Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1047

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Getting straight down to BLUES & SOUL ISSUE 1002 business... Top of the list, cover star James Morrison, who kicks interview proceedings off in style. We bring you a pair of icons in the shape of Percy Sledge and Larry Graham whilst maintaining the pace with a plethora of highly polished superstars of R&B, Soul and Jazz worlds, including; Keri Hilson, Eric Roberson, Maverick Sabre, Fitz & The Tantrums fDeluxe and Andrew Roachford. And if that wasn't enough, we also welcome the stars of tomorrow care of Bluey Robinson, Dionne Bromfield, Lack Of Afro, Ben Westbeech and Zara McFarlane. For something a little different, Editor Lee Tyler has a chat with the rather extraordinary artist Oscar Romp - a talent with no bounds who lives, breaths and DRAWS his passion... Our resident columnists are all on hand to share their thoughts; Jazz Gv'nor Snowboy delivers the latest happenings in the Jazz & satellite genres. Andy Davies gives you his opinions on what's happening at the moment under the modern soul umbrella. Ben Lovett proves why he's one of the most read house and dance writers on the planet. Frank Elson weighs in with his mighty "Checkin' It Out" Northern Soul masterpiece. Sharon Davis not only takes you back to October 2005 with "Back In The Day…", but looks forward to a Four Tops and The Temptations tour in Motown Tracking AND then looks back again (sorry if you're getting dizzy!?) at the life of song writing/singing legend Nick Ashford. Our competitions include tickets to Shalamar, Giants Of Rare Groove and a rather special Calvin Harris All Nighter + we also give you the chance to win a copy of triple album delight "Soul Lounge 8" ...All that AND we formally announce the inclusion of "BLUES" once more to our hallowed pages, I know; Free at last, free at last! ...More Blues news/views and interviews to follow soon. Till next month...B&S

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Matt Schofield (Photo: Simon Redley)

Matt Schofield UK tour news

Fresh from victory at the 2011 British Blues Awards, Matt is back with a 14-date UK tour. Kicking off on November 2 at the Stables, Milton Keynes, the venue founded by the late Sir Johnny Dankworth and his wife Dame Cleo Laine...

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James Morrison

James Morrison: So Addictive

Pete Lewis meets BRIT-Award-winning soulful singer/songwriter James Morrison, as he prepares to repeat the global success of his first two albums with his highly-anticipated new set "The Awakening"

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George Benson

George Benson: Guitar Hero

Pete Lewis hooks up with 10-time-Grammy-winning legendary soul and jazz vocalist/guitarist George Benson, who this month continues his already-trailblazing five-decade-plus career with a largely-instrumental new album "Guitar Man"...

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Keb Mo: New Man With Big Plans

Triple Grammy winner Keb Mo reveals he expected people to hate his new record? He speaks to Simon Redley about being dumped by Sony, and a new sound. Or is it?

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Percy Sledge: The Way God Planned it

Soul icon Percy Sledge – a living legend still packing out venues worldwide with his sweet, soul crooning. Simon Redley and Percy met up in his hotel suite for a very revealing chat...

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Lalah Hathaway

Lalah Hathaway: Family Soul

Pete Lewis interviews Grammy-nominated soul and jazz singer/songwriter Lalah Hathaway, as the eldest daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway this month releases her musically-varied fifth solo album "Where It All Begins"...

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Eric Roberson

Eric Roberson: The Erro effect

Pete Lewis reacquaints himself with Grammy-nominated independent soul singer/songwriter Eric Roberson. Whose new, eighth album ‘Mister Nice Guy’ precedes upcoming lives date in London, Birmingham and Manchester...

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Dionne Bromfield

Dionne Broomfield: Shooting Star

Pete Lewis interviews 15-year-old British soul singer/songwriter Dionne Bromfield. Whose current album ‘Good For The Soul’ marks her second release for her late mentor Amy Winehouse’s Lioness label...

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Andrew Roachford

Andrew Roachford: Soul Provider

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to ex-Roachford lead singer the now well traveled solo singer/musician/songwriter Andrew Roachford about his new album "Addictive," Bev Knight and err Gary Barlow's version of "Cuddly Toy"?

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Kenny Thomas

Kenny Thomas: Don't call it a comeback

After Pete Lewis' interview with multi-Platinum-selling London blue-eyed soul man Kenny Thomas, we have decided to add previously unreleased interview fodder from the man himself, enjoy!

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Zara McFarlane

Zara McFarlane: It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn… for UK jazz

Semper Azeez-Harris catches-up with UK Jazz world's bright young thing Zara McFarlane ahead of her London Jazz Festival date - with new album "Until Tomorrow" also being recently released, there's plenty to talk about...

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Making a triumphant return to our hallowed pages, Estelle Bingham brings us an interview with a group making a comeback after 25 years! fDeluxe, previously known as The Family, where the brainchild of Prince in 1985...

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Jim Diamond

Jim Diamond: Great Scott!

Pete Lewis speaks to Scottish singer/songwriter Jim Diamond, whose new classic-soul covers album "City Of Soul" aims to raise money for Sir Tom Hunter’s children’s charity Cash For Kids...

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Amina Bryant

Amina Bryant bringing the old school to the new school

There are many things that Amina Bryant does well and continues to do well. With the clarity of someone far older, Amina insured that she first studied to achieve some amazing results in Law before embarking on her musical career...

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