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This week’s influx of new Blues CDs is filled with a majority of guitar-driven sounds leaning toward Blues Rock. We’re committed to the widest variety of new Blues music, though, so, it took some intense listening to find the songs that give this playlist that broad spectrum of styles that you’ve come to know and love on this show.

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a version of Little Walter’s “Just Keep Loving Her,” performed by Westside Andy. The new, independently released live album is Blues Just Happen, and it features Andy performing with a band that includes friends Barrelhouse Chuck and Billy Flynn. You can find out all about Westside Andy, view his tour dates, and order the new CD directly from his official website,

1. Deuce ‘n a Quarter – Just The Blues – Take The Journey
2. Jay Stollman – I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water – Room For One More
3. Bryan Himes – I Love Everything About You – One Night In The Delta
4. Crissinger – Shake A Leg – Blues Expression
5. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real – I Ain’t Mad Anymore –
I Ain’t Mad Anymore Demos
6. Bob Malone – Hard Times – Mojo Deluxe
7. Breezy Rodio – Too Lazy – So Close To It
8. Wifee and the Huzz Band – Girl Can’t Take It –
Songs Of Eternal Love And Immediate Satisfaction
9. The New Basement Tapes – Liberty Street – Lost On The River [Bonus Tracks]
10. Ken Valdez – Sugar Shakin’ Boogaloo – The Hang
11. The Cosmic Situation – Country Girl – Spinning My Wheels
12. Albert Castiglia – Just Like Jesus – Solid Ground
13. Westside Andy – Just Keep Loving Her – Blues Just Happen

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2014 Blues Music Award Nominees

We’ll have much more coverage of the 2014 Blues Music Awards in the coming weeks, and, as always, you can expect episodes dedicated to the event in the new year; but for now, here is the complete list of nominations for the 35th Blues Music Awards, which will be presented by the Blues Foundation May 8, 2014 in downtown Memphis, Tennessee!

35th Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album
There’s a Time – Doug MacLeod
Juba Dance – Guy Davis featuring Fabrizio Poggi
Soulscape – Harrison Kennedy
Avalon – Rory Block
Unleashed – The Hound Kings

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Little G Weevil
Rory Block

Get Up! – Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
Remembering Little Walter – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
Rhythm & Blues – Buddy Guy
Cotton Mouth Man – James Cotton
Blues in My Soul – Lurrie Bell

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Buddy Guy
John Németh
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
Rick Estrin & the Night Cats
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Mannish Boys
Trampled Under Foot

Best New Artist Debut
Double Crossing Blues – Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters
Rooster – Clay Swafford
Proof of Love – Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band
What’s the Chance… – Paul Gabriel
Daddy Told Me – Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
Pushin’ Against a Stone – Valerie June

Contemporary Blues Album
Get Up! – Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
This Time Another Year – Brandon Santini
Rhythm & Blues – Buddy Guy
Magic Honey – Cyril Neville
Badlands – Trampled Under Foot

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Ana Popovic
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Buddy Guy
Gary Clark, Jr.
Johnny Sansone
Kim Wilson
Otis Taylor

High John Records – Time Brings About a Change (Floyd Dixon)
J&R Adventures – An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (Joe Bonamassa)
Shake-It-Sugar Records – Live (Murali Coryell)
Ruf Records – Songs from the Road (Royal Southern Brotherhood)
Blue Star Connection – Live at Knuckleheads (The Healers)

The Sun Blues Box (Various Artists) – Bear Family
The Original Honeydripper (Roosevelt Sykes) – Blind Pig Records
The Jewel/Paula Blues Story (Various Artists) – Fuel Records
Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (Various Artists) – Legacy Recordings
The Complete King/Federal Singles (Freddie King) – Real Gone Music

Instrumentalist: Bass
Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Danielle Schnebelen
Larry Taylor
Patrick Rynn

Instrumentalist: Drums
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist: Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Gary Clark, Jr.
Kid Andersen
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist: Harmonica
Brandon Santini
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin

Instrumentalist: Horn
Big James Montgomery
Eddie Shaw
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Diunna Greenleaf
Lavelle White
Teeny Tucker
Trudy Lynn
Zora Young

Rock Blues Album
Gone to Texas – Mike Zito & the Wheel
Made Up Mind – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Can’t Get Enough – The Rides
John the Conquer Root – Toronzo Cannon
Luther’s Blues – Walter Trout

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Barrellhouse Chuck
Dave Keyes
Marcia Ball
Mike Finnigan
Victor Wainwright

“Blues in My Soul” – Lurrie Bell
“He Was There” – James Cotton, Tom Hambridge & Richard Fleming
“That’s When the Blues Begins” – James Goode
“The Entitled Few” – Doug MacLeod
“The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down” – Johnny Sansone

Soul Blues Album
Down In Louisiana – Bobby Rush
Soul Changes – Dave Keller
Soul for Your Blues – Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band
Remembering O. V. – Johnny Rawls
Truth Is (Putting Love Back Into the Music) – Otis Clay

Soul Blues Female Artist
Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Dorothy Moore
Irma Thomas
Sista Monica

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Frank Bey
John Nemeth
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
Driftin’ from Town to Town – Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars
Remembering Little Walter – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman
Cotton Mouth Man – James Cotton
Blues in My Soul – Lurrie Bell
Black Toppin’ – The Cash Box Kings

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Anson Funderburgh
Billy Boy Arnold
James Cotton
John Primer
Lurrie Bell

56th Grammy Award Nominations

The nominees for the 56th Grammy Awards were announced last night, and if you tuned in to the live concert announcements on CBS to catch the Blues category, you wasted your time. The full list of nominees is available, however, on But, Full-Time Blues Radio has you covered on the Blues category right here, right now!

It’s a great year for harmonica players in the Blues category, especially if your name is Charlie Musselwhite! Charlie is nominated twice in this category: once for his collaboration with Ben Harper on their album Get Up!, and once as a part of the all-star lineup on the live tribute album Remembering Little Walter, alongside Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, Mark Hummel, and James Harman.

Legendary harmonica ace James Cotton is nominated for his stellar album Cotton Mouth Man; and our personal favorite album of the year here at the Full-Time Blues Radio offices – Bobby Rush’s Down In Louisiana rounds out the nominations alongside Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa’s Seesaw.

Only One can win, however, and you can count on us to keep you posted as to who takes home the trophy on January 26, 2014. Make sure to scroll down and check out the other notable nominations from other categories, as well. Check out the full list below.

Best Blues Album

Remembering Little Walter
Various Artists
Blind Pig Records

Cotton Mouth Man
James Cotton
Alligator Records

Get Up!
Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite

Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa
J&R Adventures

Down In Louisiana
Bobby Rush
Deep Rush








Other Notable Nominations
Best Rock Performance: Jack White “I’m Shakin'”
Best Rock Song: “Ain’t Messin’ Round” Gary Clark Jr.//”Doom and Gloom” Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Gary Clark Jr. “Please Come Home”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Civil Wars “From This Valley”
Best Americana Album: Mavis Staples One True Vine//Allen Toussaint Songbook
Best Folk Album: Various Artists They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration
Best Regional Roots Album: Terrence Simien & the Zydeco Experience Dockside Sessions
Best Music Video: Jack White “I’m Shakin'”
Best Music Film: Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite I’m In I’m Out I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up!

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The harmonica was invented in the early 19th century. Their size and relatively affordable cost made them a musical instrument that was easy to buy and easy to carry with you. They were also easy to begin playing on. Mastering them, however, can truly take a lifetime. Harmonica has been called the French harp, the Blues harp, the mouth organ, and the Mississippi Saxophone, among other nicknames. Additionally, the instrument has been used in virtually all forms of music, but has perhaps its richest history in the Blues.

Men like Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter laid the groundwork for James Cotton and Junior Wells, who were followed by Charlie Musselwhite and Sugar Blue. These days it’s guys like John Nemeth, Jason Ricci and Jay Gaunt who carry the torch for harmonica Blues – along with countless others who have been inspired by the greats who came before them.

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio celebrates the harmonica and the men who play it, with an entire episode devoted to harmonica Blues.

Courtesy NorthernBlues Music

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Tomorrow Night” off Bull Goose Rooster, the brand new album by Watermelon Slim and the Workers. This is the first album the band has released together since 2008, and it’s available now on NorthernBlues Music. It features 16 tracks of new recordings, and you’ll find covers of classics like “I’m a King Bee” and “Scratch My Back” alongside original numbers. Click Here to preview every track from Bull Goose Rooster!

Watermelon Slim and the Workers will be touring in support of the new album and you can find tour dates, information about the band, and so much more on the band’s official website, simply click the link to check out

1. James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man – Cotton Mouth Man
2. The Nighthawks – Georgia Slop – Damn Good Time
3. Brandon Santini – What You Doing to Me – This Time Another Year
4. The Hound Kings – Red Light – Unleashed
5. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith & Roger “Hurricane” Wilson – Got My Mojo Workin’ – Live Blues Protected by Smith & Wilson
6. Mark Hummel – I Got to Go – Remembering Little Walter
7. Sugar Blue – Krystalline – Raw Sugar Blue Live
8. Bobby Rush – Tight Money – Down In Louisiana
9. Cash Box Kings – Too Late – Black Toppin’
10. Big Pete – Hey Lawdy Mama – Choice Cuts
11. John Nemeth – Ain’t Too Old – Blues Live
12. Watermelon Slim & the Workers – Tomorrow Night – Bull Goose Rooster

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Full-Time Blues Radio returns to the best in New & Independent Blues Music, this week, with a huge selection of brand new arrivals! In addition there’s news about an honor for Carlos Santana by the folks at House of Blues, and the winners of the 2013 Slim Harpo Awards!

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “My Babe” – the Little Walter classic, performed here by Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, Mark Hummel and James Harman. It’s the closing track off the brand new live album Remembering Little Walter, which is available now on Blind Pig Records.

1. Linda Valori – Days Like This – Days Like This
2. Ruff Kutt Blues Band – Deep Elam Blues – That’s When the Blues Begins
3. Al “Carnival Time” Johnson – When it Rains, it Really Pours – Beyond Carnival
4. Scott Ramminger – Advice From a Father To a Son – Advice From a Father To a Son
5. Nick Waterhouse – Is That Clear – Time’s All Gone
6. James Cotton – Blues Is Good For You – Cotton Mouth Man
7. Ivan Appelrouth – Tribute To Magic Sam – Blues And Instrumental
8. Tom Jones – Soul Of A Man – Spirit In The Room
9. Austin Young & No Difference – That’s It – Blue As Can Be
10. Mitch Laddie – Changing Tides & Burning Bridges – Burning Bridges
11. Lara & the Bluz Dawgs – Your Stupid Friend – Devil Moon
12. Janet Ryan – Take Your Shoes Off – Mama Soul
13. Dani Wilde – Big Brown Eyes – Shine
14. Various Artists – My Babe – Remembering Little Walter

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