Listen: Episode 1623


This week’s shift inside the workshop features some incredible new music, and a wide variety of styles. There is a large block of Blues Rock tunes to begin the program, followed by some Boogie Woogie Piano Blues to close out the first half. The second part of the show features even more variety. There are some great songs never before featured by Bruce Hornsby, Amy Helm and Diane Blue. In addition, you’ll hear brand new arrivals throughout the entire hour!

Courtesy TheKatKings.com

Courtesy TheKatKings.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “It Came From the Swamp,” by the Kat Kings. It appears on their new album Swingin’ In The Swamp, which is available now through all major digital retailers. This truly independent release is the sophomore album by one of Toronto’s premier Roots music outfits – and they are out to prove there’s no sophomore slump on these 13 songs. The Kat Kings broke out five years ago with their debut album, but in the midst of all of that success, personal struggles interrupted the band’s ascent. The Kat Kings are ready to break out all over again with this new CD, and you’ll hear why on this week’s show.

If you’d like to learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule, visit the official website TheKatKings.com

1. Katy Guillen & The Girls – Don’t Need Anyone – Heavy Days
2. Matty T Wall – Am I Wrong – Blue Skies
3. The Steve Cal Band – Midnight Dream – Room To Move
4. Allen-Lamun Band – I Don’t Get The Blues – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
5. Racky Thomas – Roll’em Pete – Goin’ Home
6. David Vest – Kingsnake – Devastatin’ Rhythm
7. Knickerbocker All-Stars – Blockbuster Boogie – Go Back Home To The Blues
8. Alabama Mike – Upset The Status Quo – Upset The Status Quo
9. Diane Blue – That’s What They Call the Blues – Blues In My Soul
10. Sammy Eubanks – It’s All Blues to Me – Sugar Me
11. Bruce Hornsby – I’m Alive – Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
12. Amy Helm – Sing To Me – Didn’t It Rain
13. The Kat Kings – It Came from the Swamp – Swingin’ In The Swamp

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Favorite Albums of 2015 (Episode 1550)

This week brings 2015 to a close with a listen to songs from Johnny Full-Time’s favorite albums released in 2015. Instead of telling you what we think is the “best” new music each year, JFT combs through all of the music that flowed into the studio over the last 12 months and hand picks tracks from his favorite discs. There is some amazing material here; but we’d like to hear from you! What was your favorite song, album, or episode of Full-Time Blues Radio this year? let us know in the comments section here OR at our Facebook page.

And, be sure to look below the playlist, this week, for a music video by JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci. They recorded Blind Willie Johnson’s song “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” for their new album Dirty Memory, one of John’s favorites of 2015.

1. Amy Helm – Spend Our Last Dime – Didn’t It Rain
2. Ian Siegal – Heavenly Houseboat Blues – The Picnic Sessions
3. Pokey LaFarge – Cairo, Illinois – Something In The Water
4. N.M.O. – Annabel – Freedom & Dreams
5. Albert Cummings – Movin’ On – Someone Like You
6. The Beat Daddys – You Made Me Cry – Hoodoo That We Doo
7. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Jason Solo – Dirty Memory
8. Muddy Waters 100 – Forty Days and Forty Nights ft. Gary Clark Jr.- Muddy Waters 100
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – King of the Blues – Terraplane
10. Leo “Bud” Welch – So Many Turnrows – I Don’t Prefer No Blues
11. Bobby Rush – Hey Western Union Man – Chicken Heads:
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12. JD McPherson – Mother Of Lies – Let The Good Times Roll

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Listen: Celebrating Levon Helm (Episode 1521)

Mark Lavon Helm was born May 26, 1940 in Elaine, Arkansas. Surrounded by music from the beginning, he was fascinated by the sounds that sprang from the Mississippi river delta soil that his family farmed for countless years. His passion for Blues, Country, and minstrel shows inspired him to play Rock ‘n Roll, and the legend formed itself from that point on.

“Levon” incorporated his passion for American Roots music styles into the music he played his entire life; and whether it was as a member of The Hawks, The Band, or in his solo material, Levon crafted a sonic legacy that stands as an everlasting monument that will inspire musicians for the rest of time.

Levon Helm passed away April 19, 2012, and tributes continue to be offered up in memory of the man and his music. In time for what would have marked his 75th birthday, Johnny Full-Time honors one of his biggest heroes with this hour of music celebrating Levon Helm. You’ll hear tunes from the new boxed set of reissued music by The Band, material from Levon’s solo work, tributes from friends and by artists whom he inspired. You can view the complete playlist below.

Levon’s legacy continues, with the upcoming release of daughter Amy Helm’s solo debut, Didn’t It Rain, which comes out July 24, 2015. The first single off that album, “Rescue Me,” was released May 19th. Click Here to Purchase
Scroll down below to watch videos of a few of Levon’s performances. Make sure to share this show and leave a comment with your thoughts and memories!

1. The Band – Don’t Do It (Live At The Academy Of Music, New York)
Capitol Albums 1968-1977 (2015)
2. Laith Al-Saadi – Ophelia – REAL
3. Paul Mark & the Van Dorens – Don’t Ya Tell Henry – Smartest Man In The Room
4. Aretha Franklin – The Weight – The Queen Of Soul (2014)
5. Levon Helm – A Train Robbery – Dirt Farmer
6. Bob Dylan – All You Have To Do Is Dream (Unreleased)
The Basement Tapes RAW (2014)
7. The Levon Helm Band – The Same Thing – The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 (2014)
8. The Band – Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Take/Remastered)
Capitol Rarities 1968-1977 (2015)
9. Marc Cohn – Listening to Levon (w/Levon Helm Band and Greg Leisz) – Love For Levon
10. Stranger Than Swedes – Presence Of Your Soul
Presence of Your Soul: A Tribute to Levon Helm
11. Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians – Song for Levon 13 Live
12. Levon Helm – You’ll Never Again Be Mine – The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams

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