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 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.