Listen: Episode 1613

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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Listen: Blues Music Award Nominees (Episode 1601)

It’s a new year, and that means a new slate of episodes from Full-Time Blues Radio. In recent years, the nominations for the Blues Music Awards have come out just in time to provide us with a great starting point for the new year. 2016 is no different, and this episode features music from 13 BMA nominees, including every Album of the Year and BB King Entertainer of the Year nominee! Click Here to See the Full List of Nominees

1. Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades of Blue – Fifty Shades of Blue
2. Sugaray Rayford – Southside of Town – Southside
3. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Dump That Chump – You Asked For It…Live!
4. Buddy Guy – Kiss Me Quick – Born To Play Guitar
5. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots – Reaper’s on the Prowl – Boom Town
6. James Harman – I Am The World’s Badluckest Man – Bonetime
7. Wee Willie Walker – Everybody Meets Mr. Blue – If Nothing Ever Changes
8. John Nemeth – Love Me Tonight – Love Me Tonight
9. Guy Davis – Maybe I’ll Go – Kokomo Kidd
10. The Cash Box Kings – Cash Box Boogie – Holding Court
11. Tinsley Ellis – Everything – Tough Love
12. Slam Allen – Feel These Blues – Feel These Blues
13. Shemekia Copeland – Devil’s Hand – Outskirts Of Love

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37th Blues Music Award Nominees

This is the complete list of nominees for the 2016 Blues Music Awards. The ceremonies will be held May 5th in Memphis, Tennessee. For complete information and to cast your votes, visit Blues.org

Album
Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades Of Blue
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
James Harman – Bonetime
The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court
Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes

Song of the Year
“Bad Feet/Bad Hair” written and performed by James Harman
“Fifty Shades of Blue” written by Anthony Geraci and performed by Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars
“Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout
“Southside of Town” written by Sugaray Rayford and & Ralph Carter and performed by Sugaray Rayford
“You Got It Good (and That Ain’t Bad)” written and performed by Doug MacLeod

Band
Andy T–Nick Nixon Band
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Cash Box Kings
Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots

B.B. King Entertainer
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Shemekia Copeland
Sugaray Rayford
Victor Wainwright

Acoustic Album
Doug MacLeod – Exactly Like This
Duke Robillard – The Acoustic Blues & Roots Of Duke Robillard
Eric Bibb – Blues People
Guy Davis – Kokomo Kidd
The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Gaye Adegbalola
Guy Davis
Ian Siegal

Best New Artist Album
Eddie Cotton – One At A Time
Igor Prado Band – Way Down South
Mighty Mike Schermer – Blues In Good Hands
Mr. Sipp – The Mississippi Blues Child
Slam Allen – Feel These Blues

Contemporary Blues Album
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Eugene Hideaway Bridges – Hold On A Little Bit Longer
Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love
Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues
Sugaray Rayford – Southside

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Karen Lovely
Nikki Hill
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Brandon Santini
Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Louis Walker
Sugaray Rayford

Historical Album
The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1, Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest, Henry Gray & Bob Corritore, Delta Groove Records
Hawk Squat, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Delmark Records
Southside Blues Jam, Junior Wells, Delmark Records
Buzzin’ The Blues, Slim Harpo, Bear Family Records
Dynamite! The Unsung King of the Blues, Tampa Red, Ace Records

Instrumentalist: Bass
Charlie Wooton
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist: Drums
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist: Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl
Sonny Landreth

Instrumentalist: Harmonica
Billy Branch
Brandon Santini
James Harman
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist: Horn
Al Basile
Doug James
Kaz Kazanoff
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Allen Toussaint
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
John Ginty
Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks
Joe Louis Walker – Everybody Wants A Piece
Royal Southern Brotherhood – Don’t Look Back
Tinsley Ellis – Tough Love
Walter Trout – Battle Scars

Soul Blues Album
Bey Paule Band – Not Goin’ Away
Billy Price & Otis Clay – This Time For Real
Jackie Payne – I Saw The Blues
Tad Robinson – Day Into Night
Wee Willie Walker – If Nothing Ever Changes

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye LaVette
Dorothy Moore
Missy Anderson
Toni Lynn Washington
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Frank Bey
Jackie Payne
Jo hnny Rawls
Otis Clay
Wee Willie Walker

Traditional Blues Album
Andy T–Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man
Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades Of Blue
Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants Of Hill Country
James Harman – Bonetime
The Cash Box Kings – Holding Court

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Cedric Burnside
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
James Harman
Jimmy Burns
John Primer

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Diunna Greenleaf
Fiona Boyes
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn
Zora Young

Favorite Albums of 2015 (Episode 1550)

This week brings 2015 to a close with a listen to songs from Johnny Full-Time’s favorite albums released in 2015. Instead of telling you what we think is the “best” new music each year, JFT combs through all of the music that flowed into the studio over the last 12 months and hand picks tracks from his favorite discs. There is some amazing material here; but we’d like to hear from you! What was your favorite song, album, or episode of Full-Time Blues Radio this year? let us know in the comments section here OR at our Facebook page.

And, be sure to look below the playlist, this week, for a music video by JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci. They recorded Blind Willie Johnson’s song “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” for their new album Dirty Memory, one of John’s favorites of 2015.

1. Amy Helm – Spend Our Last Dime – Didn’t It Rain
2. Ian Siegal – Heavenly Houseboat Blues – The Picnic Sessions
3. Pokey LaFarge – Cairo, Illinois – Something In The Water
4. N.M.O. – Annabel – Freedom & Dreams
5. Albert Cummings – Movin’ On – Someone Like You
6. The Beat Daddys – You Made Me Cry – Hoodoo That We Doo
7. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Jason Solo – Dirty Memory
8. Muddy Waters 100 – Forty Days and Forty Nights ft. Gary Clark Jr.- Muddy Waters 100
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – King of the Blues – Terraplane
10. Leo “Bud” Welch – So Many Turnrows – I Don’t Prefer No Blues
11. Bobby Rush – Hey Western Union Man – Chicken Heads:
A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush

12. JD McPherson – Mother Of Lies – Let The Good Times Roll

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Thanksgiving Blues 2015 (Episode 1547)

This week brings us the semi-annual Thanksgiving edition of the program, featuring a mouth-watering selection of songs in all flavors of the Blues. It’s an impressive spread of food themed tracks for your holiday season soundtrack, with all but two of the songs coming off 2015 releases – an impressive feat for a themed episode.

Courtesy ManHatTone

Courtesy ManHatTone

We were fortunate to even have a featured selection from “Johnny’s Mailbox” that fits right in with the Thanksgiving topic. “Mama’s Cookin'” comes off the new album by Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans. The new CD, That’s What They Say, is available now from ManHatTone, and it includes 15 songs. You’ll find guests on this disc like Gina Sicilia, Mike Welch, and Dave Gross. As always, Brad Vickers and company create original music and play covers that keep the American Roots music traditions of the past alive.

“Mama’s Cookin'” is a tribute to mothers everywhere who strive to keep our bellies full. It was written by the Vestapolitans’ Margey Peters, and she also takes lead vocals on the tune. Other than the opening cover of Tampa Red’s “Seminole Blues” and the traditional song “Don’t You Love Your Daddy No More,” all of the songs on the record are original compositions. You can learn more about Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, That’s What They Say, and the tour schedule online at BradVickers.com

In addition to the music, I found a fascinating short film about the history of poke sallet, or polk salad. This video is courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Joe York. Enjoy the video, and consider making this southern favorite a part of your spread.

1. Crissinger – I Love To Eat – Blues Expression
2. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials – Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits –
The Best Of Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials (2015)
3. The Texas Horns – Home Cookin – Blues Gotta Holda Me
4. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Cornbread – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
5. Lonnie Mack ft. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Oreo Cookie Blues – Best Of Lonnie Mack (2015)
6. Georgie Bonds – Butter Your Biscuit – Hit It Hard
7. James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox – Polk Salad Annie –
Guitar Heroes
8. The Alastair Greene Band – Red Wine Woman – Trouble At Your Door
9. The Beat Daddys – Pie or Cake – Hoodoo That We Doo
10. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Puddin’ Pie – Good News
11. Delta Moon – Jelly Roll – Low Down
12. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans – Mama’s Cookin’ – That’s What They Say

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Thanksgiving Blues
2013