blues

Stone cold talent

Cazz Blase listens to Valerie June's debut studio album, Pushin' Against a Stone and finds a maturity and ease of style that suggests longevity ...

A cut above the rest

Although wishing at times for a more personal touch, Hayley Foster da Silva is impressed by the breadth of She Bop, the recently revised and updated third edition of Lucy O'Brien's history of women and the music industry, and is pleased to come away from the book with lots of new information ...

Dawn of a new talent

Melissa James's debut album Day Dawns moves through a diverse range of styles, including jazz, blues, torch singing and country. Helen G finds an understated gem from a singer with a voice able to carry all this off with assurance and maturity ...