Listen: Episode 1615

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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Listen: Episode 1614

Listen: Episode 1613

Listen: Blind Willie
Johnson Tribute

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: Episode 1610

2016 International Blues Challenge Wrap-Up

Another incredible International Blues Challenge competition is in the books and Memphis is much quieter this week. Fans and bands from around the world came to Memphis, Tennessee to find out who the best undiscovered Blues talent was for 2016. You can see the complete list of winners here. If you scroll down the page, you will be able to view the full list of finalists and semi-finalists, as well. There is also a YouTube playlist that includes several videos of performances from the event!
Congratulations to everyone involved!

2016 International Blues Challenge Winners

Band Competition
1st Place – The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
2nd Place – The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
3rd Place – The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society

Solo/Duo Competition
1st Place – Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
2nd Place – InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance

Band Guitar Award
The Delgado Brothers

Solo/Duo Guitar Award
Bing Futch

Harp Award
InnerVision

Best Self Produced CD
Rob Lumbard Blues In A Bottle, Central Iowa Blues Society

Previously…

2016 International Blues Challenge Finalists

Solo/Duo Competition
The Mighty Orq, Houston Blues Society
Sonny Moorman, Cincy Blues Society
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon, Arkansas River Blues Society
Micah Kesselring, The Blues Jazz and Folk Music Society
Dave Muskett, Indy Crossroads Blues Inc
InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance
Bing Futch, Orange Blossom Blues Society

Band Competition
Southern Avenue, Memphis Blues Society
The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
Bobby BlackHat Band, Natchel Blues Network
Tee Dee Young, The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society
Hector Anchondo Band, Blues Society of Omaha
The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society
A Different Shade of Blue, Vicksburg Blues Society

Previously…

2016 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists

Solo/Duo Competition
Big Bones, The Golden Gate Blues Society
Debra Power, Calgary Blues Music Association
Dave Muskett, Indy Crossroads Blues Inc
Graham Guest, Edmonton Blues Society
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon, Arkansas River Blues Society
Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor, Colorado Blues Society
Sonny Jim Clifford, Boston Blues Society
Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen, Connecticut Blues Society
McCarthy & Headley, Blues Society of Northwest Florida
Alonzo Pennington & Michael Gough, Kentuckiana Blues Society
Hat and Matching Suitcase, The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
They Call Me Rico, France Blues
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
Mississippi G-n-H Blues, Vicksburg Blues Society
Amays and Blue, Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association
Karla Peterie and Jim Herbert, Kansas City Blues Society
Charlie A’Court, East Coast Blues Society
Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand, Southwest Florida Blues Society
Michael Schatte, Toronto Blues Society
Jesse Roper, White Rock Blues Society
Micah Kesselring, The Blues Jazz and Folk Music Society
Bing Futch, Orange Blossom Blues Society
KALO, Topeka Blues Society
Jeremy Short, Huntington Blues Society
The Mighty Orq, Houston Blues Society
Delanie Pickering, Granite State Blues Society
Big Bo, Dutch Blues Foundation
Sonny Moorman, Cincy Blues Society
Libby Rae Watson, Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola
Robert Sampson, Illinois Central Blues Club
Adrian Duke & Theresa Richmond, Central Virginia Blues Society
InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance

Band Competition
Michael Hornbuckle Band, Mile High Blues Society
Eric Slim Zahl & the South West Swingers, Oslo Bluesklubb
Odell Gray and the House Rules Band, Houston Blues Society
The Michael Lee Band, San Angelo Blues Society
Tee Dee Young, The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society
The Forrest McDonald Band, River City Blues Society (VA)
Mother Ship Blues Band, The Blues Societies of Iowa
Altered Five Blues Band, Grafton Blues Association
TC Carr & Bolts Of Blue, Suncoast Blues Society
David Smash Band, Orange Blossom Blues Society
The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society
Roharpo the Bluesman and the Real Blues Band, The Golden Gate Blues Society
Phil Bee’s Freedom, Dutch Blues Foundation
Vanessa Collier, Billtown Blues Association
Little Boys Blue, West Tennessee Blues Society
The Chris Canas Band, Detroit Blues Society
J.L. Fulks Band, South Florida Blues
Tripwire, Blues Society of the Ozarks
Arsen Shomakhov Band, White Rock Blues Society
Dany Franchi Band, Mojo Station
The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
Matt Roberts Trio, Sydney Blues Society
Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Cincy Blues Society
The Lucas Haneman Express, Ottawa Blues Society
Diggin’ Roots Band, Blues Society of Western New York
Lampano Alley, Blues Asia Network
Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings, Austin Blues Society
Eight O’Five Jive, Nashville Blues Society
The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
A Different Shade of Blue, Vicksburg Blues Society
White Knuckles Trio, Finnish Blues Society
The SoulFixers, Dayton Blues Society
Bobby BlackHat Band, Natchel Blues Network
Hector Anchondo Band, Blues Society of Omaha
Rent Party Blues Band, Santa Barbara Blues Society
T-Roosters, DeltaBlues
Southern Avenue, Memphis Blues Society
Rex Peoples & X Factr, Colorado Blues Society
Markey Blue, Atlanta Blues Society
Darell Christopher & The Ingredients, Blues Society of Tulsa
Rooster Davis Group, Edmonton Blues Society
Sister Mercy, Cascade Blues Association
Twice As Good, Clear Lake Blues Society
Kev Nichols & Blue Tuesday, Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association
Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois
Dreamboogie, Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Bridget Kelly Band, North Central Florida Blues Society
Lizzi Neal Band, River City Blues Society (IL)

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