On this page, each month, we publish samples of articles and features from Blues & Rhythm to give an idea of the content of the magazine.
Henry Townsend interview by Art Shuna
Blues For Victoria Spivey by Giles Oakley
Henry Spaulding by Chris Smith
Free At Last: Ray Templeton previews a new 3 CD set of rare a cappella gospel quartet poet war recordings
Blues In The Alley: Pete Moody previews another forthcoming post war down-home blues box set featuring sides from the South East USA, Florida and Atlanta.
Little Richard Tribute: By Specialty Records author Billy Vera
Texas Blues Tapes – Tary Owens Interviews with Bill Barnes and Hoss Nelson
The Other Big Joe Williams’ Bob Groom on the other pre war blues artists who called themselves Joe Williams
The Return of The Big Beat – Tony Burke looks at Bear Family’ (brand new but now alas deleted) Fats Domino Box set of Imperial and ABC Paramount sides.
A Load Of Bauls Mike Rowe on Big Joe Williams St. Louis acetate discs
Billy Vera on the background to his new book ‘Rip It Up – The Specialty Records Story’
Bea & Baby Records Box Set – By Tony Burke
Tribute to Dave Bartholomew – By Billy Vera
Fantasies At The Crossroads – Gayle Dean Wardlow and Bruce Conforth’s biography of Robert Johnson ‘Up Jumped The Devil’ reviewed by Neil Slaven.
The Stax/Volt Tour of the UK 1967 by Neil Carter
The Blues & Beyond – Feature on Eddie C. Campbell by Giles Oakley
The Blues Discography – Third Edition – Feature review by Phil Wight
Robert Johnson – First Part of a three part series by Gayle Dean Wardlow
Oscar Wilson – Mike Stephenson interviews the Cash Box Kings singer
Willie Parker – Frankie Newsome by Robert Pruter – A great feature on rare Chicago Soul
Words, Words, Words by Chris Smith – Want to know the connection between Nugrape, Waterbury Watches and Girt Town with the Blues and R&B – look no further!
Areatha Franklin Tribute by Billy Vera
Korea War Box Set: Tony Burke reviews the new Bear Family 4 CD box set of blues, country, bluegrass and popular music connected with the Korean War.
Tough Enough – Pete Moody previews a new box set featuring rarities from New York and the East Coast
Post War Cajun 78 RPM Nuggets – Lyle Ferbrache’s wonderful feature with information and rare labels shots
The Joe Beard Story – Scott M. Bock interviews the much underated East Coast bluesman who befreiended Son House in the 1970s.
The Ru-Jac Records Story – Tony Burke looks at the latst releases from the vaults of this Baltimore R&B and Soul Label
Off The Wall Part 4 – More rare memorablia this time from the George Moonoogian Collection.
Off The Wall Part 3 – Rare Blues and R&B Posters and Flyers from the Mitch Diamond Collection.
Fats Domino special three page tribute articile – by Billy Vera
Shake ‘Em On Down – Mississippi Fred McDowell – Chris Smith looks at a new film on the great Mississippi Bluesman
A Day With Joe Bussard – D. Thomas Moon spends a day with the King Of Record Collectors
Polydor Juke Blues Series – by Ray Templeton – who always pays tribute to Mike Leadbitter
The Apollo Records Story – by Billy Vera
Chicago Downhome Blues – Fine Boogie Preview by Pete Moody
Chuck Berry – The Music & The Man by Neil Slaven
Bill Doggett Centenary by Bill Doggett II – great photo feature.
The Beginnings Of Rock – The Genesis Box Sets – Ray Templeton looks at the pioneering box sets issued in the 1970s featuring rare sides from the Chess vaults.
The Selby Walsh Story Walsh – Dan Kochakian traces an obscure gospel artist
A Visit With Curtis Jones – Archive article from Bob Koester on meeting with Curtis Jones
Milwaukee Blues Today Part One – by Mike Stephenson
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Got To be Some Changes – Chris Smith looks at the new career spanning Staple Singers Box Set.
The Super Rare Doo Wop Box Set – Tony Waton’s overview of Rock Beat’s fantastic 4CD box set of classic and rare vocal group recordings from the 1940s and 1950s.
Origin Jazz Library – Ray Templeton Looks At This Pioneering Pre-War Blues & Gospel Reissue Series
Organge Jefferson Interview by Scott M. Bock
Curtis Jones – republished 1964 interview by Neil Slaven
Tampa Red – Time To Reassess A Legacy? – by John Broven
B.B. Was In Tears At The End B. B. King’s Debut At London’s Royal Albert Hall, 1969
Lets Buzz A Long While – Neil Slaven on the new Bear Family Slim Harpo box set
Lead Belly – The Smithsonian Folkways Collection by Howard Rye
Rock Mr. Blues – The Recordings of Wynonie Harris by Ray Templeton
Art Deco Blues – Tony Burke looks at the second Paramount set from Third Man Records
Too Much Monkey Business – Byron Foulger on the Bear Family Chuck Berry Box Set
On The Gospel Highway, In The Gospel Byways by Chris Smith
Blues Boy Hubbard by Scott M. Bock
The 5 Royales Box Set by Tony Watson
The Curtis Griffin Story – by Steve Propes
Lavelle White – by Scott M. Bock
The Willene Barton Story – by Dan Kochakian
Through The Looking Glass: A Personal Recollection – by Cedric J. Hayes
I Learned To Do It The Hard Way: Major Lee Burkes Interview – by Scott M. Bock
Remembering Tarheel Slim – by Peter B. Lowry
Tampa Red & Big Maceo – by Ray Templeton
Gene ‘Birdlegg’ Pittman – by Mike Stephenson
Memphis Slim in Paris – by Alan Swyer
Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland Tribute – by Billy Vera
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