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REGULARS 04 happenin’ All the news that’s fit to print, plus Southern images, Blues DJs part 4 and guitar artistry with Andy Solloway.

20 kitchat clasic Excelsior! Dave Stone tells us about the amplifier that matters to him.

22 blue blooD New blues talent. Featuring: Laura May, The Jar Family, Wooden Horse, 13 Stars, Dirty Words and Poplar Jake.

34 blues top 10 Lucy Zirins talks about the music that influenced her career.

features 36

ROBIN TROWER Talking Blues: Part one. Why a renowned guitar stylist turned to the Blues.


the mentulls A new band that’s taking the UK circuit by storm. Next stop, Brunswick Battle of the Bands!


blue to brown One is a voiceover artist, the other plays with Duran Duran. An amazing father and son team that plays the Blues.

58 julian sas The Dutch master talks about life, loss and his new album BoundtoRoll.


Mathew curry The brilliant young Blues talent that’s taking on the world.


wilson t king Last of the Analogues – from the streets of New York and one to watch.

76 david jackson Rocking Blues Out of Africa... The bornagain Bluesman talks to BM!.

82 paul filipowiCz Blues Under The Radar. The Wisconsin survivor that fights for his Blues.

88 stePHEN dale petit From busking the blues, to playing the 100 Club, presenting the one and only...

94 ron sayer Hard-touring Bluesman with a new album that’s winning them over.

98 blues n’ trouble 30 years on and still going strong. The Brit Blues evergreens are back for more. reviews 103

albums Including Ben Harper, Bill Wymans’s Rhythm Kings, Black Country Communion, Gwyn Ashton, Habib Koite & Eric Bibb, John Hiatt, Muddy Waters, plus Chicago Soul, Santa’s Mojo, vintage electric Blues, contemporary sounds from bonny Scotland and the mother of all B.B. King box sets!


showtime! Festival highlights from Carlisle, Frome and Tenby, plus great concerts from across the UK.


RMR Blues top 50 Where only the music matters. The Roots Music Report independent airplay chart.

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