Listen: Episode 1626

Full-Time Blues Radio began in June of 2008, as local radio news personality “Johnny Full-Time” John Luttrell began volunteering at University of Evansville station, WUEV-FM – the area’s only source for Blues music on the local airwaves. The show evolved into a weekly, syndicated program spotlighting the best in new and independent Blues music, airing on stations throughout America and internationally on Radio New Zealand.

episode1626After more than eight years hosting and producing Full-Time Blues, JFT is moving into a position of full-time work outside of broadcasting that will not allow for weekly production of this show in the quality that listeners deserve. This edition of the program provides our host an opportunity to express sincere gratitude to the listeners, look back on great moments in the show’s history, and play some of his favorite songs. It’s a blowout celebration of the greatest music on Earth!

This is not the end of our program forever, though, as it becomes an occasional hobby instead of a weekly career. Stay tuned to this website for updates and future episodes as they become available. May God bless you and yours now and in the future.

1. The Cold Stares – Jesus’ Brother James – Hot Like Waco EP
2. Boscoe France – Good Day For The Blues – Live In Studio Performance
3. Vaughan Brothers – Tick Tock – Family Style
4. Joe Bonamassa – Three Times a Fool – Black Rock
5. Rob Stone – Wonderful Time – Gotta Keep Rollin’
6. Blind Dog Gatewood – Flip, Flop, and Fly – Live In Studio Performance
7. B.B. King – Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens – Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan
8. Willie Nelson – Funny How Time Slips Away – Milk Cow Blues
9. Eric Bibb – Buckets of Rain – Diamond Days
10. Ronnie Earl And The Broadcasters – What Can I Do For You – Living In The Light
11. The Beat Daddys – Train In the Distance – Live At The Quincy Blues Fest 2007
12. The Band – I Shall Be Released – The Last Waltz

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Courtesy Shakedown Records

Courtesy Shakedown Records

This week’s shift inside the workshop features the new album by The Soul of John Black, as well as a cool Diddley meets Hendrix interpretation of “Who Do You Love?” and a pair of teenage brothers who have already been playing music for newarly ten years!

One of my favorite forms of the Blues is the North Mississippi Hill Country style, and that style is being kept alive by some sincredibly talented folks. One of those men is Lightnin’ Malcolm, and he’s released a brand new album. The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Gettin’ Dark” by Lightnin’ Malcolm. It comes off his highly anticipated new release Foot Soldier. Malcolm went back to his beginnings on this disc, opting to perform as a one man band for all but two of these tracks. He wrote all of the songs on the disc, and produced the record, as well!

You can find out more about this CD, get Malcolm’s tour schedule, and much more on his official website, LightninMalcolm.com

1. The Soul Of John Black – Thursday Morning – Early In The Moanin’
2. Reverend Freakchild – Who Do You Love – Illogical Optimism
3. Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen – Beggin’ Jesus – Love & Life
4. The Low Counts – Cant’ They See – Years Pass By
5. Ramblin’ John Jennings – I Saw A Wheel – Illogical Optimism
6. McDowell Brothers – Jam – Tribute To Inspiration
7. The Peterson Brothers – Don’t You Lie To Me – The Peterson Brothers
8. AG Weinberger – Standin’ Around Cryin’ – Mighty Business
9. The Nighthawks – Jana Lea – Back Porch Party
10. Billie Williams – Runnin’ Back – Billie Williams
11. Anni Piper – Blackberry Brandy – More Guitars Than Friends
12. Janiva Magness – When You Hold Me – Love Wins Again
13. Lightnin’ Malcolm – Gettin’ Dark – Foot Soldier

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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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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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