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24th July 2013
Posted by Ashwyn Smyth

The British Blues Awards nominated Digital Blues on Gateway 97.8 this week is the usual eclectic mix with gig news and previews, birthday greetings, some new releases and I remember an old friend.

There are tracks from The New Groove, Peter Novelli, Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys, Rachelle Plas, Shemekia Copeland, Kat & Co feat. Lil Jimmy Reed & Chad Strentz, Dana Fuchs, Trampled Under Foot, Matt Baxter & Jake Sampson, Mr Black & Blues, Cherry Lee Mewis & Max Milligan, the Fran McGillivray Band, Danny Kyle, Jack Blackman, Dawn Tyler-Watson & Paul Deslauriers, Marshall Lawrence, Little Mike & the Tornadoes, Roadhouse, Groove-A-Matics, Aynsley Lister (IBBA Album of the Month), and Nick Cohen.

I remember Ray Bartrip who died three years ago last Sunday and Amy Winehouse who died on July 23rd 2011. There is also a slice of birthday cake for Tony Joe White whilst in the gig guide there is a great track from Tim Aces & Wolfpack.

It may still be warm but that is such a cool mix!

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 24th July 2013 between 21.00 & 23.00 UK time repeated on Sunday 28th July 2013 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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