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This week’s playlist has new and recent releases by legends like Bonnie Raitt, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, alongside truly independent releases from up-and-coming artists and bands. There’s a new tribute to B.B. King by Brigitte Rios Purdy, followed by a track from a new B.B. King collection!

Courtesy Delmark

Courtesy Delmark

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “City Lights” by Corey Dennison Band. It comes off their self-titled debut album with Delmark Records. Corey is still a young buck when compared to 70 and 80 year old Bluesmen, but he has more experience than his 40-years suggest. This new album is fantastic, and it features 13 all original songs. You can find complete details, a gig schedule and more on Corey’s official website. Click Here to Visit CoreyDennison.net

1. Jake Chisholm – Weigh You Down – No More Sorrow
2. Bonnie Raitt – Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes – Dig In Deep
3. Los Lobos – Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes – By The Light Of The Moon
4. Roy Rogers – Losin’ You – Into The Wild Blue
5. The Claudettes – Life Is Such Fun, and Then Seems to Disappear – No Hotel
6. Jon Spear Band – I Love My Skin – Live Music Is Better
7. Magic Sam – Hoochie Coochie Man – Live At The Avant Garde
8. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – End of the World –
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
9. Christian Collin – One and Only – Spirit Of The Blues
10. Brigitte Rios Purdy – Lucille Don’t You Weep – Lucille Don’t You Weep (Single)
11. B.B. King – My Sometime Baby – Blue Shadows: Underrated King Recordings, 1958-1962
12. Buddy Guy – Flesh & Bone ft. Van Morrison – Born To Play Guitar
13. Corey Dennison – City Lights – Corey Dennison Band

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The new 2016 releases are starting to trickle into the mailbox here at the workshop. There are three 2016 albums featured in this playlist, along with three 2015 albums that have never been featured on the show. In addition, Johnny Full-Time takes a few moments to honor the late Otis Clay, and we’ll hear a pair of recent releases that feature the late Soul giant.

Courtesy Davide Pannozzo

Courtesy Davide Pannozzo

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Freedom.” The song is performed by Italian guitarist and singer Davide Pannozzo, and it appears on his EP 2015. The six-song set features a few songs off Davide’s previous full-length CD, A Portrait Of Jimi Hendrix. The EP also includes versions of “Feels Like Rain” (famously recorded by Buddy Guy) and Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me Too.”

Davide Pannozzo started playing classical guitar at the age of six, and he has incorporated that immense skill into his rock influenced Blues music, along with his love for guitarists like Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and others. Make sure to scroll down below this week’s playlist to watch Davide and his band perform another Hendrix cover, “If Six Was Nine.” You can also find complete information about Pannozzo, his music, and more at his official website, DavidePannozzo.com

1. Benny Turner – I Can’t Leave – When She’s Gone
2. Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers – For You My Love – Genuine Blues Legends
3. Laura Rain and the Caesars – Cherry Pickin’ – Gold
4. Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats – Kansas City Blues – The Avenue
5. EG Kight – Low Mileage Woman – A New Day
6. Billy Price & Otis Clay – You Got Me Hummin’ – This Time For Real
7. Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – Poor Little Rich Girl – Soul Brothers
8. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Anyhow – Let Me Get By
9. Andy Cohen – Seldom Seen Slim – Road Be Kind
10. Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra – Shudder – Preach ‘Em Now! EP
11. Jack White – Entitlement – Lazaretto
12. Roscoe Levee & The Southern Slide – My Gospel – Get It While You Can
13. Davide Pannozzo – Freedom – EP 2015

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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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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

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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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