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.



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

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 edition of Full-Time Blues Radio features a healthy dose of true independent release Blues CDs. You’ll also find new arrivals from Earwig Music, American Showplace Music, and others. Listen for tracks by Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Todd Wolfe Band, and Keb Mo, among others. It’s a great hour of music that came together effortlessly thanks to terrific songs.

Courtesy Dane Phillip Smith

Courtesy Dane Phillip Smith

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Lovers Curse” by Dane Phillip Smith. Dane’s new, self-released album for 2015 is I’ll Carry On, and it is available now through all major digital retailers. Smith is based out of Columbus, Ohio; and he reached out directly to Full-Time Blues Radio following episode 1533 (Click Here to Listen) That show was recorded on the road in Dayton, Ohio.

You can visit Dane Phillip Smith’s ReverbNation profile for more information and links to his social networking websites and links to purchase I’ll Carry On through several platforms. Click Here to Visit the Site

1. Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown – Oh Rosa – The Devil To Pay
2. Todd Wolfe Band – Black Queen – Long Road Back
3. Hurricane Ruth – Work It – Born On The River
4. Lara & the Bluz Dawgs – I Wonder – Howlin’
5. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Bad Luck Charm – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
6. Dalannah and Owen – Why I Sing the Blues – Been Around A While
7. Georgie Bonds – St. James Infirmary – Stepping Into Time
8. David Gogo – Our Last Goodbye – Vicksburg Call
9. Keb’ Mo’ – More For Your Money – Bluesamericana
10. Les Copeland – Why We Love Each Other – To Be In Your Company
11. Nathan James – Look Before I Leap – Hear Me Calling
12. Raoul and the Big Time – Get Out of My Life Woman – Hollywood Blvd
13. Dane Phillip Smith – Lovers Curse – I’ll Carry On

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Each year, right around Easter, it provides me with the perfect time to produce one of my favorite special episodes: The Spiritual Side of the Blues. The great American music has always walked a fine line between the sacred and the profane; and as we’ll see, the Blues and the Christian faith have an incredible number of parallel themes. In the end, though, it all stems out of the hope for a better tomorrow. This week, that hope comes in the form of spirituals, Gospel-inflected Blues tunes, and prayers through song.

Courtesy McC Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” this week is “That’s Enough” by The McCrary Sisters. The track comes off their brand new album, Let’s Go, which just came out on McC Records.

The McCrary Sisters are the daughters of Rev. Samuel McCrary, a longtime member of The Fairfield Four. They grew up surrounded by music and faith, and performed from an early age in one form or another. Their signature harmonies have been in constant demand by music artists from a wide range in genres and levels of fame. Bob Dylan, Paul Thorn and Mike Farris are just an incredible few of the big names who have sought out these sisters to have them sing on their works.

The McCrary Sisters released their debut album in 2011, and Let’s Go is only their third record. With it, though, they are front and center, crafting an incredible record with producer Buddy Miller. Let’s Go is available now from a variety of sources, and you can find out more information about the women, the music and more on their official website,

Programming Note: I hope you enjoy this week’s episode. For the first time, I’m expanding the Spiritual Side of the Blues programming to two weeks on Full-Time Blues Radio. Next week, I’ll be joined for conversation by Dr. Gary Burnett, author of the new book The Gospel According To The Blues. We’ll discuss the Blues, faith, civil rights and much more. Don’t Miss It! – Johnny Full-Time

1. The McCrary Sisters – Let’s Go – Let’s Go
2. Kelley Hunt – Golden Hour – The Beautiful Bones
3. Neil Barnes – Don’t Let the Devil Ride – Hyde And Seek
4. Toots Lorraine – Wade In The Water – Make It Easy
5. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Take Us Swiftly Home – Send The Nightengale
6. Kirk Davis – Going With the Lord – Blues And Greys
7. Mike Farris – Real Fine Day – Shine For All The People
8. Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – Hallelujah Lord – Soul Brothers
9. Flora Molton – In the Little Country Town Where I Was Born – I Want To Be Ready To Hear God When He Calls
10. Jeff Jensen – Going Home – Morose Elephant
11. Michael Jerome Brown – Choose Your Seat and Sit Down – Sliding Delta
12. Rory Block – Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader – Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James
13. Jorma Kaukonen – Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me – Ain’t In No Hurry
14. The McCrary Sisters – That’s Enough – Let’s Go

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This week’s shift inside the Home for New & Independent Blues Music features some absolutely amazing music, front to back. Nine of the 13 songs featured this week are new arrivals. 11 of them are 2014 releases! The show kicks off in a big way with new music from The Delta Generators, moves into a track from Berklee College of Music Grad Vanessa Collier, and also finds tracks from Gov’t Mule, The Nighthawks, and many more.

Johnny Full-Time also takes a moment to remember the great Johnny Winter, with a brief look at his amazing life and career, and a track from his final album. Johnny Winter passed away earlier this year, at the age of 70. His final album, Step Back, features Johnny Winter alongside Eric Clpton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa and others. There are also a handful of tracks that feature Johnny performing solo. The selection we chose to play is a cover of the classic Son House song “Death Letter,” which Johnny slides through alone. May he rest in peace.

Courtesy Vizz-Tone

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Lucky 13,” by Rob Stone. Rob’s brand new album is Gotta Keep Rollin’, and is available everywhere from the Vizz-Tone Label Group. It’s Rob’s debut with Vizz-Tone, but it marks his fourth album as a band leader. Rob teams with good friends Chris James and Patrick Rynn, and also welcomes guests into the studio, including Eddie Shaw, Henry Gray, John Primer and others.

Rob Stone recently wrapped up a big tour of Japan, and has now returned home to begin promoting his new album. You can find complete details on this CD, his concert schedule, and much more, by visiting Rob’s official website

1. Delta Generators – Whole Lotta Whiskey – Get On The Horse
2. Vanessa Collier – Tongue Tied – Heart Soul & Saxophone
3. Gov’t Mule feat. Grace Potter – Whisper in Your Soul – Shout!
4. Markey Blue – Voodoo Do – Hey Hey
5. Kirby Sewell Band – Till the River Starts to Overflow – Girl With A New Tattoo
6. Kirk Davis – Every Night and Every Day – Blues And Greys
7. The Nighthawks – You’re Gone – 444
8. Hurricane Ruth – The Walls – Born On The River
9. Al Basile – One More Stone In The Pitcher – Woke Up In Memphis
10. Johnny Winter – Death Letter – Step Back
11. The Todd Wolfe Band – Sunnyvale – Miles To Go
12. Billy Pierce & Friends – Song For Sonny – Take Me Back To The Delta
13. Rob Stone – Lucky 13 – Gotta Keep Rollin’

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Discovery: Heritage Blues Orchestra

Due to the format of the show, I am constantly scouring the internet for music that I can bring to my listeners. Often times, I consider myself ahead of the curve, discovering bands and artists that I excitedly incorporate into show playlists – but there are times when music slips through the cracks. Case in point, the Heritage Blues Orchestra…

Courtesy Raisin Music

HBO, as they’re nicknamed, appeared on a lot of “Best of 2012” lists thanks to their incredible album And Still I Rise. What’s so incomprehensible is that this is the band’s debut record. You look at the names of the songwriters who are covered on …Rise and you see names including Son House, McKinley Morganfield and Huddie Ledbetter. This immediately leads you to believe the album you’re getting ready to listen to is going to be filled with gutbucket acoustic Blues, slide guitar and a back porch flavor. This is an even more grown-up Blues, though, incorporating multi-layered arrangements and second line influences evoking the rich spirit of New Orleans Jazz and traditional African American music sounds behind whichever of the many talented vocalists is singing lead.

The group is fronted by a trio of performers – Junior Mack, Bill Sims, Jr. and his daughter Chaney Sims – the three of which alternate on who handles lead vocals depending on the song. Other core members of the group include drummer/percussionist Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith (son of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith,) horn player Bruno Wilhelm, and harmonica player Vincent Bucher. The band is larger at times, though, often featuring an additional horn section.

And Still I Rise is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Blues Album, as well as two Blues Music Awards, for Best Album and Best Traditional Album. The album is available everywhere in a variety of formats. Click Here to hear samples of every song on the album.
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