The response Red Hot Rock Magazine received from our recent blues spectacular was so overwhelmingly positive that we decided we needed to continue giving our loyal readers the blues. Who better to accomplish that feat with a wink, a smile and a twist than the legendary Bobby Rush. Fresh off his very first Grammy award victory and with the imminent release of the brand new album Sitting On Top Of The Blues, Red Hot Rock Magazine spent some time with the ever-energetic octogenarian for a conversation filled with funky fun, thinly disguised double-entendres and innumerable references to the appropriate amount of meat on a woman’s bones (a lot), a very important topic indeed. Fascinating talk was also had with fellow Grammy winner and contemporary bluesman Fantastic Negrito about his original take on the genre and the incredible life lived enabling him to create such works of depth and diversity. Canadian Crystal Shawanda opens up about her change of direction from rising country music star to a life living the blues, as well as surviving in the music industry while embracing her Native American heritage. We pick Doyle Bramhall II’s well-developed brain, discussing his most recent album and the various luminaries such as BB King, Eric Clapton and Norah Jones with whom he has collaborated. Phenomenal piano prodigy Bruce Katz is coaxed to converse about his recent releases, as well as his stint teaching at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and his time spent with The Allman Brothers Band, Big Mama Thornton and Little Milton. For good measure, we also throw in some classic rock as we speak to Garry Peterson, original, present and future drummer for The Guess Who. Additionally included in this issue of Red Hot Rock Magazine are reviews of a bunch of really cool reissued albums, compilations, box sets, books and DVDs that you might have missed while going about your lives.

Until Next Time… Enjoy!

Richard Adam Kern