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The new arrivals to our studio, this week, are phenomenal. This episode contains several new Blues Rock CDs, but the playlist is populated with a variety of styles, as always. Scroll below this week’s playlist and watch the official music video for Kelly Richey’s song, “Fading (Acoustic)”

The Vinyl Report is back! Johnny Full-Time has information about a highly anticipated new tribute record titled God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, featuring covers of some of Willie’s signature songs by Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and others. You’ll also hear a cut off the album by the Cowboy Junkies.

lutherdickinsonThe featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a beautiful song by Luther Dickinson titled “How I Wish My Train Would Come.” It comes off his new release, Blues & Ballads A Folksingers Songbook: Volumes I & II, which is available now from New West Records. You can purchase it digitally, on CD, or in a deluxe edition, double vinyl LP that includes a songbook of transcribed tunes from this set! Complete details are available on Luther’s official website,

1. Keith Stone – Make Me Feel Alright – The Prodigal Returns
2. Kelly Richey – Fading – Shakedown Soul
3. Lazer Lloyd – Out of Time – Lazer Lloyd
4. Van Wilks – Who’s Foolin’ Who – 21st Century Blues
5. Eddie Cotton – My Money – One At A Time
6. Cowboy Junkies – Jesus is Coming Soon –
God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson
7. Balkun Brothers – She Got It All – Balkun Brothers
8. The Ragpicker String Band – Clean Up at Home – The Ragpicker String Band
9. Mark Nomad – What’s A Man To Do – #9
10. Jimmie Vaughan – Wheel of Fortune ft. Lou Ann Barton –
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11. Joakim Tinderholt – Stumble’ & Fumble’ – You Gotta Do More
12. Luther Dickinson – How I Wish My Train Would Come –
Blues & Ballads A Folksingers Songbook: Volumes I & II

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The first few weeks of each new year provide an opportunity to catch up after the holidays with new release albums that came out at the end of the previous year. That’s what you’ll hear, this week, on Full-Time Blues Radio. There are seven albums featured in this playlist that have never had music on the show before!

Courtesy JP Cadillac Records

Courtesy JP Cadillac Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Brand New Fool” by the Knickerbocker All-Stars, featuring Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals. It comes off the new CD Go Back Home To The Blues, which is available now. The Knickerbocker All-Stars are a somewhat rotating group of the American northeast’s best Blues musicians who have been a part of many great bands over the years, including Roomful of Blues, the Duke Robillard Band, Sugar Ray and the Blue Tones and others. Men who play on this disc include Sax Gordon, Mark Teixiera, Monster Mike Welch and Al Basile!

All proceeds from the sale of this CD and digital album will benefit the non-profit Knickerbocker Music Center, which is “a non-profit formed to preserve, cultivate, and grow the “Knick’s” unique brand of blues, as well as expand access to music of all kinds by transforming the Knick into both an exciting performance venue and an exceptional center for music education.” Complete details are available on their official website at

1. Mike Zito & The Wheel – Chin Up – Keep Coming Back
2. Tim Williams – Lightnin’ – So Low
3. Voo Davis – Low Hangin’ Fruit – Midnight Mist
4. Walkin’ Cane Mark – Arizona Woman – Tryin’ To Make You Understand: Remastered
5. Omar Coleman – Sit Down Baby – Born And Raised
6. Mississippi Bigfoot – Mighty River – Population Unknown
7. Luther Dickinson – Vandalize – Rock N’ Roll Blues
8. Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea – Jigsaw Heart – On The Rocks
9. Paul Thorn – Doctor My Eyes – Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne
10. Hurricane Ruth LaMaster – Built For Comfort – Winds Of Change EP
11. Jackie Payne – Somewhere Down the Line – I Saw The Blues
12. Sean Costello – Feel Like I Ain’t Got A Home – In The Magic Shop
13. Knickerbocker All-Stars – Brand New Fool – Go Back Home To The Blues

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Courtesy Nugene Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Keen & Peachy.” It comes off the new album by Ian Siegal, The Picnic Sessions, which is available now from Nugene Records. For the album, Ian traveled back to Mississippi to meet up with friends Jimbo Mathus, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Luther Dickinson, and Cody Dickinson. Cody also produced the album, and the group successfully captured the front porch feel that they set out to create.

You can find out more about Ian Siegal, The Picnic Sessions, and tour dates on his official website, Scroll down and check out the video of Ian performing “Gallo del Cielo,” another song off this CD, courtesy of the Beverley Blues Festival.

1. Tad Robinson – Lonely Talking – Day Into Night
2. The Cash Box Kings – Download Blues – Holding Court
3. Nancy Wright – Funkin’ It Up – Putting Down Roots
4. Original Legends of the Blues – Royal & St. Pete – Still Carrying The Flame
5. Tweed Funk – Blues In My Soul – First Name Lucky
6. Steve Earle – Terraplane Blues – Terraplane Blues Vinyl Single
7. Robert Johnson – Terraplane Blues – Terraplane Blues Vinyl Single
8. Randy Volin and the Hard Ones – Brand New Day – Detroit Thang
9. Michael Burks – Got a Way With Women – The Best Of Michael “Iron Man” Burks
10. Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz – Fireballin’ – Is It Still Good To Ya?
11. JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – Apples and Oranges – Wild Moon
12. JD McPherson – It Shook Me Up – Let The Good Times Roll
13. Ian Siegal – Keen and Peachy – The Picnic Sessions

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I had a lot of fun putting together this week’s show, editing layers of sound and setting the mood for the Halloween theme. These songs hold up year round, but fit the format for this journey through the haunted home for new & independent Blues music. All of the songs featured this week are from 2014 releases, except one. Oh, and scroll below the playlist to watch a video performance of that Munsters theme that kicked us off!


The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” was actually released back in 2013, but was only recently sent to the studios of the show. The song, “Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends,” was put out as a digital single by North Carolina based artist Robert Johnson, Jr. This young man may share the name of a Blues legend, but the Blues is only a small influence on his sound. He plays what he calls “Dirty Southern Soul Music.” This funky number suits this Halloween special nicely, and the song’s cool, too. For more information about Robert Johnson, Jr.’s music, and his digital singles, including “Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends,” visit his official website

1. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Boogie Man – Goin’ Home
2. Doug Prescott Band – Invisible Man – Karma & The Big Caboose
3. The MacKenzie Blues Band – Bone Cage – Slam! Bam!
4. Luther Dickinson – Blood & Guts – Rock ‘N’ Roll Blues
5. Mark T Small – Moanin’ At Midnight – Smokin’ Blues
6. Too Slim & the Taildraggers – She Sees Ghosts – Anthology
7. Blue Moon Marquee – Lonesome Ghosts – Lonesome Ghosts
8. Iko-Iko – Walk With the Zombie – Bullets In The Bonfire Vol 1
9. Dave Fields – Voodoo Eyes – All In
10. Delta Generators – Spider Bite – Get On The Horse
11. JP Soars – Full Moon Night In Memphis – Full Moon Night In Memphis
12. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Ritual – HeartSoulBlood
13. Robert Johnson, Jr. – Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends (Single)

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It’s another great shift inside the Home for New & Independent Blues Music, this week, with some stellar tracks composing this show’s playlist. There are a few big names, several truly independent artists, and a wide spectrum of Blues styles.

Courtesy Severn Records

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Trouble No More.” The new version of the Muddy Waters classic comes from the brand new album For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters. That album is by Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson, and it is available from Severn Records beginning August 19, 2014.

In the liner notes to this CD, it is noted that following Severn releases individually by both Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson’s Fabulous Thunderbirds, the label was overwhelmed with messages clamoring for Mud and Kim to collaborate. The two delightfully agreed, and the sessions were described a variety of ways, including magical, relaxed, and a true family affair. The top tier band assembled for these sessions all recorded live to tape in the same room, to capture the magic of the moment and the love of the music.

For Pops features 14 songs, mixing Muddy’s own compositions and songs from others that he recorded in his lifetime. There’s also a wide selection of tracks from his catalog, as opposed to running down his greatest hits. The album is highly anticipated, and will be regarded as one of the year’s best. Make sure to check out the video below this week’s playlist from Mud Morganfield’s official YouTube channel, featuring another song off this album.

You can find additional information about Mud Morganfield, Kim Wilson, and Severn Records at the following links:

1. Ray Bonneville – Lone Freighter’s Wail – Easy Gone
2. Steve Freund with Gloria Hardiman – That’s All Right – Set Me Free
3. The MacKenzie Blues Band – Aint Tryin To Hide – Slam! Bam!
4. Laura Rain and the Caesars – Closer – Closer
5. Eddie Cotton – Leave Love Alone – Here I Come
6. Catl – Shakin’ House Blues – This Shkin’ House
7. Luther Dickinson – Bar Band – Rock ‘N Roll Blues
8. Jimmy Thackery – Coffee and Chicken – Wide Open
9. Ty Curtis – All It Took – Water Under The Bridge
10. Bob Stroger & Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith – Clever Mama – Keepin’ It Together
11. Keb’ Mo’ – Do It Right – BluesAmericana
12. Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl – Pure & Simple Blues – Un-Twisted
13. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson – Trouble No More – For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters

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