BARGAIN BIN BROWSING: Nineteen years on from the original research, Opal Louis Nations and Bob Bell have produce another major feature on Budget Blues, R&B and Gospel vinyl album from the US and this time from UK.
ROBERT JOHNSON: Second part of Gayle Dean Wardlow’s series on ‘Searching For Robert Johnson’.
SHERRILL HOLLY INTERVIEW: Mike Stephenson interviews Jackson, Mississippi saxman about Trumpet Records and the Farsh Street music scene in he 1940s and 1950s.
OFF THE WALL: Great R&B and Soul gig posters from the collection of Dave Williams.
THE BLUES DISCOGRAPHY THIRD EDITION: Special feature by Phil Wight on the newly published third edition of the Blues Discography.
PLUS: Bill Sims, Jackie Shane, Izzy Young; Cedric Burnside, Rick Estrin & The Nitecats gigs; Blues Unlimted Exhibition; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; CD & Book Reviews including Henry Townsend & Roosevelt Sykes, Ivory Joe Hunter, Willie Dixon, Texas Hillbillies, Mahalia Jackson and many more.
CHRIS STRACHWITZ INTERVIEW: Part Two of Garth Cartwright’s interview with the Arhoolie Records boss. Chris talks about Mance Lipscomb; Lightnin’ Hopkins; Fred McDowell, Flaco Jimenez; Bukka White etc
GOSPEL QUARTETS: Ray Templeton ends his series on great gospel quartets with a look at the Fairfield Four, The Southern Sons, The Pilgrim Travelers and others.
LARRY DALE’S LOST RECORD: John Broven’s discographical research into a ‘missing’ Larry Dale 45rpm
ROBERT JOHNSON: First part of Gayle Dean Wardlow’s series on Searching For Robert Johnson’.
CALVIN BARRON: The sixth in Robert Pruter’s series on rare Chicago Soul Artists.
PLUS: Clydie King; Ace Cannon; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; CD & Book Reviews including Bloodest Saxophone; Cedric Burnside; Big Joe Turner; Big Jay McNeeley; Delbert McClinton.
CHRIS STRACHWITZ INTERVIEW: Part One of a major two part interview by Garth Cartwright with the Arhoolie Records boss. Fantastic blues, roots and record collecting music history.
GOSPEL QUARTETS: More classic gospel music history as Ray Templeton looks the Specialty recordings of Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers.
THE BOBBY REED STORY: Dave Williams tells the story of west coast bluesman and bandleader of The Right Kind who recorded for Galaxy Records.
RPM 45’s UPDATE: Victor Pearlin adds to his great research on 45rpm discs issued by the Bihari’s RPM label with the help of Ray Astbury and Dan Kochakian.
OSCAR WILSON: Mike Stephenson interview with the Cash Box Kings vocalist
PLUS: Elder Roma Wilson; Eddie C. Campbell, Jody Williams, Calvin Newborn, Tony Joe White, Gerard Homan; Blues Festival Reports; Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; CD & Book Reviews including Joe Louis Walker, Floyd Dixon, Helen Humes, Prince Buster, Trojan Records 50th Anniversary.
THE SHELDON STUDIOS – Dietmar Rudolf’s extensive feature on the Sheldon Studios in Chicago. Jack Sheldon was responsible for engineering and mastering some of the great Chess blues and R&B hits and albums. Great piece of research.
GOSPEL QUARTETS: More gospel music history – Ray Templeton looks the legendary Five Blind Boys of Alabama and Five Blind Boys of Mississippi
B. B. KING’S GREATEST LIVE ALBUM: RARE BLUES RECORDS RESEARCH: Otis Grand examines in detail B. B. King’s ‘Blues Is King’ album cut in Chicago in 1966 – Otis says it was B.B.’s ‘greatest live album’.
WILLIE PARKER – FRANKIE NEWSOME; Robert Pruter’s latest instalment in his great series on rare and obscure Chicago soul artists.
PLUS: Otis Rush obituary by Neil Slaven; St. Louis DJ and R&B artist Gabriel; Teddy Scott; Mississippi Blues Festival reports; More of Chris Bentley’s Curiosities; Chris Smith’s Words, Words; Words; Mike Stephenson’s Under The Radar; CD, DVD, & Book Reviews