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28th July 2014
Posted by Ashwyn Smyth

This Wednesday sees the 250th edition of Digital Blues on Gateway 97.8 being broadcast and I am celebrating!

But first I remember one of my favourite artists of all time, the late JJ Cale and then I look forward to this weekend’s Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival with tracks from Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, David Migden & The Twisted Roots, The Elevators, Goldie Reed, Red Butler and the Spikedrivers. In the gig guide there are tracks from the Nigel Bagge Band and Ian Siegal & the Mississippi Mudbloods.

Then, in a bit of self indulgence, I have tracks from some more of my favourite CDs, most of which were received recently from Ruthie Foster, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Rob Herron & the Tea Pad Orchestra, Hugh Laurie (vox Gaby Moreno), Beth Hart, Janiva Magness, Cathy Lemons, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, The Bluemasters feat Hazel Miller, Jerimiah Marques, No Sinner, Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Raoul & the Big Time with Curtis Salgado.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed playing the tracks!

Listen in between 21.00 & 23.00 p.m. UK time Wednesday by tuning your radio to 97.8fm in Basildon, East Thurrock and surrounds or by clicking on the Listen Live button in the web site header at and/or at

Digital Blues on Gateway 97.8 – Wednesday 30th July 2014 between 21.00 & 23.00 UK time repeated on Sunday between 20.00 & 22.00 UK time.

A podcast of the show will be available from 22.00 Sunday on i-tunes  and on PodOmatic at

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