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Editor’s Comment – Issue 107

OK, and before you knew it we have arrived at issue 107!

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE EDITORIALS Australian Blues JAKS Festival Phenomenal Blues Women Scandinavian Blues

ALBUMS, FESTIVALS AND CONCERTS The BIGGEST collection of blues reviews out there!

RON STURM AND BILLY GIBBONS

THE HOME OF THE BLUES – THE IRIDIUM

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SOK, and before you knew it we have arrived at issue 107!

Our name says it all!

Our name says it all! Our name says it all! Our name says it all! Our name says it all!

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GEORGE BENSON

GEORGE BENSON

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CAROLYN WONDERLAND

21/03/2019 20:17:09

Shave to suffer the slings and tepping into 2019 (don’t blink!), another year we do not need to rush but to savour and enjoy. If we do not have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous…ah no, not that, I mean the endless news and media storm of Brexit, politicians working for themselves and not the countries they serve, World climate change (Hendrix may have been a visionary when he wrote the 1983 A Merman etc. side of Electric Ladyland)…and speaking of music that is what we do so let’s get to it shall we!?

I am very happy for our good news on team members that Dave Drury is back and writing having finally been cleared after several years of eye operations and now back reviewing. Also, another member’s wife has been totally cleared after her cancer treatment, you know who you are! Yippee x 2. We got us a team of fighters here at Blues Matters! Loving the Blues!!

Our Distributors also let me know that while the general trend in publishing is downhill by an average of 40+% we are actually growing at 1.6% which they are rather proud of.

And what an issue; the lovely Carolyn Wonderland we caught up with as she couldn’t outrun us after her operation and soon becomes the FIRST lady Bluesbreaker with John Mayall. George Benson, yes who’d have thought it, joins Mascot and brings a classy album to our ears. So much more in the Contents pages including a chat about The Iridium in NY and a bit of a launch there for us. We look back at our Blues Matters! Stage sets at Jaks, Skegness – already over a month ago, hard to believe, it’s still so fresh. And we have a chat with one of the UK’s great music survivors, bluesman Robin Trower. The music just goes on and on.

On a sad note, we learn as we go to press, that one of the UK’s major blues-fans and movers, Dave Raven, has passed following a health struggle that never slowed his enthusiasm for the music we all love or stopped him from promoting blues. A blues radio man, Dave was a blues music podcast pioneer who will be greatly missed by many.

And now...it’s over to you our readers and supporters. Enjoy as usual your foremost blues music magazine. Till next time the time here hope you all keep rollin’ and tumblin’, enjoying this wonderful music wherever you might be!

Thank you all for following and engaging with us via web and social media.

I found an old return train ticket in my coat pocket the other day – that really took me back!

ENJOY and spread the word because ‘our name says it all’.

Alan Pearce Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Fan

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