Happy 45th, Jefferson!

Sweden’s top bluesmagazine, Jefferson, celebrates their 45th birthday this year. The celebration will be marked with a massive concert at the Debaser Slussen venue in Stockholm, Wednesday September 25th. The line-up contains the very best of Swedish blues, from veteran Roffe Wikström to Lisa Lystam. Other artists include the blues-king Sven Zetterberg, soul singer Marino Valle, Emil Arvidsson, guitarist Mr. Bo, harpman Thomas Grahn, recently reunited Baba Blues, Sharpnotes and Slidin’ Slim. In the houseband of the night Thomas Hammarlund (Blue Hammer, Roffe Wickström) plays guitar. There will also be a guest appearance by Knock Out Greg.

Jefferson Blues Magazine is the oldest blues mag of the world. These days it is published quarterly, with about 70 pages. It has been in the elite of blues magazines for decades. Since the first issue there has been a fine blend between national and international material, exclusive interviews, reviews of concerts, books and records. The magazine has also focused heavily on presenting ‘Southern soul’, which they consider the most important of the black blues culture today.

Jefferson is being published by the non-profit organization Scandinavian Blues Association, with Anders Lillesunde as editor. Photographers Erik Lindahl and Hans Ekestang have both gained international recognition through their work for the magazine.

Earlier this year a massive jubilee edition was released. This edition included a reprint of the very first issue, dating back to May 1968. Back then the magazine was sold for 2 Swedish Kroner, and was printed in format A5. The first issue had features on John Mayall and BB King, plus obituaries on Little Walter and JB Lenoir, both of whom had recently passed.

In 2008, Jefferson was the recipient of the prestigious Keeping The Blues Alive Award, from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN, USA. This is the same award that Bluesnews received last year.

We congratulate Jefferson on the jubilee, and a priceless effort to promote blues in Scandinavia through 45 years!

For more info, check: www.jeffersonbluesmag.com

By Rune Endal.