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There is one thing that shines through when you meet Stone Foundation’s lead singer and that is his undying love for the music that this band from the Midlands are producing at this point in their career.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:27

The Story of the Sonny Boy Williamson's on ZANI

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John Lee Curtis (Sonny Boy) Williamson was born near Jackson, Tennessee in 1914. He played the harmonica starting with country blues before developing a unique urban blues. Singularly he developed the harmonica as a lead instrument influencing a large number of blues harmonica performers, including Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells, Sonny Terry, Little Walter, and Snooky Pryor among many others.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:17

The Last Train to Ska

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I can’t say for certain when I developed my love of Ska music. There was no defining moment when I heard “Willow Tree” by Alton Ellis and my world was turned on its head. My coming of age was in the dark and distant nineties, a world of MDMA fuelled warehouse parties and the guitar bands of Manchester.

John Henry Hammond II (Born Manhattan, New York City, December 15, 1910 - Died Manhattan, New York City, July 10, 1987) was an American talent scout and producer, whose achievements in the record business will never be surpassed. As well as producing several significant American musical icons, he was a civil rights activist, a music critic, a philanthropist, and had a career that spanned six decades. His name is synonymous with Columbia Records (now Sony Records), and with artists from Billie Holliday to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Monday, 24 September 2018 09:35

The Sound of 2018 – An Autumn Playlist

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At the time of writing, this playlist was dedicated to the best new album and EP releases of the first three months of 2018, January to March. Since then there’s been a raft of other great musical discoveries wafting through the door like an aromatic winter draft, but sadly it’s all going to have to go in the reject bin for now until June has passed, after which I may well attempt an April to June list. For now though, you’ll have to make do with this. 

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