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This week’s shift features some top tier new release albums, including Moreland & Arbuckle, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, and Paul Reddick. The album unintentionally leans toward harmonica Blues for a large portion of the program, which speaks to the trend we’re seeing in the rise of talented harp players.



The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Won’t Get It” by In Layman Terms. This brother and sister act is comprised of Cole and Logan Layman, who perform out in several different forms: a duo, trio with their mother, or full band. Cole is a terrific guitarist, and Logan provides bass and vocals.

This young act is celebrating the release of their album, Tangled, which features several songs written by the siblings, as well as some that were penned by Holly Montgomery, and selected covers of tunes by Howlin’ Wolf and Janis Joplin. You can find out complete details on this debut album, this talented young band, and much more on their official website

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1. Paul Reddick – Gotta Find A… – Ride The One
2. The Mighty Mojo Prophets – Things Don’t Change – Record Store
3. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Can’t Afford to Do It – The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
4. Mark Hummel w/Sue Foley – Easy – Blues For Big Walter
5. Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine – Crackheaded Man – Coulda Woulda Shoulda
6. Moreland & Arbuckle – Mean And Evil – Promised Land Or Bust
7. Billy Hector – Evil, Slick ‘n Sly – Old School Thang
8. Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Gypsy – Blood Moon
9. Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor – Keep Our Business To Yourself – Nobody But Me
10. Shaun Murphy – Happy Wth The One I Got Now – It Won’t Stop Raining
11. Karen Lovely – I’m Over Goodbye – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
12. Crystal Shawanda – Fall From Grace – The Whole World’s Got The Blues
13. In Layman Terms – Won’t Let It – Tangled

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This shift of Full-Time Blues Radio features a fantastic selection that includes new releases from legendary names like Duke Robillard and Bobby Rush. There are also stellar tunes by young indie acts like Stolen Hearts and Jason Appleton & Jason Ricci.

Courtesy Delmark Records

Courtesy Delmark Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Snaggletooth Mule” by Jimmy Burns. It comes off his new release, It Ain’t Right, which is available now from Delmark Records. It Ain’t Right marks Jimmy’s return to Delmark Records, with the two previously coming together to release four albums previously. The most recent was the concert recording, Live At B.L.U.E.S., released in 2007.

There are 15 songs on It Ain’t Right, including the title cut, a song written by Little Walter. There are also covers of songs by The 5 Royales, Percy Mayfield, Jimmy Reed and Ben E. King. Billy Flynn wrote two new original songs for the disc. Jimmy Burns provides vocals, guitar and harmonica, as always; and he easily slides from Blues to Soul and ends the album with the traditional Gospel of “Wade in the Water.” You can find out more about Jimmy, his band and schedule, and much more, on his official website

1. Duke Robillard – Big Bill Blues – The Acoustic Roots & Blues Of Duke Robillard
2. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Can’t Believe It’s This Good – Dirty Memory
3. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Let’s Get High – Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
4. Stolen Hearts – Already Alright – Dirty Southern Soul
5. Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots – Piana’s Savannah Boogie – Boom Town
6. Eddie Martin’s Big Red Radio – How Can This Be – Live In Tuscany
7. Jimi Hocking & Rebecca Davey – Lonesome Day Blues – Live at the Royal Standard
8. Little Boys Blue – Death Letter Blues – Bad Love
9. Tommy McCoy – Sugar Cane – 25 Year Retrospective
10. Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do the Do – Chicken Heads: A 50 Year History Of Bobby Rush
11. Billy Price & Otis Clay – Somebody’s Changing My Sweet Baby’s Mind
This Time For Real
12. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone – Funky To The Bone
13. Jimmy Burns – Snaggletooth Mule – It Ain’t Right

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There has been a large wave of brand new album arrivals to the studios of our show that feature some top notch harmonica players. With that in mind, it seemed like a no-brainer to dedicate an entire episode to the ol’ Mississippi saxophone. So, enjoy some tremendous playing with an hour of new harmonica Blues. Nearly half of the songs featured this week are either just into our mailbox.

Courtesy West Tone Records

Courtesy West Tone Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Change in the Weather” by The Lucky Losers – vocalist Cathy Lemons and vocalist/harmonica player Phil Berkowitz. The duo recorded the new album, A Winning Hand with the help of their west coast Blues brethren, including producer/guitarist Kid Andersen! A Winning Hand is available now from West Tone Records. Cathy and Phil have put together a touring band to promote the album on the road, and you can find complete information about the band, the album, and much more on their official website

1. Omar Coleman – Man Like Me – Born & Raised
2. Johnny Tanner – Blue Vapor – Juke Joint Rambler
3. The Cash Box Kings – Sugar Pea – Holding Court
4. Tad Robinson – While You Were Gone – Day Into Night
5. Brandon Santini – No Matter What I Do – Live & Extended
6. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Trouble Blues – The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
7. The RV’s ft. Billy Gibson – Get Back (Single)
8. Hank Mowery – Excuses Plenty – Excuses Plenty
9. The Nighthawks – Guard My Heart – Back Porch Party
10. Lynwood Slim – Found Love – Hard To Kill
11. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson – I Don’t Know Why – For Pops:
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12. The Lucky Losers – Change in the Weather – A Winning Hand

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Although I take great care in curating the playlist each week on the show; I feel this week’s playlist is one of the strongest non-special theme episodes, musically, that I can think of in a while. This week’s selections are stout, and they flow very nicely with one another. There are five 2015 releases, with many of the 2014 selections arriving on our doorsteps late. Out of 13 tracks featured this week, eight of them are from albums that have never been featured on the show!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Long Way To Memphis” by Greg Nagy. It comes off his third studio album, Stranded, which was recently released on Big O Records. The album was produced by Jim Alfredson, who also plays on the record. There are also appearances by Dave Gross, Jim Shaneberger, and others on this disc.

The highlight, though, is simply being able to enjoy new music from Greg Nagy. He shares co-writing credit on many of the nine original numbers, here. There’s only one cover out of the 10 tracks, coming in the form of a new interpretation on Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City.” Nagy’s voice is powerful, and at the same time, vulnerable; and he continues to explore his genre influences beyond simply Blues music. You can find out much more on Greg, his music, and his tour schedule on his official website, and be sure to scroll below the playlist, where you will find a video from Greg’s YouTube channel, featuring a sampler of all the tracks from the new album Stranded.

1. The Muggs – Straight Up Boogaloo – Straight Up Boogaloo
2. Ghost Town Blues Band – Big Shirley – Hard Road To Hoe
3. Savoy Brown – Laura Lee – Goin’ To The Delta
4. Ray Goren – Stop – Save My Soul EP
5. JJ Thames – Souled Out – Tell You What I Know
6. JP Blues – Meet Me Halfway – Live At Darwin’s
7. Dana Fuchs – Bliss Avenue – Songs From The Road
8. Toots Lorraine – Hindsight – Make It Easy
9. Dave Riley and Bob Corritore – Laughing Blues – Hush Your Fuss
10. Harrison Kennedy – Shake The Hand – This Is From Here
11. Kat Danser – Sun Goes Down – Baptized By The Mud
12. Cécile Doo-Kingué – Little Bit – Anybody Listening, Pt. 1: Monologues
13. Greg Nagy – Long Way To Memphis – Stranded

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New releases continue to pour into the Home for New and Independent Blues Music, and that means the playlist features a lengthy selection of albums never before featured on the show! 12 out of the 14 albums that got spins this week have never had a song on this show.

This is a great playlist, capped off by the featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox.” This week, the spotlight shines on Vincent Hayes. The band has been trimmed since they released their debut, Reclamation in 2011. Their highly anticipated follow-up is The Grind, an album that features eight out of 10 songs written by Vincent himself. You can find more information about the band, the new album, and connect with Vincent Hayes when you Click Here to Visit

1. Connie Hawkins and the BluesWreckers – Blues In My Life – Wired Up And Fired Up
2. Paul Allen & the Underthinkers ft. Doyle Bramhall II – Cherries Fall – Everywhere At Once
3. Jim Allchin – Stop and Go – QED
4. Port City Prophets – I Used To Love You – Mule
5. Kevin Selfe – Last Crossroad – Long Walk Home
6. Dave Riley and Bob Corritore – Mississippi Po Boy – Hush Your Fuss!
7. Pete Anderson – Rock In My Shoe – Birds Above Guitarland
8. Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns – Good Man Gone – Lookin’ Up!
9. Snarky Dave & the Prickly Bluesmen – Doggone Fool – Big Snark
10. Nick Waterhouse – Don’t You Forget It – Time’s All Gone
11. John Ginty ft. Albert Castiglia – Black Cat – Bad News Travels
12. Holland K Smith – Love Liquidation – Cobalt
13. Floyd Lee Band – Nella – Doctors, Devils & Drugs
14. Vincent Hayes – My Guitar and My Baby – The Grind

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