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This week, Full-Time Blues Radio has a lot going on, including new music (of course,) a CD giveaway, and some music videos. The playlist is very diverse, with some Soul Blues, acoustic tunes, New Orleans flair, and a helping of heavy Blues Rock. Check out Berdon Kirksaether & the Twang Bar Kings’ music videos below the playlist.

Courtesy Catfood Records

Courtesy Catfood Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Born to the Blues” by Johnny Rawls. It comes off his 2016 release, Tiger In A Cage, which is available everywhere from Catfood Records, beginning February 19th. The album features 12 songs, nine of which Johnny wrote or co-wrote. The three covers selected here are songs performed by Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and the Rolling Stones.

Complete information on Johnny Rawls, Tiger In A Cage, and his tour are online at JohnnyRawlsBlues.com

1. King Louie & LaRhonda Steele – Rock Me Baby – Rock Me Baby
2. Anni Piper – Wonder Woman – More Guitars Than Friends
3. Koko Taylor – You Ain’t Wort A Good Woman – The Best Of Koko Taylor (2015)
4. Racky Thomas – Ready, Willing, & Able – Goin’ Home
5. Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines – Boogie Woogie Blue Plate – Friskin’ The Whiskers
6. Sista Jean & CB – Take This Hammer – Requiem For A Heavyweight
7. Duke Robillard – Someday Baby – The Acoustic Blues & Roots Of Duke Robillard
8. Berdon Kirksaether & the Twang Bar Kings – Some Kind of Voodoo –
The Voodoo Sessions Live At The Down Under
9. Billy The Kid & The Regulators – I Can’t Change – I Can’t Change
10. Tommy Z – Bags of Cool – Blizzard Of Blues
11. Anthony Gomes – Red Handed Blues – Electric Field Holler
12. Ray Goren – I Need You Here To Stay – Save My Soul EP
13. Johnny Rawls – Born to the Blues – Tiger In A Cage

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Christmas Blues 2015 (Episode 1549)

This year provides us with another great playlist filled with Christmas songs, both old and new. They are all new recordings, however, whether they be original songs or covers of classics. Thank you for another year that was made incredible through your continued support of this program. There is one more episode of the show left in 2015, before we turn the calendar over, and approach our eighth anniversary!

Have a safe and blessed Christmas. – Johnny Full-Time

1. Benny Turner – I Want Some Christmas Cheer (Single)
2. John Lindberg Trio – A Good Thing Coming – Rock This Christmas
3. Larry Carlton – The Christmas Song – Four Hands & A Heart Christmas
4. Charles Walker Band – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Single)
5. Little Jimmy King – Happy Christmas Tears – Bullseye Blues Christmas
6. Koko Taylor – Merry, Merry Christmas – A Blues Christmas
7. Smoky Greenwell – Merry Christmas to All – Smokin’ Christmas
8. Greg Martinez – Oh Holy Night – Cajun Christmas Nights
9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Silent Night – It’s A Holiday Soul Party
10. Ray Charles – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Spirit Of Christmas
11. Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal – Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn – Talkin’ Christmas
12. Eugene Hideaway Bridges – Merry Christmas Everybody (Single)

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Courtesy Annie Mae Records

This week, the playlist features an extremely wide variety of Blues styles, including a set of harmonica tunes. There’s a powerhouse cover of a Koko Taylor classic, some social commentary through song, and a Blues’d-up version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” that comes off a set of archived recordings by Bob Dylan and The Band never before released!

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Big Maybelle” by Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer. It comes off the truly independent new release, Hurricane Unleashed, which is available now from Annie Mae Records. The album features a dozen songs, including 10 original tracks. You can find out complete album information, tour schedule, and more at his official website BobbyHurricane.com

1. Linsey Alexander – Call My Wife – Come Back Baby
2. Eddie Martin – Let’s Move It On – Blues Took Me By The Hand, Vol. 2: Electric Sessions
3. JW-Jones – Thank You – Belmont Boulevard
4. Sauce Boss – Chicago Combat Zone – 100% Pure
5. Deanna Bogart – Tightrope – Just A Wish Away
6. Bob Dylan – Folsom Prison Blues w/The Band – The Basement Tapes Raw:
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11

7. Johnny Cash – I Drove Her Out Of My Mind – Out Among The Stars
8. Low Society – Voodoo Woman – You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down
9. Blue Lunch – Mother-In-Law – Blue Lunch Special
10. Steve Krase – Big Bad Woman – Buckle Up
11. Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers – Neighbor, Neighbor – Emergency Situation
12. Roly Platt – Rippin’ It Up – Inside Out
13. Bobby Hurricane Spencer – Big Maybelle – Hurricane Unleashed

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Florida Exhibit Combines Blues Art, History and Music

Classic Performance Video by Koko Taylor Below This Story!
A Gainseville, Florida cultural center is unveiling a new way to experience Blues music that incorporates art, history and music. The Thomas Center is hosting a new interactive exhibit through September 7, 2013 called “Blues Pioneers and Their Progeny.” This exhibit revolves around 40 paintings of Blues legends, including Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Koko Taylor and more. This artwork was produced by one man simply known as Ty the Portrait Guy.

In addition to the art, organizers have crafted a full experience for visitors by adding short biographies on each Blues legend’s life and career. What’s more – using an app on your smartphone, visitors can interact with the exhibit by listening to songs by each of these artists!

Thomas Center officials noted in a news report that the exhibit is less of a history of the Blues, and more of a way for folks to hear some of the genre’s greatest artists – and hopefully explore the catalog of music further, on their own. The exhibit is open to the public, and you can Click Here for the Exhibit’s Official Website.