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Guitarist Presents: Blues

Guitarist Presents: Blues

A new quarterly from the makers of Guitarist, Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques. Every issue we’ll bring you the best new, established and classic artists, get up close with their gear, and show you how to play like them, too... 50th Anniversary Special: Jimi Hendrix and Blues '67, the History of Chess Records, Tweed Amp Buyer's Guide, BB King, The history of the ES-335 and more!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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For the first issue of Blues we wanted to start as we mean to go on, with a really special line-up for you, one that reflects the past, present and future.But as we were putting it together we came to appreciate how much the values of the blues keep echoing through history; they inspire each new generation to carry them forwards while adding their own voices to its rich and potent mix.As Ed Mitchell examines the truth and legacy of Robert Johnson and the delta blues (p44), it wasn’t until the 60s when a group of young British blues fanatics would finally begin to give his music and the incredible work of the delta blues musicians of the 1920s and 30s serious recognition.Which brings us to a young Eric Clapton…

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in the making

Over his long career, BB King played many prison shows for inmates in the US, and recorded a few of the performances for release including the classic 1971 Live In Cook County Jail album. It was clearly something that was important to him; “People quite often tease me about going to prisons to play my kind of music,” he told NBC in 1990. “They joke about a captive audience. I’ve never been in trouble myself but I think it could just as easily been BB King [in there] instead of BB King going out there to play.” ■…

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blues radar

British lap steel supremo Martin Harley will perform The Great British Rock & Blues Festival 20-23 JanuaryButlins Resort, Skegness, LincolnshireButlins’ live music weekends now cater for a range of tastes at three of its flagship resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. And because everything is onsite and indoors, nobody has to rely on the great British sunshine with comfort guaranteed. Indeed, The Great British Rock & Blues Festival could be just the cure for your post-Christmas malaise with a line-up showcasing some superb blues talent performing. Nine Below Zero, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Paul Jones & Dave Kelly, Martin Harley (pictured), Popa Chubby, Eric Sardinas and Top Topham’s Early Yardbirds are just some of the potential highlights through the weekend.www.bigweekends.com Clutch 15-18 DecemberLondon, Bimingham, Cardiff & ManchesterThe blues-infused Maryland rockers…

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twelve-bar news

Mick Taylor performing at An Evening For Jack (© Will Ireland) Atribute night for late Cream bassist Jack Bruce took place at Shepherds Bush Empire on 25 October with a host of players including former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor taking the stage, plus a rare appearance by Bruce’s Cream bandmate Ginger Baker. The drum legend played a short performance at An Evening For Jack and made a speech where he talked about his late friend and apologised for not being able to play longer due to ill health. Lulu even took the stage for a rendition of Sunshine Of Your Love. Alas, there was no surprise Eric Clapton appearance, Slowhand fans will have to wait until his May Albert Hall shows.John Mayer was reunited with his Trio rhythm section Steve…

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the wishlist

Supro 1695T Black Magick £1,1991. The amp features two inputs: channels one and two with a parallel link, and channel two on its own. The first option provides access to the most gain and breakup. Both channels share a single tone control2. The Black Magick echoes the cool looks of Jimmy’s modified ’59 Coronado, although with its black-and-white rhino Tolex hide, it’s in significantly better nick than his battered and bruised original3. The Black Magick is built to the same dimensions as the 1959 Supro Coronado that Jimmy Page had modified. The original amp was loaded with a pair of 10-inch speakers; the Black Magick is spec’d with a specially voiced single 12-inch itemJimmy Page, whose fascination with Aleister Crowley is the stuff of Zep folklore, is the inspiration…

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the spotlight

(© Charles Daughtry)SIMOElvis-obsessed journeyman packs up his signature Gibson ES-335 and heads this way…It may seem clichéd to say that JD Simo doesn’t just love the musician’s life, he lives it, but sometimes even the most tired of tired old tropes ring true.After all, by the age of 10 he was out gigging and by 15 had become familiar with the inside of many a recording studio.“I left home at 15 and I’ve never had a normal job, I’ve only ever played guitar,” says the Chicago-born bluesman. “That isn’t to say that there weren’t times that I was on the poverty line but somehow I’ve always made it through. Whenever I’ve been backed into a corner I’ve been able to make my way out.”His biggest challenge, however, came at 20…