Listen: Christmas Blues 2014 (Episode 1448)

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NOTE: This will be the last episode of Full-Time Blues Radio for 2014. Have an amazing holiday season. See you in 2015! God Bless. – Johnny Full-Time

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Full-Time Blues Radio! Our annual tradition of bringing you the latest crop of Christmas Blues continues with original songs for the season, new versions of Christmas classics, and legendary reissues from Concord Music Group. In addition to providing the Rufus Thomas track, “I’ll Be Your Santa Baby,” Concord has remastered Ray Charles’ classic 1985 album The Spirit Of Christmas, and you’ll hear the track that is synonymous with a famous scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

There’s a new track from Treasa Levasseur to get you primed for her full-length Christmas album in 2015, a new release from Larry Carlton, and a featured selection to close out the program off an album sure to become a classic.

Courtesy Sony Masterworks

The Blind Boys of Alabama have teamed up with Taj Mahal for the new CD Talkin’ Christmas, which features seasonal standards, classic hymns, and original songs written by the Blind Boys themselves. The album is available now from Sony Masterworks.

Make sure to scroll below the playlist to watch the music video for another song off Talkin’ Christmas titled “What Can I Do?” As well as a video going behind the scenes for this album’s sessions. For additional information, visit BlindBoys.com

1. Treasa Levasseur – Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas (Single)
2. Ray Charles – That Spirit of Christmas – The Spirit Of Christmas
3. Grady Champion – Blues On Christmas – Goin’ Back Home
4. Johnny Neel – Jingle Bells (Single)
5. David Gogo – Let’s Get A Real Tree – Christmas With The Blues
6. Chaz DePaolo – Another Christmas Without You (Single)
7. Gary US Bonds – Why Don’t You Spend Christmas With Me – Christmas Is ON!
8. Larry Carlton – The Christmas Song – Four Hands & A Heart Christmas
9. Rod Picott (DecemberSongs) – Dad’s Drunk Again On Christmas
An East Nashville Christmas
10. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby – Christmas Cookies 3.0 – A Concord Calamity
11. Jacob Johnson – Christmas Time Is Here/Linus and Lucy Medley
Wild And Sweet: A Christmas Album
12. The Delta Flyers – You Can’t Sing About Christmas (Single)
13. The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal – Who Will Remember? – Talkin’ Christmas

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Listen: Favorite Albums of 2014 (Episode 1447)

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As mentioned at the beginning of the show, this week, it’s a pretty gutsy thing to craft a list of albums and say they’re “the best.” Yet, every December, countless media outlets try to hammer you with their opinions of the best releases from the last 12 months. I don’t think art can be judged that way, so this week’s playlist features music from my favorite albums of 2014. – Johnny Full-Time

The show features a wide selection of Blues styles, and some truly independent releases alongside some big name artists like Gary Clark, Jr., Paul Thorn, and Janiva Magness, to name a few. There’s no featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox,” this week. However, several of these albums were featured throughout the year.

Courtesy Vizz-Tone

My absolute favorite album of 2014, although close to call, is In The Magic Shop, the posthumous release from Sean Costello by the Vizz-Tone Label Group. This episode closes with an incredible cover by Sean of Rod Stewart’s “You Wear It Well.” Don’t Miss It!

Remember, 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of this album benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. You can find complete information on their official website: SeanCostelloFund.org

1. Paul Thorn – Too Blessed To Be Stressed – Too Blessed To Be Stressed
2. John Nemeth – Keep the Love A-Comin’ – Memphis Grease
3. Johnny Winter – My Babe ft. Jason Ricci – Step Back
4. Mark T Small – Stone Pony Blues – Smokin’ Blues
5. Eden Brent – Valentine – Jigsaw Heart
6. Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado – Through the Tears – Too Many Roads
7. JD McPherson – Steal Away – The Warm Covers EP
8. Gary Clark, Jr. – Numb – Live
9. Janiva Magness – Everything Is Alright – Original
10. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Tea For Two – A Real Fine Mess
11. Jarekus Singleton – Come Wit Me – Refuse To Lose
12. Mike Farris – Mercy Now – Shine For All The People
13. Sean Costello – You Wear It Well – In The Magic Shop

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a great mix of songs. The episode features acoustic bookends from Blind-Dog Gatewood and Bill Phillippe. There’s a set of Soul Blues tunes near the front of the show, and some heavier, Rock infused tracks toward the back end. In the middle there’s some great harmonica work, and a couple of slow Blues tunes.

Courtesy Arkansas Street Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “God Don’t Never Change” by Bill Phillippe. Bill’s new album is Ghosts, and it features original compositions alongside some of the great Blues tunes from the past.

Bill’s love for the Blues became a rabid lust to immerse himself in the great American music; and he began researching the history of the legendary artists and songs in Delta Blues. Ghosts features 13 songs, including many originals, as well as songs recorded by Robert Johnson, Son House, and others. “God Don’t Never Change” is one of my personal favorite songs recorded by Blind Willie Johnson. For complete album information, Bill Phillippe’s calendar, videos and more – Click Here to Visit BillPhillippe.com

Ghosts is available now through all major digital retailers. Remember, if you plan to purchase it through Amazon – Click the banner on the right hand side of our website. They will give Full-Time Blues Radio a referral fee, which helps keep this show free. Thank You!

1. Blind-Dog Gatewood – Gone to California – Ashbrooke Sessions
2. Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band – Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday (Single)
3. Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – Soul Brothers
4. Donald Ray Johnson – Slow Down Baby – These Blues: The Best Of Donald Ray Johnson
5. Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor – Lonesome – Nobody But Me
6. Harmonica Shah – Ship Made of Paper (Alternate Version) -
Raw And Acoustic: The Detroit Sessions Vol. 2
7. Blue Lunch – Venita – Above The Fold
8. Elvin Bishop – Let Your Woman Have Her Way ft. Mickey Thomas -
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
9. Dana Fuchs – How Did Things Get This Way – Songs From The Road CD/DVD
10. The Delta Saints – Boogie – Death Letter Jubilee
11. Uzi Ramirez – I Wanna Be Your Man – Lick My Heart
12. Bill Phillippe – God Don’t Never Change – Ghosts

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This week’s shift inside the Home for New & Independent Blues Music has a little bit of everything. There are established stars like Eden Brent and Savoy Brown, self released albums from Dave Sadler and The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, a couple live tunes, some amazing guitar tracks and killer harmonica work. You’ll hear great original songwriting, as well as choice covers, and a tribute to one of the all time great Blues men!

The Whereabouts are a band of Irish teenagers inspired by 50’s and 60’s Rock N Roll legends. You can hear them cover Bo Diddley’s “Road Runner” on this week’s show. You can also watch one of their official music videos below this week’s playlist.

Courtesy WoodyMann.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Mean Old World” by the Empire Roots Band. The band consists of Dave Keyes (piano), Woody Mann (guitar), Bill Sims, Jr. (vocals), and Brian Glassman (bass.) The four men came together to celebrate the music of Reverend Gary Davis and record the official soundtrack to the movie Harlem Street Singer. This film is a brand new documentary on the life of Rev. Gary Davis, featuring archival performance footage, music, and interviews with artists like John Hammond, Bob Weir, and Jorma Kaukonen.

Harlem Street Singer is currently traveling the film festival circuit, but the soundtrack from the Empire Roots Band is available now. The album features 11 covers of Reverend Gary Davis songs performed by this incredible super group. You can find full details on the film, and watch the trailer at HarlemStreetSinger.com

Music From Harlem Street Singer is available through all major digital retailers, now. For complete album information, visit WoodyMann.com

1. Savoy Brown – Nuthin’ Like The Blues – Goin’ To The Delta
2. J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – Hidey Hole – Wild Moon
3. Indigenous ft. Mato Nanji – Around the World – Time Is Coming
4. The Whereabouts – Roadrunner – I Don’t Care EP
5. The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Lonesome Whistle Blues – Live In Hamilton
6. Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce – Slide Over Here – LIVE
7. Tommy Talton – You Got A Friend – Until After Then
8. Eden Brent – Everybody Already Knows – Jigsaw Heart
9. Dave Sadler – Matchbox – Matchbox
10. Jimmy Thackery – Honey Hush – Extra Jimmies
11. The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer – Closer To Death – A Real Fine Mess
12. Empire Roots Band – Mean Old World – Harlem Street Singer OST

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Courtesy Annie Mae Records

This week, the playlist features an extremely wide variety of Blues styles, including a set of harmonica tunes. There’s a powerhouse cover of a Koko Taylor classic, some social commentary through song, and a Blues’d-up version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” that comes off a set of archived recordings by Bob Dylan and The Band never before released!

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Big Maybelle” by Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer. It comes off the truly independent new release, Hurricane Unleashed, which is available now from Annie Mae Records. The album features a dozen songs, including 10 original tracks. You can find out complete album information, tour schedule, and more at his official website BobbyHurricane.com

1. Linsey Alexander – Call My Wife – Come Back Baby
2. Eddie Martin – Let’s Move It On – Blues Took Me By The Hand, Vol. 2: Electric Sessions
3. JW-Jones – Thank You – Belmont Boulevard
4. Sauce Boss – Chicago Combat Zone – 100% Pure
5. Deanna Bogart – Tightrope – Just A Wish Away
6. Bob Dylan – Folsom Prison Blues w/The Band – The Basement Tapes Raw:
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11

7. Johnny Cash – I Drove Her Out Of My Mind – Out Among The Stars
8. Low Society – Voodoo Woman – You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down
9. Blue Lunch – Mother-In-Law – Blue Lunch Special
10. Steve Krase – Big Bad Woman – Buckle Up
11. Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers – Neighbor, Neighbor – Emergency Situation
12. Roly Platt – Rippin’ It Up – Inside Out
13. Bobby Hurricane Spencer – Big Maybelle – Hurricane Unleashed

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