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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,

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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Some amazing new release music arrived on our doorstep in recent weeks, and this episode provides the first listen for many of these albums. There’s a great mixture of truly independent music, legendary names, and current superstars.

Alligator Records has released nine, digital only, ‘Best Of’ albums for Coco Montoya, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Michael Burks, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Lonnie Mack, Tinsley Ellis, Roomful of Blues, and Hound Dog Taylor. Hound Dog kicks off a set of newly reissued music, which is great, because we don’t often get to reach back into the archives and spin some of the all-time greats.

In addition, we pay loving tribute to Willie “Popsy” Dixon, the late drummer and vocalist for The Holmes Brothers, who passed away very early in 2015. We will also remember Lynwood Slim, who passed away prior to the release of his album Hard To Kill. Make sure to scroll down below this week’s playlist and catch a music video of The Holmes Brothers performing “Soldier of Love” that provides an incredible look at Popsy’s drumming and vocals.

Courtesy Vizz-Tone

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “The Real Thing” by DA Foster. It is the title track to his new album. This release is available now in either CD or digital formats through the Vizz-Tone label group, but it will also be released on vinyl LP March 24, 2015.

DA Foster has worked in nearly every facet of the music industry. He formed The Shaboo All-Stars in the 1970’s after Blues legends who performed at his club urged him to sing on stage. He has continued to perform for around four decades, and recorded The Real Thing with Tony Braunagel and Mike Finnigan producing.

For even more information, you can visit DA Foster’s official website at

1. JD McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll – Let The Good Times Roll
2. Hound Dog Taylor – Don’t Blame Me – The Best Of Hound Dog Taylor (2015)
3. Magic Sam – I Need You So Bad – Live At The Avant Garde
4. Flora Molton – Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door – I Want To Be Ready To Hear God When He Calls (Reissue)
5. Ingrid Gerdes – I Need A Man – High Priestess
6. The Holmes Brothers – Soldier of Love – Brotherhood
7. Lynwood Slim – Old Honkie Tonk Piano Roll Blues – Hard To Kill
8. Markey Blue – Baby I’m Cryin’ – Hey Hey
9. Jon Spear Band – Devil’s Highway – Old Soul
10. Mike Osborn – Love vs. Ego – In The Dog House
11. The Reverend Shawn Amos – (The Girl Is) Heavy – The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It
12. DA Foster – The Real Thing – The Real Thing

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