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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 –

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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Episode 1509: Blues Reinterprets Country

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This week, we take a walk down to the crossroads of Blues and Country music. These two genres shaped American popular music in the 20th century, and gave birth to many other music genres. The two styles are remarkably similar, arising mostly out of rural cultures and poorer socio-economic conditions.

The playlist features reinterpretations of classic Country songs by Blues artists, all coming off recent releases. You’ll hear new versions of classic songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and many others. When you look at this week’s playlist, you’ll notice the name of the Country artist who recorded or wrote each song in parentheses.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “She’s Got You,” a cover of the Patsy Cline song by Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is the frontwoman for old time Blues and Country group The Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has now released a solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which was produced by T Bone Burnett and features additional covers of tracks recorded by Sister Rosette Tharpe, Nina Simone and Odetta.

If you look below this week’s playlist, you’ll find a video of Rhiannon’s cover of the Dolly Parton track “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind.” Tomorrow Is My Turn is available now. Click Here to sample tracks.Click Here to Visit

1. Sunday Wilde – Fall To Pieces (Patsy Cline) – He Digs Me
2. David Vest – Ramblin’ Man (Hank Williams) – Roadhouse Revelation
3. Mississippi Heat – Your Cheating Heart (Hank Williams) – Warning Shot
4. Ray Bonneville – So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams) – Easy Gone
5. Damon Fowler – I’m Just an Old Chunk Of Coal (Billy Joe Shaver) – Sugar Shack
6. Johnny Riley – Johnny Riley – Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzell) – Have Mercy On Me
7. Whitey Johnson – Worry B Gone (Willie Nelson) – Whitey Johnson
8. Hans Theessink – The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash) – Jedermann Remixed
9. The Bopcats – Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) – 25 Years Of Rock n’ Roll
10. Roly Platt – Bartender’s Blues (George Jones) – Inside Out
11. Nathan James – I’m Gonna Leave (Freddy Fender) – Natural Born That Way
12. Terry Hanck – There’s No Gettin’ Over Me (Ronnie Milsap) – Gotta Bring It On Home To You
13. Professor Harp – Sugaree (Marty Robbins) – They Call Me The Professor
14. Rhiannon Giddens – She’s Got You (Patsy Cline) – Tomorrow Is My Turn

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It’s been a truly incredible summer for new Blues music, and this week’s shift inside the Home for New & Independent Blues Music strikes the perfect balance between big name new releases and truly independent artists. You’ll hear new tunes from Joe Bonamassa, JP Soars and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones; as well as listen to incredible songs off self released records from AC Myles, Doug Prescott Band and more!

There’s also a track that, at first glance, you’ll think we’ve played before. Duncan Street, following the amazing reception from Blues fans for their stripped down song “Watermelon, Barbecue & Beer,” went back into the studio and recorded a brand new mix featuring a full band, horns and backup singers. The song remains the same, but the recording is something completely new!

Courtesy Blue Corn Music

Courtesy Blue Corn Music

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Singing the Blues” by Ruthie Foster. Her new album, Promise Of A Brand New Day, is available beginning August 19, 2014 from Blue Corn Music. The record has a dozen songs and guest appearances by Doyle Bramhall II and Toshi Reagon. Promise Of A Brand New Day was produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. Ruthie Foster, the Blues Music Award winning and Grammy Nominated singer and songwriter, is touring in support of this new release. You can find her complete tour schedule, additional album information, and much more on her official website,

1. AC Myles – Queen Bee – Reconsider Me
2. JP Soars – Back to Broke – Full Moon Night In Memphis
3. Damon Fowler – Sounds Of Home – Sounds Of Home
4. Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue – Different Shades Of Blue
5. Doug Prescott Band – A Month In Texas – Karma & The Big Caboose
6. Duncan Street – Watermelon, Barbecue & Beer (Remix) (Radio Single)
7. Morgan Davis – Now That Hubert Is Gone – I Got My Own
8. Too Slim & the Taildraggers – The Light – Anthology
9. Jim Byrnes – The Journey Home – St. Louis Times
10. Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – It’s Never As Bad As It Looks – Living Tear To Tear
11. Sunny Lowdown – Red Devil Blues – The Blues Volume Low
12. Laith Al-Saadi – Complete Disgrace – Real
13. Ruthie Foster – Singing the Blues – Promise Of A Brand New Day

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Courtesy Alligator Records

Full-Time Blues returns with our annual walk in the light of the Lord, and what better time than Easter week for a new exploration on the Spiritual Side of the Blues?! There are new original pieces rooted in the Gospel soil, a cautionary tale from Big Bill Morganfield, and covers of classic spiritual numbers once performed by men like Charley Patton and Blind Willie Johnson.

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a beautifully powerful new version of “Amazing Grace” by The Holmes Brothers. It comes off their brand new Alligator Records release Brotherhood. The album is available now, and you can find complete details on their official website,

Finally, have a blessed Easter week; and thank you for your support. – Johnny Full-Time

1. Joe Louis Walker – Keep the Faith – Hornet’s Nest
2. Big Bill Morganfield – Devil At my Door – Blues With A Mood
3. The Slide Brothers – Help Me Make It Through – Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers
4. Jim Suhler – All God’s Children Get the Blues Sometimes – Panther Burn
5. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Just A Closer Walk With Thee ft. Tiffany Lamson – St. Peter & 57th St.
6. Damon Fowler – I Shall Not Be Moved – Sounds Of Home
7. Steve Howell & the Mighty Men – Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – Yes, I Believe I Will
8. Jonny Lang – We Are The Same – Fight For My Soul
9. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Prayer of Death, Pt. 1 – Peyton On Patton
10. Anthony Gomes – Sinner’s Song – Before The Beginning
11. Eric Bibb – They Know – Jericho Road
12. Lemon Nash – What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukulele Maestro & Tent Show Troubadour
13. The Holmes Brothers – Amazing Grace – Brotherhood

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2014 is already shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory for Blues music fans. The genre is in great hands as we look toward the future, and our established stars are releasing tremendous records. This week, Full-Time Blues Radio is overflowing with the highest quality music on the airwaves. The show kicks off with the highly anticipated new release from Damon Fowler, features a high concentration of 2014 new arrivals, and is sprinkled with great releases from recent history.

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “My Heart Keeps on Lovin’ You” by Sad Sam Blues Jam. The four-piece Blues band based out of Bloomington, Indiana recently released their debut recording Finally…The EP, which features this song, as well as five others. Those six songs are divided equally between originals, like the onw featured inside the mailbox, and cover tunes.
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1. Damon Fowler – Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me – Sounds Of Home
2. Kent Burnside – Walkin’ Blues – My World Is So Cold
3. Tas Cru – Every Word You Say – Tired Of Bluesmen Cryin’
4. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite – The Blues Overtook Me – Live From The Granada Theater: Dallas, Texas September 10, 2013
5. Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials – No Fast Food – Jump Start
6. Bill Blue – I Ain’t From Mississippi – Mojolation
7. Duke Robillard Band – I’m Still Laughing – Independently Blue
8. The Delta Saints – Drink it Slow (Live) – Drink It Slow EP
9. The Slide Brothers – Praise You – Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers
10. Sugar Brown – Rollin and Tumblin – Sugar Brown’s Sad Day
11. Steve Dawson – JR Lockley’s Dilemma – Rattlesnake Cage
12. John Pippus – Never Thought – Nature Of The Beast EP
13. Sad Sam Blues Jam – My Heart Keeps on Lovin’ You – Finally…The EP

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