Listen: Episode 1414 Spiritual Side of the Blues 2014

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Full-Time Blues returns with our annual walk in the light of the Lord, and what better time than Easter week for a new exploration on the Spiritual Side of the Blues?! There are new original pieces rooted in the Gospel soil, a cautionary tale from Big Bill Morganfield, and covers of classic spiritual numbers once performed by men like Charley Patton and Blind Willie Johnson.

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a beautifully powerful new version of “Amazing Grace” by The Holmes Brothers. It comes off their brand new Alligator Records release Brotherhood. The album is available now, and you can find complete details on their official website, TheHolmesBrothers.com

Finally, have a blessed Easter week; and thank you for your support. – Johnny Full-Time

1. Joe Louis Walker – Keep the Faith – Hornet’s Nest
2. Big Bill Morganfield – Devil At my Door – Blues With A Mood
3. The Slide Brothers – Help Me Make It Through – Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers
4. Jim Suhler – All God’s Children Get the Blues Sometimes – Panther Burn
5. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Just A Closer Walk With Thee ft. Tiffany Lamson – St. Peter & 57th St.
6. Damon Fowler – I Shall Not Be Moved – Sounds Of Home
7. Steve Howell & the Mighty Men – Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – Yes, I Believe I Will
8. Jonny Lang – We Are The Same – Fight For My Soul
9. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Prayer of Death, Pt. 1 – Peyton On Patton
10. Anthony Gomes – Sinner’s Song – Before The Beginning
11. Eric Bibb – They Know – Jericho Road
12. Lemon Nash – What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukulele Maestro & Tent Show Troubadour
13. The Holmes Brothers – Amazing Grace – Brotherhood

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Full-Time Blues Radio returns to a diverse playlist of new & indie Blues styles, with a fresh crop of brand new arrivals. Things kick off with some North Mississippi Hill Country sounds, weave into a set of Live Blues Rock, and there’s some piano Blues and acoustic sounds along the way!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox,” this week, is “Bad Time Blues.” It’s performed by Mikey Junior, and it appears on his brand new album Traveling South.

Mikey Junior enlisted the help of Dave Gross to produce this album for 8th Train Music and Swing Nation Records. It is being distributed through the Vizz-Tone label group family; and I firmly believe that with the exposure it will gain through these partnerships, the music is so good on this album that it will launch Mikey Junior onto the world stage and establish him as one of the men at the forefront of his generation of performers.

You can watch the official music video for the album’s title cut below this week’s playlist, and you can find out much more information about Mikey Junior and the album Traveling South at his official website – MikeyJunior.com

1. Pork Chop Willie – Ain’t Nobody (Gonna Save My Soul) – Love Is The Devil
2. The Muggs – Leanin’ Blues – Full-Tilt
3. Joanne Shaw Taylor – Just Another Word – Songs From The Road
4. Mitch Laddie Band – Open Your Eyes (Take it Back) – Live In Concert
5. Terry Quiett Band – Get Back On – Taking Sides
6. Terry Davidson and The Gears – Deep in the Blues – Sonic Soul Sessions
7. Tom Jones – Traveling Shoes – Spirit In The Room
8. Wildcat O’Halloran Band – Drownin (Flu Bug) – Party Up In Heaven
9. Sweet Mama Cotton – One Lonely Year – Suh-Weet
10. Arthur Migliazza – Bourbon Street Parade – Laying It Down
11. Guy Davis – Saturday Blues – Juba Dance
12. Ari Frello – Never Lose Faith In You – A Simple Man Until The End
13. Mikey Junior – Bad Time Blues – Traveling South

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Sandi Thom hails originally from Scotland, but resides in Los Angeles with boyfriend Joe Bonamassa. She spent time signed with Sony, who released her first two full length albums under the RCA label. In 2009, Sandi walked away from the big label machine to form her own independent label, Guardian Angels Records, and began crafting music the way she felt was more true to herself. She has released three albums on her own, including her latest, 2013′s The Covers Collection. The album sees her interpreting artists and bands ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Nine Inch Nails.

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Johnny Full-Time is joined by Sandi Thom on the telephone for conversation and music on this week’s edition of Full-Time Blues Radio. The pair talk about Sandi’s do-it-yourself approach to making music, her passion for her fans, her upcoming world tour, and much, much more. Throughout the hour, there is music featured from all three of Sandi’s self released records. Make sure to check out the links to Sandi’s various websites, and catch the music videos posted below this week’s playlist for more music from Sandi Thom.
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1. Sandi Thom – Black Velvet – The Covers Collection
2. Sandi Thom – Stormy Weather – Flesh & Blood
3. Sandi Thom – Merchants & Thieves – Merchants & Thieves
4. Sandi Thom – Runaway Train – Merchants & Thieves
5. Sandi Thom – The Rain Song – The Covers Collection
6. Sandi Thom – Dream On – The Covers Collection
7. Sandi Thom – Big Ones Get Away ft Buffy Sainte-Marie – Flesh & Blood
8. Sandi Thom – This Ol’ World ft Joe Bonamassa – Merchants & Thieves


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Think about Robert Johnson recording some of the greatest Blues songs in history unaccompanied. Now, think about Son House and his amazing acapella version of “John the Revelator.” Some of the greatest examples of Blues music have been by individuals performing alone, whether with simply their voice, or as they play an instrument. That tradition continues today, with a new crop of standout solo performances.

This week on Full-Time Blues Radio, we’ll spend the hour enjoying solo Blues from a variety of artists. There’s solo instrumentals, individuals playing and singing, and even one man bands!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Canada.” The track comes off Eddie Martin’s upcoming album Blues Toof ME By The Hand Vol. 1: Acoustic Sessions. The album is a perfect fit for this edition of Full-Time Blues Radio, because it is a compilation of Eddie Martin’s best solo acoustic material from throughout his career. This album comes out April 7, 2014 on digital platforms, and a limited number of autographed hard copies are available directly through Eddie Martin’s official website.
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1. Little G Weevil – Let’s Talk It Over (Come Back Baby) – Moving
2. Mighty Orq – Me and the Devil – Soulful City
3. Pinetop Perkins – Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie – Heaven
4. Kirsten Thien – Hold Onto Me – Solo Live At The Meisenfrei Blues Club
5. Rory Block – Everybody Loves John – Avalon: A Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt
6. Poplar Jake – Pretty Peggy – From The Delta To The Docks
7. Blind Dog Gatewood – Frustration Blues – High Water
8. Tommy Keys – That’s What I Love About The Blues – Devil’s Den
9. Claude Hay – Don’t Forget – Deep Fried Satisfied
10. Ben Prestage – The Ballad of Ray and Ruby – One Crow Murder
11. Dani Dorchin – Build A Home – One Man Band
12. Eddie Martin – Canada – Blues Took Me By The Hand Vol. 1: Acoustic Sessions

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This week, Full-Time Blues Radio features a playlist filled with great music – the majority of which comes from newly arrived 2014 album releases. We ease into the show with Jim Suhler, and groove our way through the hour, taking opportunities to rock our Blues along the way.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox,” this week, is “I Lost My Way” from Matt Andersen. It comes off his 2014 release on True North Records titled Weightless. The album is available now in a variety of formats, including vinyl LP; and you can purchase it from all major retailers. Below this week’s playlist, you’ll find a video of Matt performing the song acoustic.

The music is great, but it is a departure from the more Blues based material he has performed in the past. Matt recently told CBC that while he believes there is a strong Blues influence to his music, he doesn’t necessarily believe that he is a Blues musician. Feel free to share your comment below and chime in on the topic. You can also find complete information, tour dates, and more on his official website StubbyFingers.ca

1. Jim Suhler – Texassippi – Panther Burn
2. Back Pack Jones – I Got a Girlfriend – Betsy’s Kitchen
3. Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters – He May Be Your Man -
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4. James Armstrong – Blues Ain’t Nothin’ – Guitar Angels
5. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans – Together for Good – Great Day In The Morning
6. Lisa Biales – Trouble – Belle Of The Blues
7. Tess Barr – I’m Gonna Die – Do What You Want
8. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Fired Up! – Songs From The Road: Live In Germany
9. The Bluesmasters – Colorado Boogie – Volume 3
10. Johnny Drummer – Ain’t No Secret In A Small Town – Bad Attitude
11. The Mighty Mojo Prophets – One for Me – Flyin Home From Memphis
12. Quinn Sullivan – Like Your Love – Getting There
13. Matt Andersen – I Lost My Way – Weightless

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