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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This week’s show features a wide variety of Blues styles represented, and a selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” that delves into the realm of Jazz. The show is filled with big name acts, including the new albums by Royal Southern Brotherhood and Robin Trower, as well as songs from Jim Suhler, Delbert McClinton, and Rodney Crowell! In amongst those artists and bands are indie darlings like Sunday Wilde and Low Society.

Courtesy Ellersoul

Courtesy Ellersoul

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Geronotlogy” by Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing. The new album it comes from is an organ based Jazz disc titled Skronky Tonk, a long time dream project for the former namesake frontman of Little Charlie and the Nightcats. Charlie Baty recruited fellow former Nightcat band members Lorenzo Farrell and J. Hansen. Skronky Tonk is available now from Ellersoul Records. You can find out more about Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing online through their official Facebook page.

1. Royal Southern Brotherhood – I’m Comin’ Home – The Royal Gospel
2. Robin Trower – Jigsaw – Where Are You Going To
3. TBelly – Tie It On My Face – Dead Men Don’t Pray
4. Rose City Kings – All Your Love – A Love So Strong
5. Jimmy Burns – Stand by Me – It Ain’t Right
6. Sunday Wilde – John the Conquer Root – Blueberries & Grits
7. Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat – Sunday Drunk – Live At The Kessler
8. Low Society – No Money Down – You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down
9. Delbert McClinton – Givin’ It Up For Your Love – Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection
10. Rodney Crowell – Funky And The Farm-boy – 40 Years Of Stony Plain Records
11. Arlen Roth – Dust My Broom ft Lee Roy Parnell – Slide Guitar Summit
12. Little Charlie And Organ Grinder Swing – Gerontology – Organ Grinder Swing

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Courtesy Shakedown Records

Courtesy Shakedown Records

This week’s shift inside the workshop features the new album by The Soul of John Black, as well as a cool Diddley meets Hendrix interpretation of “Who Do You Love?” and a pair of teenage brothers who have already been playing music for newarly ten years!

One of my favorite forms of the Blues is the North Mississippi Hill Country style, and that style is being kept alive by some sincredibly talented folks. One of those men is Lightnin’ Malcolm, and he’s released a brand new album. The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Gettin’ Dark” by Lightnin’ Malcolm. It comes off his highly anticipated new release Foot Soldier. Malcolm went back to his beginnings on this disc, opting to perform as a one man band for all but two of these tracks. He wrote all of the songs on the disc, and produced the record, as well!

You can find out more about this CD, get Malcolm’s tour schedule, and much more on his official website, LightninMalcolm.com

1. The Soul Of John Black – Thursday Morning – Early In The Moanin’
2. Reverend Freakchild – Who Do You Love – Illogical Optimism
3. Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen – Beggin’ Jesus – Love & Life
4. The Low Counts – Cant’ They See – Years Pass By
5. Ramblin’ John Jennings – I Saw A Wheel – Illogical Optimism
6. McDowell Brothers – Jam – Tribute To Inspiration
7. The Peterson Brothers – Don’t You Lie To Me – The Peterson Brothers
8. AG Weinberger – Standin’ Around Cryin’ – Mighty Business
9. The Nighthawks – Jana Lea – Back Porch Party
10. Billie Williams – Runnin’ Back – Billie Williams
11. Anni Piper – Blackberry Brandy – More Guitars Than Friends
12. Janiva Magness – When You Hold Me – Love Wins Again
13. Lightnin’ Malcolm – Gettin’ Dark – Foot Soldier

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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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