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Out of the 13 songs played this week, seven of them come off brand new arrivals to our studio. There is a great Soul Blues to kick it off, some Blues Rock, a little acoustic music, some Country influence, and a pair of North Mississippi Hill Country songs!

Courtesy Muskett Music

Courtesy Muskett Music

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Sweet Mary Jane,” by the Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band. It appears on the new album, Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn, which is available everywhere beginning February 16, 2016.
Click Here to hear samples of every song on the CD

Dave Muskett has had impressive showings at the International Blues Challenge the last three years in a row, finishing in the top eight at the 2016 event. Click Here for complete IBC2016 coverage, including video performances!
If this album would have arrived two weeks ago, it would have been the featured selection for our IBC preview episode So, it was a no brainer to feature it, this week. Remember, you can find out more about Dave Muskett at his official website, MuskettMusic.com

1. The Rhythm Express – Seven Day Lover (ft Michael Dunston) – Seven Day Lover (Single)
2. Cécile Doo-Kingué – Manic Depression – Anybody Listening, Pt. 2: Dialogues
3. Janiva Magness – When You Were My King – Original
4. Joanne Broh Band – Gettin’ Old Blues – Wicked Cool
5. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Method To My Madness – Method To My Madness
6. R.B.Stone – Hill Country Stomp – Some Call It Freedom (Some Call It The Blues)
7. Markus James – For Blind Willie – Head For The Hills
8. Dennis Jones – Mr. Right – Both Sides Of The Track
9. Hot Roux – Can’t Get You Off My Mind – Stranger’s Blues
10. Sandy Carroll – Headin’ Out On Empty – Last Southern Belle
11. Karen Lovely – Company Graveyard – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
12. David Gogo – There’s A Hole – Vicksburg Call
13. The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band – Sweet Mary Jane –
Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn

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The first few weeks of each new year provide an opportunity to catch up after the holidays with new release albums that came out at the end of the previous year. That’s what you’ll hear, this week, on Full-Time Blues Radio. There are seven albums featured in this playlist that have never had music on the show before!

Courtesy JP Cadillac Records

Courtesy JP Cadillac Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Brand New Fool” by the Knickerbocker All-Stars, featuring Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals. It comes off the new CD Go Back Home To The Blues, which is available now. The Knickerbocker All-Stars are a somewhat rotating group of the American northeast’s best Blues musicians who have been a part of many great bands over the years, including Roomful of Blues, the Duke Robillard Band, Sugar Ray and the Blue Tones and others. Men who play on this disc include Sax Gordon, Mark Teixiera, Monster Mike Welch and Al Basile!

All proceeds from the sale of this CD and digital album will benefit the non-profit Knickerbocker Music Center, which is “a non-profit formed to preserve, cultivate, and grow the “Knick’s” unique brand of blues, as well as expand access to music of all kinds by transforming the Knick into both an exciting performance venue and an exceptional center for music education.” Complete details are available on their official website at JPCadillacRecords.com

1. Mike Zito & The Wheel – Chin Up – Keep Coming Back
2. Tim Williams – Lightnin’ – So Low
3. Voo Davis – Low Hangin’ Fruit – Midnight Mist
4. Walkin’ Cane Mark – Arizona Woman – Tryin’ To Make You Understand: Remastered
5. Omar Coleman – Sit Down Baby – Born And Raised
6. Mississippi Bigfoot – Mighty River – Population Unknown
7. Luther Dickinson – Vandalize – Rock N’ Roll Blues
8. Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea – Jigsaw Heart – On The Rocks
9. Paul Thorn – Doctor My Eyes – Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne
10. Hurricane Ruth LaMaster – Built For Comfort – Winds Of Change EP
11. Jackie Payne – Somewhere Down the Line – I Saw The Blues
12. Sean Costello – Feel Like I Ain’t Got A Home – In The Magic Shop
13. Knickerbocker All-Stars – Brand New Fool – Go Back Home To The Blues

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2015 releases are beginning to pour into the home for new & independent Blues music, and this episode is an equal split of releases from 2014 and 2015, with many of the 2014 releases being new arrivals themselves.

It all kicks off with Croatian Blues from Tomislav Goluban, follows with a pair of new, unique interpretations of a Robert Johnson classic, and continues throughout the hour with other highlights including two new releases of Tinsley Ellis music, blue-eyed Soul from Lincoln, Nebraska and a new live disc by Brandon Santini.

Courtesy Montrose Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Woman Who Loves Me” by Brad Absher and Swamp Royale. It comes off their 2015 album, Lucky Dog, which is available now from Montrose Records. It’s Absher’s sixth record overall, but marks his label debut with the Houston, Texas imprint.

Absher is a Gulf Coast native, raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His music mixes Blues, Gospel, Soul and other Louisiana swamp sounds into something unique. The band performed very well at the 2014 International Blues Challenge, and is looking forward to a great 2015, as they ride on the strength of this album. You can find complete details about Brad Absher, Swamp Royale, and the record Lucky Dog, on their official website BradAbsher.com

1. Tomislav Goluban – Blow Junkie – Blow Junkie
2. The Mike Henderson Band – If I Had Possession – If You Think It’s Hot Here
3. Mudslide Charley – Possession – New & Used
4. Markus James – Diddley Bow and Buckets – Head For The Hills
5. MacKenzie Blues Band – Sweet Stuff – Slam! Bam!
6. Tinsley Ellis – Should I Have Lied – Tough Love
7. Tinsley Ellis – Leavin’ Here – The Best Of Tinsley Ellis (2015)
8. Josh Hoyer and the Shadow Boxers – A Man Who Believes His Own Lies – Living By The Minute
9. Etta Britt – Old Weakness Comin’ On Strong – Etta Does Delbert
10. Brandon Santini – Come On Everybody – Live & Extended!
11. Generation Blues Experience – Little Mama – Private Angel
12. Benny Turner – My Uncle’s Blues (Fannie Mae) – Journey
13. Brad Absher & Swamp Royale – Woman Who Loves Me – Lucky Dog

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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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John-Alex Mason Tribute

Courtesy Naked Jaybird Music

John-Alex Mason died unexpectedly last year at the young age of 35. His death was so unexpected that it shook the Blues community, who immediately sent a wave of love and support to John-Alex’s wife and kids.

That Blues community is banding together again to produce Homeward Bound, a tribute album featuring 13 original songs by artists like Big George Brock, Cedric Burnside Project, and others. The album has been crafted on a 100% voluntary basis, but now fans are being asked to help in order to get the CDs pressed. Organizers have created a page on micro-funding website IndieGoGo, where fans can make a secure donation.

The donation helps on multiple levels. It is essentially a pre-order, ensuring your receipt of a copy of either the digital download or physical CD (depending on your level of giving.) The goal of contributions is to get the physical CDs manufactured, but more importantly, dollars raised above the pressing cost go into an endowment for John-Alex Mason’s children. Finally, donations are tax deductable, thanks to the efforts of Memphis attorney Michael Working, who handled the painstaking process to establish a non-profit.

Levels of giving begin at $10.00, which gets you the digital download. $20.00 gets you the physical CD. Anything $50.00 or above nets you the CD, along with a limited poster of original art by Gary Houston.

Click Here for Complete Details and to Make a Secure Donation!