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Issue 1066

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In this hard to beat online issue of Blues & Soul Magazine, we bring you soul of the past and funk of the future mixed up in the appealing guise of our supremely talented header / cover stars Fitz And The Tantrums. With infectious tunes and a killer look, we feel world domination can be but a track or two away - so mark our words, watch this spaceâ€Â¦ Also for your delectation this issue; Aloe Blacc shows why he's THE man, August Alsina gives 'Testimony' to a life in rap, Ledisi is all a glow, D'Banj uncovers a new twist, DJ Cassidy is in the mix, Michael McDonald keeps star company, Ziggy Marley talks inspiration, Clean Bandit are right where they want to be, Down To The Bone cut to the chase, Robin McKelle channels a spirit and we stop by for a bit R&R with our star in the making Raleigh Ritchieâ€Â¦We top that with live reviews from Shortee Blitz @Blackstar, Frank Elson @Soulsville and Richard Searling @Prestatyn Weekender. PLUS the fore mentioned gentlemen take to their respective genres via their columns, along with the equally sublime talents of; Snowboy, Bigger, Ben Lovett, Simon Redley and Ralph Tee. Who all keep you up to speed on what is happening in the scenes you love. Job done! Don't forget you can find us on Twitter @BluesandSoul and Facebook Blues And-Soulâ€Â¦Till next time! Lee Tyler (Editor)B&S

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The O'Jays @bluesandsoul.com The O'Jays @bluesandsoul.com The O'Jays @bluesandsoul.com The O'Jays @bluesandsoul.com

The O'Jays to perform 2 shows in September

It's been 20 years since the O'Jays last performed in the UK, but this September they are back to play two 50th anniversary shows at London's IndigO2 at the O2, full detailsâ€Â¦

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Fitz and the Tantrums @bluesandsoul.com Fitz and the Tantrums @bluesandsoul.com Fitz and the Tantrums @bluesandsoul.com Fitz and the Tantrums @bluesandsoul.com

Fitz and The Tantrums: Feelin' Pretty Fly!

Pete Lewis interviews Fitz and The Tantrums co-lead vocalists Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, as the eclectic LA-based soul/pop sextet release their second album “More Than Just A Dream”

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Aloe Blacc @bluesandsoul.com Aloe Blacc @bluesandsoul.com Aloe Blacc @bluesandsoul.com Aloe Blacc @bluesandsoul.com

Aloe Blacc: The Ideas Man

We join B&S Editor Lee Tyler as he talks to Aloe Blacc about the creative process behind the new album "Lift Your Spirits", single "The Man", his recent global dance smash "Wake Me Up" and his unfurling role as politi

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August Alsina @bluesandsoul.com August Alsina @bluesandsoul.com August Alsina @bluesandsoul.com August Alsina @bluesandsoul.com

August Alsina: Hotter Than July

Pete Lewis meets 21-year-old New Orleans born-and-raised R&B singer/songwriter August Alsina, who discusses his new debut album “Testimony” and its party-flavoured single “NumbӉ€Â¦

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DJ Cassidy @bluesandsoul.com DJ Cassidy @bluesandsoul.com DJ Cassidy @bluesandsoul.com DJ Cassidy @bluesandsoul.com

DJ Cassidy: DJ by design

Pete Lewis meets DJ-to-the-stars DJ Cassidy to discuss his forthcoming debut album “Paradise Royale” and its Robin Thicke/Jessie J-featuring single “Calling All HeartsӉ€Â¦

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Lonnie Liston Smith photo copyright: Simon Redley Lonnie Liston Smith photo copyright: Simon Redley Lonnie Liston Smith photo copyright: Simon Redley Lonnie Liston Smith photo copyright: Simon Redley

Lonnie Liston Smith: Peace, love and all that jazz

Lonnie Liston Smith has just about done it all. He is a pioneer of jazz funk fusion, loved by the UK’s acid jazz scene of the 70s, and his music sampled by the likes of Jay Z and Mary J Blige in recent years.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd @bluesandsoul.com Kenny Wayne Shepherd @bluesandsoul.com Kenny Wayne Shepherd photo by Greg Logan. Kenny Wayne Shepherd CD cover pic.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Is Goin' Home

Five-time Grammy nominated US blues star Kenny Wayne Shepherd is in the UK for two shows, at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and his own headliner in London, to promote his brand new album, "Goin’ Home.”

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Stuart Wade - Down To The Bone @bluesandsoul.com Down To The Bone @bluesandsoul.com Down To The Bone @bluesandsoul.com Down To The Bone Dig It CD cover pic

Down To The Bone - Diggin' It

Down To The Bone, one of the UK’s finest jazz groove bands and one of the most successful jazz exports to the US, celebrate their 10th album release with the superb new album “Dig It.”..

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Dexys' Kevin Rowland Credit: The Queens Hall Edinburgh @bluesandsoul.com Dexys' Kevin Rowland Credit:The Queens Hall Edinburgh @bluesandsoul.com Dexys' Kevin Rowland and Pete Williams @bluesandsoul.com Dexys' Kevin Rowland & Pete Williams - Photo credit: The Queen's Hall Edinburgh

Kevin Rowland: Cleared For Take Off

Simon Redley goes 12 rounds with Dexys front man Kevin Rowland, to hear all about the latest album, "One Day I'm Going To Soar," and plans for the band's Glastonbury debutâ€Â¦

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Glastonbury @bluesandsoul.com Lianne La Havas: Glastonbury 2013 @bluesandsoul.com Bobby Womack: Glastonbury 2013 @bluesandsoul.com Nile Rodgers & Chic: Glastonbury 2013 @bluesandsoul.com

Steve Symons: Fully booked

Emrys Baird managed to catch up with Steve Symons, booker for the mother of all festivals, Glastonbury, for a quick chat to get us in the mood and gain insight into what kind of summer revelry we can expect this yearâ€Â¦

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The Soul Immigrants: Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London 2/5/14 @bluesandsoul.com The Soul Immigrants: Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London 2/5/14 @bluesandsoul.com Robert Elms' Soul Friday: Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London 2/5/14 @bluesandsoul.com The Soul Immigrants: Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London 2/5/14 @bluesandsoul.com

The Soul Immigrants @Robert Elms' Soul Friday: Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London 2/5/14

Robert Elms' Soul Friday got off to another cracking start with the smoovely swaggernificent Soul Immigrants, who came armed with a plentiful supply of Brit verve, in fact not unlike the host of the evening!

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Robert Cray May 2014. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Robert Cray May 2014. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Robert Cray May 2014. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Robert Cray May 2014. Photo copyright: Simon Redley

The Robert Cray Band: Birmingham Town Hall 5/5/14

Five time Grammy winner and 15 time nominee Robert Cray called in to Birmingham on his 40th anniversary European Tour, for a blisteringly soulful show according to Simon Redley....

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Yolanda Charles: Hippodrome, London 9/5/14 @bluesandsoul.com Yolanda Charles: Hippodrome, London 9/5/14 @bluesandsoul.com Yolanda Charles: Hippodrome, London 9/5/14 @bluesandsoul.com Holly Petrie: Hippodrome, London 9/5/14 @bluesandsoul.com

Yolanda Charles Project Funk, The Get Up, Brother Strut + Jay Phelps: The Hippodrome London 9/5/2014

Yolanda Charles is your archetypal journeyman (journey girl? No that sounds ridiculous!) suffice to say there are no words to describe her phenomenal talentâ€Â¦

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UB40 @ Uttoxeter. Photo copyright: Simon Redley UB40 @ Uttoxeter. Photo copyright: Simon Redley UB40 @ Uttoxeter. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Duncan Campbell (UB40) @ Uttoxeter. Photo copyright: Simon Redley.

UB40: Uttoxeter Racecourse, UK 17/5/2014

The hottest and sunniest day of the year so far. Thousands of punters flock to the races in the middle of the Staffordshire countryside - for reggae and racing.

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