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LUTHER ALLISON: Another excellent and historic unpublished interview from the 1990s from the Neil Slaven Archives, this time with Luther Allison who talks about his then new album releases, his time in Chicago in the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