Lenny Henry talks to Steve Ajao

News

In Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, a three-part series broadcast this month on Sky Arts, Lenny Henry asks why there are so few black British blues singers. Also, why has no black British blues singer achieved international fame? Henry interviews both famous blues stars and unsung musicians playing their local circuits.

Riding the volume knob

Gear

There are many ways to change your guitar’s volume or tone in live situations to create dynamics. Simmering through breakdowns, dialling down behind a vocal, cranking up for a solo, chorus or outro – all require control. Overdrive and boost pedals, or switching amp channels, are both options. Combining the two offers even more scope.

10 standout blues artists summer 2012

Playlists, Reviews

I’ve made a Spotify playlist of 10 blues tracks I’ve enjoyed listening to this summer:

  1. New Horizon by Royal Southern Brotherhood
  2. Saw My Mama Cryin by Walter Trout
  3. Jump That Train by Joanne Shaw Taylor
  4. Let Me In by Gráinne Duffy
  5. Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go by Joe Bonamassa
  6. Nickel Soul by WT Feaster Band
  7. Long Distance Lover by Cherry Lee Mewis
  8. What’s My Name by Henrik Freischlader
  9. Gotta Get Back Up by Laurence Jones
  10. Freedom at 21 by Jack White

Read on for a rundown of each artist and track.