Blues

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The Black Keys: Delta Kream review – stripped back simmering sounds
Returning to the simpler joys of their early records, the Ohio duo’s 10th album covers songs by the north Mississippi artists that continue to inspire them

Dave Simpson

14, May, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Van Morrison: Latest Record Project Volume 1 review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
The veteran bluesman loudly wakes up the sheeple with this boring and paranoid double album, reminiscent of a dinner party with a bitter divorcee

Alexis Petridis

06, May, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Witch Camp (Ghana): I've Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be review – magical sound of the marginalised
(Six Degrees)
Sung in little-spoken Ghanaian dialects, these haunting, spontaneous songs by women accused of witchcraft are unlike anything you have ever heard

Dorian Lynskey

13, Mar, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Chris Barber obituary
Jazz trombonist and bandleader whose eclectic tastes helped to shape the face of British popular music

John Fordham

03, Mar, 2021 @12:08 PM

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Chris Barber, British trad jazz bandleader, dies aged 90
Multi-instrumentalist helped forge the skiffle craze with Lonnie Donegan and recorded with Paul McCartney

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Mar, 2021 @5:05 PM

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Tash Sultana: ‘The kicks in the gut don’t hurt so much any more’
After surviving drug-related psychosis, the teenage busker-turned-overnight global sensation has found space in the pandemic to slow down

Janine Israel

17, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay review – a potent blues brew
This welcome reissue of the poet’s 1997 book about the ‘empress of the blues’ combines fact, personal memory and poetry to create an eloquent ‘herstory’

Kitty Empire

15, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Julia Stone, Middle Kids, Tash Sultana: Australia's best new music for February
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

04, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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John Mayall’s teenage obsessions: ‘I lived in a tree house until I got married’
As a huge box set of his work is released, the 87-year-old British bluesman reminisces about the thrill of discovering boogie-woogie piano and buying his first six-string in Japan

As told to Dave Simpson

29, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Celeste: 'Black women singing soul, blues and jazz aren't being heard in the mainstream'
She was supposed to be the sound of 2020 until the pandemic stalled her progress. But with a relationship giving her fresh perspective for her debut album, she’s made up for lost time

Christine Ochefu

28, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Branford Marsalis: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Soundtrack review – Chicago 1927 revisited
Marsalis’s film soundtrack is an impeccable recreation of Ma Rainey’s studio sessions

Dave Gelly

23, Jan, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Tony Rice obituary
Guitarist and singer who took bluegrass in new directions by experimenting with its traditional repertoire

Tony Russell

04, Jan, 2021 @11:11 AM

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