 66 stable of reissue labels. Paul Williams interviews Red Prysock (more interviews more to come).

OFF THE WALL: Part Two of street posters from the Dave Williams Collection.

PLUS: Quintus McCormick; Eddie Taylor Jnr; Abb Locke; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words, Words; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; CD Reviews including Mary Lane, Julia Lee, Bullmoose Jackson, Koko Mojo compilations.