Robben Ford To Produce Future of the Blues Winner

The Future Of The Blues Competition — organised by The Blues Magazine in partnership with the Mascot Label Group and Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Lobstershack restaurants — will uncover the unsigned blues talent to carry the flag for the scene.

As part of the package, the winner will perform at the live blues music staple, The Big Easy in London’s Covent Garden, and receive exposure within the pages of The Blues Magazine.

And it has been announced that the winner of the Future of the Blues competition will be produced by jazz and blues rock legend Robben Ford.

The final will take place on Wednesday 22nd April at The Big Easy Restaurant in Chelsea.

We had a listen to the contenders:

1: Henry’s Funeral Shoe
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Whose ‘Janice The Stripper’ is filled with golden jangling.

This is unabridged, swaggering. peacock-powered blues with plenty of preening riffage.


2: Kaz Hawkins
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Whose ‘Walkin On My Own’ from last year’s debut album has hearty, big and comfortable sloe-plum vocals.

This has rich accompaniments and precise, evenly textured rhythms.


3: Matthew Douglas
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Whose recent ‘Adoring Fool’ is sparkling in it’s efficiency and acidic in quality.

This is full of shaking excitement and hot & bluesy smokehouse vocals.


4: Charlotte Marshall & The 45s
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Whose recent slow-moving and eloquently seductive ‘The Sky Is Crying’ showcases Charlotte’s crimson and violet vocals.

This seems steeped in royalty, magic and mystery.


5: The Black Circles
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Whose new EP ‘From The Top’ is full of dark sludgy blues and muddy vocals …

This is good honest hard-working blues with dirty hands, mucky face and a pure heart.


Words: @neilmach 2015 ©



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