Buddy Guy proves The Blues is Alive and Well

I wouldn’t dream of covering the history of the institution that is Buddy Guy. Suffice it to say that he is an award-laden bluesman, who celebrates his 83rd birthday on July 31st and we wish him well as he continues to play and record. Many artists would be fearful of trying to follow a Grammy-winning … Read more…

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Reverend Raven and His Altar Boys hold a candle to the blues

Originally from Chicago, the Reverend Raven has been playing the blues since he saw Freddy King in concert back in 1971. It wasn’t an immediate move to gigging, however; as he spent fifteen years in the Navy, achieving the rank of ‘Chief’, so don’t be surprised to see him referred to as Chief Reverend. Shortly … Read more…

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Greg Coulson asks and then shows you What’s New

Ah, another North Eastern lad… I won’t wax lyrical about my youth in my homeland again. Suffice it to say that Sunderland, where Greg Coulson was born, will forever be the place where my nigh on waist length hair was shorn so that I could get a proper job! Coulson is a true multi-instrumentalist. He … Read more…

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Jon Cleary On New Album Delivers New Orleans Dynamite

Opening the album with the title track, the heat and attitude of the home of Jazz and musical exuberance flows from your speakers. It is Dyna-mite, a party of musicians pulling together the beats that light up their souls. The horns are hot, the keys slinky and delicious. The drumming gives the foundation a driving … Read more…

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Chris Bevington Organisation music no need to Cut And Run

The third album from Chris Bevington Organisation is full of style, swagger, replete with tones and textures of the blues and that added extra the joy and harmonization as the musicians gather around the microphones and jam. They are playing with a natural feel and layering the sounds to bring the listener a bucket full … Read more…

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Larkham and Hall Exploring Songs of Hurt and Healing

Songs of Hurt and Healing from Bristol-based duo Elliot Hall and Sarah Larkham. The music across the thirteen tracks is replete with skills of Elliot’s songwriting skills and the hypnotic musicality of Sarah’s vocals. These skills have been recognized with the winning in 2012 of the Viper Music Bristol Songwriter Competition. The duo are singers … Read more…

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Jon Cleary talking about Dynamite New Orleans Music and more

BD: Jon, thank you for taking time out to speak to me at Bluesdoodles, before the launch of your album Dyna-mite out on 13th July and your tour as part of Bonnie Raitt’s Band. We did meet when you played at Abertillery Blues Festival with the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, long before Bluesdoodles existed! BD: Before … Read more…

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Fifth UKBlues Challenge Counting Down The Days

Tickets are now on sale they are hotter than the summer sun… so dash over to See Tickets and get yours reserved! The UKBlues Federation is once again hosting the UK Blues Challenge 2018. Once again, there will be the opportunity to hear five super blues band play. Sit back enjoy the music. There will be … Read more…

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Hogjaw ponders the Southern Way Down Yonder

Hailing from Arizona, Hogjaw have just released their sixth studio album called Way Down Yonder. Their debut was released back in 2008, but they have concentrated on their homeland and have only played in the UK once: at the Ramblin’ Man Fair in 2016. The following year Europe was their target and they completed a … Read more…

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Blind Lemon Pledge adds polish to Evangeline

OK, the headline is the last pun on the name…promise; it was used just to put a Sheen on the review. After all, the real inspiration for the name is one of the seminal blues artists of all time; namely Blind Lemon Jefferson. If you don’t know him, do yourself a favour and listen to … Read more…

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