TeamRock Radio’s 21st Century Blues

Big Boy Bloater has put together an hour-long documentary for TeamRock Radio which investigates the blues scene.

Produced by Pete Bailey, 21st Century Blues is available on demand now at

In the show, Big Boy Bloater takes an inside look at the blues scene today, how it got here, and why it’s still relevant. The documentary features interviews from John Mayall, Jimmy Thomas and Mud Morganfield – the sons of Muddy Waters.

There are also appearances from the new breed of players like Joe Bonamassa, Marcus Bonfanti and Joanne Shaw Taylor – as well as a host of other stars form the blues world.

The documentary is a reflection of where the blues is at today, it’s potential future, and why, after 100 years, people keep coming back to it.

TeamRock’s head of radio, Moose, says: “What is fascinating about 21st Century Blues is how it relates to the story of rock as a whole. To hear the artists perspective as they seek an audience for the music they love through times thick and thin is not only telling but foreboding.

“Rock stems from the blues and all genres would do well to take heed of the example of the level of passion and perseverance required to endure.”

Ed Mitchell

Ed Mitchell was the Editor of The Blues Magazine from 2012-16, and a contributor to Classic Rock and Louder. He died in October 2022, aged 52. A one-time Reviews Editor on Total Guitar magazine from 2003, his guitar-modding column, Ed’s Shed, appeared in print on both sides of the Atlantic (in both Total Guitar and Guitar World magazines), and he wrote stories for Classic Rock and Guitarist. Between them, the websites Louder, MusicRadar and Guitar World host over 400 of his articles – among them interviews with Billy Gibbons, Paul Weller, Brian Setzer, profiles on Roy Buchanan, Duane Allman and Peter Green, a joint interview with Jimmy Page and Jack White, and dozens of guitar reviews – and that’s just the ones that made it online.