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2014 is already shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory for Blues music fans. The genre is in great hands as we look toward the future, and our established stars are releasing tremendous records. This week, Full-Time Blues Radio is overflowing with the highest quality music on the airwaves. The show kicks off with the highly anticipated new release from Damon Fowler, features a high concentration of 2014 new arrivals, and is sprinkled with great releases from recent history.

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “My Heart Keeps on Lovin’ You” by Sad Sam Blues Jam. The four-piece Blues band based out of Bloomington, Indiana recently released their debut recording Finally…The EP, which features this song, as well as five others. Those six songs are divided equally between originals, like the onw featured inside the mailbox, and cover tunes.
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1. Damon Fowler – Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me – Sounds Of Home
2. Kent Burnside – Walkin’ Blues – My World Is So Cold
3. Tas Cru – Every Word You Say – Tired Of Bluesmen Cryin’
4. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – The Blues Overtook Me – Live From The Granada Theater: Dallas, Texas September 10, 2013
5. Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials – No Fast Food – Jump Start
6. Bill Blue – I Ain’t From Mississippi – Mojolation
7. Duke Robillard Band – I’m Still Laughing – Independently Blue
8. The Delta Saints – Drink it Slow (Live) – Drink It Slow EP
9. The Slide Brothers – Praise You – Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers
10. Sugar Brown – Rollin and Tumblin – Sugar Brown’s Sad Day
11. Steve Dawson – JR Lockley’s Dilemma – Rattlesnake Cage
12. John Pippus – Never Thought – Nature Of The Beast EP
13. Sad Sam Blues Jam – My Heart Keeps on Lovin’ You – Finally…The EP

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2014 Grammy Award WINNERS

grammyIt was an incredibly tight field, but Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite captured the Grammy award for Best Blues Album in the pre-show for the 56th Grammy Awards. Their album Get Up! was released on the newly revived STAX imprint, which is a division of Concord Music Group, these days.

Charlie Musselwhite was also nominated as a part of the all-star lineup featured on the Blind Pig Records release, Remembering Little Walter. Other nominees included James Cotton, Bobby Rush, and Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa.

Other Grammy winners of note include Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day for Best Rock Album, Gary Clark Jr.’s song “Please Come Home” for Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Terrence Simien & the Zydeco Experience for Best Regional Roots Music Album for their album Dockside Sessions.

The Civil Wars won the Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the track “From This Valley,” one of the only songs to ever appear in multiple episodes of Full-Time Blues Radio.

Congratulations to all of the Grammy award nominees and winners.

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Full-Time Blues Radio runs down the Grammy nominations that matter. In this episode, hear Blues music that’s been nominated in several different categories. There’s also a complete breakdown of the Best Blues Album category, with a featured song and information about each of the five nominees!

The Grammys are January 26, 2014 on CBS, but the winner of the Blues category is typically not revealed on the broadcast. Count on to keep you updated. Follow Johnny Full-Time on Twitter @fulltimeblues and be sure to “Like” the Show on Facebook

There’s also Grammy nominated music videos from Jack White and Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite found below this week’s playlist. Be sure to scroll down and check ’em out!

1. Gary Clark Jr. – Ain’t Messin ‘Round – Blak And Blu
2. James Cotton – Mississippi Mud – Cotton Mouth Man
3. Mavis Staples – Jesus Wept – One True Vine
4. Jack White – I’m Shakin’ – Blunderbuss
5. Allen Toussaint – Freedom For The Stallion – Songbook
6. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Rhymes – Seesaw
7. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – Get Up! – Get Up!
8. The Civil Wars – From This Valley – Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us
9. James Harman – It’s Too Late Brother – Remembering Little Walter
10. The Rolling Stones – Doom & Gloom – Grrr!
11. Taj Mahal – Fishing Blues – They All Played For Us:
Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration

12. Bobby Rush – What is the Blues – Down In Louisiana

Jack White “I’m Shakin'” Nominee, Best Music Video

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite “I’m In I’m Out I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up!
Nominee, Best Music Film

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2014 Blues Music Award Nominees

We’ll have much more coverage of the 2014 Blues Music Awards in the coming weeks, and, as always, you can expect episodes dedicated to the event in the new year; but for now, here is the complete list of nominations for the 35th Blues Music Awards, which will be presented by the Blues Foundation May 8, 2014 in downtown Memphis, Tennessee!

35th Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album
There’s a Time – Doug MacLeod
Juba Dance – Guy Davis featuring Fabrizio Poggi
Soulscape – Harrison Kennedy
Avalon – Rory Block
Unleashed – The Hound Kings

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Little G Weevil
Rory Block

Get Up! – Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
Remembering Little Walter – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
Rhythm & Blues – Buddy Guy
Cotton Mouth Man – James Cotton
Blues in My Soul – Lurrie Bell

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Buddy Guy
John Németh
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
Rick Estrin & the Night Cats
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Mannish Boys
Trampled Under Foot

Best New Artist Debut
Double Crossing Blues – Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters
Rooster – Clay Swafford
Proof of Love – Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band
What’s the Chance… – Paul Gabriel
Daddy Told Me – Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
Pushin’ Against a Stone – Valerie June

Contemporary Blues Album
Get Up! – Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
This Time Another Year – Brandon Santini
Rhythm & Blues – Buddy Guy
Magic Honey – Cyril Neville
Badlands – Trampled Under Foot

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Ana Popovic
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Buddy Guy
Gary Clark, Jr.
Johnny Sansone
Kim Wilson
Otis Taylor

High John Records – Time Brings About a Change (Floyd Dixon)
J&R Adventures – An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (Joe Bonamassa)
Shake-It-Sugar Records – Live (Murali Coryell)
Ruf Records – Songs from the Road (Royal Southern Brotherhood)
Blue Star Connection – Live at Knuckleheads (The Healers)

The Sun Blues Box (Various Artists) – Bear Family
The Original Honeydripper (Roosevelt Sykes) – Blind Pig Records
The Jewel/Paula Blues Story (Various Artists) – Fuel Records
Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (Various Artists) – Legacy Recordings
The Complete King/Federal Singles (Freddie King) – Real Gone Music

Instrumentalist: Bass
Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Danielle Schnebelen
Larry Taylor
Patrick Rynn

Instrumentalist: Drums
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist: Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Gary Clark, Jr.
Kid Andersen
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist: Harmonica
Brandon Santini
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

Instrumentalist: Horn
Big James Montgomery
Eddie Shaw
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Diunna Greenleaf
Lavelle White
Teeny Tucker
Trudy Lynn
Zora Young

Rock Blues Album
Gone to Texas – Mike Zito & the Wheel
Made Up Mind – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Can’t Get Enough – The Rides
John the Conquer Root – Toronzo Cannon
Luther’s Blues – Walter Trout

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Barrellhouse Chuck
Dave Keyes
Marcia Ball
Mike Finnigan
Victor Wainwright

“Blues in My Soul” – Lurrie Bell
“He Was There” – James Cotton, Tom Hambridge & Richard Fleming
“That’s When the Blues Begins” – James Goode
“The Entitled Few” – Doug MacLeod
“The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down” – Johnny Sansone

Soul Blues Album
Down In Louisiana – Bobby Rush
Soul Changes – Dave Keller
Soul for Your Blues – Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band
Remembering O. V. – Johnny Rawls
Truth Is (Putting Love Back Into the Music) – Otis Clay

Soul Blues Female Artist
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Dorothy Moore
Irma Thomas
Sista Monica

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Frank Bey
John Nemeth
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
Driftin’ from Town to Town – Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars
Remembering Little Walter – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman
Cotton Mouth Man – James Cotton
Blues in My Soul – Lurrie Bell
Black Toppin’ – The Cash Box Kings

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Anson Funderburgh
Billy Boy Arnold
James Cotton
John Primer
Lurrie Bell

56th Grammy Award Nominations

The nominees for the 56th Grammy Awards were announced last night, and if you tuned in to the live concert announcements on CBS to catch the Blues category, you wasted your time. The full list of nominees is available, however, on But, Full-Time Blues Radio has you covered on the Blues category right here, right now!

It’s a great year for harmonica players in the Blues category, especially if your name is Charlie Musselwhite! Charlie is nominated twice in this category: once for his collaboration with Ben Harper on their album Get Up!, and once as a part of the all-star lineup on the live tribute album Remembering Little Walter, alongside Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, Mark Hummel, and James Harman.

Legendary harmonica ace James Cotton is nominated for his stellar album Cotton Mouth Man; and our personal favorite album of the year here at the Full-Time Blues Radio offices – Bobby Rush’s Down In Louisiana rounds out the nominations alongside Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa’s Seesaw.

Only One can win, however, and you can count on us to keep you posted as to who takes home the trophy on January 26, 2014. Make sure to scroll down and check out the other notable nominations from other categories, as well. Check out the full list below.

Best Blues Album

Remembering Little Walter
Various Artists
Blind Pig Records

Cotton Mouth Man
James Cotton
Alligator Records

Get Up!
Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite

Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa
J&R Adventures

Down In Louisiana
Bobby Rush
Deep Rush








Other Notable Nominations
Best Rock Performance: Jack White “I’m Shakin'”
Best Rock Song: “Ain’t Messin’ Round” Gary Clark Jr.//”Doom and Gloom” Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Gary Clark Jr. “Please Come Home”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Civil Wars “From This Valley”
Best Americana Album: Mavis Staples One True Vine//Allen Toussaint Songbook
Best Folk Album: Various Artists They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration
Best Regional Roots Album: Terrence Simien & the Zydeco Experience Dockside Sessions
Best Music Video: Jack White “I’m Shakin'”
Best Music Film: Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite I’m In I’m Out I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up!