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This week’s program is different than any other in the nearly eight year history of Full-Time Blues Radio. It is a respectful look at mental illness through recent Blues songs and educational information. John Luttrell, executive producer of our show, comes to listeners in the beginning of the program to explain that this episode was created after a conversation with a loved one who is battling clinical depression. Below, you will find links and contact information to organizations that offer help to those battling mental illness, and those who want to help others.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – 800.950.6264
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800.273.8255
Mental Health America – 800.969.6642
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – 877.726.4727 Depression Fact Sheet
Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bi-Polar Research

In this episode, Johnny Full-Time talked about a song by pop music group Gnarls Barkley, “Just A Thought,” that deals with suicidal thoughts. If you scroll below this week’s playlist, you can watch a music video featuring this incredible song.

1. Bob Malone – I’m Not Fine – Mojo Deluxe
2. The Delta Saints – Crazy – Drink It Slow EP
3. The Reverend Shawn Amos – Days Of Depression –
The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You
4. Pat Travers – White Room – Covering Clapton: From Cream and Beyond
5. Lara Price – Crazy Lucy – I Mean Business
6. Walter Trout – Almost Gone – Battle Scars
7. Cheryl Lescom & the Tuscon Choir Boys – Nice Mix of Crazy – 1953
8. Too Slim & the Taildraggers – Good To See You Smile Again – Anthology
9. Ray Goren – Can’t Live Like This – Save My Soul EP
10. JJ Thames – Can You Let Somebody Else Be Strong – Tell You What I Know
11. Beth Hart – Tell ‘Em To Hold On – Better Than Home

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a playlist built around the various stages of love. There’s songs of courtship, heartache, passion, and lasting commitment. The best part? The songs are truly incredible. There are tracks from Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Igor Prado Band with Kim Wilson, and a new Blues album by legendary troubador Steve Earle.


This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Always There For Me” by Joe Filisko and Eric Noden, The Roots Duo. It comes off their new album On The Move, which is one of two new albums that the two men are involved in. The other release is Eric Noden Band’s Solid Ground.

Eric Noden has his hands in nearly every facet of the Blues, including singing, guitar, producing and teaching. The Ohio native relocated to Chicago in the early 90’s. It didn’t take him long to meet Joe Filisko and form a partnership. Filisko, himself, is an instructor and master of his instrument: the harmonica. He is highly regarded not only for his playing, but his building and customization of the instrument. You can get to know these men a little better by watching the video posted just below this week’s playlist. Check it out!


1. Igor Prado Band – Ride With Me Baby – Way Down South
2. Billy Walton Band – True Lovin Man – Wish For What You Want
3. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Something’s Got A Hold Of Me – Live In Amsterdam
4. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Won’t You Stay – Send The Nightengale
5. Cathy Lemons – It All Went Down The Drain – Black Crow
6. Neil Barnes – Tears, Tears and More Tears – Hyde And Seek
7. Coco Montoya – It’s My Own Tears – The Best Of Coco Montoya
8. Mark Hummel – Lovey Dovey Lovely One – The Hustle Is Really On
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had – Terraplane
10. David Egan – Every Tear – David Egan
11. Patti Parks – Everyday – Cheat’N Man
12. Joe Filisko & Eric Noden – Always There For Me – On The Move

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Johnny Full-Time Welcomes First Child

Johnny Full-Time Welcomes First Child

Thanks for your patience, this week. This episode arrived to our affiliates on time, however, it was delayed in getting posted here on, because Johnny Full-Time is on paternity leave following the birth of his first child.
Now, on with the show!

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Deuces are wild, this week, as Full-Time Blues Radio explores powerful pairs. Whether it is in a traditional duo setting, or two stars fronting a full band, we will listen to the power of two in this episode.

Courtesy Yep Roc Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “I Feel So Good.” It comes off the album Common Ground: Dave Alvin And Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy. The record marks the first time brothers Dave and Phil Alvin have released an effort together in nearly 30 years! That album is available now from Yep Roc Records, and will be released on vinyl LP just days from this posting. Make sure to check out Dave and Phil’s video performance of Big Bill Broonzy’s signature song “Key to the Highway” below this week’s playlist.

You can also find complete details on their websites, and

1. Dave Riley & Bob Corritore – Home In Chicago – Hush Your Fuss
2. Moreland & Arbuckle – Tall Boogie – Seven Cities
3. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Well, Well – Live In Amsterdam
4. Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Come On In – Road Dog’s Life
5. Nicole Hart & Anni Piper – Can’t Let You Go – Split Second
6. Peter Karp & Sue Foley – More Than I Bargained For – Beyond The Crossroads
7. Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Sean Carney – Drivin’ Me Wild – Drivin’ Me Wild
8. Jimi Hocking & Rebecca Davey – Tell Me Where, Tell Me When – Live At The Royal Standard
9. Chris James & Patrick Rynn – A Fact Is A Fact – Barrelhouse Stomp
10. Duncan Street – Sharpest Marble In The Drawer – Baptized By The Blues
11. Matt Baxter & Jake Sampson – Dusty Mule – Haunted
12. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – I Feel So Good – Common Ground: Dave Alvin And Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy

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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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56th Grammy Award Nominations

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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!