Listen: Episode 1511

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Although I take great care in curating the playlist each week on the show; I feel this week’s playlist is one of the strongest non-special theme episodes, musically, that I can think of in a while. This week’s selections are stout, and they flow very nicely with one another. There are five 2015 releases, with many of the 2014 selections arriving on our doorsteps late. Out of 13 tracks featured this week, eight of them are from albums that have never been featured on the show!

Courtesy Big O Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Long Way To Memphis” by Greg Nagy. It comes off his third studio album, Stranded, which was recently released on Big O Records. The album was produced by Jim Alfredson, who also plays on the record. There are also appearances by Dave Gross, Jim Shaneberger, and others on this disc.

The highlight, though, is simply being able to enjoy new music from Greg Nagy. He shares co-writing credit on many of the nine original numbers, here. There’s only one cover out of the 10 tracks, coming in the form of a new interpretation on Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City.” Nagy’s voice is powerful, and at the same time, vulnerable; and he continues to explore his genre influences beyond simply Blues music. You can find out much more on Greg, his music, and his tour schedule on his official website, GregNagy.com and be sure to scroll below the playlist, where you will find a video from Greg’s YouTube channel, featuring a sampler of all the tracks from the new album Stranded.

1. The Muggs – Straight Up Boogaloo – Straight Up Boogaloo
2. Ghost Town Blues Band – Big Shirley – Hard Road To Hoe
3. Savoy Brown – Laura Lee – Goin’ To The Delta
4. Ray Goren – Stop – Save My Soul EP
5. JJ Thames – Souled Out – Tell You What I Know
6. JP Blues – Meet Me Halfway – Live At Darwin’s
7. Dana Fuchs – Bliss Avenue – Songs From The Road
8. Toots Lorraine – Hindsight – Make It Easy
9. Dave Riley and Bob Corritore – Laughing Blues – Hush Your Fuss
10. Harrison Kennedy – Shake The Hand – This Is From Here
11. Kat Danser – Sun Goes Down – Baptized By The Mud
12. Cécile Doo-Kingué – Little Bit – Anybody Listening, Pt. 1: Monologues
13. Greg Nagy – Long Way To Memphis – Stranded

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