Listen: Worldwide Blues (Episode 1617)

Blues may be the Great American Music, but it is truly a global phenomenon. That’s why on this episode, we undergo a transcontinental trip across the global Blues landscape and listen to an hour of Worldwide Blues. All 13 of the songs on this show came to us from outside of the USA.

Courtesy SteveHillMusic.com

Courtesy SteveHillMusic.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Walkin’ Grave” by Steve Hill. It comes off his brand new album, Solo Recordings Volume 3. Steve has gone from one of Canada’s most promising talents, to a star on the rise in the global limelight. Hill has also all but perfected his one man band technique. On this new album, Steve sings, plays guitar, and also plays nearly an entire drum kit. Hill is also a songwriter, rounding out an amazing skill set.

Solo Recordings Volume 3 includes a dozen tracks that are made up of a mix of heavy Blues Rock tunes and more stripped down, acoustic Blues numbers. You can find out complete information about the album, as well as much more, on Steve’s official website SteveHillMusic.com

1. Joe Rusi – Make A Better World – Who I Am (Norway)
2. Kate Lush – Do You Know What Love Is – Kate Lush (Australia)
3. Cecil B. Fardoulli & The Big Boo – Take the Tin Lizzie – A Foot a’Tappin’ Boogie (Australia)
4. Ivor SK – Help Poor Me – Delta Pines (Australia)
5. J.T. Lauritsen & Friends – Ever Since The World Began – Play By The Rules (Norway)
6. Blues Point – I Should Be Happy – At A Crossroads (Poland)
7. The Real Gone Tones – Shake Your Hips – Hot Mess (Poland)
8. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – Sweet Little Angel – Live In 1967 Volume 2 (United Kingdom)
9. Berdon Kirksaether – Cool Cats On The Move – Latenighters Under A Full Moon (Norway)
10. Eric Clapton – Can’t Let You Do It – I Still Do (United Kingdom)
11. Eddie Martin – I Wanna Groove With You – Blues Took Me By The Hand: Volume 2: The Electric Sessions (United Kingdom)
12. Tomislav Goluban – Boogie 44 – Blow Junkie (Croatia)
13. Steve Hill – Walkin’ Grave – Solo Recordings Volume 3 (Canada)

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This week’s new music creates an incredibly diverse selection of tunes for our playlist; and the music is all phenomenal! There’s a cover of Hank Williams by Memphis’ Bo-Keys, Punk Rock Blues by Jane Lee Hooker, Latin inspired Blues from Jonn del Toro Richardson, and a new album from harmonica legend Sugar Blue. Eight of this week’s songs come off albums never before featured on the show, with all but one of those being brand new 2016 releases.

Courtesy DannyM.com

Courtesy DannyM.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blues Came To Chicago” by Danny Marks. The song comes off Danny’s new CD, Cities In Blue. This record was produced from songs that Danny recorded to serve as the soundtrack for his television series, Cities In Blue, a documentary show in which Danny visits Blues meccas and explores their history and impact on the genre. The album, Cities In Blue is available now. You can find complete information on Danny’s official website DannyM.com

You can also check out the HiFi network’s official webpage for the Cities In Blue television show here: HiFi.ca

1. The Bo-Keys – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Heartaches By The Number
2. Jane Lee Hooker – In The Valley – No B!
3. Rick Vito – Femme Fatale – Mojo on My Side
4. Swamp Cabbage – Big For Just A Little While – Jive
5. The New Basement Tapes – Duncan and Jimmy – Lost on the River
6. Jonn Del Toro Richardson – The Moment – Tengo Blues
7. Los Fabulocos – Calmen Su Rollo – Dos
8. Jeff Jensen – T-Bone Shuffle – The River City Sessions
9. Ilana Katz Katz – Lazy John/Sail Away Ladies ft. Cedric Watson – Movin’ On
10. Sugar Blue – New York City – Voyage
11. Sista Jean & CB – Jack of Diamonds – Requiem For A Heavyweight – A Tribute To Odetta
12. Jim Liban with the Joel Patterson Trio – Selfish Man – I Say What I Mean
13. Danny Marks – Blues Came To Chicago – Cities In Blue

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There are a broad variety of Blues styles represented, this week. The new arrivals make up over half of the playlist. There is a Vinyl Report segment detailing Joe Bonamassa’s new LP, and there is a set of inspirational songs toward the end of the broadcast to encourage you.

Courtesy Alligator Records

Courtesy Alligator Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Walk A Mile In My Blues” by Curtis Salgado. This is one of 11 deeply personal songs written by Curtis for his brand new album, The Beautiful Lowdown.

Curtis had his hands in every aspect of this album’s creation, and I believe that because he poured so much of himself into the project, it will go down as arguably his very best record. There are 12 total songs, including those 11 original compositions, and the closing track: a cover of Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Hook Me Up.” Scroll below the playlist to watch the official music video for another one of these great new songs. The Beautiful Lowdown went on sale today through all major digital retailers, and in record stores around the world. You can find out complete information on Curtis Salgado, his music, and much more on his official website: CurtisSalgado.com

1. Jeff Plankenhorn – Dirty Floor – SoulSlide
2. The Mystix – Midnight In Mississippi – Rhythm & Roots
3. Mississippi Fever – Black Dress – 300 Miles To Memphis
4. Jeff Chaz – Hitchhiking in the Rain – Sounds Like The Blues To Me
5. Sam Butler – Presence of the Lord – Raise Your Hands
6. Angel Forrest – Hangman – Angel’s 11
7. Joe Bonamassa – Drive – Blues Of Desperation
8. Linsey Alexander – Little Bit of Soap – Come Back Baby
9. Harper And Midwest Kind – Show Your Love – Show Your Love
10. Eugene Hideaway Bridges – Definition of Me – Hold On Just A Little Bit Longer
11. Leo “Bud” Welch – Somebody Touched Me – Sabougla Voices
12. Curtis Salgado – Walk A Mile In My Blues – The Beautiful Lowdown

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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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It’s been two years since Full-Time Blues Radio first explored the great new Blues coming down from Canada. This week provides us with a new opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the Great White North. You’ll hear brand new and recent releases from Canadian natives, and transplants to the country. These bands and artists have crafted highly acclaimed albums, and many perform around the world.

Courtesy True North

Courtesy True North

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Let’s Get Back” by Matt Andersen. Matt’s new CD is Honest Man, and it is available now from True North Records. Matt Andersen is a past winner of the International Blues Challenge; and while he has always utilized Blues in his sound, he has never let it define his music. Andersen takes Blue, Soul, Gospel, and other Roots styles, then infuses a Pop sensibility, and comes out on the other side with a sound that makes your heart soar as a listener.

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1. Blackburn – Walking In New, New Orleans – Brothers In This World
2. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Addicted – Send The Nightingale
3. David Vest – Gone Too Far – Roadhouse Revelation
4. Terry Gillespie – The Devil Likes to Win – Bluesoul
5. Reno Jack the Bear – Lightning Fried – Lightning Fried
6. Jeff Healey – My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms –
The Best Of The Stony Plain Years: Vintage Jazz, Swing And Blues
7. MonkeyJunk – Hot Hot Papa (feat. David Wilcox) – Moon Turn Red
8. Cécile Doo-Kingué – Anybody Listening – Anybody Listening, Pt. 2: Dialogues
9. Andre Bisson – All I Need – Left With The Blues
10. Jake Chisholm – Swamp Stomp – No More Sorrow
11. Cheryl Lescom & the Tuscon Choir Boys – Too Much Time – 1953
12. David Gogo – Coulda Woulda Shoulda – Vicksburg Call
13. Matt Andersen – Let’s Get Back – Honest Man

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