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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 #348


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Another excellent and historic unpublished interview from the 1990s from the Neil Slaven Archives, this time with Luther Allison who talks about his then new album releases, his time in Chicago in the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. 

STILL AVAILABLE B&R#347

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FATS DOMINO BOX SET:  Tony Burke looks at the new Fats Domino box set (and now withdrawn/deleted) issued by Bear Family.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 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

STILL AVAILABLE 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.

COMING SOON IN B&R#349

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. 

Still available 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.

Still available B&R 344

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.

Still available B&R 343

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