Blues

The Resurgence of the British Musical Invasion: America, Meet The UK's Newest Artist, Sammie Jay!

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Sammie Jay. Remember that name. She will become a household item in the coming future just as surely and quickly as her contemporary Sam Smith rose to fame seemingly overnight.

AC/DC - One Fan's Front Row Dealings With the Band...

Bytestories | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bytestories

(Photo - AC/DC) FOREWORD: These two short stories were written by Ron Hailes who was heavily involved in the mid 70's music scene in Australia when...

No Smoke Fairies Without Fire

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

While Smoke Fairies are championed by BBC Radio 6 Music and XFm, a welcome development recently came when the government invested £550,000 of public money in the Music Export Growth Scheme; the band was allocated a slice of the cake which "makes it possible for us to take our full band to the US", says Jessica.

Planet Appetite: Harvest Jazz and Blues, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Rupert Parker | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Fredericton comes alive for 6 days, each September, as hundreds of world class performers appear on dozens of stages, all conveniently located in the city's historic downtown.

Jimmy Scott: An Odyssey

Aaron Vallely | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

"Still are thy pleasant voices, thy nightingales, awake; For Death, he taketh all away, but them he cannot take." ~ Heraclitus, William J. Cory. M...

Pete Molinari Takes the Hand of History With 'Theosophy'

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"The magic of recording is that you don't quite know what you're going for until you're in the studio and working with the musicians and producers," says Pete Molinari. "That's a good thing. You have to let things unfold."

WATCH: This Kid Can Sing The Blues

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Comedy

Two-year-old Luca here can't really talk properly yet - but that doesn't stop him being a blues singer (and harmonica player) of some talent. Like fat...

Miss The Midnight Barbers at Your Peril

Robyn Strachan | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robyn Strachan

Two-piece The Midnight Barbers are loud. Self-assuredly, gleefully loud; the kind of sonic expansiveness that can bring a room of people to shocked attention.

I Don't Know if I'd Be Here if Not for Music

Judith Owen | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Judith Owen

I have very few "happy" family memories. The ones I do revolve around music and road trips with us all singing along to the likes of James Taylor. So when my dad passed away in 2012, I decided to make fantasy a reality and work with the same consummate players who played on those records.

The Best Music to Lose Your Job To

Grant Feller | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Grant Feller

A year ago I lost my job, felt sorry for myself for 48 hours and then got back on the bus and started my own phenomenally successful (almost) media consultancy. My latest playlist selection was, I thought, entirely random. But today I realised it's not - it's all about me. Or at least me and work - losing, winning and everything in between.

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Cat Williams | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

During February we can often feel low, the weather is dreadful and Spring might feel a long way away. What is the secret of feeling calmer and happier despite the trials of this time of year?

Sexual Ealing: Was Rock Music Born in London W5?

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

What's the most important music venue or historic location in London? The pedestrian crossing used by the Beatles in Abbey Road? Or maybe The Sex Pist...

Little Barrie: An Unholy Trinity of Rock in Camden Town

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

As The Beatles' 'Tomorrow Never Knows' fades out over the PA, the feedback groan of Barrie Cadogan's Gibson splits the air, a white umbilical guitar lead coiling obscenely into the amp. Five minutes into the gig and the band has put a grip on a crowd who twist with delight in the dark womb of the club.

Foy Vance: The Soul of a Man

Jason Holmes | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Foy Vance stands out back in the yard of the Islington Assembly Halls and rolls a cigarette. It's two hours before showtime and he's in a ruminative mood. 'When I was a kid, singing was second nature to me,' he says, as we clink bottle necks

The Charity Busk: The Orange Circus Band

Lydia Hughes | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lydia Hughes

THE BUSK is a music platform. It showcases music videos and profiles fresh, new talent. If you want to listen to sound played from the streets, you'...

The Hypnotic Eye: Under Their Spell

Jason Holmes | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The Hypnotic Eye make a photogenic combo, which may explain the evening's presence of several photographers who are eager to capture a band who look as if they've stepped straight out of the London of 1968.

The Cult of Clutch - Live Review

Amy Freeborn | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Amy Freeborn

Clutch are a special band. Their mix of blues-inspired hard-rock is so addictive, so groove-laden, that the room didn't stop moving all night.

Interview: A Conversation With Ed Jones

Clara Cullen | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Sounding like a young John Mayer with hints of Adam Levine, Ed Jones' debut album Going Places is a confident and brash affair. Effortlessly blending ...

Time for Revolution: Bibelots Join Emerging Icons and Dave Davies in the Campaign for Original British Music

Kat Jackman | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Your Sex Pistols and your Joe Strummers got things right, but these days it can be hard to come by a tune to entertain your brain as well as the temptation to dance.

Away from the Mainstream: Meet the Oxbow Lake Band

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

'We're a gigging band in Scotland,' Andy Clucas tells me. 'We started as an acoustic band back in the winter of 2007, and a lot of people told us we had a Dexys [Midnight Runners] sound, probably because our sound is...eclectic.'

Music From an Old Country

Tim Cumming | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Tim Cumming

When Dylan's Time out of Mind came out in 1997 you could tell it had a different kind of electricity; lightning bolts instead of dim bulbs. Such a turnaround in creative endeavour was a long time in coming, but you knew it would come.

Inspired By Olympics?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

There will be few people today who aren't going to miss the feel-good factor of the Games. If you weren't moved to tears by the achievements of med...

Ode To Michael Bloomfield: Review of Blues At The Fillmore 1968 - 1969

Benjamin Lazarus | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK
Benjamin Lazarus

History however is a cruel mistress, and occasionally people get lost in her vaults, ceasing to be recognised for their immeasurable impact and contribution to a particular field. Certainly in the case of modern day music, Michael Bloomfield is the epitome of this, and today his profound influence remains unknown and untold.

Jasmine Kara, the New Blues Sound

Jason Holmes | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

On a March evening in London's West End as a bitter wind swept through emptying streets, a coterie of men and women convened at the Borderline Club in the shadow of Foyles bookshop to pay respect to a burgeoning musical talent from Sweden.

Appreciate the Living Before It's Too Late!

Kamran Assadi | Posted 28.03.2012 | Home
Kamran Assadi

I encounter truly remarkable people in my life on a daily basis, people that inspire me with their values, morals and beliefs. People who always go the extra mile in everything they do, good people. These people are the ones I really appreciate, yet will they ever get the plaudits they deserve?