Listen: Worldwide Blues (Episode 1617)

Blues may be the Great American Music, but it is truly a global phenomenon. That’s why on this episode, we undergo a transcontinental trip across the global Blues landscape and listen to an hour of Worldwide Blues. All 13 of the songs on this show came to us from outside of the USA.

Courtesy SteveHillMusic.com

Courtesy SteveHillMusic.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Walkin’ Grave” by Steve Hill. It comes off his brand new album, Solo Recordings Volume 3. Steve has gone from one of Canada’s most promising talents, to a star on the rise in the global limelight. Hill has also all but perfected his one man band technique. On this new album, Steve sings, plays guitar, and also plays nearly an entire drum kit. Hill is also a songwriter, rounding out an amazing skill set.

Solo Recordings Volume 3 includes a dozen tracks that are made up of a mix of heavy Blues Rock tunes and more stripped down, acoustic Blues numbers. You can find out complete information about the album, as well as much more, on Steve’s official website SteveHillMusic.com

1. Joe Rusi – Make A Better World – Who I Am (Norway)
2. Kate Lush – Do You Know What Love Is – Kate Lush (Australia)
3. Cecil B. Fardoulli & The Big Boo – Take the Tin Lizzie – A Foot a’Tappin’ Boogie (Australia)
4. Ivor SK – Help Poor Me – Delta Pines (Australia)
5. J.T. Lauritsen & Friends – Ever Since The World Began – Play By The Rules (Norway)
6. Blues Point – I Should Be Happy – At A Crossroads (Poland)
7. The Real Gone Tones – Shake Your Hips – Hot Mess (Poland)
8. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – Sweet Little Angel – Live In 1967 Volume 2 (United Kingdom)
9. Berdon Kirksaether – Cool Cats On The Move – Latenighters Under A Full Moon (Norway)
10. Eric Clapton – Can’t Let You Do It – I Still Do (United Kingdom)
11. Eddie Martin – I Wanna Groove With You – Blues Took Me By The Hand: Volume 2: The Electric Sessions (United Kingdom)
12. Tomislav Goluban – Boogie 44 – Blow Junkie (Croatia)
13. Steve Hill – Walkin’ Grave – Solo Recordings Volume 3 (Canada)

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This week’s new music creates an incredibly diverse selection of tunes for our playlist; and the music is all phenomenal! There’s a cover of Hank Williams by Memphis’ Bo-Keys, Punk Rock Blues by Jane Lee Hooker, Latin inspired Blues from Jonn del Toro Richardson, and a new album from harmonica legend Sugar Blue. Eight of this week’s songs come off albums never before featured on the show, with all but one of those being brand new 2016 releases.

Courtesy DannyM.com

Courtesy DannyM.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Blues Came To Chicago” by Danny Marks. The song comes off Danny’s new CD, Cities In Blue. This record was produced from songs that Danny recorded to serve as the soundtrack for his television series, Cities In Blue, a documentary show in which Danny visits Blues meccas and explores their history and impact on the genre. The album, Cities In Blue is available now. You can find complete information on Danny’s official website DannyM.com

You can also check out the HiFi network’s official webpage for the Cities In Blue television show here: HiFi.ca

1. The Bo-Keys – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Heartaches By The Number
2. Jane Lee Hooker – In The Valley – No B!
3. Rick Vito – Femme Fatale – Mojo on My Side
4. Swamp Cabbage – Big For Just A Little While – Jive
5. The New Basement Tapes – Duncan and Jimmy – Lost on the River
6. Jonn Del Toro Richardson – The Moment – Tengo Blues
7. Los Fabulocos – Calmen Su Rollo – Dos
8. Jeff Jensen – T-Bone Shuffle – The River City Sessions
9. Ilana Katz Katz – Lazy John/Sail Away Ladies ft. Cedric Watson – Movin’ On
10. Sugar Blue – New York City – Voyage
11. Sista Jean & CB – Jack of Diamonds – Requiem For A Heavyweight – A Tribute To Odetta
12. Jim Liban with the Joel Patterson Trio – Selfish Man – I Say What I Mean
13. Danny Marks – Blues Came To Chicago – Cities In Blue

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This week’s selections come from albums dropped in 2016, 15, 14, 13, 12 and 10. This wide time frame allows for a diverse selection of music that has never before aired on this show. There are many truly independent releases featured in this hour. There’s also a tribute to Country music icon Merle Haggard, who passed away last week. “Merle Haggard held a deep love and high regard for the Blues, and he had a big impact on my music tastes. He is a favorite of my father’s, and that love for his music was passed down to me.” – Johnny Full-Time

Courtesy Ruf Records

Courtesy Ruf Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Little Miss Suzie” by Tasha Taylor. It comes off her label debut with Ruf Records, Honey For The Biscuit. Tasha has been hard at work on this album for three years, now; and she could have easily ridden her father’s legendary name to an easier path to notoriety. The daughter of Stax legend Johnnie Taylor, however, chose the noble path to acclaim on her own merits as a singer, songwriter and musician.

She has a little help from her friends, who joined her in studio for this new release. “Little Miss Suzie” features special guest Robert Randolph! Other guests throughout the CD are Samantha Fish, Tommy Castro, and Keb Mo. You can find out additional information about Tasha, her new album, and more on her official website TashaTaylor.com

1. Bob Margolin – Low Life Blues – My Road
2. Brad Wilson – All Kinds Of A Fool – Power Blues Guitar Live
3. The Veldman Brothers – Killing Floor – Bringin’ It To You Live
4. Sean Pinchin – Charity Case – Monkey Brain
5. Tim Williams – My Big Money – So Low
6. Merle Haggard – California Blues – The Complete ’60s Captiol Singles
7. Chad Nordhoff – Workin’ Man Blues – Good Work, If You Can Get It
8. Bing Futch – Harperville – Unresolved Blues
9. Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers – Blood And Bone – Living By The Minute
10. Crispin Schroeder – World Inside My Mind – Following Branches Down To The Roots
11. Lurrie Bell – Don’t Let The Devil Ride – The Devil Ain’t Got No Music
12. Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl – Grand Old Game – Un-Twisted
13. Tasha Taylor – Little Miss Suzie – Honey For The Biscuit

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There are a broad variety of Blues styles represented, this week. The new arrivals make up over half of the playlist. There is a Vinyl Report segment detailing Joe Bonamassa’s new LP, and there is a set of inspirational songs toward the end of the broadcast to encourage you.

Courtesy Alligator Records

Courtesy Alligator Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Walk A Mile In My Blues” by Curtis Salgado. This is one of 11 deeply personal songs written by Curtis for his brand new album, The Beautiful Lowdown.

Curtis had his hands in every aspect of this album’s creation, and I believe that because he poured so much of himself into the project, it will go down as arguably his very best record. There are 12 total songs, including those 11 original compositions, and the closing track: a cover of Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Hook Me Up.” Scroll below the playlist to watch the official music video for another one of these great new songs. The Beautiful Lowdown went on sale today through all major digital retailers, and in record stores around the world. You can find out complete information on Curtis Salgado, his music, and much more on his official website: CurtisSalgado.com

1. Jeff Plankenhorn – Dirty Floor – SoulSlide
2. The Mystix – Midnight In Mississippi – Rhythm & Roots
3. Mississippi Fever – Black Dress – 300 Miles To Memphis
4. Jeff Chaz – Hitchhiking in the Rain – Sounds Like The Blues To Me
5. Sam Butler – Presence of the Lord – Raise Your Hands
6. Angel Forrest – Hangman – Angel’s 11
7. Joe Bonamassa – Drive – Blues Of Desperation
8. Linsey Alexander – Little Bit of Soap – Come Back Baby
9. Harper And Midwest Kind – Show Your Love – Show Your Love
10. Eugene Hideaway Bridges – Definition of Me – Hold On Just A Little Bit Longer
11. Leo “Bud” Welch – Somebody Touched Me – Sabougla Voices
12. Curtis Salgado – Walk A Mile In My Blues – The Beautiful Lowdown

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This week’s playlist has new and recent releases by legends like Bonnie Raitt, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, alongside truly independent releases from up-and-coming artists and bands. There’s a new tribute to B.B. King by Brigitte Rios Purdy, followed by a track from a new B.B. King collection!

Courtesy Delmark

Courtesy Delmark

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “City Lights” by Corey Dennison Band. It comes off their self-titled debut album with Delmark Records. Corey is still a young buck when compared to 70 and 80 year old Bluesmen, but he has more experience than his 40-years suggest. This new album is fantastic, and it features 13 all original songs. You can find complete details, a gig schedule and more on Corey’s official website. Click Here to Visit CoreyDennison.net

1. Jake Chisholm – Weigh You Down – No More Sorrow
2. Bonnie Raitt – Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes – Dig In Deep
3. Los Lobos – Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes – By The Light Of The Moon
4. Roy Rogers – Losin’ You – Into The Wild Blue
5. The Claudettes – Life Is Such Fun, and Then Seems to Disappear – No Hotel
6. Jon Spear Band – I Love My Skin – Live Music Is Better
7. Magic Sam – Hoochie Coochie Man – Live At The Avant Garde
8. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – End of the World –
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9. Christian Collin – One and Only – Spirit Of The Blues
10. Brigitte Rios Purdy – Lucille Don’t You Weep – Lucille Don’t You Weep (Single)
11. B.B. King – My Sometime Baby – Blue Shadows: Underrated King Recordings, 1958-1962
12. Buddy Guy – Flesh & Bone ft. Van Morrison – Born To Play Guitar
13. Corey Dennison – City Lights – Corey Dennison Band

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