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This week’s episode features a little international flair, as there’s new releases that rolled in from Canada and Finland! There’s also new music from Eric Bibb that was recorded in France. That new CD, Lead Belly’s Gold, features Eric Bibb joined by JJ Milteau for a mix of live and studio recordings. There are songs from Huddie Ledbetter’s songbook, as well as original tribute songs by Eric and JJ. Make sure to look below the playlist and watch the video about this new CD, as well as a music video of “Good Night Irene!”

Courtesy Hokahey! Records

Courtesy Hokahey! Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blame It On the Bright Lights” by Micke Bjorklof and Blue Strip. The song appears on their new CD Ain’t Bad Yet. These guys are considered the premier Blues band in their native Finland, and they teamed up with highly acclaimed producer John Porter for this new set of all original songs. Click here to preview the entire album on Amazon!

Micke Bjorklof and Blue Strip have an English language version of their website, and you can find them online when you Click here to visit

1. Blue Largo – Sing Your Own Song – Sing Your Own Song
2. Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau – Rock Island Line – Lead Belly’s Gold
3. Mark T. Small – Goin’ Down Slow – Smokin’ Blues
4. Chris Yakopcic – Write Me A Few Lines – The Next Place I Leave
5. Eight O’ Five Jive – Have Mercy Baby – Too Many Men
6. Whelan – Everytime I See Her – The Story Of Ike Dupree
7. Lucky 3 Blues Band – Who’s Hoodooin’ Who – Howl
8. Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin – Evil Coming Round – Stormy Water
9. Deak Harp – Delta Wind – Clarksdale Breakdown
10. Josh Smith – When I Get Mine – Over Your Head
11. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love – Outskirts Of Love
12. Jeremiah Johnson – Crazy – Grind
13. Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip – Blame It On The Bright Lights – Ain’t Bad Yet

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The playlist for this week features a foundation of incredible songs. Built upon that foundation, somewhat unintentionally during production, are tracks from heavyweight names like Joe Bonamassa, Coco Montoya, and Albert Cummings!

mikeschermerThe featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blues In Good Hands.” It’s the title track off the new album by Mighty Mike Schermer. The record is available now from Finedog Records, through a partnership with the Vizztone Label Group.

Mike Schermer has long been lauded for his skill set. He’s a fantastic guitarist, and he possesses an enjoyably unique vocal sound. He is most highly regarded, perhaps, for his skill with the pen. Schermer is an incredibly talented songwriter, and his ability to translate life into lyric is masterful.

This album features 13 songs written or co-written by Mike. There are special guests appearing throughout, like Tommy Castro, Marcia Ball, John Nemeth, Carolyn Wonderland, and many others! Blues In Good Hands is available now through all of the usual channels, including Amazon You can also purchase it at Mike Schermer’s live concerts. Get his tour schedule, information about this disc, and more on his official website,

1. The Ragpicker String Band – Lonely One in This Town – The Ragpicker String Band
2. Laura Rain and the Caesars – Gold – Gold
3. Joe Bonamassa – Trouble Town – Different Shades Of Blue
4. The Reverend Shawn Amos – Boogie – The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You
5. The Peterson Brothers – Hey Baby – The Peterson Brothers
6. Andrea Marr Band – Who Am I To Judge You – Live Blues Party At
The MBAS House Of Blues

7. Hans Theessink & Terry Evans – Delta Time – True & Blue Live
8. Anthony Geraci & the Boston All-Stars Band – Blues for David Maxwell –
Fifty Shades Of Blue
9. N.M.O. – Away, Way Too Long – Freedom & Dreams
10. Kathy and the Kilowatts – Never Trouble Trouble – Groovin’ With Big D
11. Coco Montoya – I Need Your Love In My Life – The Best Of Coco Montoya –
The Alligator Years

12. Albert Cummings – Old Dog – Someone Like You
13. Mike Schermer – Blues In Good Hands – Blues In Good Hands

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2015 Blues Music Award Winners

Courtesy Blues Foundation

Courtesy Blues Foundation

The Blues Music Awards were held in front of a sold out crowd at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center, and the folks in attendance enjoyed an incredible night of music and brotherhood celebrating the Great American Music. Elvin Bishop was the big winner at this year’s event, walking away with half of the six awards for which he was nominated. John Hammond won awards in both Acoustic Blues categories. The evening’s other multiple award winner was Bobby Rush, who won Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and the BMAs most prestigious award, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

The ceremony featured the incredible live performances and once in a lifetime collaborations that the awards have become known for. 2015 featured one significant change, with the Hall of Fame inductions happening on the night of the awards. In previous years, the Hall of Fame ceremonies have taken place on the eve of the Blues Music Awards. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees are Eric Clapton, Little Richard and Tommy Brown.

Here is the complete list of awards nominees. Winners are marked in bold Congratulations to everyone.

Acoustic Album
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James – Rory Block
Jericho Road – Eric Bibb
Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent
Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House – John Mooney
Timeless – John Hammond

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
John Hammond
John Mooney
Rory Block

Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

Elvin Bishop Band
John Németh & the Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Album
Chromaticism – Big Harp George
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel
Making My Mark – Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars
One Heart Walkin‘ – Austin Walkin’ Cane

Contemporary Blues Album
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Original – Janiva Magness
Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton
Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Elvin Bishop
Gary Clark Jr.
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

From His Head to His Heart to His Hands – Michael Bloomfield (Columbia/Legacy)
Live at the Avant Garde – Magic Sam (Delmark)
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 – Pee Wee Crayton (Ace)
The Roots of it All-Acoustic Blues – Various Artists (Bear Family)

Bob Stroger
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

Al Basile
Deanna Bogart
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award
Alexis P Suter
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Barrelhouse Chuck
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album
Step Back – Johnny Winter
Goin’ Home – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band
heartsoulblood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout

“Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’
“Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
“Let Me Breathe” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
“Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Soul Blues Album
Blues for My Father – Vaneese Thomas
Decisions – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
In My Soul – The Robert Cray Band
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Soul Brothers – Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Soul Blues Female Artist
Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Sista Monica
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Livin’ it Up – Andy T-Nick Nixon Band
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Hustle is Really On – Mark Hummel
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

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It’s an hour of hot music to chase your winter Blues away, this week, with the majority of songs featured coming from 2015 releases. The show kicks off with a salute to springtime by John Campbelljohn. In addition to the new selections, you’ll find marquee names like The Black Keys, Watermelon Slim, and JW Jones. One of the new releases featured is the self titled EP by Danielle Nicole. Danielle Schnebelen was one third of the highly regarded Blues trio Trampled Under Foot with her two brothers. That band was dissolved last year, and Danielle teamed with Anders Osborne, who produced the studio tracks on this new EP. The other two songs are recordings from Danielle’s appearance on The Bridge 90.9 in Kansas City.
Scroll below this week’s playlist to watch videos of those two performances!

Courtesy Jorge Salan

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a cover of the Howlin Wolf track “Who’s Been Talking” by Jorge Salan and the Majestic Jaywalkers. It comes off the album Madrid//Texas, which features eight songs total, with additional covers of BB King and Robert Johnson.

Jorge Salan is from Spain and was kind enough to contact Full-Time Blues Radio right here on the website. He is known primarily as a Rock guitarist, but wanted to capture his love for the Blues with this new album. The guitar work is incendiary, calling to mind Joe Bonamassa’s fiery fretwork. Madrid//Texas is available now from all major digital retailers. Click Here to Sample Madrid//Texas on Amazon You can also find out more information on his official website,

1. John Campbelljohn – Good Morning Mr. Blue Sky ft. David Myles – Chin Up
2. James Day & the Fish Fry – Weather Blues – Southland
3. Watermelon Slim & the Workers – Prison Walls – Bull Goose Rooster
4. Dave Duncan – Heartache Who’s Time Has Come (Radio Single)
5. The Black Keys – It’s Up to You Now – Turn Blue
6. Danielle Nicole – You Only Need Me When You’re Down – Danielle Nicole EP
7. JW-Jones – Magic West Side Boogie – Belmont Boulevard
8. Breezy Rodio – The Day I Met You – So Close To It
9. Big Harp George – Smack Dab in the Middle – Chromaticism
10. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Something You Got – Funky To The Bone
11. Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns – Sha La La – Lookin Up EP
12. Sean Costello – Trust In Me – In The Magic Shop
13. Jorge Salán – Who’s Been Talking – Madrid//Texas

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a playlist built around the various stages of love. There’s songs of courtship, heartache, passion, and lasting commitment. The best part? The songs are truly incredible. There are tracks from Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Igor Prado Band with Kim Wilson, and a new Blues album by legendary troubador Steve Earle.


This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Always There For Me” by Joe Filisko and Eric Noden, The Roots Duo. It comes off their new album On The Move, which is one of two new albums that the two men are involved in. The other release is Eric Noden Band’s Solid Ground.

Eric Noden has his hands in nearly every facet of the Blues, including singing, guitar, producing and teaching. The Ohio native relocated to Chicago in the early 90’s. It didn’t take him long to meet Joe Filisko and form a partnership. Filisko, himself, is an instructor and master of his instrument: the harmonica. He is highly regarded not only for his playing, but his building and customization of the instrument. You can get to know these men a little better by watching the video posted just below this week’s playlist. Check it out!


1. Igor Prado Band – Ride With Me Baby – Way Down South
2. Billy Walton Band – True Lovin Man – Wish For What You Want
3. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Something’s Got A Hold Of Me – Live In Amsterdam
4. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Won’t You Stay – Send The Nightengale
5. Cathy Lemons – It All Went Down The Drain – Black Crow
6. Neil Barnes – Tears, Tears and More Tears – Hyde And Seek
7. Coco Montoya – It’s My Own Tears – The Best Of Coco Montoya
8. Mark Hummel – Lovey Dovey Lovely One – The Hustle Is Really On
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had – Terraplane
10. David Egan – Every Tear – David Egan
11. Patti Parks – Everyday – Cheat’N Man
12. Joe Filisko & Eric Noden – Always There For Me – On The Move

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