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Courtesy Shakedown Records

Courtesy Shakedown Records

This week’s shift inside the workshop features the new album by The Soul of John Black, as well as a cool Diddley meets Hendrix interpretation of “Who Do You Love?” and a pair of teenage brothers who have already been playing music for newarly ten years!

One of my favorite forms of the Blues is the North Mississippi Hill Country style, and that style is being kept alive by some sincredibly talented folks. One of those men is Lightnin’ Malcolm, and he’s released a brand new album. The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Gettin’ Dark” by Lightnin’ Malcolm. It comes off his highly anticipated new release Foot Soldier. Malcolm went back to his beginnings on this disc, opting to perform as a one man band for all but two of these tracks. He wrote all of the songs on the disc, and produced the record, as well!

You can find out more about this CD, get Malcolm’s tour schedule, and much more on his official website, LightninMalcolm.com

1. The Soul Of John Black – Thursday Morning – Early In The Moanin’
2. Reverend Freakchild – Who Do You Love – Illogical Optimism
3. Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen – Beggin’ Jesus – Love & Life
4. The Low Counts – Cant’ They See – Years Pass By
5. Ramblin’ John Jennings – I Saw A Wheel – Illogical Optimism
6. McDowell Brothers – Jam – Tribute To Inspiration
7. The Peterson Brothers – Don’t You Lie To Me – The Peterson Brothers
8. AG Weinberger – Standin’ Around Cryin’ – Mighty Business
9. The Nighthawks – Jana Lea – Back Porch Party
10. Billie Williams – Runnin’ Back – Billie Williams
11. Anni Piper – Blackberry Brandy – More Guitars Than Friends
12. Janiva Magness – When You Hold Me – Love Wins Again
13. Lightnin’ Malcolm – Gettin’ Dark – Foot Soldier

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The Easter holiday gave us a perfect layover to stack up a healthy selection of new Blues CDs in our mailbox. This week features several of those albums, beginning with the title track off the new album by Janiva Magness. Love Wins Again is available now, and you can Click Here to Listen to my archived interview with Janiva Magness! From there, we hear a ton of great new Blues releases, including music by Guy King. Scroll below this week’s playlist to watch a video of Guy in the studio discussing his new album, Truth, and a seocnd video for his new song, “My Happiness.”

Courtesy Black Hen

Courtesy Black Hen

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Driver’s Wheel” by Steve Dawson. Steve is a Vancouver native, who has since relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. For this new album, he assembled a full band, and incorporated many traditional Roots music styles into his Blues. It is a stark contrast to his stripped down, instrumental album released in 2014. The new set is available digitally, on CD, or on 180 gram double vinyl LP! You can purchase the vinyl, learn more about Steve Dawson, and listen to his new podcast on his official website – SteveDawson.ca

1. Janiva Magness – Love Wins Again – Love Wins Again
2. Brothers Brown – Hurricane – Dusty Road
3. John Campbelljohn Trio – Stop Making Excuses – Chin Up
4. Waydown Wailers – Susie Q – Empty Promises
5. Little G Weevil – Back Porch – The Teaser
6. Delta Generators – Feel No Pain – Hipshakers And Heartbreakers
7. Igor Prado Band – Shake and Fingerpop – Way Down South
8. Guy King – A Day In A Life With The Blues – Truth
9. Trudy Lynn – Let My Daddy Do That – Everything Comes With A Price
10. Mark Cameron – Somewhere Down The Line – Playing Rough
11. The Texas Horns – Kick Me Again – Blues Gotta Holda Me
12. Damon Fowler – Alison – Sounds Of Home
13. Steve Dawson – Driver’s Wheel – Solid States & Loose Ends

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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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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music strikes the perfect balance between established stars and young talent on the rise. There is also a wonderful selection of tunes from leading ladies of the genre, a tribute to Memphis in song, and the Blind Pig Records return of Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Make It Through,” the opening track to the latest album from Jeff Jensen, titled Morose Elephant. As I remark in the show, Jeff’s passion for the Blues is unmatched. He is connected into a spider’s web of artists networking across America and beyond. He is a songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer, and probably most importantly – he’s an advocate for Blues music.

This album saw a lot of recognizable names coming together to join Jensen on this project, and it features appearances by Victor Wainwright, Eric Hughes, Reba Russell and others. The album features 11 tracks in all, with seven original songs. In addition to all of the work Jeff does in the studio, he’s also a rabid road warrior, touring extensively with dates in the US stretched out into the spring and a European tour to follow that. There are plenty of chances to witness his passion for the music first hand. You can check out his tour schedule, and find out more information about Jeff, his band, and the album Morose Elephant on his official website, JeffJensenBand.com

1. Shaun Murphy – How Strong Is A Woman – Loretta
2. Robin McKelle & the Flytones – Heart of Memphis – Heart Of Memphis
3. Janiva Magness – Mountain – Original
4. Chris Joyner – Hallalujah – Domino
5. The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Don’t Make Em Like They Used To – A Real Fine Mess
6. Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King – River of Whiskey – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
7. Liz Mandeville – (Life Is Like A) Wave – Heart ‘O’ Chicago
8. Phil Varca & the SlamJammers – Don’t Push Me – Ready, Willing & Able
9. Jim Liban & Joel Patterson Trio – Tell Me Everything – I Say What I Mean
10. Lucky 3 Blues Band – Blues You Can Use – Blues Time EP
11. Moondog Medicine Show – Let It Go – Let It Go
12. Joe Louis Walker – Soul City – Hornet’s Nest
13. Jeff Jensen – Make It Through – Morose Elephant

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As mentioned at the beginning of the show, this week, it’s a pretty gutsy thing to craft a list of albums and say they’re “the best.” Yet, every December, countless media outlets try to hammer you with their opinions of the best releases from the last 12 months. I don’t think art can be judged that way, so this week’s playlist features music from my favorite albums of 2014. – Johnny Full-Time

The show features a wide selection of Blues styles, and some truly independent releases alongside some big name artists like Gary Clark, Jr., Paul Thorn, and Janiva Magness, to name a few. There’s no featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox,” this week. However, several of these albums were featured throughout the year.

Courtesy Vizz-Tone

My absolute favorite album of 2014, although close to call, is In The Magic Shop, the posthumous release from Sean Costello by the Vizz-Tone Label Group. This episode closes with an incredible cover by Sean of Rod Stewart’s “You Wear It Well.” Don’t Miss It!

Remember, 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of this album benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. You can find complete information on their official website: SeanCostelloFund.org

1. Paul Thorn – Too Blessed To Be Stressed – Too Blessed To Be Stressed
2. John Nemeth – Keep the Love A-Comin’ – Memphis Grease
3. Johnny Winter – My Babe ft. Jason Ricci – Step Back
4. Mark T Small – Stone Pony Blues – Smokin’ Blues
5. Eden Brent – Valentine – Jigsaw Heart
6. Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado – Through the Tears – Too Many Roads
7. JD McPherson – Steal Away – The Warm Covers EP
8. Gary Clark, Jr. – Numb – Live
9. Janiva Magness – Everything Is Alright – Original
10. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Tea For Two – A Real Fine Mess
11. Jarekus Singleton – Come Wit Me – Refuse To Lose
12. Mike Farris – Mercy Now – Shine For All The People
13. Sean Costello – You Wear It Well – In The Magic Shop

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