Legends of the British Blues

Great news, blues fans!

Legends of the Blues has gone into a second printing. I used this opportunity to make a few corrections to the book (mostly birth and death dates).

My next blues book is Legends of the British Blues. I don’t have a publication date yet for that baby — but if you just can’t wait to see what I do with the Brits, then get a subscription to The Blues Magazine, a gorgeous music periodical out of the UK. The Blues Magazine is serializing Legends of the British Blues. The first entry is Chris Barber in the (current) February 2016 issue (#28). Chris is Ground Zero for the British blues. He’s the guy who first brought American blues musicians like Muddy Waters and Big Bill Broonzy to the UK shores. The Chris Barber Band backed some of them, history was made, and a young audience consisting of the future members of Cream, the Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann and the Yardbirds were inspired.

I have more space in The Blues Magazine, so my bios are longer and my portraits are bigger. I’ll be focusing on a different British blues musician every issue. Check it out!

One Response to “Legends of the British Blues”

  1. Jim Latimer says:

    Bill,
    I look forward to the second volume of your amazing series. Will Long John Baldry and Tom Jones be included? While not considered a blues artist in his early career, Jones has released three phenomenal , as you are aware, blues albums within the last few years. Many tracks are just breathtaking in their earnestness and execution. Baldry had the pipes of of an old time delta bluesman. Amazing how the British can tap into that primal American music form.

    Jim

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