Blues

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Moor Mother: Jazz Codes review – a stunning continuum of Black music
What started life as a poetry book has evolved into an ambitious anthropological project spanning jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more

Tayyab Amin

01, Jul, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Kelly Joe Phelps, blues and country musician, dies aged 62
Musician celebrated for slide guitar playing and soulful voice released a string of acclaimed albums between 1994 and 2012

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Jun, 2022 @11:36 AM

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Johnny Depp to release album with Jeff Beck
Joint-project will be released in July, says guitarist who has toured with Depp during the denouement of high-profile defamation trial

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Jun, 2022 @9:44 AM

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Don Craine obituary
Other lives: Singer and guitarist with the English R&B and blues-based rock band the Downliners Sect, which he formed in the 1960s

Niall O'Donnell

31, May, 2022 @1:49 PM

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On my radar: Eva Rothschild’s cultural highlights
The Irish artist on a thrilling Mexican novel, a lovable comedy about two Cork misfits, and some devastating Mississippi blues

Kathryn Bromwich

21, May, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘She told Martin Luther King: tell ’em about the dream!’ The eternal life of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson
Fifty years after her death, friends and fans including Al Sharpton assess the legacy of a singer who took gospel mainstream and became ‘as big as Beyoncé’

Stevie Chick

19, May, 2022 @1:05 PM

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Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: Carry Me Home review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
On poignant yet defiant recordings made in 2011 shortly before Helm’s death, Staples’ commanding vocals give enormous vibrancy to blues, folk and soul standards

Alexis Petridis

19, May, 2022 @10:15 AM

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‘People took so many drugs, they forgot they played on it’ – stars on Exile on Main St, the Rolling Stones’ sprawling masterpiece
Recorded during several hedonistic months in a fabulous Cote d’Azur villa, Exile on Main St is seen as the Stones’ epic, creative peak. As the classic album turns 50, stars tell us how it got their rocks off

Interviews by Dave Simpson

09, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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‘The past is immaterial’: Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, reunited after 56 years
At 75 and 80 years old, the much-loved musicians have finally re-formed to pay tribute to their folk-blues heroes. They explain how old records taught them how to play – and how to live

Robin Denselow

25, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Flora Purim: If You Will review – a happy 80th birthday return
The first lady of Brazilian music is back with a celebratory album that keeps it in the family

Neil Spencer

16, Apr, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘I’m living for the ones who didn’t make it’: Bonnie Raitt on her unquenchable thirst for music
As she wins a lifetime achievement Grammy at 72, the US singer who crossed blues with pop is still determined to support artists who never got their dues

Kat Lister

01, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Divorce, illness, failure ... how musician Larry McCray beat his own blues
He wowed the blues scene with his holler – but bad decisions and worse luck sent him into a rut. Now, with a loving relationship and Joe Bonamassa championing him, he says he’s grabbing a second chance

Chris Lord

25, Mar, 2022 @8:00 AM

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