Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1095

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ISSUE 1046: We bring you not one but two outstanding cover interviews, firstly, the enthralling story behind the UK’s premier gospel label, Zoe Records, via head honcho Isaac Odeniran. Our double cover interview comes from Geordie soul and funk heroes Smoove & Turrell, who venture in a more ’90 dance/chilled Balearic direction with their new album, Stratos Bleu... How do you follow that, well, how about an interview with one of the best blues acts on the planet, singer/songwriter/blues guitar god Marcus King. We have a chat with Defected Record’s main man, ex-Blues & Soul contributor, DJ/producer/label boss, Simon Dunmore. He’s written some of the most well-known songs ever, now Memphis soul singer/songwriter Don Bryant steps away from his 154, yes, 154 song catalogue! To release his own album, “You Make Me Feel”. Last, but by no means least, The Allergies are back with their 6th long-player in 4 years! Wow! Delivering their now trademark mix of infectious samples, on-point dance breaks, deft rap rhymes and killer hip-hop style scratching, you won’t want to miss our catchup with this dynamic duo... There may be no live events to report on at the moment and we are all looking forward to the day they return, in the meantime, we have given you more of your favourite pages as all columnists have increased their contributions including Northern Soul’s Richard Searling and Frank Elson, R&B favourite Bigger, Dance expert Ben Lovett, Modern Soul’s finest Ralph Tee and B&S Editor focuses on the Black Lives Matter movent... Duncan Payne takes us back to the year 2000 with his not to be missed regular feature the Blues & Soul Years. This was a time when Jill Scott, Dynasty’s Child, Craig David and Eminem were making their mark. As usual, the year’s best releases and poll winners accompany this feature.... Charts this issue include the B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's Smoove Grooves R&B Chart, on-point soul/r'n'b Hip List and Richard Searling presents his Leeds Central All-Nighter and Soul Bowl Records late owner John Anderson’s Soul Discoveries lists... Don’t forget! Our Soulful Social page is where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and let us know what you think and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Stay safe, Lee Tyler (@LeeTyler13 socials)B&S

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John Legend plays Blues Fest 2019 in October @bluesandsoul.com Raphael Saadiq plays the Indigo2 as part of Blues Fest 2019 @bluesandsoul.com Rickie Lee Jones completes the Blues Fest 2019 lineup @bluesandsoul.com Blues Fest London 2019 @bluesandsoul.com

Blues Fest London 2019 announce stellar lineup

Blues Fest London 2019 have announced another mouthwatering lineup this year with John Legend, Raphael Saadiq and Rickie Lee Jones performing at the O2 Arena and Indigo2…

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Later...with Jools Holland 25th Anniversary - Thursday September 21st 2017

Later...with Jools Holland celebrates 25th anniversary with star-studded RAH event

Jools Holland celebrates the 25th anniversary of his BBC TWO "Later with..." show at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 21st. Full show info and details of artists appearing...

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Incognito announce fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter @bluesandsoul.com

Incognito announce Jazz Cafe fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter, Christina

Incognito's Bluey hope is to raise as much money as possible and add it towards the overall target of £80,000, which is figure needed to provide vital treatment for Kenny Thomas' daughter...

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Marcus King: Royal Blues

Karen Lawler grabs an exclusive interview with guitar god/blues hero, Marcus King. In this rare interview, King gives an insight on touring, working with some true greats and his latest and follow-up albums...

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Gary Clark Jr: Rebirth Of The Blues

B&S exclusive: Blues hero/B&S cover star Gary Clark Jr talks new album "The Land", how he leaned to play guitar, an appearance in Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead" and meeting blues icons...

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Robert Cray @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com

Robert Cray: Natural Blues

During his recent UK tour, Blues great Robert Cray spoke to Chaz Brooks about his hunger for vinyl, his favourite singer/album, recording with the legendary BB King and of course, Donald Trump!

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Keb Mo: Hot Pink live Americana Blues anyone?

Four times Grammy-winner and eight times nominated, blues and roots star Keb Mo has played for Presidents in the Whitehouse. But has he ever been asked about his sex life before?

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Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com

Ron Artis II: Blue Note Club, New York City 16/2/20

Hawaiian soul and blues artist Ron Artis II played the late show at Manhattan’s Blue Note Club, three days before appearing with Buddy Guy and Derek Trucks at a star-studded concert in tribute to BB King...

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Angel-A: True Tio Myself (LDF Recordings)

Angel-A: True To Myself (Ft. Rahaan and Karizma Mixes) LDF Recordings

American singer/songwriter Angel-A has teamed up with top Chicago producer Rahaan on the stunning soulful groover "True To Myself"...

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Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook

Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook "Because I Knew" (Guess Records)

Mark Bamford), Est8 and vocalist Emily Cook on the menu, then you know you’re in for some audible bliss! Their new collaborative single "Because I Knew" is a fresh, deep house groove with Afro vibes...

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Leon Ware (with de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Leon Ware (with Mark de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Soul legend Ware, celebrating 50 years in music this year, hooks up with tip-top Kiwi producer de Clive-Lowe for this sophisticated new lick, propping up those silky smooth vocals on a bed of sparse but soulful...

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Peter Green : The End Of The Game

Well I must say Green certainly fulfilled his side of the deal and produced a riveting piece of work that has since become a classic. The guitar work is stupendous and filled with heavy wah wah.

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John Morales: All Q'D UP Volume II: Compilation (Quantize Recordings)

John Morales All Q’d Up Volume II: Compilation (Quantize Recordings)

John Morales fans are in for a massive treat as he reveals the second instalment of his All Q’d Up compilation packed with a brand new selection of soulful and discofied gems...

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Climax Blues Band : 1973-1976, 4CD Remastered Boxset Edition

Their versatility shines through as does their sterling musicianship - if you love that dry compressed and warm 70's sound this is just the ticket. And the funk factor goes up a notch

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