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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a divers selection of songs, ranging in a wide variety of Blues styles. The show is also diverse in the location these artists sent their music from. You’ll hear music from Oslo, Norway kick off the program, and by the time the show’s over, we’ll have heard independently released tracks from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, among others!

Courtesy Bryan Himes

Courtesy Bryan Himes

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Beautiful One” by Bryan Himes. It comes off his latest album, One Night In The Delta, which was released late in 2014 and just found its way to our studios. Bryan is an independent artist from Lexington, Kentucky who plays a healthy mixture of electric and stripped down acoustic Blues. His catalog includes fantastic covers of tracks by Robert Johnson, RL Burnside, John Lee Hooker and many more. In addition to the song featured on this week’s show, if you scroll below the playlist, you can watch Bryan perform the acoustic original track “Don’t Mess With Me.”

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1. Joakim Tinderholt & His Band – I Need A Woman – You Gotta Do More
2. Doug Adamz – The House of Curiosities – National Steel
3. FrontPorch Revival – Outside Woman Blues – Exclusive Live Recording
4. Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines – Kidney Stew – Friskin’ The Whiskers
5. Fo’ Reel – Leave Your Love Alone – Heavy Water
6. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Music and Friends – So Delicious
7. The Blues Disciples – Elouise – Big Bang
8. Long Tall Deb – Let’s Get Lost – Raise Your Hands
9. Hilda Lamas – Last Thing On Your Mind (iTunes Single)
10. Ken Tucker – Simone – Upcoming Benevolent Blues Release
11. Balkun Brothers – Tell Me – Redrova
12. Bryan Himes – Beautiful One – One Night In The Delta

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Blues Plays Country

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Episode 1509: Blues Reinterprets Country

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This week, we take a walk down to the crossroads of Blues and Country music. These two genres shaped American popular music in the 20th century, and gave birth to many other music genres. The two styles are remarkably similar, arising mostly out of rural cultures and poorer socio-economic conditions.

The playlist features reinterpretations of classic Country songs by Blues artists, all coming off recent releases. You’ll hear new versions of classic songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and many others. When you look at this week’s playlist, you’ll notice the name of the Country artist who recorded or wrote each song in parentheses.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “She’s Got You,” a cover of the Patsy Cline song by Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is the frontwoman for old time Blues and Country group The Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has now released a solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which was produced by T Bone Burnett and features additional covers of tracks recorded by Sister Rosette Tharpe, Nina Simone and Odetta.

If you look below this week’s playlist, you’ll find a video of Rhiannon’s cover of the Dolly Parton track “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind.” Tomorrow Is My Turn is available now. Click Here to sample tracks.Click Here to Visit RihannonGiddens.com

1. Sunday Wilde – Fall To Pieces (Patsy Cline) – He Digs Me
2. David Vest – Ramblin’ Man (Hank Williams) – Roadhouse Revelation
3. Mississippi Heat – Your Cheating Heart (Hank Williams) – Warning Shot
4. Ray Bonneville – So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams) – Easy Gone
5. Damon Fowler – I’m Just an Old Chunk Of Coal (Billy Joe Shaver) – Sugar Shack
6. Johnny Riley – Johnny Riley – Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzell) – Have Mercy On Me
7. Whitey Johnson – Worry B Gone (Willie Nelson) – Whitey Johnson
8. Hans Theessink – The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash) – Jedermann Remixed
9. The Bopcats – Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) – 25 Years Of Rock n’ Roll
10. Roly Platt – Bartender’s Blues (George Jones) – Inside Out
11. Nathan James – I’m Gonna Leave (Freddy Fender) – Natural Born That Way
12. Terry Hanck – There’s No Gettin’ Over Me (Ronnie Milsap) – Gotta Bring It On Home To You
13. Professor Harp – Sugaree (Marty Robbins) – They Call Me The Professor
14. Rhiannon Giddens – She’s Got You (Patsy Cline) – Tomorrow Is My Turn

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music adopted an unintentional theme. When work began on this episode, it started like any other; but as I started to flesh out the show, it became clear that most of the artists featured draw on a wide spectrum of genre influences and frame their Blues around these diverse styles. You’ll hear Folk, Gospel, Country, Rock and Soul standing shoulder to shoulder in the songs, this week. You’ll also hear music from top names like Eden Brent, Bob Dylan, Jorma Kaukonen and Johnny Winter.

Courtesy Eclecto Groove Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Reason To Bleed,” the title track from California-based duo My Own Holiday. The young pair play Rock music that has a distinct Blues influence. The album Reason To Bleed features 13 original songs and it is available now from Delta Groove Music subsidiary Eclecto Groove Music. You can find out more information on the band’s Official Facebook Page.
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Listening to this week’s playlist inspired me to take a brief second during the show and offer some thoughts on the current state of the Blues and the discussion amongst fans about how to reach a younger audience. Don’t miss it, and comment below with your thoughts!

1. Fife & Drom – Wicked Tongue – Introducing Fife & Drom EP
2. Michael Jerome Brown – Bull Doze Blues – Sliding Delta
3. Eric Bibb – Rosewood – Blues People
4. Jorma Kaukonen – The Terrible Operation – Ain’t In No Hurry
5. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers – Hey Bully – Sin Comin’ On EP
6. Bob Dylan – That Lucky Old Sun – Shadows In The Night
7. Eden Brent – The Last Time – Jigsaw Heart
8. Michael Hardie – A Love Like Mine – REAL
9. Johnny Winter – Blue Monday (feat. Dr. John) – Step Back
10. The Voodoo Fix – Hard To Change (Let It Go) – Step Right Up EP
11. Rev Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys – Hawiian Boogie #3 – Live at the Red Rocket
12. Eliza Neals – Pretty Gritty – Breaking And Entering
13. My Own Holiday – Reason To Bleed – Reason To Bleed

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a playlist built around the various stages of love. There’s songs of courtship, heartache, passion, and lasting commitment. The best part? The songs are truly incredible. There are tracks from Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Igor Prado Band with Kim Wilson, and a new Blues album by legendary troubador Steve Earle.

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This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Always There For Me” by Joe Filisko and Eric Noden, The Roots Duo. It comes off their new album On The Move, which is one of two new albums that the two men are involved in. The other release is Eric Noden Band’s Solid Ground.

Eric Noden has his hands in nearly every facet of the Blues, including singing, guitar, producing and teaching. The Ohio native relocated to Chicago in the early 90’s. It didn’t take him long to meet Joe Filisko and form a partnership. Filisko, himself, is an instructor and master of his instrument: the harmonica. He is highly regarded not only for his playing, but his building and customization of the instrument. You can get to know these men a little better by watching the video posted just below this week’s playlist. Check it out!

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1. Igor Prado Band – Ride With Me Baby – Way Down South
2. Billy Walton Band – True Lovin Man – Wish For What You Want
3. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Something’s Got A Hold Of Me – Live In Amsterdam
4. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Won’t You Stay – Send The Nightengale
5. Cathy Lemons – It All Went Down The Drain – Black Crow
6. Neil Barnes – Tears, Tears and More Tears – Hyde And Seek
7. Coco Montoya – It’s My Own Tears – The Best Of Coco Montoya
8. Mark Hummel – Lovey Dovey Lovely One – The Hustle Is Really On
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had – Terraplane
10. David Egan – Every Tear – David Egan
11. Patti Parks – Everyday – Cheat’N Man
12. Joe Filisko & Eric Noden – Always There For Me – On The Move

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music strikes the perfect balance between established stars and young talent on the rise. There is also a wonderful selection of tunes from leading ladies of the genre, a tribute to Memphis in song, and the Blind Pig Records return of Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Make It Through,” the opening track to the latest album from Jeff Jensen, titled Morose Elephant. As I remark in the show, Jeff’s passion for the Blues is unmatched. He is connected into a spider’s web of artists networking across America and beyond. He is a songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer, and probably most importantly – he’s an advocate for Blues music.

This album saw a lot of recognizable names coming together to join Jensen on this project, and it features appearances by Victor Wainwright, Eric Hughes, Reba Russell and others. The album features 11 tracks in all, with seven original songs. In addition to all of the work Jeff does in the studio, he’s also a rabid road warrior, touring extensively with dates in the US stretched out into the spring and a European tour to follow that. There are plenty of chances to witness his passion for the music first hand. You can check out his tour schedule, and find out more information about Jeff, his band, and the album Morose Elephant on his official website, JeffJensenBand.com

1. Shaun Murphy – How Strong Is A Woman – Loretta
2. Robin McKelle & the Flytones – Heart of Memphis – Heart Of Memphis
3. Janiva Magness – Mountain – Original
4. Chris Joyner – Hallalujah – Domino
5. The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Don’t Make Em Like They Used To – A Real Fine Mess
6. Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King – River of Whiskey – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
7. Liz Mandeville – (Life Is Like A) Wave – Heart ‘O’ Chicago
8. Phil Varca & the SlamJammers – Don’t Push Me – Ready, Willing & Able
9. Jim Liban & Joel Patterson Trio – Tell Me Everything – I Say What I Mean
10. Lucky 3 Blues Band – Blues You Can Use – Blues Time EP
11. Moondog Medicine Show – Let It Go – Let It Go
12. Joe Louis Walker – Soul City – Hornet’s Nest
13. Jeff Jensen – Make It Through – Morose Elephant

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