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This week’s shift inside the workshop features some incredible new music, and a wide variety of styles. There is a large block of Blues Rock tunes to begin the program, followed by some Boogie Woogie Piano Blues to close out the first half. The second part of the show features even more variety. There are some great songs never before featured by Bruce Hornsby, Amy Helm and Diane Blue. In addition, you’ll hear brand new arrivals throughout the entire hour!

Courtesy TheKatKings.com

Courtesy TheKatKings.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “It Came From the Swamp,” by the Kat Kings. It appears on their new album Swingin’ In The Swamp, which is available now through all major digital retailers. This truly independent release is the sophomore album by one of Toronto’s premier Roots music outfits – and they are out to prove there’s no sophomore slump on these 13 songs. The Kat Kings broke out five years ago with their debut album, but in the midst of all of that success, personal struggles interrupted the band’s ascent. The Kat Kings are ready to break out all over again with this new CD, and you’ll hear why on this week’s show.

If you’d like to learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule, visit the official website TheKatKings.com

1. Katy Guillen & The Girls – Don’t Need Anyone – Heavy Days
2. Matty T Wall – Am I Wrong – Blue Skies
3. The Steve Cal Band – Midnight Dream – Room To Move
4. Allen-Lamun Band – I Don’t Get The Blues – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
5. Racky Thomas – Roll’em Pete – Goin’ Home
6. David Vest – Kingsnake – Devastatin’ Rhythm
7. Knickerbocker All-Stars – Blockbuster Boogie – Go Back Home To The Blues
8. Alabama Mike – Upset The Status Quo – Upset The Status Quo
9. Diane Blue – That’s What They Call the Blues – Blues In My Soul
10. Sammy Eubanks – It’s All Blues to Me – Sugar Me
11. Bruce Hornsby – I’m Alive – Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
12. Amy Helm – Sing To Me – Didn’t It Rain
13. The Kat Kings – It Came from the Swamp – Swingin’ In The Swamp

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New music from Nick Schnebelen, Tinsley Ellis, and Alexis P. Suter, some previously unreleased Duke Robillard, and a tribute to the Paris terror attacks by Lisa Mann: these are just some of the highlights from the latest edition of FTB Radio.

Courtesy LisaMannMusic.com

Courtesy LisaMannMusic.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “I Love You All the Time” by Lisa Mann. The song appears on her brand new album, Hard Times, Bad Decisions. There are numerous, terrific songs that could have been played off this disc; but this track is special for its benefit to the non-profit agency – Sweet Stuff Foundation. “I Love You All the Time” is a song by Eagles of Death Metal, who encouraged artists of all genres to cover the song as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.

It is only one of four songs on this new CD that were not written by Lisa Mann. The album features additional highlights, including the title track, and a special appearance by Kirk Fletcher. You can find out complete details on Hard Times, Bad Decisions, Lisa’s tour schedule, and more online at her official website LisaMannMusic.com

To find out all about “I Love You All the Time,” the Play It Forward initiative, and Eagles of Death Metal’s efforts to help heal the mental and emotional wounds of terror victims, visit PlayItForwardEODM.com and visit TheSweetStuffFoundation.org to learn about the organization that the song benefits.

1. Guy Forsyth – Poverty Line – The Pleaser
2. Duke Robillard – Rehab – Stony Plain 40 Years
3. Nick Waterhouse – Time’s All Gone, Pt. 2 – Time’s All Gone
4. Gus Spenos – Walkin’ With Mr Lee – If You Were Gold Baby
5. Bobby Rush – Ride In My Automobile – Chickenheads: A 50 Year History Of Bobby Rush
6. Nick Schnebelen Band – Break Of Day – Live At Knuckleheads, Volume 1
7. The Alexis P. Suter Band – Let It Be – All For Loving You
8. Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys – What’s Wrong? – Watch Your Step
9. Tinsley Ellis – Givin’ You Up – Red Clay Soul
10. Jay Willie Blues Band – Succotash – Johnny’s Juke Joint
11. Mark Nomad – It’s Time – #9
12. Lisa Mann – I Love You All The Time – Hard Times, Bad Decisions

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This edition of the program finds established names like Buddy Guy, Bob Corritore, Kelly Richey and more alongside young stars on the rise like Big Jon Atkinson, Terrie Odabi and the Chase Walker Band. If you scroll down below this week’s playlist, you can also watch the official music video for Little Boys Blue and the title cut off their new CD, Tennissippi!

Courtesy Stony Plain

Courtesy Stony Plain

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blackmail Blues” by Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. The song comes off Kenny’s new album Jumpin’ & Boppin’, which is available now from Stony Plain Records. This is Kenny’s third release with the label, and his 10th overall. It marks the second time he has produced his own album; and he is joined by special guests, including label mate Duke Robillard.

This new CD features 13 songs in the Jump and Boogie Woogie piano Blues traditions. Only one of these songs is a cover – “You Don’t Know Me.” For more information on this disc, the man himself, and his tour schedule, visit the official website: KennyBluesBoss.com

1. Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – Mad About It – House Party At Big Jon’s
2. Whitehorse – Pretty Thing – The Northern South Vol. 1
3. Delta Generators – Bastards Lament – Hipshakers And Heartbreakers
4. Balkun Brothers – Keep It Up – Redrova
5. Hitman Blues Band – Don’t You Tempt Me – The World Moves On
6. Vaneese Thomas – Wrong Turn ft Carla Thomas – Blues For My Father
7. Little Boys Blue – Lights On – Tennessippi
8. Terrie Odabi – Ball and Chain – My Blue Soul
9. Kelly Richey – Love – Shakedown Soul
10. Chase Walker Band – New State Of Mind – Not Quite Legal
11. Buddy Guy – Thick Like Mississippi Mud – Born To Play Guitar
12. The Claudettes – Big Easy Women – No Hotel
13. Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Blackmail Blues – Jumpin’ & Bopiin’

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Rock, Soul, Country – while they’re all genres in their own right – they are all elements that influence various subgenres within the Blues. They are all represented in this week’s edition of FTB Radio, as well. 7 of the 12 songs here come from albums that just arrived to our studios.

Courtesy Delta Groove

Courtesy Delta Groove

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Healin’ Touch” by John Long. The song comes off his new album Stand Your Ground, which is available now from Delta Groove Music. John was born in St. Louis, but like many of the pillars of the genre, he moved to Chicago in order to play the Blues. While he was in the windy city, John sat at the foot of the learning tree under Homesick James. Mr. Long soaked up every ounce of knowledge he could get from the man whom he considered a surrogate father.

Stand Your Ground features 13 songs, most of which are original compositions written by Long. He also covers Blind Willie Johnson, Willie McTell, and Homesick James on the record. John Long is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, and all of those talents are front and center throughout this album. You can learn more about this great album, Mr. John Long, and his schedule on his official website JohnLongBlues.com

1. Kalo – Dear John – Dear John
2. Markey Blue – Be My Train (Little Milton Tribute) – The Blues Come Knockin’
3. Tad Robinson – Love Is A Winner – Day Into Night
4. Tweed Funk – Come Together – Come Together
5. MonkeyJunk – Learn How To Love – Moon Turn Red
6. Mighty Orq – The Possum Song – Love In A Hurricane
7. Nick Moss Band – Rump Rash – From The Root To The Fruit
8. Shemekia Copeland – Wrapped Up In Love Again – Outskirts Of Love
9. Big Harp George – What’s Big? – Wash My Horse In Champagne
10. Dennis Gruenling – She’s So Pretty – Rockin’ All Day
11. James Harman – Skirt – Bonetime
12. John Long – Healin’ Touch – Stand Your Ground

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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.

Courtesy 3inlaymanterms.com

Courtesy 3inlaymanterms.com

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 3InLaymanTerms.com

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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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