Listen: Episode 1324

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Full-Time Blues Radio is all new, with music from indie up-and-comers, as well as brand new singles from some big names. In addition, this week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is off an album that is raising proceeds for a great cause. I also roll out my tribute to the late, great Bobby “Blue” Bland. Don’t miss it!

Courtesy Blue Star Connection

Courtesy Blue Star Connection

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Keep on Smilin'” by The Healers. It comes off the brand new CD/DVD package Live At Knuckleheads. This set was created to help raise funds for the non-profit organization Blue Star Connection, whose mission is “to provide access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other serious life challenges.” The Healers are an all-star crew of top Blues musicians that include Kate Moss, Samantha Fish, Jimmy Hall, Reese Wynans, Kris Schnebelen, and Danielle Schnebelen.

To date, Blue Star Connection has donated musical gear to more than 25 community programs and children’s hospital music therapy programs. We all know that music improves the quality of life, and that the ability to play music can strengthen a child’s ability to learn and grow in other areas of life; but Blue Star Connection is using music as a way to battle severe illnesses!

You can find out full details on Blue Star Connection, The Healers’ Live At Knuckleheads, and order the CD/DVD package at the official website – Click Here to visit

1. Mike Zito – Rainbow Bridge ft. Sonny Landreth – Gone To Texas
2. Grand Marquis – Easy to be the Devil – Blues And Trouble
3. Jay Willie Blues Band – You Hurt Me ft. Jason Ricci – New York Minute
4. Jake Lear – Wasting Time – Diamonds And Stones
5. Spin Doctors – If the River Was Whiskey – If The River Was Whiskey
6. Melissa Bel – C’est La Vie – Don’t Forget To Breathe
7. Anthony Gomes – Lady Soul – Before The Beginning
8. Kerry Kearney – Last Fair Deal Gone Down – Ghosts Of The Psychedelta
9. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Part of Me – Made Up Mind
10. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – One Short Night – Live From The Legendary Sun Studio
11. JD McPherson – Scratching Circles – Signs & Signifiers
12. The Healers – Keep On Smilin’ – Live At Knuckleheads

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Listen: Episode 1323

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This week’s episode of Full-Time Blues Radio has a little bit of everything. We kick off with a great run of acoustic numbers, followed by a couple heavier selections. There’s some big, horn filled Blues and some Vintage R&B, as well. It all comes together as one fantastic hour of amazing music and news. In addition to all of the great tunes, Blues News features an announcement regarding the Smoke-Out Parkinson’s event we’ve been asked to be a part of, and details on B.B. King’s New Wine Brand.

Courtesy Heartfixer Music

Courtesy Heartfixer Music

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Sassy Strat” by Tinsley Ellis. It comes off Tinsley’s brand new CD Get It!, which is available now on Heartfixer Music. This is the first all instrumental Tinsley Ellis album recorded and features his great guitar work on 10 new songs, including eight original pieces. “Sassy Strat” is a Funked-Up piece and provided a great closer to this week’s show. You can purchase this album a variety of ways.

For complete information, tour dates, and much more, Click Here to Visit

1. Larry Carlton & Robben Ford – Hand In Hand With The Blues – Unplugged
2. Corey Harris – Fulton Blues – Fulton Blues
3. Wooden Horse – CC Rider – What Comes Around
4. Ten Foot Polecats – Lost at Sea – Undertow
5. Alabama Shakes – Be Mine – Boys & Girls
6. Big Bill Morganfield – Tight Things – Blues With A Mood
7. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Brotherhood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
8. Andy Poxon – Don’t Come Home – Tomorrow
9. Rick Estrin And The Nightcats – You Ain’t The Boss Of Me – One Wrong Turn
10. Southern Hospitality – Mile After Mile – Easy Livin’
11. Jesse Dee – Stay Strong – On My Mind/In My Heart
12. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Diamonds Won’t Kiss You Back – On the Verge
13. Frank Bey – Still Called the Blues – You Don’t Know Nothing
14. Tinsley Ellis – Sassy Strat – Get It!

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Blues Festival: Parkinson’s Smoke-Out

Listen: Episode 1311

Blues Festival: Parkinson’s Smoke-Out

On April 6, 2013, Full-Time Blues Radio will be in attendance at the First Annual Parkinson’s Smoke-Out and Blues & BBQ Festival to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Please look through this article to get some of the facts, as well as find more information this event!

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age at onset is 60, some people are diagnosed at 40 or younger. – Michael J. Fox Foundation

There are an estimated one million individuals living with Parkinson’s in the United States; and while the disease itself is not fatal, it completely changes the lives of those individuals who have it and their families – and it has caused incidents that have resulted in death. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but it can be treated. There are several organizations fighting for a cure to Parkinson’s, and perhaps the most well known is the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Click Here to Learn More at

Organizers of the First Annual Parkinson’s Smoke-Out are holding the event at Evansville, Indiana’s Casino Aztar Pavilion on April 5 & 6, 2013. The event will feature 50 teams competing in a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition, as well as fundraisers such as a silent auction and more.
There’s also the music! The River Basin Blues Society, based in Evansville, has helped to put together a great lineup of amazing talent to perform for the event – including The Beat Daddys, The Boscoe France Band, and Redd Velvet. Johnny Full-Time, host of Full-Time Blues Radio, will emcee the event April 6th.

Please come join us for incredible music, food and fellowship, as we all come together for a cause and raise funds for the fight to destroy this disease. Click Here for Festival Information!


Blues Stars’ Health Updates

T-Model Ford suffered a stroke last weekend, and is residing in a Mississippi hospital. When I recorded the show, this week, doctors were not encouraged with T’s progress in recovering. However, the Blues community is quick to respond, and Facebook provides plenty of updates.

The latest news from those who have seen and talked with T-Model Ford and his family notes that he is considerably better – noting he’s awake and alert, although he’s still a little sluggish. His appetite has reportedly returned, which was a big concern. He was moved out of ICU, though, and will soon be relocating to a rehabilitation facility in an effort to get him home.

Fans are encouraged to send prayers, letters of encouragement, and cards to:
James Ford
443 South 7th St.
Greenville, MS 38703

Kid Ramos is said to be staying positive in the face of news that doctors are changing their strategy to combat his cancer. A huge benefit was recently held at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, and Blues musicians came in from across the country. There were also auctions, sales, and raffles that helped the event bring in a total of more than $5500 to help offset Kid Ramos’ medical costs. Bob Corritore called Kid during the show and put him on speakerphone, so he could thank fans in attendance for their prayers, support, and encouragement.

Fans can still help Kid Ramos’ cancer battle, by purchasing the Kid Ramos Benefit CD, which is available for sale now on the Blues Foundation’s website. Click Here to visit and Purchase the CD!

Finally, our friend Chris Tapp, of The Cold Stares, continues to battle cancer and was able to play a little guitar, this week. Please continue to pray for Chris and his family. All three of these men have an unrivaled passion for music and the Blues, but most importantly, they have a passion for their life that inspires us all.

Support Kid Ramos’ Cancer Fight!

Courtesy Delta Groove

The Blues community is coming together again, this time in support of Kid Ramos, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. In addition to prayers, well-wishes, and expressions of support and encouragement, there have also been a large amount of benefit efforts organized in response to Kid’s diagnosis.

Doctors have said that Kid’s got Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer typically found in children. Kid will undergo both radiation and chemotherapy, according to Randy Chortkoff. A ton of benefit concerts have been organized. Bob Corritore has been an amazing source of news throughout the last few weeks, and you can find out details on the benefit concerts at his website. Click Here to visit

The Southwest Musical Arts Foundation will release a CD, called The Kid Ramos/Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions that will see all proceeds from sales donated to Kid in an effort to help offset medical costs. The album will have an initial run of only 1,000 copies pressed. It features some of the best recordings from four recording sessions that Kid Ramos and Bob Corritore had in the 1990s with Henry Gray, Nappy Brown, Big Pete Pearson, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, and Chico Chism. An exact release date is yet to be determined, but the album is expected to be available in mid to late October. Stay tuned to this website and Full-Time Blues Radio episodes for updates as they become available.

Kid Ramos’ family at Delta Groove Productions has established a medical fund, and they’re asking folks who can help to “Chip In!” ChipIn is a secure way to make donations to a variety of causes, and a goal has been set at $10,000. Organizers are already over halfway there, and you can get complete information, and donate, by Clicking Here

As always, a great way to help artists in need is to purchase their music. Click Here and Shop Kid Ramos Music

Everyone associated with Full-Time Blues sends heartfelt prayers to Kid Ramos. I hope you get well soon! – Johnny Full-Time