BB King Health Update

Update 5/4/2015: Blues fans around the world continue to pray, following the news late last week that BB King was receiving home hospice care.

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He had been hospitalized in early April, and an ambulance was dispatched to his Las Vegas home late last week. The 89-year-old legend is diabetic, and is battling high blood pressure, as well.

The story became the cause of controversy, however, due to a report by gossip website TMZ, who claimed that one of Mr. King’s daughters had called police out of anger at the treatment her father was receiving. Members of BB’s family are reportedly trying to wrestle power of attorney away from his longtime business manager, Laverne Toney.

The interference by tabloid media outlets has grieved the hearts of friends and fans of BB King, many of whom took to social media to criticize private pictures made public and the media’s treatment of the story. The Associated Press reports that they attempted to contact Patty King, but were unsuccessful.

Here at Full-Time Blues Radio, we wish to offer heartfelt prayers to BB King, his loved ones and fans; and celebrate the amazing life he has shared with us all for decades. God bless you, BB. You are loved now and forever. – Johnny Full-Time

Previously 10/7/2014: 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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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Railroad Song” by Blackburn. It comes off the album Brothers In This World, which is available from Electro-Fi Records. Blackburn draws on nearly all of the elements in the African music family tree to influence their Blues sound. Duane, Cory and Brooke Blackburn were surrounded by music as the sons of R&B pioneer Bobby Dean Blackburn. Bassist Andrew Stewart rounds out this impressive roster, and helps provide the foundation for these terrific songs. Complete information on the band, their music and more is available online at BlackburnBrothersMusic.com

jackiepayneThis episode features the song “Feel Like Doing My Thing” by Jackie Payne. It’s off his new album I Saw The Blues. Jackie suffered a stroke last fall, and has made a great recovery. Unfortunately, he has mounting medical bills. One of the very best ways you can show your support is to purchase Jackie’s music!
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1. Hans Theesink & Terry Evans – Bourgeois Blues – True & Blue
2. Delta Moon – Nothing You Can Tell A Fool – Low Down
3. The Alastair Greene Band – The Sweetest Honey – Trouble At Your Door
4. Michael Falzarano – We Got A Party Going On – I Got Blues For Ya
5. Roy Book Binder – It Coulda Been Worse – The Good Book
6. Stacy Jones – Keep On Keepin On – Whiskey, Wine, & Water
7. Roomful Of Blues – I’ll Keep On Trying – The Best Of Roomful of Blues –
The Alligator Records Years

8. John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – So Many Roads – Live In 1967
9. Isaiah B Brunt – The River Runs High – Just The Way That It Goes
10. Jackie Payne – Feel Like Doing My Thing – I Saw The Blues
11. Dr. John – I’ve Got The World On A String Feat. Bonnie Raitt – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…
The Spirit Of Satch

12. Eight O’ Five Jive – I’ve Got A Feeling – Too Many Men
13. Blackburn – Railroad Song – Brothers In This World

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Keen & Peachy.” It comes off the new album by Ian Siegal, The Picnic Sessions, which is available now from Nugene Records. For the album, Ian traveled back to Mississippi to meet up with friends Jimbo Mathus, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Luther Dickinson, and Cody Dickinson. Cody also produced the album, and the group successfully captured the front porch feel that they set out to create.

You can find out more about Ian Siegal, The Picnic Sessions, and tour dates on his official website, IanSiegal.com Scroll down and check out the video of Ian performing “Gallo del Cielo,” another song off this CD, courtesy of the Beverley Blues Festival.

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1. Tad Robinson – Lonely Talking – Day Into Night
2. The Cash Box Kings – Download Blues – Holding Court
3. Nancy Wright – Funkin’ It Up – Putting Down Roots
4. Original Legends of the Blues – Royal & St. Pete – Still Carrying The Flame
5. Tweed Funk – Blues In My Soul – First Name Lucky
6. Steve Earle – Terraplane Blues – Terraplane Blues Vinyl Single
7. Robert Johnson – Terraplane Blues – Terraplane Blues Vinyl Single
8. Randy Volin and the Hard Ones – Brand New Day – Detroit Thang
9. Michael Burks – Got a Way With Women – The Best Of Michael “Iron Man” Burks
10. Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz – Fireballin’ – Is It Still Good To Ya?
11. JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – Apples and Oranges – Wild Moon
12. JD McPherson – It Shook Me Up – Let The Good Times Roll
13. Ian Siegal – Keen and Peachy – The Picnic Sessions

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The Vinyl Report: Big Mama Thornton

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Two classic albums from one of the greatest Blues shouters of all time will be re-released April 21, 2015 on limited edition vinyl LP. Arhoolie Records is reissuing Big Mama Thornton’s In Europe and The Queen At Monterey, and each album will be pressed on their own distinct colored vinyl.

thornton-ineuropeIn Europe, originally released in 1966, was recorded on October 20, 1965 as a part of the Folk Blues Festival tour that crossed Europe that year. Thornton was backed by a legendary band that consisted of Buddy Guy (guitar,) Big Walter “Shakey” Horton (harmonica,) Fred Below (drums,) Eddie Boyd (keys,) and Jimmie Lee Robinson (bass.)

This new LP of In Europe comes in full mono, with the platter pressed in red vinyl limited to 500 copies.

thornton-montereyBig Mama: The Queen At Monterey, also known as Big Mama Thornton With Muddy Waters Blues Band and Big Mama And The Chicago Blues Band was also originally released in 1966. As you may have guessed, Willie Mae Thornton is backed by Muddy Waters and his knockout lineup of Blues heavyweights that include Otis Spann (keys,) James Cotton (harmonica,) Sammy Lawhorn (guitar,) Luther Johnson (bass,) and Fracis Clay (drums.)

This record was cut from Big Mama’s performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1966, and the new LP release is pressed in a translucent gold platter that is limited to 500 copies.

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This shift on Full-Time Blues Radio features a dozen songs, and every one of them comes off an album that has never been featured on the show before! It’s a part of our continued commitment to bring you the widest variety of new Blues music. In the midst of all of this great new music, you’ll see there are three international releases, this week, from the UK, Finland and Australia!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Whiskey Train,” a fantastic track off the album Electric Field Holler by Anthony Gomes. This CD was released March 17, 2015, and it debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Top 10 Blues chart. It’s a terrific album of straight ahead Blues Rock. Purists will likely shy away from this release if they can’t handle the heavy stuff; but the folks out there who like their Blues loud are going to eat this up!

Make sure to check out the video located below this week’s playlist. It comes to us from Anthony Gomes’ official YouTube channel, and it takes you behind the scenes of the recording sessions for Electric Field Holler. Anthony wrote or co-wrote all of the songs from this album. You can find complete details on the CD, his tour schedule, and much more, on his official website AnthonyGomes.com

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This week, “The Vinyl Report” has information and a track from Charlie Parr’s upcoming release, Stumpjumper. This is the 13th album overall for this songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, but it marks Charlie Parr’s label debut with Red House Records.

Stumpjumper is scheduled for release on April 28, 2015. It will be available on vinyl-LP, as well as in digital formats and CD. Out of the 12 tracks on the disc, 11 are original compositions; but the song chosen for this week’s show is an original interpretation of a song that has been around for over a century: “Delia.”

1. NMO (North Mississippi Osborne) – Lonely Love – Freedom & Dreams
2. Debbie Davies – It’s All Blues – Love Spin
3. Barbara Blue – Love Is After Me – Memphis Blue – Sweet, Strong & Tight
4. Rusty Wright Band – Ain’t That the Blues – Wonder Man
5. T Belly – Respectable Man – Dead Men Don’t Pray (UK)
6. Sidney Green Street Band – Bama Bounce – SGSB
7. Charlie Parr – Delia – Stumpjumper **Vinyl**
8. Ray Cashman – Let the Good Times Roll – Desolation
9. Clayton Doley – Crooked Crawl – Bayou Billabong (Australia)
10. Slam Allen – All Because of You – Feel These Blues
11. Turn On – Find Another Fool – Diamond In The Rough (Finland)
12. Anthony Gomes – Whiskey Train – Electric Field Holler

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Following an incredible run of special episodes focused on the Spiritual Side of the Blues (Listen HereAnd Here), Full-Time Blues Radio gets back to work on the best in new and independent Blues music.

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This week’s shift features new releases, as well as a new segment: The Vinyl Report. This occasional segment will provide information on new Blues music available for vinyl record enthusiasts. Vinyl record sales hit roughly 20 year highs in 2014, and artists from all genres are once again seeing the format as a viable option for releasing music to fans eager to get their hands on a great physical album.

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This week, The Vinyl Report looks at Record Store Day, an annual event designed to promote community and support independent record stores across the world. One of the special edition releases that will be available exclusively on Record Store Day is A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1 by The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. The EP features live performances recorded in 2014 at the KWS Band’s show in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Complete details on the release, and a link to find out the participating Record Store Day shops in your area are available on the official website at KennyWayneShepherd.net

Courtesy Arlen Roth

Courtesy Arlen Roth

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a very special track. This new take on “Rocket 88″ is taken from Arlen Roth’s brand new album, Slide Guitar Summit, and it marks the very last recording session for the great Johnny Winter, who performs on this song with Roth. It’s an emotional honor for Arlen Roth, who admits that being a 16-year-old attending Woodstock, he was inspired seeing Johnny Winter perform.

It’s been hard to track down the link to purchase the full Slide Guitar Summit album. Best advice is to stay tuned to ArlenRoth.com
You can also purchase the album’s track, “Steel Guitar Rag” on Arlen’s online store. Click Here To Purchase

Be sure to scroll below the playlist, and watch the trailer for Brass, Glass & Steel: The Making Of Arlen Roth’s Slide Guitar Summit, a documentary about the album sessions.

1. Pokey LaFarge – Knocking the Dust Off the Rust Belt Tonight – Something In The Water
2. Peter Novelli – Je Ne Sais Quoi – St. Amant Sessions
3. Monkeyjunk – Je Nah Say Kwah – All Frequencies
4. Blues Engine – Tumbledown – Blues Engine
5. Deb Ryder – Money Monsoon – Let It Rain
6. Magnus Berg – One Way To Please You – Cut Me Loose
7. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Looking Back – A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1
8. AJ Ghent Band – Can’t Be Your Dog – Live At Terminal West CD/DVD
9. Steve Krase – Jolene – Buckle Up
10. Reno Jack the Bear – Blue Ball Boil – Lightning Fried
11. Albert Bashor – Put Me On Like You Do – Cotton Field Of Dreams
12. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Gamblin’ Blues – Terraplane
13. Arlen Roth – Rocket 88 ft Johnny Winter – Slide Guitar Summit

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