The Blues Magazine issue 26 out now

The latest issue of The Blues Magazine is on sale now.

Van Morrison is the cover star of issue 26, where, in an exclusive and rare interview, he reflects on his life and career and how he started the blues scene in Belfast.

The magazine also lists the best 50 albums of the year, super-producer Mike Vernon opens his archives, and Songhoy Blues talk about how they fled civil war in their hometown in Mali and how they’ve managed to reach international audiences.

There are also interviews with Tom Jones, Chris Rea, Leslie West and The Zombies, while regular features include a Call & Response with PP Arnold, an Under The Influence with Jona Lewie and Nine Below Zero’s Dennis Greaves in First Time I Met The Blues.

The cover CD features a selection of 15 of the best blues cuts from 2015, including tracks by Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Sonny Landreth, King King, Samantha Fish, Beth Hart and Robert Kray.

The latest issue can be purchased and is available via TeamRock+.

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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.