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I had a lot of fun putting together this week’s show, editing layers of sound and setting the mood for the Halloween theme. These songs hold up year round, but fit the format for this journey through the haunted home for new & independent Blues music. All of the songs featured this week are from 2014 releases, except one. Oh, and scroll below the playlist to watch a video performance of that Munsters theme that kicked us off!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” was actually released back in 2013, but was only recently sent to the studios of the show. The song, “Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends,” was put out as a digital single by North Carolina based artist Robert Johnson, Jr. This young man may share the name of a Blues legend, but the Blues is only a small influence on his sound. He plays what he calls “Dirty Southern Soul Music.” This funky number suits this Halloween special nicely, and the song’s cool, too. For more information about Robert Johnson, Jr.’s music, and his digital singles, including “Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends,” visit his official website RobertJohnsonJrMusic.com

1. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Boogie Man – Goin’ Home
2. Doug Prescott Band – Invisible Man – Karma & The Big Caboose
3. The MacKenzie Blues Band – Bone Cage – Slam! Bam!
4. Luther Dickinson – Blood & Guts – Rock ‘N’ Roll Blues
5. Mark T Small – Moanin’ At Midnight – Smokin’ Blues
6. Too Slim & the Taildraggers – She Sees Ghosts – Anthology
7. Blue Moon Marquee – Lonesome Ghosts – Lonesome Ghosts
8. Iko-Iko – Walk With the Zombie – Bullets In The Bonfire Vol 1
9. Dave Fields – Voodoo Eyes – All In
10. Delta Generators – Spider Bite – Get On The Horse
11. JP Soars – Full Moon Night In Memphis – Full Moon Night In Memphis
12. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Ritual – HeartSoulBlood
13. Robert Johnson, Jr. – Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends (Single)

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This week’s shift inside the Home of New & Independent Blues Music features an incredible selection of songs. There are tracks of Blues styles based in Texas, North Mississippi Hill Country, Chicago, and Memphis style Soul. There are sets of acoustic tracks, and piano-based Blues, as well. One of those piano-based tracks comes off the latest album by John Mayall. A Special Life dropped earlier this year, but is set for release on special gatefold double vinly LP on October 27, 2014. Make sure to enjoy the video below this week’s playlist, which features comments from John Mayall ahead of a track off this new disc. There’s also a link to his official website.

Courtesy Sacred Cat

Courtesy Sacred Cat

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a double dip of music from Nathan James. “I Know I’ve Got Religion” comes off one of two brand new albums that Nathan is releasing simultaneously: Hear Me Calling. That’s followed by the track “Take You Back Home,” from his other brand new release, Natural Born That Way.

Courtesy Sacred Cat

Courtesy Sacred Cat

Nathan says the project was born out of his indecision on whether to record an album alone, or another Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers disc. He opted to do both. Hear Me Calling features Nathan alone, playing mostly acoustic, but also some electric guitar. Natural Born That Way features the full band showcasing all of their influences of early Blues masters.

Both albums are available from Sacred Cat Records beginning October 28, 2014. You can find complete album information, Nathan’s tour schedule, and much more on his official website, NathanDJames.com

1. Chris Duarte – Ain’t Gonna Hurt No More – Lucky 13
2. John Mayall – Big Town Playboy – A Special Life
3. Arthur Migliazza – Thank You Blues – Laying It Down
4. Hannes Otahal – Axl Special – Boogie Woogie Walker
5. Josh Hoyer & the Shadow Boxers – Call Me (I’ll Be Sure to Let You Down Again) -
Josh Hoyer And The Shadow Boxers
6. Gravel Road – Lord Have Mercy – El Scuerpo
7. Howard & the White Boys – The Blues Are Killing Me – Rosa’s Lounge
8. Bill Blue – Ain’t It Funny – Mojolation
9. Rory Block – I’m So Glad – Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James
10. Lee Palmer – 60 Clicks – 60 Clicks
11. Eddie Martin – It’s a Mystery to Me – Blues Took Me By The Hand Vol. 1 Acoustic
12. Nathan James – I Know I’ve Got Religion – Hear Me Calling
13. Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers – Take You Back Home – Natural Born That Way

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This week’s shift inside the Home for New & Independent Blues Music kicks off with some distinct Chicago Blues harmonica. Beginning there, we get to enjoy nine brand new arrivals inside the 13-track playlist. These new arrivals make up the majority of a crop of new independent albums becoming available to Blues fans over the next month.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a cover of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s classic tune, “Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City.” The song appears on Jo Harman and Company’s brand new concert recording, Live At The Royal Albert Hall. Jo Harman is rapidly establishing herself as a highly regarded and in-demand Blues diva, showcasing her influences of Blues, Soul, Gospel, and more on this disc. This concert was recorded by the BBC in October of 2013, mere weeks before her debut studio album, Dirt On My Tongue, was released.

In 2014, Jo Harman was named ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the British Blues Awards; and now, she celebrates the release of Live At The Royal Albert Hall. Make sure to check out the performance video below this week’s playlist, where you can watch Jo Harman and Company play another song that appears on this disc. You can also find out more about Jo, her music and tour schedule, at her official website – JoHarman.com

1. Jim Liban & the Joel Paterson Trio – Must’ve Been Dreaming – I Say What I Mean
2. Billy Boy Arnold – 99 Pounds – The Blues Soul Of Billy Boy Arnold
3. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats – You Gonna Lie – You Asked For It…Live!
4. Skyla Burrell Band – Life Storms – Blues Scars
5. Keb Mo – The Worst Is Yet To Come – Bluesamericana
6. Big Apple Blues – Wake Up and Do Something – Energy
7. Jim Suhler – Jump Up Sister – Panther Burn
8. SE Willis – Drinking Blues – Turtle Dove Bounce
9. Andy T-Nick Nixon Band – Last To Leave – Livin’ It Up
10. Trigger Hippy – Nothing New – Trigger Hippy
11. Jerry Lee Gingery & the Juju Kings – Mae Bea Sweet Baby – Southside Of Nowhere
12. John Weeks Band – Why Don’t We Sleep On It – John Weeks Band EP
13. Jo Harman and Company – Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

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BB King Health Update

Representatives within BB King’s camp are thanking fans for their support, and informing folks that the King of the Blues is recovering at home. King fell ill October 3, 2014 during a performance at Chicago’s House of Blues. He was evaluated by a doctor, who diagnosed him with dehydration and exhaustion.

BB King is a diabetic who just celebrated his 89th birthday on September 16th. He was forced to cancel the remaining eight shows on this current concert tour. Earlier this year, BB King held a concert performance in St. Louis that was panned by many fans in attendance. Reps for Mr. King cited a medication error as the reason for the show they described “…did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence.”

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This shift inside the Home For New & Independent Blues Music features the full spectrum of new release tunes. There’s electric, acoustic, Delta, Soul and Blues-Rock; there are tracks from divas, a second generation superstar, and new material from a living legend. Grady Champion’s new album features a cover of The Beat Daddys “Beg Borrow Steal.” You’ll hear both versions in a great double play.

Courtesy Vizz-Tone

Courtesy Vizz-Tone

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “One Way Man” by Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers. The song appears on their Vizz-Tone Label Group debut Love Whip Blues, which is available November 4, 2014. Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers are based around Boston. Erin developed a love for the great American music from her father, Neil. The album features 10 tracks, with a mix of originals and covers, and a guest appearance by Bob Margolin on “M&O Blues.” You can find complete album details, a tour schedule, and multimedia on their official website, ErinHarpe.com

1. Mississippi Heat – Too Sad To Wipe My Tears – Warning Shot
2. Grady Champion – Beg, Borrow, Steal – Bootleg Whiskey
3. The Beat Daddys – Beg Borrow Steal – Delta Vision
4. Ian Siegal – Preachin’ Blues/Live So God Can Use You/You Got To Move (Medley) -
Man & Guitar
5. Mark T. Small – Railroad Blues – Smokin’ Blues
6. Devon Allman – Can’t Lose ‘Em All – Ragged & Dirty
7. Mike Farris – Jonah & The Whale – Shine For All The People
8. Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater – Good Times Are Coming – Soul Funky
9. Mikey Junior – Please Come Back – Traveling South
10. Duke Robillard Band – Emphasis On Memphis – Calling All Blues
11. Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – Momma Didn’t Raise No Fool – Soul Brothers
12. Ingrid Gerdes – Take Him Home – High Priestess
13. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers – One Way Man – Love Whip Blues

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