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This week’s new music creates an incredibly diverse selection of tunes for our playlist; and the music is all phenomenal! There’s a cover of Hank Williams by Memphis’ Bo-Keys, Punk Rock Blues by Jane Lee Hooker, Latin inspired Blues from Jonn del Toro Richardson, and a new album from harmonica legend Sugar Blue. Eight of this week’s songs come off albums never before featured on the show, with all but one of those being brand new 2016 releases.

Courtesy DannyM.com

Courtesy DannyM.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blues Came To Chicago” by Danny Marks. The song comes off Danny’s new CD, Cities In Blue. This record was produced from songs that Danny recorded to serve as the soundtrack for his television series, Cities In Blue, a documentary show in which Danny visits Blues meccas and explores their history and impact on the genre. The album, Cities In Blue is available now. You can find complete information on Danny’s official website DannyM.com

You can also check out the HiFi network’s official webpage for the Cities In Blue television show here: HiFi.ca

1. The Bo-Keys – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Heartaches By The Number
2. Jane Lee Hooker – In The Valley – No B!
3. Rick Vito – Femme Fatale – Mojo on My Side
4. Swamp Cabbage – Big For Just A Little While – Jive
5. The New Basement Tapes – Duncan and Jimmy – Lost on the River
6. Jonn Del Toro Richardson – The Moment – Tengo Blues
7. Los Fabulocos – Calmen Su Rollo – Dos
8. Jeff Jensen – T-Bone Shuffle – The River City Sessions
9. Ilana Katz Katz – Lazy John/Sail Away Ladies ft. Cedric Watson – Movin’ On
10. Sugar Blue – New York City – Voyage
11. Sista Jean & CB – Jack of Diamonds – Requiem For A Heavyweight – A Tribute To Odetta
12. Jim Liban with the Joel Patterson Trio – Selfish Man – I Say What I Mean
13. Danny Marks – Blues Came To Chicago – Cities In Blue

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This week’s selections come from albums dropped in 2016, 15, 14, 13, 12 and 10. This wide time frame allows for a diverse selection of music that has never before aired on this show. There are many truly independent releases featured in this hour. There’s also a tribute to Country music icon Merle Haggard, who passed away last week. “Merle Haggard held a deep love and high regard for the Blues, and he had a big impact on my music tastes. He is a favorite of my father’s, and that love for his music was passed down to me.” – Johnny Full-Time

Courtesy Ruf Records

Courtesy Ruf Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Little Miss Suzie” by Tasha Taylor. It comes off her label debut with Ruf Records, Honey For The Biscuit. Tasha has been hard at work on this album for three years, now; and she could have easily ridden her father’s legendary name to an easier path to notoriety. The daughter of Stax legend Johnnie Taylor, however, chose the noble path to acclaim on her own merits as a singer, songwriter and musician.

She has a little help from her friends, who joined her in studio for this new release. “Little Miss Suzie” features special guest Robert Randolph! Other guests throughout the CD are Samantha Fish, Tommy Castro, and Keb Mo. You can find out additional information about Tasha, her new album, and more on her official website TashaTaylor.com

1. Bob Margolin – Low Life Blues – My Road
2. Brad Wilson – All Kinds Of A Fool – Power Blues Guitar Live
3. The Veldman Brothers – Killing Floor – Bringin’ It To You Live
4. Sean Pinchin – Charity Case – Monkey Brain
5. Tim Williams – My Big Money – So Low
6. Merle Haggard – California Blues – The Complete ’60s Captiol Singles
7. Chad Nordhoff – Workin’ Man Blues – Good Work, If You Can Get It
8. Bing Futch – Harperville – Unresolved Blues
9. Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers – Blood And Bone – Living By The Minute
10. Crispin Schroeder – World Inside My Mind – Following Branches Down To The Roots
11. Lurrie Bell – Don’t Let The Devil Ride – The Devil Ain’t Got No Music
12. Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl – Grand Old Game – Un-Twisted
13. Tasha Taylor – Little Miss Suzie – Honey For The Biscuit

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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.

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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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Episode 1611: Canadian Blues 2016


It’s been two years since Full-Time Blues Radio first explored the great new Blues coming down from Canada. This week provides us with a new opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the Great White North. You’ll hear brand new and recent releases from Canadian natives, and transplants to the country. These bands and artists have crafted highly acclaimed albums, and many perform around the world.

Courtesy True North

Courtesy True North

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Let’s Get Back” by Matt Andersen. Matt’s new CD is Honest Man, and it is available now from True North Records. Matt Andersen is a past winner of the International Blues Challenge; and while he has always utilized Blues in his sound, he has never let it define his music. Andersen takes Blue, Soul, Gospel, and other Roots styles, then infuses a Pop sensibility, and comes out on the other side with a sound that makes your heart soar as a listener.

Scroll below this week’s playlist to watch the official music video for “Honest Man.”
Click Here to visit Matt’s Official Website

1. Blackburn – Walking In New, New Orleans – Brothers In This World
2. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Addicted – Send The Nightingale
3. David Vest – Gone Too Far – Roadhouse Revelation
4. Terry Gillespie – The Devil Likes to Win – Bluesoul
5. Reno Jack the Bear – Lightning Fried – Lightning Fried
6. Jeff Healey – My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms –
The Best Of The Stony Plain Years: Vintage Jazz, Swing And Blues
7. MonkeyJunk – Hot Hot Papa (feat. David Wilcox) – Moon Turn Red
8. Cécile Doo-Kingué – Anybody Listening – Anybody Listening, Pt. 2: Dialogues
9. Andre Bisson – All I Need – Left With The Blues
10. Jake Chisholm – Swamp Stomp – No More Sorrow
11. Cheryl Lescom & the Tuscon Choir Boys – Too Much Time – 1953
12. David Gogo – Coulda Woulda Shoulda – Vicksburg Call
13. Matt Andersen – Let’s Get Back – Honest Man

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