Listen: Episode 1548

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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Discovery: Heritage Blues Orchestra

Due to the format of the show, I am constantly scouring the internet for music that I can bring to my listeners. Often times, I consider myself ahead of the curve, discovering bands and artists that I excitedly incorporate into show playlists – but there are times when music slips through the cracks. Case in point, the Heritage Blues Orchestra…

Courtesy Raisin Music

HBO, as they’re nicknamed, appeared on a lot of “Best of 2012” lists thanks to their incredible album And Still I Rise. What’s so incomprehensible is that this is the band’s debut record. You look at the names of the songwriters who are covered on …Rise and you see names including Son House, McKinley Morganfield and Huddie Ledbetter. This immediately leads you to believe the album you’re getting ready to listen to is going to be filled with gutbucket acoustic Blues, slide guitar and a back porch flavor. This is an even more grown-up Blues, though, incorporating multi-layered arrangements and second line influences evoking the rich spirit of New Orleans Jazz and traditional African American music sounds behind whichever of the many talented vocalists is singing lead.

The group is fronted by a trio of performers – Junior Mack, Bill Sims, Jr. and his daughter Chaney Sims – the three of which alternate on who handles lead vocals depending on the song. Other core members of the group include drummer/percussionist Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith (son of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith,) horn player Bruno Wilhelm, and harmonica player Vincent Bucher. The band is larger at times, though, often featuring an additional horn section.

And Still I Rise is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Blues Album, as well as two Blues Music Awards, for Best Album and Best Traditional Album. The album is available everywhere in a variety of formats. Click Here to hear samples of every song on the album.
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