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This edition of the program finds established names like Buddy Guy, Bob Corritore, Kelly Richey and more alongside young stars on the rise like Big Jon Atkinson, Terrie Odabi and the Chase Walker Band. If you scroll down below this week’s playlist, you can also watch the official music video for Little Boys Blue and the title cut off their new CD, Tennissippi!

Courtesy Stony Plain

Courtesy Stony Plain

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blackmail Blues” by Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. The song comes off Kenny’s new album Jumpin’ & Boppin’, which is available now from Stony Plain Records. This is Kenny’s third release with the label, and his 10th overall. It marks the second time he has produced his own album; and he is joined by special guests, including label mate Duke Robillard.

This new CD features 13 songs in the Jump and Boogie Woogie piano Blues traditions. Only one of these songs is a cover – “You Don’t Know Me.” For more information on this disc, the man himself, and his tour schedule, visit the official website: KennyBluesBoss.com

1. Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – Mad About It – House Party At Big Jon’s
2. Whitehorse – Pretty Thing – The Northern South Vol. 1
3. Delta Generators – Bastards Lament – Hipshakers And Heartbreakers
4. Balkun Brothers – Keep It Up – Redrova
5. Hitman Blues Band – Don’t You Tempt Me – The World Moves On
6. Vaneese Thomas – Wrong Turn ft Carla Thomas – Blues For My Father
7. Little Boys Blue – Lights On – Tennessippi
8. Terrie Odabi – Ball and Chain – My Blue Soul
9. Kelly Richey – Love – Shakedown Soul
10. Chase Walker Band – New State Of Mind – Not Quite Legal
11. Buddy Guy – Thick Like Mississippi Mud – Born To Play Guitar
12. The Claudettes – Big Easy Women – No Hotel
13. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Blackmail Blues – Jumpin’ & Bopiin’

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Rock, Soul, Country – while they’re all genres in their own right – they are all elements that influence various subgenres within the Blues. They are all represented in this week’s edition of FTB Radio, as well. 7 of the 12 songs here come from albums that just arrived to our studios.

Courtesy Delta Groove

Courtesy Delta Groove

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Healin’ Touch” by John Long. The song comes off his new album Stand Your Ground, which is available now from Delta Groove Music. John was born in St. Louis, but like many of the pillars of the genre, he moved to Chicago in order to play the Blues. While he was in the windy city, John sat at the foot of the learning tree under Homesick James. Mr. Long soaked up every ounce of knowledge he could get from the man whom he considered a surrogate father.

Stand Your Ground features 13 songs, most of which are original compositions written by Long. He also covers Blind Willie Johnson, Willie McTell, and Homesick James on the record. John Long is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, and all of those talents are front and center throughout this album. You can learn more about this great album, Mr. John Long, and his schedule on his official website JohnLongBlues.com

1. Kalo – Dear John – Dear John
2. Markey Blue – Be My Train (Little Milton Tribute) – The Blues Come Knockin’
3. Tad Robinson – Love Is A Winner – Day Into Night
4. Tweed Funk – Come Together – Come Together
5. MonkeyJunk – Learn How To Love – Moon Turn Red
6. Mighty Orq – The Possum Song – Love In A Hurricane
7. Nick Moss Band – Rump Rash – From The Root To The Fruit
8. Shemekia Copeland – Wrapped Up In Love Again – Outskirts Of Love
9. Big Harp George – What’s Big? – Wash My Horse In Champagne
10. Dennis Gruenling – She’s So Pretty – Rockin’ All Day
11. James Harman – Skirt – Bonetime
12. John Long – Healin’ Touch – Stand Your Ground

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Courtesy Connor Ray Music

Courtesy Connor Ray Music

This week’s playlist features some big time new releases, including Albert Castiglia and Eric Bibb, along with some terrific indpendent albums. There’s a selection from the new release by Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues covering Country legend Jerry Reed. That CD, Give It Away is literally being given away, for a limited time!
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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “She’s A Keeper” by Mark May Band. It comes off the new album Blues Heaven, Mark’s sixth. The disc is available from Connor Ray Music. You can learn more about Mark and his music on his official website MarkMay.com

1. Elam McKnight – Radio (Single)
2. Albert Castiglia – Where the Devil Makes His Deals – Big Dog
3. Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin – Let Me Love You – Stormy Water
4. Cara Being Blue – Can’t Catch You – Full Throttle EP
5. Sugar Brown – Goin’ Down South – Poor Lazarus
6. Eric Bibb And North Country Far – The Happiest Man In The World – The Happiest Man In The World
7. The Ragpicker String Band – Blue Monk – The Ragpicker String Band
8. Mike Eldred Trio – Baptist Town – Baptist Town
9. Nikki Hill – Mama Wouldn’t Like It – Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists
10. Mac Arnold And Plate Full ‘O Blues – Amos Moses – Give It Away
11. Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between The Lines – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
12. Chris Stapleton – Sometimes I Cry – Traveller
13. Mark May Band – She’s A Keeper – Blues Heaven

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This week’s shift features some top tier new release albums, including Moreland & Arbuckle, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, and Paul Reddick. The album unintentionally leans toward harmonica Blues for a large portion of the program, which speaks to the trend we’re seeing in the rise of talented harp players.

Courtesy 3inlaymanterms.com

Courtesy 3inlaymanterms.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Won’t Get It” by In Layman Terms. This brother and sister act is comprised of Cole and Logan Layman, who perform out in several different forms: a duo, trio with their mother, or full band. Cole is a terrific guitarist, and Logan provides bass and vocals.

This young act is celebrating the release of their album, Tangled, which features several songs written by the siblings, as well as some that were penned by Holly Montgomery, and selected covers of tunes by Howlin’ Wolf and Janis Joplin. You can find out complete details on this debut album, this talented young band, and much more on their official website 3InLaymanTerms.com

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1. Paul Reddick – Gotta Find A… – Ride The One
2. The Mighty Mojo Prophets – Things Don’t Change – Record Store
3. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Can’t Afford to Do It – The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
4. Mark Hummel w/Sue Foley – Easy – Blues For Big Walter
5. Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine – Crackheaded Man – Coulda Woulda Shoulda
6. Moreland & Arbuckle – Mean And Evil – Promised Land Or Bust
7. Billy Hector – Evil, Slick ‘n Sly – Old School Thang
8. Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Gypsy – Blood Moon
9. Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor – Keep Our Business To Yourself – Nobody But Me
10. Shaun Murphy – Happy Wth The One I Got Now – It Won’t Stop Raining
11. Karen Lovely – I’m Over Goodbye – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
12. Crystal Shawanda – Fall From Grace – The Whole World’s Got The Blues
13. In Layman Terms – Won’t Let It – Tangled

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Blues may be the Great American Music, but it is truly a global phenomenon. That’s why on this episode, we undergo a transcontinental trip across the global Blues landscape and listen to an hour of Worldwide Blues. All 13 of the songs on this show came to us from outside of the USA.

Courtesy SteveHillMusic.com

Courtesy SteveHillMusic.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Walkin’ Grave” by Steve Hill. It comes off his brand new album, Solo Recordings Volume 3. Steve has gone from one of Canada’s most promising talents, to a star on the rise in the global limelight. Hill has also all but perfected his one man band technique. On this new album, Steve sings, plays guitar, and also plays nearly an entire drum kit. Hill is also a songwriter, rounding out an amazing skill set.

Solo Recordings Volume 3 includes a dozen tracks that are made up of a mix of heavy Blues Rock tunes and more stripped down, acoustic Blues numbers. You can find out complete information about the album, as well as much more, on Steve’s official website SteveHillMusic.com

1. Joe Rusi – Make A Better World – Who I Am (Norway)
2. Kate Lush – Do You Know What Love Is – Kate Lush (Australia)
3. Cecil B. Fardoulli & The Big Boo – Take the Tin Lizzie – A Foot a’Tappin’ Boogie (Australia)
4. Ivor SK – Help Poor Me – Delta Pines (Australia)
5. J.T. Lauritsen & Friends – Ever Since The World Began – Play By The Rules (Norway)
6. Blues Point – I Should Be Happy – At A Crossroads (Poland)
7. The Real Gone Tones – Shake Your Hips – Hot Mess (Poland)
8. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – Sweet Little Angel – Live In 1967 Volume 2 (United Kingdom)
9. Berdon Kirksaether – Cool Cats On The Move – Latenighters Under A Full Moon (Norway)
10. Eric Clapton – Can’t Let You Do It – I Still Do (United Kingdom)
11. Eddie Martin – I Wanna Groove With You – Blues Took Me By The Hand: Volume 2: The Electric Sessions (United Kingdom)
12. Tomislav Goluban – Boogie 44 – Blow Junkie (Croatia)
13. Steve Hill – Walkin’ Grave – Solo Recordings Volume 3 (Canada)

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