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R2/Rock'n'Reel

R2 is a music magazine published bi-monthly in the United Kingdom. It was launched in 1988 as Rock'n'Reel, changing its name to R2 in early 2009. It covers a broad base of music, from the mainstream to the fringes of roots, rock, folk, singer-songwriter, blues, world, country and beyond.

Joe Brown

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2007

WHATEVER YOU think you know about Joe Brown, forget it. ...

Al Kooper, Blood Sweat & Tears: Al Kooper: The Blood, The Sweat And The Tears

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, February 2007

"...ALMOST NO one alive has lived as much rock 'n' roll history as Mr. Kooper in his assorted lives as performer, producer, sideman, songwriter, author, ...

Travis: Interview

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, July 2007

"WHEN THE wrecking ball of success whacks you," reckons Fran Healy of Travis, "your life goes in fifty directions at once. We had to stop ...

Aimee Mann: Boxing Clever

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2007

AIMEE MANN reckons she could take Bob Dylan in a boxing bout. It would be a close run thing but age and height advantage would, ...

Suzanne Vega: Blue Notes

Profile and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2007

THE SONG 'Bound' on Suzanne Vega's quite brilliant new album, Beauty & Crime, finds her wondering "if you might still want me". ...

Joan Armatrading: Joan As Blueswoman

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2008

EARLIER THIS YEAR a new album by one of Britain's most enduring singer-songwriters debuted at the top of Billboard magazine's blues chart in the United ...

American Music Club: The Golden Age of American Music Club

Report and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, March 2008

MARK EITZEL sounds very chipper – not at all the lugubrious character that comes across in his songs. With the release of American Music Club's ...

Pop Staples, The Staple Singers: Freedom Song

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, May 2008

David Burke talks to the indefatigable Mavis Staples ...

Eric Andersen

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, June 2008

ONE THING Eric Anderson likes to make very clear is that he is not a folk singer. ...

Eels: E is for Eels

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, July 2008

MARK OLIVER EVERETT, alias E, alias Eels, is a respectful though reserved interviewee. ...

John Martyn

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, August 2008

All my life I've thought of you as Scottish but you were actually born in England weren't you? ...

John Hiatt: Tune-up: John Hiatt

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2008

JOHN HIATT WAS a complete fuck-up. The year was 1984 and his addiction to booze and cocaine induced what he referred to as "a semi-blackout ...

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: Dishing the Dirt: Isobel Campbell

Report and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, December 2008

ISOBEL CAMPBELL has just killed a bluebottle, a crime of muscacide for which she carries absolutely no remorse.  ...

Jackie Leven: Outside In

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2009

In a frank conversation, Jackie Leven recalls his difficult early years, his experience with heroin, and how he can come up with four albums a ...

The Handsome Family: Handsome is as Handsome does

Profile and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, August 2009

WHAT DO YOU GET when you cross the Platters with 19th century Romanticism? Why, the new album from the Handsome Family, of course. ...

Sinead O'Connor: Faith and Courage

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, September 2009

TRUTH WILL always out in the end. And the truth-sayers will be vindicated where once they were vilified. ...

David Gray: "I was ready to throw off the past"

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2009

YOU'D THINK having three number one UK albums and two that charted in the US top 20, not to mention the biggest selling Irish album ...

Laura Marling

Profile and Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2009

DESPITE ALL HER best efforts to stick a spike in the wheel of success, Laura Marling is fast-becoming the most talked-about young singer-songwriter of recent ...

Lyle Lovett

Retrospective and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2009

DAMN THAT Lyle Lovett, he sure is one elegant gent. While this R2 writer, in a Prada or Armani suit, would look plain guilty, Lovett ...

Rosanne Cash

Retrospective and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2009

THERE COMES A time in every young man or woman's life when dad mounts the pulpit and delivers a homily on the kind of music ...

Rodrigo y Gabriela: Natural Acoustics: Rodrigo y Gabriela

Report and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2010

YOU'D THINK a pair of former thrash-metal heads from Mexico City would have the kind of backstage rider that was a hedonistic Eden. Not a ...

Laura Veirs

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, March 2010

"I DON'T OWN MANY THINGS," Laura Veirs tells me. "I'm not a things person." ...

Eliza Carthy: Strange Folk

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, May 2010

WHEN Christian Koch wrote in The Guardian earlier this year that British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin was a big fan of "that most ...

The Black Keys: The Ongoing Adventures Of Two Complete Knuckleheads

Interview by Johnny Black, R2/Rock'n'Reel, July 2010

"WE DIDN'T KNOW what the hell we were doing," laughs the Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach, in a not entirely successful attempt to sum up ...

Corinne Bailey Rae : Corinne Bailey Rae: Faith, Hope And Charity

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, September 2010

NOT EVERY do-gooding celebrity is like Bono, you know. There are those among the nouveau riche who'd rather eschew the kind of attention the U2 ...

Steve Earle: Alive and Kicking: Steve Earle

Profile and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, May 2011

STEVE EARLE IS, as his fellow Americans are wont to say, in a good place. "I'm pretty happy. I've got a new little boy, a ...

Alison Krauss: Flight Plan

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, November 2011

IF I WERE TO tell you that Alison Krauss has won more Grammy Awards than any other female artist, and is third on the all-time ...

Gillian Welch: Air Miles: A Transatlantic Conversation with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

Report and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, Fall 2011

MOBILE PHONES, don't you just hate them? I know that to most of the Earth's populace they're as essential as a limb these days, but ...

Seasick Steve: Lucky Charm

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, July 2012

His is a remarkable success story but, Seasick Steve tells David Burke, he takes nothing for granted ...

Alabama Shakes: Shakin' All Over: Alabama Shakes

Profile and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, Summer 2012

They've already created more buzz than a swarm of angry bees and, good news, they're returning to the UK later this year. Brittany Howard of ...

Kris Kristofferson

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, September 2013

HUMILITY can be a deceptive character trait. Those who profess it are not always quite as humble as they seem. Like Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "He ...

Christy Moore

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, May 2014

LOOKING BACK often means you can no longer be arsed looking forward. That you'd much rather retrace your footprints on the road behind than make ...

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