Listen: Episode 1525 Harmonica Blues

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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:
A Tribute To Muddy Waters

12. The Lucky Losers – Change in the Weather – A Winning Hand

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2015 releases are beginning to pour into the home for new & independent Blues music, and this episode is an equal split of releases from 2014 and 2015, with many of the 2014 releases being new arrivals themselves.

It all kicks off with Croatian Blues from Tomislav Goluban, follows with a pair of new, unique interpretations of a Robert Johnson classic, and continues throughout the hour with other highlights including two new releases of Tinsley Ellis music, blue-eyed Soul from Lincoln, Nebraska and a new live disc by Brandon Santini.

Courtesy Montrose Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Woman Who Loves Me” by Brad Absher and Swamp Royale. It comes off their 2015 album, Lucky Dog, which is available now from Montrose Records. It’s Absher’s sixth record overall, but marks his label debut with the Houston, Texas imprint.

Absher is a Gulf Coast native, raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His music mixes Blues, Gospel, Soul and other Louisiana swamp sounds into something unique. The band performed very well at the 2014 International Blues Challenge, and is looking forward to a great 2015, as they ride on the strength of this album. You can find complete details about Brad Absher, Swamp Royale, and the record Lucky Dog, on their official website

1. Tomislav Goluban – Blow Junkie – Blow Junkie
2. The Mike Henderson Band – If I Had Possession – If You Think It’s Hot Here
3. Mudslide Charley – Possession – New & Used
4. Markus James – Diddley Bow and Buckets – Head For The Hills
5. MacKenzie Blues Band – Sweet Stuff – Slam! Bam!
6. Tinsley Ellis – Should I Have Lied – Tough Love
7. Tinsley Ellis – Leavin’ Here – The Best Of Tinsley Ellis (2015)
8. Josh Hoyer and the Shadow Boxers – A Man Who Believes His Own Lies – Living By The Minute
9. Etta Britt – Old Weakness Comin’ On Strong – Etta Does Delbert
10. Brandon Santini – Come On Everybody – Live & Extended!
11. Generation Blues Experience – Little Mama – Private Angel
12. Benny Turner – My Uncle’s Blues (Fannie Mae) – Journey
13. Brad Absher & Swamp Royale – Woman Who Loves Me – Lucky Dog

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