Event: River Basin Blues Blast

basinblastThe River Basin Blues Society (RBBS) will host their third annual Blues Blast at the Deerhead Sidewalk Cafe, 222 E. Columbia St, Evansville, Indiana, on Saturday, November 29, 2014. The event will run from 4:00 PM until Midnight (Central), and features four performing bands.

The Deerhead Sidewalk Cafe, partners in this event since its inception, is generous enough to donate a percentage of the day’s receipts to the River Basin Blues Society and WUEV 91.5 FM. The RBBS is a nonprofit organization for the preservation of the blues and support of those who play it. WUEV 91.5 FM is the only station with an entire blues program on Saturday afternoon. WUEV is the flagship station for Full-Time Blues Radio, and we’re all proud to be presenting media partners in this event.

Bands performing at the Blues Blast are The Beat Daddys, Honey Roy, Soul Creation, and 103 Degrees. Several of the musicians appearing at the event have had their music featured on Full-Time Blues Radio. In addition, the River Basin Blues Society will present their 1st Annual Blues Heritage Award at this year’s event. This award will be bestowed upon a person who deserves recognition and appreciation for promoting and preserving the Blues and the music’s way of life.

This year’s Blues Heritage Award will be presented to Steady Wailin’ Sid Scott. Sid has been a fixture in the music community in the Evansville, Indiana area, and is well known by all who love the blues. He currently publishes the monthly “Mini Mag,” a source of information about current events and happenings in the African-American community in that region.

Listen: Episode 1341 Thanksgiving Blues

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This is the second time in three years I’ve been able to put together an impressive spread featuring Blues tunes built around the Thanksgiving theme. It’s easy when you remember that all you need are great songs about food, family, and gratitude. So, fix yourself a plate, pull up a chair, and enjoy an hour of music that definitely won’t make you sleepy after you’ve enjoyed it!

Courtesy Circle X

Courtesy Circle X

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is the title song from Freddie Vanderford’s album Greasy Greens. The album was originally released in 2010, but it happened to arrive on our doorstep this week – just in time for this week’s cornucopia of Thanksgiving tunes.

Freddie Vanderford is keeping the traditions of the Piedmont style of Blues alive. He sat at the foot of the learning tree with Peg Leg Sam Jackson, and has established himself as a wildly talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. He is especially skilled on the harmonica. He released Greasy Greens in 2010, as mentioned above, on Circle X Records. Click Here for Freddie Vanderford’s ReverbNation Profile

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1. Kara Grainger – C’mon In My Kitchen – Shiver & Sigh
2. Jeremiah Johnson Band ft. The Sliders – Fire In the Kitchen – Brand Spank’n Blue
3. Otis Taylor – Sit Across Your Table – My World Is Gone
4. Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges – Don’t Call it Supper – Roots & Vines
5. Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians – Fat Man – 13 Live
6. Doug MacLeod – My Inlaws Are Outlaws – There’s A Time
7. Cash Box Kings – Hot Biscuit Baby – Black Toppin’
8. Rev. Jimmie Bratcher – Bologna Sandwich Man – Secretly Famous
9. Matt Hill – Griddle Bread Boogie – On The Floor
10. Brian Lee & the Orbiters – Bucket of Chicken Wings – In Orbit
11. Strata-Tones – Keep On Cookin’ – Dressed Up To Fess Up
12. Tweed Funk – Fine Wine – Love Is
13. Devon Allman – Key Lime Pie – Turquoise
14. Freddie Vanderford – Greasy Greens – Greasy Greens

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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:
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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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13 songs, eight albums never before featured, seven of which are brand new arrivals – this episode defines our name as the home for new & independent Blues music! This week’s show features several truly independent releases, a new version of a song first recorded in 1935, and the first new record bearing the VeeJay Records label since 1965.

Courtesy Stony Plain

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Dream Catchers” by Eric Bibb, with Ruthie Foster and Harrison Kennedy. The song appears on Eric Bibb’s new album, Blues People, which is available now from Stony Plain Records. The CD features 15 songs, with a long list of guests, including Taj Mahal and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Eric Bibb explains in the album’s liner notes that Blues People not only examines the kinship between all manner of people who play the great American music; but moreover, it traces the journey of the African-American experience. Several songs touch on the battle for civil rights in America, and “Dream Catchers” is one of them: a fantastic song providing a snapshot of the fight for equality.

Make sure to scroll below this week’s playlist, where you can view a video of Eric Bibb discussing this new album, as well as another, the official music video for the album track “Turner Station.” For additional information about Eric Bibb, his music, and his tour schedule, Click Here to Visit EricBibb.com

1. Lisa Mills – I Wish I Was In Heaven Sittin’ Down – I’m Changing
2. Magnus Berg – Drifting – Cut Me Loose
3. Steve Freund & Gloria Hardiman – Homework – Set Me Free
4. No Refund Band – Blues Man Dying – Current State Of Blue
5. Bad Brad and the Fat Cats – Runnin’ Me Down – Take A Walk With Me
6. JD McPherson – I Wish You Would – The Warm Covers EP
7. Billy Boy Arnold – Don’t Set Me Free – The Blues Soul Of Billy Boy Arnold
8. Laura Cheadle – Summertime – Where The Blues Hangs Out
9. Mark Hummel – Tonight With a Fool – The Hustle Is Really On
10. Jack Hadley – Something So Sad – The St. Louis Sessions
11. Chase Walker Band – DIY – Unleashed
12. Howard Glazer – Felling So Bad – Looking In The Mirror
13. Eric Bibb – Dream Catchers ft. Ruthie Foster & Harrison Kennedy – Blues People

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Amazing music, CD giveaways, rare performance footage…this posting has it all! Please make sure to check out this entire article, because I would hate for you to miss anything, especially your chance to win free music and watch a performance video of the late Sean Costello. I hope you enjoy. – Johnny Full-Time

This week’s show is stuffed with some incredible new Blues tunes. The fall 2014 releases continue to roll in, and we’re spreading the love over the course of a few shows. That way, we can work in some older releases that have flown under the radar. Don’t worry, though. These “older releases” came out in 2014, as well, except for two 2013 CDs. Stream this week’s show directly above. Click Here to Enter This Week’s Giveaway

Courtesy Vizz-Tone

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “I Went Wrong” by Sean Costello. It comes off the brand new record, In The Magic Shop, which is available now from the Vizz-Tone Label Group. Sean passed away, tragically, back in 2008. This album was recorded in 2005, and the people close to Sean left it unreleased as they dealt with his loss and shaped these sessions into the album he envisioned.

It is an amazing record, with a great mix of original, personal songwriting and well chosen covers. It will be regarded as one of the best records to come out in 2014. Perhaps, just as importantly, 100% of the money earned from the sale of In The Magic Shop goes to directly support the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bi-Polar Research. This organization was founded by Sean’s mother after his passing to selflessly fight against Bi-Polar Disorder. Please consider purchasing this album, and Click Here to Visit SeanCostelloFund.org

Click Here to watch rare performance footage of Sean Costello playing one of my favorite tracks from the CD – an incredible cover of Rod Stewart’s “You Wear It Well.”

1. Deak Harp – Ridin The Rails – Clarksdale Breakdown
2. Altered Five Blues Band – I’m In Deep – Cryin’ Mercy
3. Johnny Drummer – One Size Fit All – Bad Attitude
4. Robin Banks – Bite Your Toungue – Modern Classic
5. Richard Ray Farrell – Stir Crazy – Shoe Shoppin’ Woman
6. Sista Jean & CB – Alabama Bound – Two-Song EP
7. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson – I Want You To Love Me -
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8. The Bruce Katz Band – Amelia – Homecoming
9. John Németh – My Baby’s Gone – Memphis Grease
10. Benny Turner – Don’t You Ride My Mule – Journey
11. Georgie Bonds – Lord, Oh Lord – Stepping Into Time
12. Mannish Boys – I Can Always Dream – Wrapped Up And Ready
13. Sean Costello – I Went Wrong – In The Magic Shop

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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!

Courtesy RobertJohnsonJrMusic.com

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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