Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1079

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ISSUE 1029: This issue we welcome back Neo-Soul royalty as Maxwell graces our cover and affords us a very welcome interview pre his UK dates with fellow royal headliner, Queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige ...Also this issue: A cracking interview with authentic Soul supremos, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, as they dive into the charts with their album, “Sea Of Noise”. If you like your Soul served funky side up, with a huge helping of style, then you’ll love our Jamie Lidell chin-wag. Talking of style, they’ve hit the top spot in the UK Soul chart, now find out what all the fuss is about as Kindred The Family Soul drop by for an in-depth interview. Also scaling the chart, dynamic Soul duo, SouLutions, give B&S a candid / fascinating account of their often arduous journey as they strive to fulfil their musical ambitions... Acid Jazz fans prick-up your ears! D’Influence are back! Yes, you did here right. We get the lowdown on the long overdue return of these coooool customers! It wouldn’t be B&S if we didn’t follow a classic act with a brand new ‘one to watch’…this issue is slightly different, because we bring you 2! First, a group of highly talented individuals who have joined forces as, Ghosts Of Their Former Selves, releasing an album infused with a host of genres and exceptional talent to match - these guys are really quite special and we are over the moon to catch them in their infancy - watch this space… Talking of looking out for stars of the future, you can’t switch on a music channel on without seeing, Era Istrefi, in her purple fur lined attire on a snowy white-out - yes that one! The tasty tune is called “Bonbon” and we reckon this artist also has nothing less than a sweeeeet future ahead of her! ...Just time to mention our usual items, inc: news, reviews, competitions and of course our esteemed columnists, who are all eagerly waiting to share their exclusive news and experiences within the genre they proudly represent. Until next time! Lee TylerB&S

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Rod Temperton RIP

Rod Temperton RIP

Rod Temperton, the legendary songwriter for among others Michael Jackson, and a member of the hit UK chart band Heatwave in the 1970s, has died at the age of 66.

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Win a guitar signed by Melissa Etheridge at

Win a guitar signed by Melissa Etheridge

To celebrate release of “MEmphis Rock and Soul”, we have a special prize for one lucky B&S reader to win, a guitar personally signed by Blues icon, Melissa Etheridge...

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Red Hot 5-Piece UK R&B Group Announce Tour Dates

Following the release of their new single "Oh Lord’," British band MiC LOWRY have announced four headline UK shows for February 2017.

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Tweet: Life is Tweet!

After a long self-imposed hiatus, immensely talented American R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist, tweet, catches-up with B&S’ Semper Azeez-Harris before her new album "Charlene" showcasing UK date...

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Gladys Knight. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Polly Gibbons opening for Gladys Knight. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Polly Gibbons opening for Gladys Knight. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Gladys Knight. Photo copyright: Simon Redley

Gladys Knight + Polly Gibbons, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 3/7/16

Ms Gladys has a real license to thrill tonight….Red hot, on fire, her vocal prowess simply stunning. This was not just a concert, this was an experience. The Gladys Knight experience.

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Duke Robillard and his all-star combo: Blues Full Circle (Dixiefrog)

Blues guitar star Duke Robilard and his all star combo is joined by Jimmie Vaughan, Sugar Ray Norcia and other VIP guests on his pleasing new album.

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Doyle Bramhall II: Rich Man (Concord Records)

Doyle Bramhall II is a mighty presence on today’s music radar and across many genres; deserving to be mentioned in the same breath as Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix for creativity. Career defining just doesn’t cover it!

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Blue Lab Beats: Blue Skies EP (Believe Recordings)

To sum up this four track introduction to these two London musicians, composers and producers, only two words required: Bloody cool. Yeah, that does it.

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Anomie Belle CD Cover Pic

Anomie Belle: FLUX (Diving Bell Recording Co)

This Seattle-based experimental electronica artist and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, is a bit of a genius. Her fifth album is quite something...

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Matt Bianco (Mark Reilly) Meets New Cool Collective: The Things You Love (earMUSIC)

Matt Bianco’s creative driving force Mark Reilly, has teamed up with famed Dutch jazz ensemble New Cool Collective for a gorgeous slice of jazz-infused goodness, “The Things You Love.”

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