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This week’s episode features a little international flair, as there’s new releases that rolled in from Canada and Finland! There’s also new music from Eric Bibb that was recorded in France. That new CD, Lead Belly’s Gold, features Eric Bibb joined by JJ Milteau for a mix of live and studio recordings. There are songs from Huddie Ledbetter’s songbook, as well as original tribute songs by Eric and JJ. Make sure to look below the playlist and watch the video about this new CD, as well as a music video of “Good Night Irene!”

Courtesy Hokahey! Records

Courtesy Hokahey! Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blame It On the Bright Lights” by Micke Bjorklof and Blue Strip. The song appears on their new CD Ain’t Bad Yet. These guys are considered the premier Blues band in their native Finland, and they teamed up with highly acclaimed producer John Porter for this new set of all original songs. Click here to preview the entire album on Amazon!

Micke Bjorklof and Blue Strip have an English language version of their website, and you can find them online when you Click here to visit

1. Blue Largo – Sing Your Own Song – Sing Your Own Song
2. Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau – Rock Island Line – Lead Belly’s Gold
3. Mark T. Small – Goin’ Down Slow – Smokin’ Blues
4. Chris Yakopcic – Write Me A Few Lines – The Next Place I Leave
5. Eight O’ Five Jive – Have Mercy Baby – Too Many Men
6. Whelan – Everytime I See Her – The Story Of Ike Dupree
7. Lucky 3 Blues Band – Who’s Hoodooin’ Who – Howl
8. Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin – Evil Coming Round – Stormy Water
9. Deak Harp – Delta Wind – Clarksdale Breakdown
10. Josh Smith – When I Get Mine – Over Your Head
11. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love – Outskirts Of Love
12. Jeremiah Johnson – Crazy – Grind
13. Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip – Blame It On The Bright Lights – Ain’t Bad Yet

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2015 Blues Music Award Winners

Courtesy Blues Foundation

Courtesy Blues Foundation

The Blues Music Awards were held in front of a sold out crowd at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center, and the folks in attendance enjoyed an incredible night of music and brotherhood celebrating the Great American Music. Elvin Bishop was the big winner at this year’s event, walking away with half of the six awards for which he was nominated. John Hammond won awards in both Acoustic Blues categories. The evening’s other multiple award winner was Bobby Rush, who won Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and the BMAs most prestigious award, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

The ceremony featured the incredible live performances and once in a lifetime collaborations that the awards have become known for. 2015 featured one significant change, with the Hall of Fame inductions happening on the night of the awards. In previous years, the Hall of Fame ceremonies have taken place on the eve of the Blues Music Awards. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees are Eric Clapton, Little Richard and Tommy Brown.

Here is the complete list of awards nominees. Winners are marked in bold Congratulations to everyone.

Acoustic Album
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James – Rory Block
Jericho Road – Eric Bibb
Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent
Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House – John Mooney
Timeless – John Hammond

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
John Hammond
John Mooney
Rory Block

Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

Elvin Bishop Band
John Németh & the Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Album
Chromaticism – Big Harp George
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel
Making My Mark – Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars
One Heart Walkin‘ – Austin Walkin’ Cane

Contemporary Blues Album
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Original – Janiva Magness
Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton
Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Elvin Bishop
Gary Clark Jr.
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

From His Head to His Heart to His Hands – Michael Bloomfield (Columbia/Legacy)
Live at the Avant Garde – Magic Sam (Delmark)
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 – Pee Wee Crayton (Ace)
The Roots of it All-Acoustic Blues – Various Artists (Bear Family)

Bob Stroger
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

Al Basile
Deanna Bogart
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award
Alexis P Suter
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Barrelhouse Chuck
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album
Step Back – Johnny Winter
Goin’ Home – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band
heartsoulblood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout

“Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’
“Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
“Let Me Breathe” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
“Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Soul Blues Album
Blues for My Father – Vaneese Thomas
Decisions – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
In My Soul – The Robert Cray Band
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Soul Brothers – Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Soul Blues Female Artist
Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Sista Monica
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Livin’ it Up – Andy T-Nick Nixon Band
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Hustle is Really On – Mark Hummel
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Listen: BMA Nominees Special (Episode 1501)

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Courtesy Blues Foundation

The first episode of Full-Time Blues Radio in 2015 features music from, and the full list of, nominees for the 2015 Blues Music Awards. Every May, The Blues Foundation holds the huge Blues Music Award ceremonies, honoring the best albums, artists, and bands of the year. The event also serves as a sort of family reunion for the Blues community.

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio kicks off 2015 by running down the complete list of BMA nominees, and you’ll hear music from as many of them as we can fit into the hour! The playlist, this week, features a song from every nominee in the categories of Album of the Year and BB King Entertainer of the Year, as well as nearly all of the Song of the Year noms, and a couple from the Historical Album of the Year category.

Click Here to View the Complete List of 2015 Blues Music Award Nominees

1. Jarekus Singleton – Gonna Let Go – Refuse To Lose
2. Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
3. Alexis P. Suter Band – It Ain’t Over – Love The Way You Roll
4. Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Things Could Be Worse – Living Tear To Tear
5. Michael Bloomfield – I’ve Got You in the Palm of My Hands – From His Head To His Heart To His Hands
6. The Bruce Katz Band – Homecoming (Music Bed) – Homecoming
7. John Németh – Bad Luck Is My Name – Memphis Grease
8. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Smart Like Einstein – You Asked For It…LIVE!
9. Eric Bibb – Out Walkin’ – Blues People
10. Bobby Rush w/ Blinddog Smokin’ – Another Murder in New Orleans ft. Dr. John – Decisions
11. Ruthie Foster – Let Me Know ft. Doyle Bramhall II – Promise Of A Brand New Day
12. The 5 Royales – I Like It Like That – Soul & Swagger
The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967
13. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Puddin’ Pie (Music Bed) – Good News
14. Mannish Boys – Troubles – Wrapped Up And Ready

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Listen: Episode 1431

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The show kicks off this week with a brand new release from Elvin Bishop, and we never take our foot off the throttle. Episode 1431 is stacked and packed with great tunes, including that opening number from Elvin Bishop (which features Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica.) Make sure to scroll below this week’s playlist and watch a great video featuring behind the scenes footage with Elvin and friends in the studio during the production of his latest album Can’t Even Do Wrong Right.

In addition, there’s a set of live music, kicking off with new Coco Montoya. There is also several truly independent releases, such as Blue Moon Marquee, Kaye Bohler, and more!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is the track “Big Mama.” It comes off the buzzworthy release from Alexis P Suter Band titled Love The Way You Roll.

This album is getting a lot of attention from the Blues community, and rightfully so. The music is top notch, and this track is the perfect example of why this album is blowing doors off. Alexis P Suter Band is on the road, working hard to promote the CD, and you can find out more about their tour stops, the album, and the band by visiting

1. Elvin Bishop – Old School – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
2. Coco Montoya – I Got A Mind To Travel – Songs From The Road
3. Kelly Richey – Fast Drivin’ Mama – Live At The Blue Wisp
4. Chaz DePaolo – Chicago 101 – One Night Live In Iona
5. Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues – Back Alley Cat – Blues Shock
6. Missy Anderson – Whole Lotta Nuthin’ – In The Moment
7. Makuini – I Just Want to Make Love To You – Blues In My Bones
8. Kaye Bohler – Handle the Curves – Handle The Curves
9. Johnny Drummer – Another Rooster Is Pecking My Hen – Bad Attitude
10. Blue Moon Marquee – Pipeliner Blues – Lonesome Ghosts
11. Steve Dawson – Rattlesnake Cage – Rattlesnake Cage
12. Berdon Kirksaether – Another One Going Down – Latenighters Under A Full Moon
13. Alexis P. Suter Band – Big Mama – Love The Way You Roll

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Listen: 2014 WC Handy Festival Preview

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Courtesy Henderson Music Preservation Society

Courtesy Henderson Music Preservation Society

The WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival will take place June 7-14 in Henderson, Kentucky. This event has become a bucket list festival for Blues music fans due to the talent of the performers, the passion of the fans, and the professionalism of the organizers.

The 2014 WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival lineup features Grammy winners, Blues Hall of Famers, young stars on the rise, and regional favorites from around Henderson, Kentucky. This year’s big headliner is Charlie Musselwhite, but fans will also look for marquis names like James Cotton, John Nemeth, and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band!

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio previews the 2014 edition of the festival with music by the majority of acts performing this year. For complete festival information, the full performance schedule, and more, Click Here to visit

1. Trampled Under Foot – Down to the River – Badlands
2. Charlie Musselwhite – Gone Too Long – Juke Joint Chapel
3. James Cotton – Something for Me ft. Warren Haynes – Cotton Mouth Man
4. John Nemeth – I Can’t Help Myself – Memphis Grease
5. Waylon Thibodeaux – Big Mamou – Best Of Cajun – The Traditional Songs
6. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Easy Come, Easy Go – Between The Ditches
7. Boscoe France – Hometown Woman
8. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band – Squeeze Box – Live At Knuckleheads, Kansas City
9. Southern Hospitality – Don’t Boogie Woogie – Easy Livin’
10. Davina and the Vagabonds – Lipstick and Chrome – Black Cloud
11. Homemade Jamz Blues Band – In the Wind – I Got Blues For You
12. Selwyn Birchwood – Don’t Call No Ambulance – Don’t Call No Ambulance
13. The Stella Vees – What Have I Done – Come Round Baby

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