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Peter Guralnick Is ‘Looking To Get Lost’ In The Stories Of American Music Icons

In his decades-long career, Peter Guralnick has written about some of the biggest icons in American music. He wrote what may be the definitive books on Elvis Presley, as well as biographies of singer Sam Cooke and Sun Records founder … Continue reading

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Bluesman Smokey Hogg Biography Out Soon

Out before the holiday season Guido van Rijn’s biography of Smokey Hogg praises to be a blues fans Xmas treat. Texas bluesman Andrew ‘Smokey’ Hogg was a singer, guitarist and pianist who moved to the West Coast after World War … Continue reading

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Alabama Black Belt Blues – great new documentary film

ï»ż This is a new, one-hour documentary digs down deep into Alabama’s African American inspired blues tradition, one less well-known than its Mississippi counterpart, but equally rich. The film is produced and directed by Alabama filmmaker Robert Clem. It is … Continue reading

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Viola Smith – the fastest girl drummer in the world

Viola Smith, a swing-era musician who was promoted in the 1930s as the ‘fastest girl drummer in the world’ and who championed greater inclusion of women in the almost completely male preserve of big bands, died on October 21st O … Continue reading

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Barbara Thompson Live At The BBC Box Set

Repertoire Records are to release a 14 CD box set of BBC radio broadcasts by Barbara Thompson, described as perhaps the best known jazz artist in the UK – outside of the UK. This set includes material ranging from a live … Continue reading

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The Band – Once Were Brothers DVD Now Available

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Orchestra Baobab Release Vinyl Version Of Classic Album

This year, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Its major milestone for any band but their story is even more fascinating. To celebrate the band has announced the issue of their landmark 2002 classic reunion album ‘Specialist In All Styles‘ … Continue reading

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Charlie Parker Centenary CD Compilation Out Soon

To celebrate the centenary of Charlie Parker a CD  release of Parker’s ‘The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection’. The collection, spotlights Charlie Parker’s ground breaking be-bop sessions for Savoy Records spanning 1944 to 1948. The tracks are already available on vinyl and … Continue reading

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Best Of Rory Gallagher Set On The Way

Following the commercial and critically acclaimed success of the recent albums “Blues” (2019) and “Check Shirt Wizard – Live in ’77” (2020), UMC is releasing “The Best Of Rory Gallagher” in October this year. The compilation includes Rory’s recordings compiled from … Continue reading

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Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram – Fender Sessions

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram performs four tracks in his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi and talks songwriting, growing up in the “Blues Holy Land” and navigating racial inequality through music.

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