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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
Out before the holiday season Guido van Rijnâs biography of Smokey Hogg praises to be a blues fans Xmas treat. Texas bluesman Andrew âSmokeyâ Hogg was a singer, guitarist and pianist who moved to the West Coast after World War … Continue reading
ï»ż This is a new, one-hour documentary digs down deep into Alabamaâs 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
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
Repertoire Records are to release a 14 CD box set of BBC radio broadcasts byÂ 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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This year, SenegalâsÂ 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 âSpecialist In All Stylesâ … Continue reading
To celebrate the centenary of Charlie Parker a CD Â release of Parkerâs âThe Savoy 10-Inch LP Collectionâ. The collection, spotlightsÂ Charlie Parkerâs ground breaking be-bop sessions for Savoy Records spanning 1944 to 1948. The tracks are already available on vinyl and … Continue reading
Following the commercial and critically acclaimed success of the recent albums âBluesâ (2019) and âCheck Shirt Wizard – Live in ’77â (2020), UMC is releasing âThe Best Of Rory Gallagherâ inÂ October this year. The compilation includes Roryâs recordings compiled from … Continue reading
Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram performs four tracks in his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi and talks songwriting, growing up in the âBlues Holy Landâ and navigating racial inequality through music.