Thanksgiving Blues 2015 (Episode 1547)

This week brings us the semi-annual Thanksgiving edition of the program, featuring a mouth-watering selection of songs in all flavors of the Blues. It’s an impressive spread of food themed tracks for your holiday season soundtrack, with all but two of the songs coming off 2015 releases – an impressive feat for a themed episode.

Courtesy ManHatTone

Courtesy ManHatTone

We were fortunate to even have a featured selection from “Johnny’s Mailbox” that fits right in with the Thanksgiving topic. “Mama’s Cookin'” comes off the new album by Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans. The new CD, That’s What They Say, is available now from ManHatTone, and it includes 15 songs. You’ll find guests on this disc like Gina Sicilia, Mike Welch, and Dave Gross. As always, Brad Vickers and company create original music and play covers that keep the American Roots music traditions of the past alive.

“Mama’s Cookin'” is a tribute to mothers everywhere who strive to keep our bellies full. It was written by the Vestapolitans’ Margey Peters, and she also takes lead vocals on the tune. Other than the opening cover of Tampa Red’s “Seminole Blues” and the traditional song “Don’t You Love Your Daddy No More,” all of the songs on the record are original compositions. You can learn more about Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, That’s What They Say, and the tour schedule online at BradVickers.com

In addition to the music, I found a fascinating short film about the history of poke sallet, or polk salad. This video is courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Joe York. Enjoy the video, and consider making this southern favorite a part of your spread.

1. Crissinger – I Love To Eat – Blues Expression
2. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials – Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits –
The Best Of Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials (2015)
3. The Texas Horns – Home Cookin – Blues Gotta Holda Me
4. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Cornbread – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
5. Lonnie Mack ft. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Oreo Cookie Blues – Best Of Lonnie Mack (2015)
6. Georgie Bonds – Butter Your Biscuit – Hit It Hard
7. James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox – Polk Salad Annie –
Guitar Heroes
8. The Alastair Greene Band – Red Wine Woman – Trouble At Your Door
9. The Beat Daddys – Pie or Cake – Hoodoo That We Doo
10. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Puddin’ Pie – Good News
11. Delta Moon – Jelly Roll – Low Down
12. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans – Mama’s Cookin’ – That’s What They Say

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NOTE: This will be the last episode of Full-Time Blues Radio for 2014. Have an amazing holiday season. See you in 2015! God Bless. – Johnny Full-Time

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Full-Time Blues Radio! Our annual tradition of bringing you the latest crop of Christmas Blues continues with original songs for the season, new versions of Christmas classics, and legendary reissues from Concord Music Group. In addition to providing the Rufus Thomas track, “I’ll Be Your Santa Baby,” Concord has remastered Ray Charles’ classic 1985 album The Spirit Of Christmas, and you’ll hear the track that is synonymous with a famous scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

There’s a new track from Treasa Levasseur to get you primed for her full-length Christmas album in 2015, a new release from Larry Carlton, and a featured selection to close out the program off an album sure to become a classic.

Courtesy Sony Masterworks

The Blind Boys of Alabama have teamed up with Taj Mahal for the new CD Talkin’ Christmas, which features seasonal standards, classic hymns, and original songs written by the Blind Boys themselves. The album is available now from Sony Masterworks.

Make sure to scroll below the playlist to watch the music video for another song off Talkin’ Christmas titled “What Can I Do?” As well as a video going behind the scenes for this album’s sessions. For additional information, visit BlindBoys.com

1. Treasa Levasseur – Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas (Single)
2. Ray Charles – That Spirit of Christmas – The Spirit Of Christmas
3. Grady Champion – Blues On Christmas – Goin’ Back Home
4. Johnny Neel – Jingle Bells (Single)
5. David Gogo – Let’s Get A Real Tree – Christmas With The Blues
6. Chaz DePaolo – Another Christmas Without You (Single)
7. Gary US Bonds – Why Don’t You Spend Christmas With Me – Christmas Is ON!
8. Larry Carlton – The Christmas Song – Four Hands & A Heart Christmas
9. Rod Picott (DecemberSongs) – Dad’s Drunk Again On Christmas
An East Nashville Christmas
10. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby – Christmas Cookies 3.0 – A Concord Calamity
11. Jacob Johnson – Christmas Time Is Here/Linus and Lucy Medley
Wild And Sweet: A Christmas Album
12. The Delta Flyers – You Can’t Sing About Christmas (Single)
13. The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal – Who Will Remember? – Talkin’ Christmas

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

One of our most popular episodes each year, the 2013 Christmas edition of Full-Time Blues Radio keeps the tradition alive with some amazing new & independent Blues music all fitting the holiday theme. There is a fantastic selection of original Christmas songs, alongside new versions of some of the classics! Pour some egg nog, pitch another log on the fireplace, and turn up this fantastic selection of tunes.

Since none of these songs have been played on the program before, I decided to give “Johnny’s Mailbox” the week off. Instead, we paid special tribute to Chick Willis. “The Stoop Down Man” passed away December 7, 2013 after a decades long career. The song, “Chick 4 Christmas,” is a 2012 medley of several Chick Willis Christmas tunes that appear on the Ichiban Records compilation Ichiban Blues At Christmas Vol. 2.

I hope you have enjoyed this year of Full-Time Blues Radio programs. It has been our most successful year, to date; and that is solely because of the folks listening and interacting with the program through social media. Word of mouth is the greatest advertising, and each time you share the show, it means more to me than you can imagine. I pray you have a blessed Christmas, happy holidays, and an amazing new year. This will be our last episode for 2013, so I look forward to meeting you right back here in 2014. Thanks, and God Bless.
– Johnny Full-Time

1. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – Naughty Naughty Children – Christmas With Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
2. Foghat – Winter Wonderland – Winter Wonderland (Single)
3. The Soul of John Black – Go Santa! – The Soul Of Christmas
4. Ruthie Foster – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – A Very Blue Rock Christmas
5. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Plasma for Christmas – A Very Standard Christmas Vol. 1
6. Sarah Millimet – Santa Baby – I’ll Be Home For Christmas EP
7. Joe Bonamassa – Christmas Date Blues – Christmas Date Blues (Single)
8. David Gogo – Little Drummer Boy – Christmas With The Blues
9. Mighty Mike Schermer – Things Ain’t Everything – Be Somebody
10. JD McPherson – Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights) – Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights) (Single)
11. Odetta – This Little Light of Mine – Gonna Let It Shine: A Concert For The Holidays
12. Paul Thorn – That’s Not Why We’re Here – That’s Not Why We’re Here (Single)
13. Zora Young – Just a Closer Walk With Thee – The French Connection
14. Jacob Johnson – Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) – Wild And Sweet: A Christmas Album
15. Chick Willis – Chick 4 Christmas – Chick 4 Christmas (Single)

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This is the second time in three years I’ve been able to put together an impressive spread featuring Blues tunes built around the Thanksgiving theme. It’s easy when you remember that all you need are great songs about food, family, and gratitude. So, fix yourself a plate, pull up a chair, and enjoy an hour of music that definitely won’t make you sleepy after you’ve enjoyed it!

Courtesy Circle X

Courtesy Circle X

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is the title song from Freddie Vanderford’s album Greasy Greens. The album was originally released in 2010, but it happened to arrive on our doorstep this week – just in time for this week’s cornucopia of Thanksgiving tunes.

Freddie Vanderford is keeping the traditions of the Piedmont style of Blues alive. He sat at the foot of the learning tree with Peg Leg Sam Jackson, and has established himself as a wildly talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. He is especially skilled on the harmonica. He released Greasy Greens in 2010, as mentioned above, on Circle X Records. Click Here for Freddie Vanderford’s ReverbNation Profile

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1. Kara Grainger – C’mon In My Kitchen – Shiver & Sigh
2. Jeremiah Johnson Band ft. The Sliders – Fire In the Kitchen – Brand Spank’n Blue
3. Otis Taylor – Sit Across Your Table – My World Is Gone
4. Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges – Don’t Call it Supper – Roots & Vines
5. Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians – Fat Man – 13 Live
6. Doug MacLeod – My Inlaws Are Outlaws – There’s A Time
7. Cash Box Kings – Hot Biscuit Baby – Black Toppin’
8. Rev. Jimmie Bratcher – Bologna Sandwich Man – Secretly Famous
9. Matt Hill – Griddle Bread Boogie – On The Floor
10. Brian Lee & the Orbiters – Bucket of Chicken Wings – In Orbit
11. Strata-Tones – Keep On Cookin’ – Dressed Up To Fess Up
12. Tweed Funk – Fine Wine – Love Is
13. Devon Allman – Key Lime Pie – Turquoise
14. Freddie Vanderford – Greasy Greens – Greasy Greens

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

This week’s episode of Full-Time Blues Radio marks the latest edition of our annual Christmas Blues show. Each year, I gather Christmas Blues tunes to fill the hour and provide a soundtrack to your holiday party! More than half of these songs were released this year, including the featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” – “Christmas is a Phone Call Away” by Gary U.S. Bonds. It comes off his new album Christmas Is On!, which is available now. More information is online at GaryUSBonds.com

I pray you have a very Merry Christmas and that you stay safe during the holiday season. Best Wishes from the Full-Time family, and thank you for another great year of support online and on the airwaves. – Johnny Full-Time

1. Rick L. Blues – Santa Will Never Die – Good Luck On My Side
2. D’Mar & Gill – Santa’s Second Line – A Country Blues Christmas
3. David GoGo – Christmas on the Bayou – Christmas With The Blues
4. Rockin Johnny Band – Party This Christmas – Grim Reaper
5. Joe Bonamassa – Merry Christmas Baby – Holiday Single
6. Aretha Franklin – Angels We Have Heard On High – This Christmas
7. Roger Hurricane Wilson – The Little Drummer Boy – Simply & Acoustically: Merry Christmas
8. Tommy Castro – Christmas Everyday – Holiday Single
9. Grady Champion – What Would Christmas Be Without You? – Holiday Single
10. Vasti Jackson – No More Christmas Blues – Holiday Single
11. Gina Moore – The Cradle In Bethlehem – A Caring Community Christmas
12. Fitz & The Tantrums – Santa Stole My Lady – Holiday Single
13. Gary “U.S.” Bonds – Christmas is a Phone Call Away – Christmas Is On!