Favorite Albums of 2015 (Episode 1550)

This week brings 2015 to a close with a listen to songs from Johnny Full-Time’s favorite albums released in 2015. Instead of telling you what we think is the “best” new music each year, JFT combs through all of the music that flowed into the studio over the last 12 months and hand picks tracks from his favorite discs. There is some amazing material here; but we’d like to hear from you! What was your favorite song, album, or episode of Full-Time Blues Radio this year? let us know in the comments section here OR at our Facebook page.

And, be sure to look below the playlist, this week, for a music video by JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci. They recorded Blind Willie Johnson’s song “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” for their new album Dirty Memory, one of John’s favorites of 2015.

1. Amy Helm – Spend Our Last Dime – Didn’t It Rain
2. Ian Siegal – Heavenly Houseboat Blues – The Picnic Sessions
3. Pokey LaFarge – Cairo, Illinois – Something In The Water
4. N.M.O. – Annabel – Freedom & Dreams
5. Albert Cummings – Movin’ On – Someone Like You
6. The Beat Daddys – You Made Me Cry – Hoodoo That We Doo
7. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Jason Solo – Dirty Memory
8. Muddy Waters 100 – Forty Days and Forty Nights ft. Gary Clark Jr.- Muddy Waters 100
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – King of the Blues – Terraplane
10. Leo “Bud” Welch – So Many Turnrows – I Don’t Prefer No Blues
11. Bobby Rush – Hey Western Union Man – Chicken Heads:
A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush

12. JD McPherson – Mother Of Lies – Let The Good Times Roll

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Episode 1542: Smokin Joe Kubek Tribute

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It’s been an emotionally taxing week for everyone associated with Full-Time Blues Radio. This week’s program features two tributes in the first half of the program. First up, we revisit a 2010 telephone conversation that johnny Full-Time had with Smokin’ Joe Kubek. Kubek passed away Sunday October 11, 2015, after suffering a fatal heart attack. You’ll also hear a pair of songs by Joe and his musical partner, Bnois King.

Johnny Full-Time also takes the opportunity to pay tribute to a personal friend, radio veteran Dave Lyons, who, coincidentally, passed away the same day as Joe Kubek. Dave was a veteran of the radio business for more than three decades, and worked in the Evansville, Indiana market for the majority of it. JFT remarked, “Dave and I crossed paths often in a professional setting. Then, I got to know him outside of work through a mutual friend we shared. I enjoyed the brief time I got to share with Dave; and I was looking forward to reconnecting with him following my move back home. I’m heartbroken I missed that chance.”

Courtesy Stony Plain

Courtesy Stony Plain

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a song simply titled “You,” by the Canadian trio MonkeyJunk. The men have put together a new album titled Moon Turn Red, which is available now from Stony Plain. The album features 10 tracks, nine of which were written by the band themselves or in collaboration with others. The 10th song is a cover of David Wilcox’ “Hot Hot Papa.” Wilcox joined the band for the recording.

You can find complete information on all things MonkeyJunk at their official website, MonkeyJunkBand.com, and be sure to scroll below this week’s playlist, and watch a video featuring MonkeyJunk discussing their sound, the new album, and more.

1. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Lone Star Lap Dance – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
2. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – My Best Friend – Close To The Bone
3. Ian Siegal – Preachin’ Blues/Live So God Can Use You/You Got To Move – Man & Guitar
4. Robert Johnson – Sweet Home Chicago – The Complete Recordings:
The Centennial Collection

5. The Jimmys – Funk Schway – Hot Dish
6. Reverend Freakchild – All I Got Is Now – Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues
7. The Claudettes – You’d Have to Be Out of Your Mind (To Play These Blues) – No Hotel
8. The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson – Superman Blues –
Meet Me In Bluesland
9. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson – I Want To Be Loved –
For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters
10. MonkeyJunk – You – Moon Turn Red

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Outside Omega Music, Dayton, Ohio

JFT outside Omega Music, Dayton, Ohio

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio was recorded on the road, in Dayton, Ohio. During the visit, Johnny Full-Time toured the city’s Oregon District, grabbed lunch at The Trolley Stop, and browsed the records at Omega Music.

Chris Yakopcic

Chris Yakopcic

Dayton has a rather active Blues scene, thanks in part to the Dayton Blues Society. They recently held their International Blues Challenge qualifier and the winners were The SoulFixers and Chris Yakopcic. Chris is releasing a new album this fall, tentatively titled The Next Place I Leave, and this episode features a world premier of the title cut! Learn more about Chris and stay updated on the progress of the album on his official website: ChrisYakopcicMusic.com

Courtesy Zoho Roots

Courtesy Zoho Roots

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Upside of the Ground” by the Jay Willie Blues Band. It comes off the new album, Johnny’s Juke Joint, which is available everywhere beginning September 4, 2015 through Zoho Roots.

The album features a wide range of Blues styles, with original songs alongside great covers like “Wooly Bully,” “People Get Ready,” and “Me and the Devil.”. You can watch the official music video for this original song, “Upside of the Ground,” by scrolling down below the playlist. Make sure to visit the official website for tour dates, info and more at JayWillieBluesBandHome.com

1. Mick Kolassa – Grapes & Greens – Ghosts Of The Riverside Hotel
2. Zac Harmon – Ball and Chain – Right Man Right Now
3. Markus James – Green – Head For The Hills
4. Christian Collin – Player’s Game – Spirit Of The Blues
5. AJ Ghent Band – Dancin’ – Live At Terminal West
6. Chris Yakopcic – The Next Place I Leave – The Next Place I Leave
7. Noah Wotherspoon Band – Rock ‘n Roll Placebo – Mystic Mud
8. Barry Levenson – Ice Cold Kiss – The Visit
9. The McCrary Sisters – By the Mark – Let’s Go
10. Grant Dermody – Ain’t Going Back – Sun Might Shine On Me
11. Dion – The Wanderer – Live At The Bitter End – August 1971
12. Ian Siegal – Hard Times (Come Again No More) – The Picnic Sessions
13. Jay Willie Blues Band – Upside of the Ground – Johnny’s Juke Joint

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Courtesy Nugene Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Keen & Peachy.” It comes off the new album by Ian Siegal, The Picnic Sessions, which is available now from Nugene Records. For the album, Ian traveled back to Mississippi to meet up with friends Jimbo Mathus, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Luther Dickinson, and Cody Dickinson. Cody also produced the album, and the group successfully captured the front porch feel that they set out to create.

You can find out more about Ian Siegal, The Picnic Sessions, and tour dates on his official website, IanSiegal.com Scroll down and check out the video of Ian performing “Gallo del Cielo,” another song off this CD, courtesy of the Beverley Blues Festival.

1. Tad Robinson – Lonely Talking – Day Into Night
2. The Cash Box Kings – Download Blues – Holding Court
3. Nancy Wright – Funkin’ It Up – Putting Down Roots
4. Original Legends of the Blues – Royal & St. Pete – Still Carrying The Flame
5. Tweed Funk – Blues In My Soul – First Name Lucky
6. Steve Earle – Terraplane Blues – Terraplane Blues Vinyl Single
7. Robert Johnson – Terraplane Blues – Terraplane Blues Vinyl Single
8. Randy Volin and the Hard Ones – Brand New Day – Detroit Thang
9. Michael Burks – Got a Way With Women – The Best Of Michael “Iron Man” Burks
10. Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz – Fireballin’ – Is It Still Good To Ya?
11. JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – Apples and Oranges – Wild Moon
12. JD McPherson – It Shook Me Up – Let The Good Times Roll
13. Ian Siegal – Keen and Peachy – The Picnic Sessions

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