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This week, you will hear a couple live cuts, some guitar based Blues, a healthy amount of harmonica, and a set of spiritually influenced tunes. The vast majority of songs played this week are 2015 releases, with more than half of the playlist coming off brand new arrivals to the studio.

Courtesy Deep Fryed Records

Courtesy Deep Fryed Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Struttin'” from the sophomore album by Nikki Hill, Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists. The album is available now from independent label Deep Fryed Records. You can purchase it through all major digital retailers like Amazon.

Nikki has had a whirlwind career, thus far. She is solidifying herself at the forefront of the vintage R&B revolution by crafting authentic original music in a classic style that could easily fit in any era. A few years ago, she wasn’t even singing professionally; but the encouragement of her husband, Blues guitarist and singer Matt Hill, placed Nikki in the spotlight, and we all found out it’s where she belongs. She released an EP in 2012, a second EP and her debut full length album in 2013, and toured extensively before heading into the studio with her band to craft this new CD. You can find out more about Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, Nikki Hill, and her tour schedule on her official website NikkiHillMusic.com

1. Kevin Selfe – Don’t Tear Me Down – Buy My Soul Back
2. Calvin Conway – Ring Me When You’re Ready – Dark Horse Deluxe
3. Westside Andy – Just Cuz – Blues Just Happen
4. Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys – One Way Love Affair – Watch Your Step
5. Lonnie Mack – Riding The Blinds (Live) – Best of Lonnie Mack
6. Karen Lovely – Always Love you (Ben’s Song) – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
7. Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames – Take Me Back – Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
8. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Scream at the Night – So Delicious
9. Sam Butler – Lead Me Father – Raise Your Hands!
10. Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires – Adam and the Devil – Distillations of the Blues
11. J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – God Fearing People – Wild Moon
12. Nikki Hill – Struttin’ – Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists

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This shift of Full-Time Blues Radio features a fantastic selection that includes new releases from legendary names like Duke Robillard and Bobby Rush. There are also stellar tunes by young indie acts like Stolen Hearts and Jason Appleton & Jason Ricci.

Courtesy Delmark Records

Courtesy Delmark Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Snaggletooth Mule” by Jimmy Burns. It comes off his new release, It Ain’t Right, which is available now from Delmark Records. It Ain’t Right marks Jimmy’s return to Delmark Records, with the two previously coming together to release four albums previously. The most recent was the concert recording, Live At B.L.U.E.S., released in 2007.

There are 15 songs on It Ain’t Right, including the title cut, a song written by Little Walter. There are also covers of songs by The 5 Royales, Percy Mayfield, Jimmy Reed and Ben E. King. Billy Flynn wrote two new original songs for the disc. Jimmy Burns provides vocals, guitar and harmonica, as always; and he easily slides from Blues to Soul and ends the album with the traditional Gospel of “Wade in the Water.” You can find out more about Jimmy, his band and schedule, and much more, on his official website JimmyBurnsBand.com

1. Duke Robillard – Big Bill Blues – The Acoustic Roots & Blues Of Duke Robillard
2. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Can’t Believe It’s This Good – Dirty Memory
3. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Let’s Get High – Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
4. Stolen Hearts – Already Alright – Dirty Southern Soul
5. Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots – Piana’s Savannah Boogie – Boom Town
6. Eddie Martin’s Big Red Radio – How Can This Be – Live In Tuscany
7. Jimi Hocking & Rebecca Davey – Lonesome Day Blues – Live at the Royal Standard
8. Little Boys Blue – Death Letter Blues – Bad Love
9. Tommy McCoy – Sugar Cane – 25 Year Retrospective
10. Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do the Do – Chicken Heads: A 50 Year History Of Bobby Rush
11. Billy Price & Otis Clay – Somebody’s Changing My Sweet Baby’s Mind
This Time For Real
12. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone – Funky To The Bone
13. Jimmy Burns – Snaggletooth Mule – It Ain’t Right

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