Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1071

Welcome to B&S


Editorial STUFF

B&S IS MOVING! We are moving our street dates. Being a bi-monthly magazine, our content mission statement has always been to fill each mag with as much of what we believe will interest and inform our readers as humanly possible. Hey, well why change a habit? That said, we have also constantly tried to fine tune our efforts and to curtail to your musical wants, as music of black origin has continued to widen and sometimes morph into other compelling genre and sub genre...From this issue, we will not be dating our issues, we will be numbering them instead…This year with 6 mags hitting the shops as per, these issues will now be released when there are traditionally high periods of music releases / events. Instead of slower periods when there is less to report…we believe this will enhance our coverage, making us able to cover more of the best material which is being released, in turn helping to make our readership better informed. B&S will now be released thus; 2 spring, 2 autumn, 1 summer and 1 winter…the date for the next issue will is printed in each mag, just in case you are worried when our next issue is due.B&S

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Percy Sledge R.I.P.

Soul icon Percy Sledge has died at the age of 74, after a long battle with cancer. He passed away early today (Tuesday 14th April) at his US home with his wife and children by his side...

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Central Line Lead Singer Linton Beckles R.I.P.

UK jazz-funk fans are in mourning after the reported death of Linton Beckles, the former lead singer and percussionist with the hit 80s band Central Line.

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Win Get On Up DVD / signed movie poster

Win James Brown biopic “Get On Up” DVD’s and posters

We have 3 copies of “Get On Up” on Blu-ray to give away and 3 movie posters to accompany the those prizes. Our first winner pulled at random will also get their poster signed by Chadwick Boseman himself...

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Win a copy of The George Benson Collection

Win The George Benson Ultimate Collection

Celebrating 50 amazing years of making sweet soul, R&B and jazz filled music, 10 times Grammy award winner George Benson releases his first hits collection in a decade - to mark this release, we are giving 5 copies away...

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Faith Evans: Words Of Faith

Faith Evans talks new "Incomparable” album, book "Keep The Faith: A Memoir” Biggie plans for a duets album, the beef with Lil' Kim and time spent with Whitney...

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Ne-Yo: By The Book

Pete Lewis reacquaints himself with multi-million-selling, Las Vegas-raised US R&B-pop singer/songwriter NE-YO. Whose new single Coming With You precedes his upcoming sixth album Non-Fiction...

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Rebecca Ferguson: All inclusive Holiday

Pete Lewis meets million-selling former “X-Factor” runner-up Rebecca Ferguson, as the soulful Liverpudlian songstress releases her Billie Holiday-celebrating third album “Lady Sings The Blues”...

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Paul Lamb photo

Paul Lamb and the Detroit Breakdown UK Tour

US blues rockers Paul Lamb and the Detroit Breakdown have a growing fan-base here, and it’ll get a bit bigger soon when they hit these shores for a 13-date UK tour to make new friends.

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A Very Good Friday Ft. Ayanna Witter-Johnson: Royal Festival Hall, London 3/4/15

A truly uplifting event involving The National Youth Choir and a truly exceptional artist Ms Ayanna Witter-Johnson took the Royal Festival Hall by storm...

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Robin Trower + Joanne Shaw Taylor: Birmingham Town Hall 28/15/15

The last time I was at this venue, was to review/shoot pics of Robert Cray last year. All seated, balcony and stalls virtually sold out, predominantly a mature audience. A cracking night it was too...

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Lady Day

Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection (Columbia Legacy)

Jazz's ultimate torch singer took her stage name from her father, Clarence Holiday, a guitarist who played with Fletcher Henderson's band in the Nineteen Twenties and from one of the favorite movie stars of her childhood, Billie Dove...

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Cool Million

Cool Million: Sumthin' Like This (Sedsoul)

The Jam & Lewis inspired duo add an 80's type essential ingredient to any good soulful disco-dance collection and any album which contains this amount of groovin', deserves to be purchased believe me - it's wonderful stuff!

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Bone Idol

Bone Idol Volume 1: Ashley Slater (

A former Microgroove main guy, Freakpower frontman, Loose Tubes twiddler, Kitten & The Hip hepcat, a previous devious madcap medic in Moshlingology and lastly X Factor flop... Is there nothing this guy won't try?

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Bluey: Life Between The Notes (Dome Records)

After a 30 year wait to record his debut solo album – 2013’s “Leap of Faith,” - Incognito’s Jean-Paul ‘Bluey' Maunick is back, with "Life Between The Notes."

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