Episode 1612: Spiritual Side 2016

Courtesy Alligator Records

Courtesy Alligator Records

Every year, in preparation for Easter, Full-Time Blues Radio walks in the light of the LORD by playing the Spiritual Side of the Blues. In 2016, inspired by the new album God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, Johnny Full-Time enjoyed building a playlist of songs covering Willie. There are several songs off this new Alligator Records release, but there are several other songs from individual artist albums.

Click Here to sample God Don’t Never Change

Another one of the albums that has several songs featured is a 2011 release titled If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson. This was a special project put together by cigar box guitar guru Shane Speal, and offered as a FREE download on his website. Click Here to Visit ShaneSpeal.com and Download the Album!

1. Blind Willie Johnson – Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time (Music Bed) – The Complete Blind Willie Johnson
2. Tom Waits – John the Revelator – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
3. Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (Music Bed) – The Complete Blind Willie Johnson
4. Rickie Lee Jones – Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
5. Night Owl – I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
6. Mike Zito – Let Your Light Shine On Me – Gone To Texas
7. The Wendells – Can’t Nobody Hide from God – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
8. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
9. Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
10. Georgie Bonds – The Soul of a Man – Hit It Hard
11. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Dirty Memory
12. Glenn Kaiser – Praise God I’m Satisfied – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
13. David Sutton – I Just Can’t Keep From Cryin’ Sometimes – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
14. Sinead O’Connor – Trouble Will Soon Be Over – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
15. Lucinda Williams – God Don’t Never Change – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

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This shift of Full-Time Blues Radio features a fantastic selection that includes new releases from legendary names like Duke Robillard and Bobby Rush. There are also stellar tunes by young indie acts like Stolen Hearts and Jason Appleton & Jason Ricci.

Courtesy Delmark Records

Courtesy Delmark Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Snaggletooth Mule” by Jimmy Burns. It comes off his new release, It Ain’t Right, which is available now from Delmark Records. It Ain’t Right marks Jimmy’s return to Delmark Records, with the two previously coming together to release four albums previously. The most recent was the concert recording, Live At B.L.U.E.S., released in 2007.

There are 15 songs on It Ain’t Right, including the title cut, a song written by Little Walter. There are also covers of songs by The 5 Royales, Percy Mayfield, Jimmy Reed and Ben E. King. Billy Flynn wrote two new original songs for the disc. Jimmy Burns provides vocals, guitar and harmonica, as always; and he easily slides from Blues to Soul and ends the album with the traditional Gospel of “Wade in the Water.” You can find out more about Jimmy, his band and schedule, and much more, on his official website JimmyBurnsBand.com

1. Duke Robillard – Big Bill Blues – The Acoustic Roots & Blues Of Duke Robillard
2. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Can’t Believe It’s This Good – Dirty Memory
3. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Let’s Get High – Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
4. Stolen Hearts – Already Alright – Dirty Southern Soul
5. Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots – Piana’s Savannah Boogie – Boom Town
6. Eddie Martin’s Big Red Radio – How Can This Be – Live In Tuscany
7. Jimi Hocking & Rebecca Davey – Lonesome Day Blues – Live at the Royal Standard
8. Little Boys Blue – Death Letter Blues – Bad Love
9. Tommy McCoy – Sugar Cane – 25 Year Retrospective
10. Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do the Do – Chicken Heads: A 50 Year History Of Bobby Rush
11. Billy Price & Otis Clay – Somebody’s Changing My Sweet Baby’s Mind
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12. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone – Funky To The Bone
13. Jimmy Burns – Snaggletooth Mule – It Ain’t Right

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