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This week’s episode features a little international flair, as there’s new releases that rolled in from Canada and Finland! There’s also new music from Eric Bibb that was recorded in France. That new CD, Lead Belly’s Gold, features Eric Bibb joined by JJ Milteau for a mix of live and studio recordings. There are songs from Huddie Ledbetter’s songbook, as well as original tribute songs by Eric and JJ. Make sure to look below the playlist and watch the video about this new CD, as well as a music video of “Good Night Irene!”

Courtesy Hokahey! Records

Courtesy Hokahey! Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blame It On the Bright Lights” by Micke Bjorklof and Blue Strip. The song appears on their new CD Ain’t Bad Yet. These guys are considered the premier Blues band in their native Finland, and they teamed up with highly acclaimed producer John Porter for this new set of all original songs. Click here to preview the entire album on Amazon!

Micke Bjorklof and Blue Strip have an English language version of their website, and you can find them online when you Click here to visit MickeBjorklof.com

1. Blue Largo – Sing Your Own Song – Sing Your Own Song
2. Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau – Rock Island Line – Lead Belly’s Gold
3. Mark T. Small – Goin’ Down Slow – Smokin’ Blues
4. Chris Yakopcic – Write Me A Few Lines – The Next Place I Leave
5. Eight O’ Five Jive – Have Mercy Baby – Too Many Men
6. Whelan – Everytime I See Her – The Story Of Ike Dupree
7. Lucky 3 Blues Band – Who’s Hoodooin’ Who – Howl
8. Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin – Evil Coming Round – Stormy Water
9. Deak Harp – Delta Wind – Clarksdale Breakdown
10. Josh Smith – When I Get Mine – Over Your Head
11. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love – Outskirts Of Love
12. Jeremiah Johnson – Crazy – Grind
13. Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip – Blame It On The Bright Lights – Ain’t Bad Yet

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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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Listen: BMA Nominees Special (Episode 1501)

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Courtesy Blues Foundation

The first episode of Full-Time Blues Radio in 2015 features music from, and the full list of, nominees for the 2015 Blues Music Awards. Every May, The Blues Foundation holds the huge Blues Music Award ceremonies, honoring the best albums, artists, and bands of the year. The event also serves as a sort of family reunion for the Blues community.

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio kicks off 2015 by running down the complete list of BMA nominees, and you’ll hear music from as many of them as we can fit into the hour! The playlist, this week, features a song from every nominee in the categories of Album of the Year and BB King Entertainer of the Year, as well as nearly all of the Song of the Year noms, and a couple from the Historical Album of the Year category.

Click Here to View the Complete List of 2015 Blues Music Award Nominees

1. Jarekus Singleton – Gonna Let Go – Refuse To Lose
2. Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
3. Alexis P. Suter Band – It Ain’t Over – Love The Way You Roll
4. Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Things Could Be Worse – Living Tear To Tear
5. Michael Bloomfield – I’ve Got You in the Palm of My Hands – From His Head To His Heart To His Hands
6. The Bruce Katz Band – Homecoming (Music Bed) – Homecoming
7. John Németh – Bad Luck Is My Name – Memphis Grease
8. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Smart Like Einstein – You Asked For It…LIVE!
9. Eric Bibb – Out Walkin’ – Blues People
10. Bobby Rush w/ Blinddog Smokin’ – Another Murder in New Orleans ft. Dr. John – Decisions
11. Ruthie Foster – Let Me Know ft. Doyle Bramhall II – Promise Of A Brand New Day
12. The 5 Royales – I Like It Like That – Soul & Swagger
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13. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Puddin’ Pie (Music Bed) – Good News
14. Mannish Boys – Troubles – Wrapped Up And Ready

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This week’s shift inside the Home of New & Independent Blues Music features an incredible selection of songs. There are tracks of Blues styles based in Texas, North Mississippi Hill Country, Chicago, and Memphis style Soul. There are sets of acoustic tracks, and piano-based Blues, as well. One of those piano-based tracks comes off the latest album by John Mayall. A Special Life dropped earlier this year, but is set for release on special gatefold double vinly LP on October 27, 2014. Make sure to enjoy the video below this week’s playlist, which features comments from John Mayall ahead of a track off this new disc. There’s also a link to his official website.

Courtesy Sacred Cat

Courtesy Sacred Cat

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a double dip of music from Nathan James. “I Know I’ve Got Religion” comes off one of two brand new albums that Nathan is releasing simultaneously: Hear Me Calling. That’s followed by the track “Take You Back Home,” from his other brand new release, Natural Born That Way.

Courtesy Sacred Cat

Courtesy Sacred Cat

Nathan says the project was born out of his indecision on whether to record an album alone, or another Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers disc. He opted to do both. Hear Me Calling features Nathan alone, playing mostly acoustic, but also some electric guitar. Natural Born That Way features the full band showcasing all of their influences of early Blues masters.

Both albums are available from Sacred Cat Records beginning October 28, 2014. You can find complete album information, Nathan’s tour schedule, and much more on his official website, NathanDJames.com

1. Chris Duarte – Ain’t Gonna Hurt No More – Lucky 13
2. John Mayall – Big Town Playboy – A Special Life
3. Arthur Migliazza – Thank You Blues – Laying It Down
4. Hannes Otahal – Axl Special – Boogie Woogie Walker
5. Josh Hoyer & the Shadow Boxers – Call Me (I’ll Be Sure to Let You Down Again) –
Josh Hoyer And The Shadow Boxers
6. Gravel Road – Lord Have Mercy – El Scuerpo
7. Howard & the White Boys – The Blues Are Killing Me – Rosa’s Lounge
8. Bill Blue – Ain’t It Funny – Mojolation
9. Rory Block – I’m So Glad – Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James
10. Lee Palmer – 60 Clicks – 60 Clicks
11. Eddie Martin – It’s a Mystery to Me – Blues Took Me By The Hand Vol. 1 Acoustic
12. Nathan James – I Know I’ve Got Religion – Hear Me Calling
13. Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers – Take You Back Home – Natural Born That Way

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Listen: 2014 WC Handy Festival Preview

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Courtesy Henderson Music Preservation Society

Courtesy Henderson Music Preservation Society

The WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival will take place June 7-14 in Henderson, Kentucky. This event has become a bucket list festival for Blues music fans due to the talent of the performers, the passion of the fans, and the professionalism of the organizers.

The 2014 WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival lineup features Grammy winners, Blues Hall of Famers, young stars on the rise, and regional favorites from around Henderson, Kentucky. This year’s big headliner is Charlie Musselwhite, but fans will also look for marquis names like James Cotton, John Nemeth, and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band!

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio previews the 2014 edition of the festival with music by the majority of acts performing this year. For complete festival information, the full performance schedule, and more, Click Here to visit HandyBlues.org

1. Trampled Under Foot – Down to the River – Badlands
2. Charlie Musselwhite – Gone Too Long – Juke Joint Chapel
3. James Cotton – Something for Me ft. Warren Haynes – Cotton Mouth Man
4. John Nemeth – I Can’t Help Myself – Memphis Grease
5. Waylon Thibodeaux – Big Mamou – Best Of Cajun – The Traditional Songs
6. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Easy Come, Easy Go – Between The Ditches
7. Boscoe France – Hometown Woman
8. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band – Squeeze Box – Live At Knuckleheads, Kansas City
9. Southern Hospitality – Don’t Boogie Woogie – Easy Livin’
10. Davina and the Vagabonds – Lipstick and Chrome – Black Cloud
11. Homemade Jamz Blues Band – In the Wind – I Got Blues For You
12. Selwyn Birchwood – Don’t Call No Ambulance – Don’t Call No Ambulance
13. The Stella Vees – What Have I Done – Come Round Baby

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