Favorite Albums of 2015 (Episode 1550)

This week brings 2015 to a close with a listen to songs from Johnny Full-Time’s favorite albums released in 2015. Instead of telling you what we think is the “best” new music each year, JFT combs through all of the music that flowed into the studio over the last 12 months and hand picks tracks from his favorite discs. There is some amazing material here; but we’d like to hear from you! What was your favorite song, album, or episode of Full-Time Blues Radio this year? let us know in the comments section here OR at our Facebook page.

And, be sure to look below the playlist, this week, for a music video by JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci. They recorded Blind Willie Johnson’s song “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” for their new album Dirty Memory, one of John’s favorites of 2015.

1. Amy Helm – Spend Our Last Dime – Didn’t It Rain
2. Ian Siegal – Heavenly Houseboat Blues – The Picnic Sessions
3. Pokey LaFarge – Cairo, Illinois – Something In The Water
4. N.M.O. – Annabel – Freedom & Dreams
5. Albert Cummings – Movin’ On – Someone Like You
6. The Beat Daddys – You Made Me Cry – Hoodoo That We Doo
7. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Jason Solo – Dirty Memory
8. Muddy Waters 100 – Forty Days and Forty Nights ft. Gary Clark Jr.- Muddy Waters 100
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – King of the Blues – Terraplane
10. Leo “Bud” Welch – So Many Turnrows – I Don’t Prefer No Blues
11. Bobby Rush – Hey Western Union Man – Chicken Heads:
A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush

12. JD McPherson – Mother Of Lies – Let The Good Times Roll

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This week’s program features an incredible playlist that includes two of the hottest new releases of the year, as well as some equally incredible releases that aren’t getting nearly as much press. It all starts with Chris O’Leary’s debut with American Showplace Music. There are tracks from the new albums by Keith Richards and Gary Clark Jr. You can also scroll below this week’s playlist and watch Gary’s official music video for the song “Church,” off his new album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim.

Courtesy Ruf Records

Courtesy Ruf Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Clarksdale Shuffle” by Heather Crosse. Although the album is released under her name, Heather fronts the band Heavy Suga’ and the Sweetones; and the band accompanied her into the studio for their debut release. That album was produced by Jim Gaines, and it is available now from Ruf Records.

Heather was born in Louisiana, cut her teeth in Arkansas, and settled in Mississippi, where she began building a great reputation among both Blues fans and industry professionals. She took part in Ruf’s most recent Girls With Guitars project; and followed that with a trip into the studio for this debut album. You can find out much more on Heather Crosse, her band, tour dates and links on her official website, HeatherCrosse.com

1. Chris O’Leary – Tell It To Me Straight – Gonna Die Tryin’
2. Keith Richards – Robbed Blind – Crosseyed Heart
3. Ray Cashman – Wastin’ – Desolation
4. Deb Callahan – I Keep Things Running – Sweet Soul
5. The Blues Disciples – What I Need – Big Beat
6. Gary Clark Jr. – Shake – The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim
7. Hound Dog Taylor – 55th Street Boogie – The Best Of Hound Dog Taylor (2015)
8. Shirley Johnson – You Can Have My Husband – Angels Sing The Blues
9. The Josh Garrett Band – Ain’t Nobody’s Business – Honey For My Queen
10. Colin Linden – Knob & Tube – Rich In Love
11. Flora Molton – All Around Me Shine – I Want to Be Ready to Hear God When He Calls
12. James Day & the Fish Fry – Next New Thing – Southland
13. Heather Crosse – Clarksdale Shuffle – Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads

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This week’s episode of Full-Time Blues Radio is a terrific showcase of just how broad the Blues genre really is. The show kicks off with the title cut from the brand new album by Buddy Guy. From there, you’ll hear songs with a little Rock, a little Soul, and much more – including a collaboration between John Ginty and rapper Redman.

Courtesy Raisin' Music Records

Courtesy Raisin’ Music Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Still A Fool.” The song is performed by John Primer and the Living History Band with special guest Derek Trucks! It appears on a new CD titled Muddy Waters 100, which is an officially authorized tribute that is anchored by Primer and the Living History Band, but also features appearances by Gary Clark, Jr. Keb Mo, the late Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Bob Margolin and more!

The album is a celebration of the centennial of McKinley Morganfield’s birth. The beautiful packaging for the CD is a hard bound book with nearly 50 pages of liner notes, rare photos, and additional information. You can find complete details on the record at the official website for this release, MuddyWaters100.com

Make sure to check out the video below this week’s playlist, so you can hear Shemekia Copeland perform “Got My Mojo Working”, and Click here to listen to samples of all of this album’s songs.

1. Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar – Born To Play Guitar
2. Albert Cummings – Up Your Sleeve – Someone Like You
3. Kern Pratt – Cotton Pickin’ – Broken Chains
4. Rick Vito – Easy Baby – Mojo On My Side
5. Charlie Parr – Falcon – Stumpjumper
6. John Ginty – Fredo, Remix ft. Redman – No Filter
7. Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen – RL Burnside (Sleight Return) – Love & Life
8. Greg Nagy – Been Such A Long Time – Stranded
9. Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band – Next To My Heart – Not Goin’ Away
10. Jackie Payne – When the Blues Comes Knockin’ – I Saw The Blues
11. Slam Allen – When the Blues Come Around – Feel These Blues
12. Muddy Waters 100 – Still a Fool ft. John Primer, The Living History Band,
and Derek Trucks – Muddy Waters 100

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Listen: Honoring BB King (Episode 1519)

Late last week, news broke that B.B. King was under home hospice care at his Las Vegas residence. Blues fans around the world feared the worst and began sending prayers and well wishes to the legendary “King of the Blues.”

I feel often times, folks can see a person fall ill and begin to mourn them before they have even passed away. Instead of providing a mournful tribute, I decided to produce a joyful celebration of the time that we have left with B.B. Think about this, we’ve been blessed to walk the same earth as this amazing man; and he’s provided us all with so many incredible memories. So enjoy an hour of B.B. King music, this week, with collaborations between B.B. and his friends, covers by his peers, and tributes from younger stars who were inspired by Mr. King.

Courtesy Booga Music

Courtesy Booga Music

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Thank You BB King,” a brand new digital single by Kenny Neal. Discussing this song, Kenny explains that B.B. has had a tremendous impact on his life and career. Kenny was summoned to visit with Mr. King, who proceeded to explain that he enjoyed Neal’s original songs even more than his covers. King encouraged Kenny to put more focus on his original music, and Kenny has done just that with this amazing tribute song.

You can purchase the song here! You can find more information about Kenny on his official website, KennyNeal.net Be sure to scroll below the playlist and watch the official music video for “Thank You BB King.”

1. B.B. King – See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – One Kind Favor
2. B.B. King/Eric Clapton – Days of Old – Riding With The King
3. B.B. King/Elton John – Rock This House – 80
4. Buddy Guy Featuring B.B. King – Stay Around A Little Longer – Living Proof
5. B.B. King/Ray Charles – Sinner’s Prayer – Genius Loves Company 10th Anniv. Edition
6. Curtis Salgado – 20 Years of B.B. King – Clean Getaway
7. Gary Clark, Jr. – Three O’ Clock Blues – Live
8. Big Joe and the Dynaflows – Bad Case of Love – You Can’t Keep a Big Man Down
9. Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater – Please Accept My Love – Soul Funky
10. Albert King – You Upset Me Baby – King Albert (2011)
11. Original Legends of the Blues – Thrill Is Gone – Still Carrying the Flame
12. Kenny Neal – Thank You B.B. King – Thank You B.B. King (Digital Single)

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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

Album
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

Band
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

Historical
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)

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

Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

Instrumentalist-Horn
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

Song
“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