Listen: Episode 1626

Full-Time Blues Radio began in June of 2008, as local radio news personality “Johnny Full-Time” John Luttrell began volunteering at University of Evansville station, WUEV-FM – the area’s only source for Blues music on the local airwaves. The show evolved into a weekly, syndicated program spotlighting the best in new and independent Blues music, airing on stations throughout America and internationally on Radio New Zealand.

episode1626After more than eight years hosting and producing Full-Time Blues, JFT is moving into a position of full-time work outside of broadcasting that will not allow for weekly production of this show in the quality that listeners deserve. This edition of the program provides our host an opportunity to express sincere gratitude to the listeners, look back on great moments in the show’s history, and play some of his favorite songs. It’s a blowout celebration of the greatest music on Earth!

This is not the end of our program forever, though, as it becomes an occasional hobby instead of a weekly career. Stay tuned to this website for updates and future episodes as they become available. May God bless you and yours now and in the future.

1. The Cold Stares – Jesus’ Brother James – Hot Like Waco EP
2. Boscoe France – Good Day For The Blues – Live In Studio Performance
3. Vaughan Brothers – Tick Tock – Family Style
4. Joe Bonamassa – Three Times a Fool – Black Rock
5. Rob Stone – Wonderful Time – Gotta Keep Rollin’
6. Blind Dog Gatewood – Flip, Flop, and Fly – Live In Studio Performance
7. B.B. King – Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens – Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan
8. Willie Nelson – Funny How Time Slips Away – Milk Cow Blues
9. Eric Bibb – Buckets of Rain – Diamond Days
10. Ronnie Earl And The Broadcasters – What Can I Do For You – Living In The Light
11. The Beat Daddys – Train In the Distance – Live At The Quincy Blues Fest 2007
12. The Band – I Shall Be Released – The Last Waltz

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2014 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists

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Courtesy Blues Foundation

Here is the list of bands and solo/duo acts moving on to the next round of the International Blues Challenge.

The Semi-Finals will be held today, January 24.

10 out of the 13 bands featured in Full-Time Blues Radio’s IBC preview made it to the semis. Just sayin’.

Acts are listed in no particular order and are formatted by Entrant, Society.

Tim Williams, Calgary Blues Music Association
Monica Morris, Illinois Central Blues Club
Dirty Old Men, Long Island Blues Society
Boogie Shoes, Pikes Peak Blues Community
Tim Lothar & Holger Daub, Baltic Blues
Suitcase Brothers, Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
Nico Wayne Toussaint & Michel Foizon, South Florida Blues Society
Sweet Danny Ray & Rafael Tranquillino, Washington Blues Society>
Joel DaSilva & Midnight Howl, Orange Blossom Blues Society
Rae Gordon Band, Rainy Day Blues Society
Rick Hammond Blues Band, Reno Blues Society
Red Dirt Revelators, Triangle Blues Society
Doug Hart Band, Dayton Blues Society
The Paul CruiZe Blues Crew, Phoenix Blues Society
Gregg Wright, Southern California Blues Society
Kevin Purcell & Nightburners, Windy City Blues Society
Cazanovas, Atlanta Blues Society
Bad Brad & Fat Cats, Colorado Blues Society
Alex Wilson Band, Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois
Boogie Patrol, Edmonton Blues Society
Big Jim Adam, Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
The Kentucky Gentlemen, Blues Society of the Ozarks
Mississippi Marshall, Boise Blues Society
Wendy DeWitt w/ Kirk Harwood, The Golden Gate Blues Society
The Good The Bad & The Blues, Black Swamp Blues Society
Jarekus Singleton Central, Mississippi Blues Society
Skinny Velvet, Charlotte Blues Society
11 Mile Band, Pikes Peak Blues Community
ThrowDown Band, Boston Blues Society
MacKenzie Blues Band, Bruce County Blues Society
Kev Nichols & Blue Tuesday, Capital Area Blues Society
Jimmy Pritchard Band, Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation
Crooked Eye Tommy, Santa Barbara Blues Society
Mal Eastick & Milena Barrett Blues Project, Sydney Blues Society
Jerome Godboo, Toronto Blues Society
Ms. Lady Dee “Me & The Boyz,” Wichita Blues Society
Annie Mack, Minnesota Blues Society
Mikey Mo Band, Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society
Randy Oxford Band, South Sound Blues Association
Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain, Spa City Blues Society
The Juice, Cincy Blues Society
Rock Island Rollers, Mississippi Valley Blues Society
David Shelley & Bluestone, South Florida Blues Society
Terrie Odabi & Evolution Blues, The Golden Gate Blues Society
Tommy Z Band Blues, Society of Western New York
Ben Rice and iLLamatics, Cascade Blues Association
Katy Guillen & Girls, Kansas City Blues Society
Boscoe France Band, Kentucky Blues Society
Erik Ray, Granite State Blues Society
Balkun Brothers, Massachusetts Blues Society
Matt Tedder, Nashville Blues Society
Morry Sochat & Shoji Naito, Windy City Blues Society
Billy the Kid & Regulators, Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania
Mark May & Soul Satyr Horns, Cleveland Blues Society
Brad Absher & Swamp Royale, Houston Blues Society
Ghost Town Blues Band, Memphis Blues Society
Dave Muskett, Cincy Blues Society
Cary Morin, Colorado Blues Society
Lucious Spiller, Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Inc.
Brandon Isaak (Yukon Slim), White Rock Blues Society
Tevis Hodge Jr, Cascade Blues Association
Alonzo Pennington, Kentucky Blues Society
Colin John, North East Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA)
The Delta Swamp Rats, Suncoast Blues Society
Brat Pack, Philippine Blues Society
Jennifer B & Groove, San Angelo Blues Society
Lightnin’ Willie, Ventura County Blues Society
Mr. Sipp, Vicksburg Blues Society
Jenie Thai, Edmonton Blues Society
Chuckee Zehr, Great Lakes Blues Society
John Carl Escue, San Angelo Blues Society
Arthur Migliazza, South Sound Blues Association
Micah Kesselring, Cleveland Blues Society
Brian Keith Wallen, Dayton Blues Society
John Egan, Houston Blues Society
Chris Sutton, The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society
DieDra & Ruff Pro Band, Magic City Blues Society
Pitbull of Blues Band, Southwest Florida Blues Society
Old No. 5’s, Topeka Blues Society
Arsen Shomakhov Band, White Rock Blues Society

Listen: Episode 1402 IBC Preview

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The International Blues Challenge is known as the world’s largest battle of the bands, because more than 200 acts come to Memphis, Tennessee each year for a chance to win some great prizes, take their careers to the next level, and be recognized as the top undiscovered talent in the world of Blues music.

In 2014, nearly 250 solo acts, duos, and full bands will take over Beale Street to celebrate the great American music and compete; but they will also fellowship over the one thing that we all love so dearly: Blues music.

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio previews the 30th International Blues Challenge, which features events January 21-26. In this hour of the show, you’ll hear a small sample of bands and artists who will be competing in either the band or solo/duo categories at the 2014 IBC. There is also specific information about the event. If you would like complete event details, Click Here to Visit Blues.org

1. Tommy Z – Gangster of Love – Sometimes
2. Morry Sochat & The Special 20s – Mother-In-Law Blues – Eatin’ Dirt
3. Brandon Isaak – Gotta Let You Go – Bluesman’s Plea
4. Mojo Theory – Angeline – Turn This Thing Around
5. Arsen Shomakhov – Swingy – On The Move
6. Ghost Town Blues Band – Comfortable Way – Dust The Dust
7. Boscoe France – Hometown Woman – Unreleased Radio Single
8. Nico Wayne Toussaint – Deep Down In Florida – Lonely Number
9. Pete Herzog – For Too Long I’ve Been Lonely – Steel Guitar: A Blues Opera
10. Joel DaSilva & the Midnight Howl – Nitro’s Grease – Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl
11. Brick Fields – On the Vine – Gospel Blue
12. The Suitcase Brothers – Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses – Living With The Blues
13. Colin John – Shake ’em On Down – Two Sides Of The Colin

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Boscoe France Documentary

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Madisonville, Kentucky resident Boscoe France, the 2012 winner of Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues competition, has also been the subject of a recent documentary that details his thoughts following the competition. The film explores his passion for guitar through his relationship with his late uncle Duke Madison, his profession as a musician, and the balancing act that he is undertaking as a father, as well.

Click Here to Listen to the Full-Time Blues Radio Interview with Boscoe France

Part two of the terrific documentary hit YouTube recently, and you can watch it below. If you have not seen Part 1 yet, make sure to scroll down and watch it first. You can also check out his official website – BoscoeFrance.com

Part 2

Part 1

Listen: 5th Anniversary Show

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full-time-blues-birthdayFull-Time Blues Radio first hit the airwaves on June 7, 2008. What began as a way for “Johnny Full-Time” to play some of his favorite Blues and get some more experience as a professional radio personality, has evolved into a weekly destination for Blues fans to find music, news, and interviews that you can’t hear anywhere else. We’ve heard endless hours of music over the year, and it’s incredibly difficult to boil all of that down to one, 59-minute episode; but I feel like this episode flows really well and features many of the best aspects from the show’s brief history.

There are many people who helped me get to this point, and I couldn’t keep doing the show every week without the support of listeners and fans. Thank you for spreading the word and spreading the love. Thank you to my wife for being supportive and allowing me to miss certain events. Thank you to my family for investing love and money into the show. Thanks to WUEV for giving us a place to start and a flagship after the move to Louisville. Thanks to KPVL for joining the family. Thanks to the River Basin, Indiana, and Kentuckiana Blues Societies.

Thank You – for visiting this site, for sharing the show, and most importantly – for listening.

“Johnny Full-Time” John Luttrell

1. Othar Turner & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band – Shortnin’ – Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues
2. The Beat Daddys – Train In the Distance – Live at the Quincy Blues Fest
3. Gary Clark Jr. – Glitter Ain’t Gold (Jumpin’ For Nothin’) – Blak And Blu
4. Oli Brown Band – Here I Am – Here I Am
5. Tim Gearan – For Today – Riverboat
6. The Harpoonist and Axe Murderer – Get Out – Checkered Past
7. The Derek Trucks Band – Sierra Leone – Soul Serenade
8. Blind Dog Gatewood – Flip, Flop, and Fly – FTB Radio In Studio Exclusive
9. Robert Johnson – Little Queen of Spades – The Centennial Collection: The Complete Recordings
10. Lurrie Bell – Way Down In The Hole – The Devil Ain’t Got No Music
11. The Cold Stares – Ngs4u – A Cold Wet Night and a Howling Wind
12. Brad Hatfield – John the Revelator – Uphill From Anywhere
13. Aaron Williams And The Hoodoo – Livin’ On Love – It Ain’t Easy
14. Taj Mahal – Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes – Phantom Blues
15. Boscoe France – Good Day for the Blues – FTB Radio In-Studio Exclusive

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