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Starring Stevie Ray Vaughan, the doomed Texan legend and biggest influence on contemporary electric blues…

On what would have been his 60th birthday, the new issue of The Blues magazine celebrates the enduring legacy of Texan guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Behind the incendiary Strat licks, and nods to the influence of Jimi Hendrix and Albert King, was a man struggling to contain his own demons. From 12 steps to In Step, those closest to Stevie document the final two years of the man’s life, an incredibly fruitful period which saw him battle addiction to cut his greatest album, reconcile with brother Jimmie, and secure his position as the biggest influence on modern blues.

This very special issue also features Get Your House A-Rockin’ a 12-track CD of rafter rattling blues from the likes of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall, Jarekus Singleton, and others, assembled in SRV’s honour.

Highlights include:

John Mayall

The British legend talks about his new album A Special Life and an unrelenting tour schedule: “I don’t feel any impact of age. I just keep on going.”

The story of Alive Naturalsound Records

Drugs. Masturbating drummers. A knife-wielding T-Model Ford. The Black Keys, Lonesome Shack, head honcho Patrick Boissel and others on the explosion of the most talked about record label on the modern scene.

Cuttin’ Heads: One song. Two great versions. Which is best? 

This time around Mose Allison and The Who slug it out over their versions of the classic anthem Young Man Blues. Legendary journalist Charles Shaar Murray is your referee. 

Coco Montoya 

“Being in the Bluesbreakers was like joining The Beatles for me!”  The veteran guitarist talks about learning blues from Albert Collins and a life on the road…  

Imelda May

The rockabilly queen picks the blues 45s that changed her life including cuts by Howlin’ Wolf, Ruth Brown, John Lee Hooker and Eddie Cochran. 

  Blues Pills

The fuzz-fuelled American/Swedish/French collective on their influences and self-titled debut album…

Thorbjørn Risager

Meet Denmark’s greatest export since sliced bacon.

Interviewed! THAT Steven Seagal, Well Hung Heart, Marcus Malone, George Ezra, Greyhounds, Pontus Snibb, St Paul And The Broken Bones, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Pete Molinari, soul singer John Németh and legendary Small Faces and Faces B3 pounder Ian McLagan.

Reviewed and rated! New CDs from Jack White, Imelda May, The Black Keys, Jarekus Singleton and more; reissues from the likes of Ike Turner, Led Zeppelin, Robin Trower and T-Bone Walker; DVDs from Little Feat, Eric Clapton and the hotly anticipated Walter Trout biography; plus our Ray Charles buyer’s guide. 


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