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The Easter holiday gave us a perfect layover to stack up a healthy selection of new Blues CDs in our mailbox. This week features several of those albums, beginning with the title track off the new album by Janiva Magness. Love Wins Again is available now, and you can Click Here to Listen to my archived interview with Janiva Magness! From there, we hear a ton of great new Blues releases, including music by Guy King. Scroll below this week’s playlist to watch a video of Guy in the studio discussing his new album, Truth, and a seocnd video for his new song, “My Happiness.”

Courtesy Black Hen

Courtesy Black Hen

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Driver’s Wheel” by Steve Dawson. Steve is a Vancouver native, who has since relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. For this new album, he assembled a full band, and incorporated many traditional Roots music styles into his Blues. It is a stark contrast to his stripped down, instrumental album released in 2014. The new set is available digitally, on CD, or on 180 gram double vinyl LP! You can purchase the vinyl, learn more about Steve Dawson, and listen to his new podcast on his official website – SteveDawson.ca

1. Janiva Magness – Love Wins Again – Love Wins Again
2. Brothers Brown – Hurricane – Dusty Road
3. John Campbelljohn Trio – Stop Making Excuses – Chin Up
4. Waydown Wailers – Susie Q – Empty Promises
5. Little G Weevil – Back Porch – The Teaser
6. Delta Generators – Feel No Pain – Hipshakers And Heartbreakers
7. Igor Prado Band – Shake and Fingerpop – Way Down South
8. Guy King – A Day In A Life With The Blues – Truth
9. Trudy Lynn – Let My Daddy Do That – Everything Comes With A Price
10. Mark Cameron – Somewhere Down The Line – Playing Rough
11. The Texas Horns – Kick Me Again – Blues Gotta Holda Me
12. Damon Fowler – Alison – Sounds Of Home
13. Steve Dawson – Driver’s Wheel – Solid States & Loose Ends

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Episode 1612: Spiritual Side 2016

Courtesy Alligator Records

Courtesy Alligator Records

Every year, in preparation for Easter, Full-Time Blues Radio walks in the light of the LORD by playing the Spiritual Side of the Blues. In 2016, inspired by the new album God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, Johnny Full-Time enjoyed building a playlist of songs covering Willie. There are several songs off this new Alligator Records release, but there are several other songs from individual artist albums.

Click Here to sample God Don’t Never Change

Another one of the albums that has several songs featured is a 2011 release titled If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson. This was a special project put together by cigar box guitar guru Shane Speal, and offered as a FREE download on his website. Click Here to Visit ShaneSpeal.com and Download the Album!

1. Blind Willie Johnson – Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time (Music Bed) – The Complete Blind Willie Johnson
2. Tom Waits – John the Revelator – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
3. Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (Music Bed) – The Complete Blind Willie Johnson
4. Rickie Lee Jones – Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
5. Night Owl – I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
6. Mike Zito – Let Your Light Shine On Me – Gone To Texas
7. The Wendells – Can’t Nobody Hide from God – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
8. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
9. Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
10. Georgie Bonds – The Soul of a Man – Hit It Hard
11. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Dirty Memory
12. Glenn Kaiser – Praise God I’m Satisfied – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
13. David Sutton – I Just Can’t Keep From Cryin’ Sometimes – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
14. Sinead O’Connor – Trouble Will Soon Be Over – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
15. Lucinda Williams – God Don’t Never Change – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

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This week’s playlist has new and recent releases by legends like Bonnie Raitt, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, alongside truly independent releases from up-and-coming artists and bands. There’s a new tribute to B.B. King by Brigitte Rios Purdy, followed by a track from a new B.B. King collection!

Courtesy Delmark

Courtesy Delmark

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “City Lights” by Corey Dennison Band. It comes off their self-titled debut album with Delmark Records. Corey is still a young buck when compared to 70 and 80 year old Bluesmen, but he has more experience than his 40-years suggest. This new album is fantastic, and it features 13 all original songs. You can find complete details, a gig schedule and more on Corey’s official website. Click Here to Visit CoreyDennison.net

1. Jake Chisholm – Weigh You Down – No More Sorrow
2. Bonnie Raitt – Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes – Dig In Deep
3. Los Lobos – Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes – By The Light Of The Moon
4. Roy Rogers – Losin’ You – Into The Wild Blue
5. The Claudettes – Life Is Such Fun, and Then Seems to Disappear – No Hotel
6. Jon Spear Band – I Love My Skin – Live Music Is Better
7. Magic Sam – Hoochie Coochie Man – Live At The Avant Garde
8. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – End of the World –
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
9. Christian Collin – One and Only – Spirit Of The Blues
10. Brigitte Rios Purdy – Lucille Don’t You Weep – Lucille Don’t You Weep (Single)
11. B.B. King – My Sometime Baby – Blue Shadows: Underrated King Recordings, 1958-1962
12. Buddy Guy – Flesh & Bone ft. Van Morrison – Born To Play Guitar
13. Corey Dennison – City Lights – Corey Dennison Band

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The new arrivals to our studio, this week, are phenomenal. This episode contains several new Blues Rock CDs, but the playlist is populated with a variety of styles, as always. Scroll below this week’s playlist and watch the official music video for Kelly Richey’s song, “Fading (Acoustic)”

The Vinyl Report is back! Johnny Full-Time has information about a highly anticipated new tribute record titled God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, featuring covers of some of Willie’s signature songs by Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and others. You’ll also hear a cut off the album by the Cowboy Junkies.

lutherdickinsonThe featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a beautiful song by Luther Dickinson titled “How I Wish My Train Would Come.” It comes off his new release, Blues & Ballads A Folksingers Songbook: Volumes I & II, which is available now from New West Records. You can purchase it digitally, on CD, or in a deluxe edition, double vinyl LP that includes a songbook of transcribed tunes from this set! Complete details are available on Luther’s official website, LutherDickinson.com

1. Keith Stone – Make Me Feel Alright – The Prodigal Returns
2. Kelly Richey – Fading – Shakedown Soul
3. Lazer Lloyd – Out of Time – Lazer Lloyd
4. Van Wilks – Who’s Foolin’ Who – 21st Century Blues
5. Eddie Cotton – My Money – One At A Time
6. Cowboy Junkies – Jesus is Coming Soon –
God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson
7. Balkun Brothers – She Got It All – Balkun Brothers
8. The Ragpicker String Band – Clean Up at Home – The Ragpicker String Band
9. Mark Nomad – What’s A Man To Do – #9
10. Jimmie Vaughan – Wheel of Fortune ft. Lou Ann Barton –
Plays Blues, Ballads, & Favorites
11. Joakim Tinderholt – Stumble’ & Fumble’ – You Gotta Do More
12. Luther Dickinson – How I Wish My Train Would Come –
Blues & Ballads A Folksingers Songbook: Volumes I & II

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This week’s program is different than any other in the nearly eight year history of Full-Time Blues Radio. It is a respectful look at mental illness through recent Blues songs and educational information. John Luttrell, executive producer of our show, comes to listeners in the beginning of the program to explain that this episode was created after a conversation with a loved one who is battling clinical depression. Below, you will find links and contact information to organizations that offer help to those battling mental illness, and those who want to help others.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – 800.950.6264
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800.273.8255
Mental Health America – 800.969.6642
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – 877.726.4727
HelpGuide.org Depression Fact Sheet
Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bi-Polar Research

In this episode, Johnny Full-Time talked about a song by pop music group Gnarls Barkley, “Just A Thought,” that deals with suicidal thoughts. If you scroll below this week’s playlist, you can watch a music video featuring this incredible song.

1. Bob Malone – I’m Not Fine – Mojo Deluxe
2. The Delta Saints – Crazy – Drink It Slow EP
3. The Reverend Shawn Amos – Days Of Depression –
The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You
4. Pat Travers – White Room – Covering Clapton: From Cream and Beyond
5. Lara Price – Crazy Lucy – I Mean Business
6. Walter Trout – Almost Gone – Battle Scars
7. Cheryl Lescom & the Tuscon Choir Boys – Nice Mix of Crazy – 1953
8. Too Slim & the Taildraggers – Good To See You Smile Again – Anthology
9. Ray Goren – Can’t Live Like This – Save My Soul EP
10. JJ Thames – Can You Let Somebody Else Be Strong – Tell You What I Know
11. Beth Hart – Tell ‘Em To Hold On – Better Than Home

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