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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 –
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
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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Some amazing new release music arrived on our doorstep in recent weeks, and this episode provides the first listen for many of these albums. There’s a great mixture of truly independent music, legendary names, and current superstars.

Alligator Records has released nine, digital only, ‘Best Of’ albums for Coco Montoya, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Michael Burks, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Lonnie Mack, Tinsley Ellis, Roomful of Blues, and Hound Dog Taylor. Hound Dog kicks off a set of newly reissued music, which is great, because we don’t often get to reach back into the archives and spin some of the all-time greats.

In addition, we pay loving tribute to Willie “Popsy” Dixon, the late drummer and vocalist for The Holmes Brothers, who passed away very early in 2015. We will also remember Lynwood Slim, who passed away prior to the release of his album Hard To Kill. Make sure to scroll down below this week’s playlist and catch a music video of The Holmes Brothers performing “Soldier of Love” that provides an incredible look at Popsy’s drumming and vocals.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “The Real Thing” by DA Foster. It is the title track to his new album. This release is available now in either CD or digital formats through the Vizz-Tone label group, but it will also be released on vinyl LP March 24, 2015.

DA Foster has worked in nearly every facet of the music industry. He formed The Shaboo All-Stars in the 1970’s after Blues legends who performed at his club urged him to sing on stage. He has continued to perform for around four decades, and recorded The Real Thing with Tony Braunagel and Mike Finnigan producing.

For even more information, you can visit DA Foster’s official website at DAFosterMusic.com

1. JD McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll – Let The Good Times Roll
2. Hound Dog Taylor – Don’t Blame Me – The Best Of Hound Dog Taylor (2015)
3. Magic Sam – I Need You So Bad – Live At The Avant Garde
4. Flora Molton – Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door – I Want To Be Ready To Hear God When He Calls (Reissue)
5. Ingrid Gerdes – I Need A Man – High Priestess
6. The Holmes Brothers – Soldier of Love – Brotherhood
7. Lynwood Slim – Old Honkie Tonk Piano Roll Blues – Hard To Kill
8. Markey Blue – Baby I’m Cryin’ – Hey Hey
9. Jon Spear Band – Devil’s Highway – Old Soul
10. Mike Osborn – Love vs. Ego – In The Dog House
11. The Reverend Shawn Amos – (The Girl Is) Heavy – The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It
12. DA Foster – The Real Thing – The Real Thing

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We’re calling this edition of Full-Time Blues Radio the “He Said, She Said” version of the program. That simply means that the first half of the show features new Blues music from the fellas, and the second half is dedicated to new releases by the ladies of the genre. There’s a ton of great new music that continues to pour into the studios, and it just goes to show you that the Blues knows no barriers, be it sex, race, or religion. It’s just another reason this program is dedicated to the greatest music on Earth.

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Handle Me.” It comes off the brand new album, He Digs Me by Sunday Wilde. Sunday Wilde hails from Ontario, Canada and is at the forefront of a new generation of Blues women. This self-released 2014 album features 13 songs, and is available from a variety of retailers. Of course, you can get it directly from Sunday Wilde on her official website.
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1. Mark T Small – Sell My Monkey – Smokin’ Blues
2. Solomon King – Coffee Song – Train
3. Johnny Riley – PTSD Blues – Have Mercy On Me
4. Laith Al-Saadi – Ophelia – REAL
5. Jeff Jensen – Heart Attack and Vine – Road Worn & Ragged
6. Magic Sam – You Belong To Me – Live At The Avant Garde
7. Annika Chambers – Jealous Kind – Making My Mark
8. Valerie June – The Hour – Pushin’ Against A Stone
9. Daunielle – Runaway Train – Daunielle
10. JJ Thames – My Kinda Man – Tell You What I Know
11. Samanthan Fish – Let’s Have Some Fun – Black Wind Howlin’
12. Sunday Wilde – Handle Me – He Digs Me

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Magic Slim 1937-2013

UPDATE: Magic Slim has now passed away. Here is the latest information from his camp.

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Magic Slim, a.k.a. Morris Holt of Grenada, Mississippi passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013. He will be missed by his family, friends and blues fans all over the world. Funeral arrangements and a Memorial Service will be announced later this week. The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers. … Marty Salzman – Manager Magic Slim Linda Cunningham – Public Relations – Magic Slim Mike Blakemore – Tour Manager – Magic Slim

UPDATE: Those close to Magic Slim are now suggesting he has not yet passed away, but has been taken off life support. Here is the official quote from Slim’s camp.

Update on Magic Slim per Marty Salzman – Magic Slim’s Manager

The fact of the matter is that as of this moment, 8:00 am Thursday morning, Magic Slim has NOT passed away yet. He has been disconnected from life support but is not deceased as previously reported. He is not expected to recover and all we can do is pray for him and rejoice in his life. Thank you for caring.

Linda Cunningham
Public Relations – Magic Slim

Earlier:

There’s word out of Nebraska that Magic Slim has passed away. Slim had been in a Philadelphia hospital the past couple weeks. He was 75 years old.

Magic Slim was born Morris Holt in Torrence, Mississippi.  Passionate about music from a very early age, Slim met legendary Bluesman Magic Sam before he was a teenager, and traveled up to Chicago to play in Sam’s band in 1955. He soon returned home, though, in an effort to hone his skills before returning to Chicago and making an impact.

Magic Slim’s first single was released in the late 1960’s, but it wasn’t until almost a decade later that he and his band began a significant recording career. Magic Slim and the Teardrops recorded for multiple labels, but it was their work on Blind Pig records that garnered the most acclaim. Albums like Black Tornado (1998), Blue Magic (2002), and Raising The Bar (2010) are highly rated. His final album , released on Blind Pig in 2012, is Bad Boy.

Personally, I got to interact with Magic Slim a couple years ago at the WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival in Henderson, Kentucky. Slim was kind and was catching up backstage with Shemekia Copeland. He and his band were fantastic people and put on an amazing show. I pray for his family, friends, and fans during this time of loss. – John