Listen: Celebrating Levon Helm (Episode 1521)

Levon Helm 75th Birthday Celebration (Episode 1521) by Full-Time Blues Radio on Mixcloud

Mark Lavon Helm was born May 26, 1940 in Elaine, Arkansas. Surrounded by music from the beginning, he was fascinated by the sounds that sprang from the Mississippi river delta soil that his family farmed for countless years. His passion for Blues, Country, and minstrel shows inspired him to play Rock ‘n Roll, and the legend formed itself from that point on.

“Levon” incorporated his passion for American Roots music styles into the music he played his entire life; and whether it was as a member of The Hawks, The Band, or in his solo material, Levon crafted a sonic legacy that stands as an everlasting monument that will inspire musicians for the rest of time.

Levon Helm passed away April 19, 2012, and tributes continue to be offered up in memory of the man and his music. In time for what would have marked his 75th birthday, Johnny Full-Time honors one of his biggest heroes with this hour of music celebrating Levon Helm. You’ll hear tunes from the new boxed set of reissued music by The Band, material from Levon’s solo work, tributes from friends and by artists whom he inspired. You can view the complete playlist below.

Levon’s legacy continues, with the upcoming release of daughter Amy Helm’s solo debut, Didn’t It Rain, which comes out July 24, 2015. The first single off that album, “Rescue Me,” was released May 19th. Click Here to Purchase
Scroll down below to watch videos of a few of Levon’s performances. Make sure to share this show and leave a comment with your thoughts and memories!

1. The Band – Don’t Do It (Live At The Academy Of Music, New York)
Capitol Albums 1968-1977 (2015)
2. Laith Al-Saadi – Ophelia – REAL
3. Paul Mark & the Van Dorens – Don’t Ya Tell Henry – Smartest Man In The Room
4. Aretha Franklin – The Weight – The Queen Of Soul (2014)
5. Levon Helm – A Train Robbery – Dirt Farmer
6. Bob Dylan – All You Have To Do Is Dream (Unreleased)
The Basement Tapes RAW (2014)
7. The Levon Helm Band – The Same Thing – The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 (2014)
8. The Band – Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Take/Remastered)
Capitol Rarities 1968-1977 (2015)
9. Marc Cohn – Listening to Levon (w/Levon Helm Band and Greg Leisz) – Love For Levon
10. Stranger Than Swedes – Presence Of Your Soul
Presence of Your Soul: A Tribute to Levon Helm
11. Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians – Song for Levon 13 Live
12. Levon Helm – You’ll Never Again Be Mine – The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams

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Episode 1519

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Start with a little electric guitar, add a set of harmonica-based Blues tunes, a dash of North Mississippi Hill Country, a pinch of Soul, a set of acoustic tracks, and cap with some Texas Horns. This week’s edition of Full-Time Blues Radio really does have it all!

Courtesy Vizztone

Courtesy Vizztone

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “You’re Driving Me Crazy” by The Texas Horns. It comes off their new album, Blues Gotta Holda Me, which is available everywhere from the Vizztone Label Group beginning May 19, 2015.

The Texas Horns are Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, John Mills and Aldalberto “Al” Gomez. The trio have been in high demand from musicians across the Roots music spectrum, both on stage and in studio. They operate out of Austin, Texas, but they travel the world thanks to their incredible skills. For Blues Gotta Holda Me, The Texas Horns were joined by friends like Marcia Ball, Anson Funderburgh, and many others, to craft this highly anticipated album of original and cover material. Click Here for more details about the album. You can also visit

1. Mr. Sipp – Nobody’s Bisness – The Mississippi Blues Child
2. James Harman – Big Boned Gal – Bonetime
3. Tomislav Goluban – Gambler’s Blues – Blow Junkie
4. Hank Mowery – Telephone Is Ringing – Excuses Plenty
5. Andre Bisson – Remember – Bad Scene
6. Leo “Bud” Welch – Girl in the Holler – I Don’t Prefer No Blues
7. Ghost Town Blues Band – Hard Road to Hoe – Hard Road To Hoe
8. Billy Hector – Old School Thang – Old School Thang
9. Johnny Rawls – Into Something (I Can’t Shake Loose) – Remembering O.V.
10. Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires – Slippin’ Slowly – Distillations Of The Blues
11. Nathan James – Hear Me Calling – Hear Me Calling
12. Joe Filisko & Eric Noden – Complicate – On The Move
13. The Texas Horns – You’re Driving Me Crazy – Blues Gotta Holda Me

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Honoring BB King
Episode 1519

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Listen: Honoring BB King (Episode 1519)

Honoring BB King (Episode 1519) by Full-Time Blues Radio on Mixcloud

Late last week, news broke that B.B. King was under home hospice care at his Las Vegas residence. Blues fans around the world feared the worst and began sending prayers and well wishes to the legendary “King of the Blues.”

I feel often times, folks can see a person fall ill and begin to mourn them before they have even passed away. Instead of providing a mournful tribute, I decided to produce a joyful celebration of the time that we have left with B.B. Think about this, we’ve been blessed to walk the same earth as this amazing man; and he’s provided us all with so many incredible memories. So enjoy an hour of B.B. King music, this week, with collaborations between B.B. and his friends, covers by his peers, and tributes from younger stars who were inspired by Mr. King.

Courtesy Booga Music

Courtesy Booga Music

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Thank You BB King,” a brand new digital single by Kenny Neal. Discussing this song, Kenny explains that B.B. has had a tremendous impact on his life and career. Kenny was summoned to visit with Mr. King, who proceeded to explain that he enjoyed Neal’s original songs even more than his covers. King encouraged Kenny to put more focus on his original music, and Kenny has done just that with this amazing tribute song.

You can purchase the song here! You can find more information about Kenny on his official website, Be sure to scroll below the playlist and watch the official music video for “Thank You BB King.”

1. B.B. King – See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – One Kind Favor
2. B.B. King/Eric Clapton – Days of Old – Riding With The King
3. B.B. King/Elton John – Rock This House – 80
4. Buddy Guy Featuring B.B. King – Stay Around A Little Longer – Living Proof
5. B.B. King/Ray Charles – Sinner’s Prayer – Genius Loves Company 10th Anniv. Edition
6. Curtis Salgado – 20 Years of B.B. King – Clean Getaway
7. Gary Clark, Jr. – Three O’ Clock Blues – Live
8. Big Joe and the Dynaflows – Bad Case of Love – You Can’t Keep a Big Man Down
9. Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater – Please Accept My Love – Soul Funky
10. Albert King – You Upset Me Baby – King Albert (2011)
11. Original Legends of the Blues – Thrill Is Gone – Still Carrying the Flame
12. Kenny Neal – Thank You B.B. King – Thank You B.B. King (Digital Single)

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2015 Blues Music Award Winners

Courtesy Blues Foundation

Courtesy Blues Foundation

The Blues Music Awards were held in front of a sold out crowd at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center, and the folks in attendance enjoyed an incredible night of music and brotherhood celebrating the Great American Music. Elvin Bishop was the big winner at this year’s event, walking away with half of the six awards for which he was nominated. John Hammond won awards in both Acoustic Blues categories. The evening’s other multiple award winner was Bobby Rush, who won Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and the BMAs most prestigious award, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

The ceremony featured the incredible live performances and once in a lifetime collaborations that the awards have become known for. 2015 featured one significant change, with the Hall of Fame inductions happening on the night of the awards. In previous years, the Hall of Fame ceremonies have taken place on the eve of the Blues Music Awards. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees are Eric Clapton, Little Richard and Tommy Brown.

Here is the complete list of awards nominees. Winners are marked in bold Congratulations to everyone.

Acoustic Album
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James – Rory Block
Jericho Road – Eric Bibb
Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent
Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House – John Mooney
Timeless – John Hammond

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
John Hammond
John Mooney
Rory Block

Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

Elvin Bishop Band
John Németh & the Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Album
Chromaticism – Big Harp George
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel
Making My Mark – Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars
One Heart Walkin‘ – Austin Walkin’ Cane

Contemporary Blues Album
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Original – Janiva Magness
Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton
Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Elvin Bishop
Gary Clark Jr.
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

From His Head to His Heart to His Hands – Michael Bloomfield (Columbia/Legacy)
Live at the Avant Garde – Magic Sam (Delmark)
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 – Pee Wee Crayton (Ace)
The Roots of it All-Acoustic Blues – Various Artists (Bear Family)

Bob Stroger
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

Al Basile
Deanna Bogart
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award
Alexis P Suter
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Barrelhouse Chuck
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album
Step Back – Johnny Winter
Goin’ Home – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band
heartsoulblood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout

“Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’
“Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
“Let Me Breathe” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
“Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Soul Blues Album
Blues for My Father – Vaneese Thomas
Decisions – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
In My Soul – The Robert Cray Band
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Soul Brothers – Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Soul Blues Female Artist
Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Sista Monica
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Livin’ it Up – Andy T-Nick Nixon Band
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Hustle is Really On – Mark Hummel
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford