Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1101

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BRINGING YOU THE STORIES BEHIND MUSIC + ESSENTIAL NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS

Editorial STUFF

In our end of year/ushering in 2022 issue, we bring you plenty of ‘best of’ charts, artists, tracks, albums and events which stood head and shoulders above the rest. And if that wasn’t enough, we also deliver our predictions for the year ahead. Our cover artist for this issue is immensely talented, AHI. We catch up with sublimely talented soul/r&b star Rahsaan Patterson. We also bring you interviews with not one but two elite DJs, DJ Huck Finn and ex-B&S staffer and DJ’ing lege Pete Tong. Kickstarting a brand new recurring feature, B&S’ Claire Tyler interviews Pete’s daughter Becky Tong and last, but by no means least, we interview renowned Texas-based genetic scientist (yes, you heard right) turned Southern rock and county soul singer/songwriter/keyboardist John Blangero A.K.A. Sun King Rising. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Live reviews include Wizkid at the O2 in Greenwich, The Average White Band at G Live in Guildford and Bugzy Malone at the Indigo @O2, billed as the artist’s last ever tour - we hope not... Charts include Bigger’s Best Of 2021 R&B Smoove Grooves. Stay bang up-to-date with what’s hot and trending in the worlds of soul, r&b and jazz-soul via the Hip List. There are hip-hop and rap bangers galore on the B&S Urban Hot Chart and Ben Lovett drops his 2021 Dance Top 5’s and continues to set the pace with his not to be missed Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart... Duncan Payne’s regular feature the B&S Years travels back to 2001 and highlights many US artists who were making their mark in the world of black music. The B&S Years also features the best artists/tracks, albums and B&S Poll Winners in 2001... Columns this issue include Bigger’s Smoove Grooves (r&b), Ralph Tee’s Modern Soul Sessions, Richard Searling’s Runout Groove (northern soul), Ben Lovett’s Grooveyard (dance), Frank Elson’s Checkin’ It Out @Blackburn Oldies all-dayer (northern soul). Lastly, don’t forget to check out our Soulful Social page, where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and listen to the latest B&S tracklists and charts via the Blues & Soul profile on Spotify. Let us know what you think of our efforts and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Till next time, Lee Tyler *Twitter @LeeTyler13 Spotify Profile: Blues & Soul #BlackLivesMatterB&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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Sam Teskey interview @bluesandsoul.com - Photo Kristian Laemmle-Ruff Sam Teskey interview @bluesandsoul.com - Photo Kristian Laemmle-Ruff Sam Teskey interview @bluesandsoul.com - Photo Kristian Laemmle-Ruff Sam Teskey interview @bluesandsoul.com - Photo Kristian Laemmle-Ruff

Sam Teskey: My Own Way

Lee Tyler talks to Teskey Brothers' Sam Teskey about his impressive debut solo album, "Cycles", an album which contains a heady mix of blues, rock, soul, folk with a psychedelic vibe mixed the Teskey way...

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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: 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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Chicago Beau : Rich Mix London 17/02/22

CB is a dab hand on the harp and it complements his high pitched vibrato singing voice. He mixed blues evergreens with originals and his ‘You Can’t Send Your Kids To School’ is tough both lyrically and musically.

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Blue Moka : Fill The Void

"Fill The Void" is the new single by Blue Moka, one of Italy’s most prominent Jazz quartets.

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Brooklyn Funk Essentials : Scream

It’s a sophisticated song too, with great chordal movement reminiscent of classic jazz funk.

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Rhythm Rhyme Revolution + Betty Steeles : SupaDupaStank

Rhythm Rhyme Revolution are back with another cracking 45 - sounding even more seasoned than the trilogy of exemplary albums that they have released. 

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Sugaray Rayford: In Too Deep (Forty Below Records)

Sugaray Rayford is a giant of a man with a heart to match, gladly accepts the maintenance of both beat and melody as his personal responsibility. Oh, and he wants you to dance too!

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Ciyo Brown : Can We Pretend

On the joyous sounding ‘Borderline’ the bouncy drums and piano, swirl together perfectly beneath his voice on this excellent track

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Ulrich Ellison: Power Of Soul - A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Former MD for Jose Feliciano, guitarist Ulrich Ellison, produces a stunning tribute to his all-time hero Jimi Hendrix. With no stone unturned, this finds this itinerant troubadour on top form...

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