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This week’s program features an incredible playlist that includes two of the hottest new releases of the year, as well as some equally incredible releases that aren’t getting nearly as much press. It all starts with Chris O’Leary’s debut with American Showplace Music. There are tracks from the new albums by Keith Richards and Gary Clark Jr. You can also scroll below this week’s playlist and watch Gary’s official music video for the song “Church,” off his new album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim.

Courtesy Ruf Records

Courtesy Ruf Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Clarksdale Shuffle” by Heather Crosse. Although the album is released under her name, Heather fronts the band Heavy Suga’ and the Sweetones; and the band accompanied her into the studio for their debut release. That album was produced by Jim Gaines, and it is available now from Ruf Records.

Heather was born in Louisiana, cut her teeth in Arkansas, and settled in Mississippi, where she began building a great reputation among both Blues fans and industry professionals. She took part in Ruf’s most recent Girls With Guitars project; and followed that with a trip into the studio for this debut album. You can find out much more on Heather Crosse, her band, tour dates and links on her official website, HeatherCrosse.com

1. Chris O’Leary – Tell It To Me Straight – Gonna Die Tryin’
2. Keith Richards – Robbed Blind – Crosseyed Heart
3. Ray Cashman – Wastin’ – Desolation
4. Deb Callahan – I Keep Things Running – Sweet Soul
5. The Blues Disciples – What I Need – Big Beat
6. Gary Clark Jr. – Shake – The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim
7. Hound Dog Taylor – 55th Street Boogie – The Best Of Hound Dog Taylor (2015)
8. Shirley Johnson – You Can Have My Husband – Angels Sing The Blues
9. The Josh Garrett Band – Ain’t Nobody’s Business – Honey For My Queen
10. Colin Linden – Knob & Tube – Rich In Love
11. Flora Molton – All Around Me Shine – I Want to Be Ready to Hear God When He Calls
12. James Day & the Fish Fry – Next New Thing – Southland
13. Heather Crosse – Clarksdale Shuffle – Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads

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Listen: Episode 1525 Harmonica Blues

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There has been a large wave of brand new album arrivals to the studios of our show that feature some top notch harmonica players. With that in mind, it seemed like a no-brainer to dedicate an entire episode to the ol’ Mississippi saxophone. So, enjoy some tremendous playing with an hour of new harmonica Blues. Nearly half of the songs featured this week are either just into our mailbox.

Courtesy West Tone Records

Courtesy West Tone Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Change in the Weather” by The Lucky Losers – vocalist Cathy Lemons and vocalist/harmonica player Phil Berkowitz. The duo recorded the new album, A Winning Hand with the help of their west coast Blues brethren, including producer/guitarist Kid Andersen! A Winning Hand is available now from West Tone Records. Cathy and Phil have put together a touring band to promote the album on the road, and you can find complete information about the band, the album, and much more on their official website TheLuckyLosers.com

1. Omar Coleman – Man Like Me – Born & Raised
2. Johnny Tanner – Blue Vapor – Juke Joint Rambler
3. The Cash Box Kings – Sugar Pea – Holding Court
4. Tad Robinson – While You Were Gone – Day Into Night
5. Brandon Santini – No Matter What I Do – Live & Extended
6. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Trouble Blues – The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
7. The RV’s ft. Billy Gibson – Get Back (Single)
8. Hank Mowery – Excuses Plenty – Excuses Plenty
9. The Nighthawks – Guard My Heart – Back Porch Party
10. Lynwood Slim – Found Love – Hard To Kill
11. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson – I Don’t Know Why – For Pops:
A Tribute To Muddy Waters

12. The Lucky Losers – Change in the Weather – A Winning Hand

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Courtesy HandyBlues.org

The WC Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival celebrates its 25th year in 2015. The huge annual event has gained an amazing reputation from fans by providing free Blues and Zydeco concerts each summer starring top tier acts; and from artists for the great treatment that each year’s performers receive.

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio previews the 2015 edition of the festival with a rundown of the music schedule and an hour of songs by bands scheduled to perform this year. If you would like to learn more about the festival and see the exact schedule, you can visit their official website, HandyBlues.org

Courtesy Ruf Records

Courtesy Ruf Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Road Runner” by Samantha Fish. The track comes off Sam’s upcoming release on Ruf Records, Wild Heart, which is available beginning July 10, 2015. It’s her third studio album and you’re sure to hear several of the songs off it when she performs at the 2015 WC Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival. You can see Samantha Fish’s complete tour schedule, and much more, on her official website, SamanthaFish.com

Click Here to preview tracks and pre-order Wild Heart

1. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots – Boom Town – Boom Town
2. Mr. Sipp – TMBC – The Mississippi Blues Child
3. Devon Allman – Blackjack Heartattack – Ragged & Dirty
4. Jarekus Singleton – Blame Game – Refuse To Lose
5. Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band – Get in the Pocket – Bayou Road
6. Mo Mojo – Love Ain’t So Simple Anymore – Mom’s Birthday Album
7. Doug MacLeod – Black Nights – There’s A Time
8. The Beat Daddys – Big Thighs – Live At The Quincy Blues Fest 2007
9. Robert Randolph & the Family Band – Back to the Wall – We Walk This Road
10. Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack – Soul Shaker – Welcome
11. Ronnie Baker Brooks – You Make Me Feel So Good – Golddigger
12. Samantha Fish – Road Runner – Wild Heart

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Another fantastic selection of new arrivals anchors this terrific playlist. Seven of the 12 songs come from albums that have never been featured on the program. From Soul to Rock, and even a little Latin fare, there’s a broad spectrum of Blues styles featured in this week’s program. Be sure to watch for that two-fer comparing Crystal Shawanda’s cover to the Beat Daddys original for “I’ll Always Love You.”

Courtesy Alligator Records

Courtesy Alligator Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Walking With the Wolf” by the Kentucky Headhunters. It comes off their new release, Meet Me In Bluesland, an album that the band recorded with Johnnie Johnson. The men all gathered in the studio to collaborate in 2003, but didn’t desire to release the tracks at first. Johnson, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame piano master and legendary sideman for Chuck Berry, passed away in 2005. The Headhunters allowed these recordings to age like fine Kentucky bourbon, and brought the finished product to Alligator Records for release.

You can find complete information about the Kentucky Headhunters, their music, tour schedule and more at their official website KentuckyHeadhunters.net

1. Billy Price & Otis Clay – Going To The Shack – This Time For Real
2. Crystal Shawanda – I’ll Always Love You – The Whole World’s Got The Blues
3. The Beat Daddys – I’ll Always Love You – No, We Ain’t From Clarksdale
4. Johnny Riley – Old Love On My Mind – Crossroads Of My Life
5. Mannish Boys – Can’t Make a Livin’ – Wrapped Up And Ready
6. Earl and Them – Hurt On Me – Live At George’s Majestic Lounge
7. JC Smith – Five Long Years – Love Mechanic
8. Daunielle – Goodbye Kiss – Daunielle
9. Bobby Messano – Boddentown – Love & Money
10. Scott Ramminger – That Rumba Beat – Crawstickers
11. Brad Absher & Swamp Royale – Not Tonight – Lucky Dog
12. The Kentucky Headhunters and Johnnie Johnson – Walking With the Wolf – Meet Me In Bluesland

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Out of a dozen songs featured on this week’s show, eight of them come off albums never before featured on the show! It’s a great selection of songs that unintentionally leans a little guitar-centric; but you’ll also hear a little Soul Blues, some incredible piano work on the closer, and a killer harmonica accompaniment on the opening track.

Courtesy Blind Pig

Courtesy Blind Pig

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “If It Ain’t Got Soul, Part 1” by Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots. It comes off their new CD, Boom Town, which is available now. The album marks their label debut with Blind Pig Records, although Victor had worked with the label previously through his side project, Southern Hospitality.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the place to hear tomorrow’s legends today, and Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots are doing an incredible job of positioning themselves for that legendary category in the future. If you scroll below this week’s playlist, you can watch the official music video for another one of Boom Town‘s songs, “Stop Bossin’ Me Baby.” Click Here to visit VictorWainwright.com

1. Sugaray Rayford – Take It To The Bank – Southside
2. The Josh Garrett Band – Same Boat ft James Johnson – Honey For My Queen
3. No Refund Band – Bought & Sold – Current State Of Blue
4. Amanda Fish – Watch It All Burn – Down In The Dirt
5. Neil Barnes – Just One Word – Hyde & Seek
6. J.B. Hutto – Hawk Squat [Alternate Take] – Hawk Squat Deluxe Edition
7. Albert Lee, James Burton, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox) – Country Boy
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8. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – When I Cross The Mississippi ft Tab Benoit
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9. Roy Rogers – Don’t You Let Them Win – Into The Wild Blue
10. Morgan Davis – Heat Wave in Alberta – I Got My Own
11. Voo Davis – Cajun Sun – Midnight Mist
12. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots – If It Ain’t Got Soul – Part 1 – Boom Town

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