Listen: Episode 1616

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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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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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, LutherDickinson.com

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 –
Plays Blues, Ballads, & Favorites
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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Out of the 13 songs played this week, seven of them come off brand new arrivals to our studio. There is a great Soul Blues to kick it off, some Blues Rock, a little acoustic music, some Country influence, and a pair of North Mississippi Hill Country songs!

Courtesy Muskett Music

Courtesy Muskett Music

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Sweet Mary Jane,” by the Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band. It appears on the new album, Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn, which is available everywhere beginning February 16, 2016.
Click Here to hear samples of every song on the CD

Dave Muskett has had impressive showings at the International Blues Challenge the last three years in a row, finishing in the top eight at the 2016 event. Click Here for complete IBC2016 coverage, including video performances!
If this album would have arrived two weeks ago, it would have been the featured selection for our IBC preview episode So, it was a no brainer to feature it, this week. Remember, you can find out more about Dave Muskett at his official website, MuskettMusic.com

1. The Rhythm Express – Seven Day Lover (ft Michael Dunston) – Seven Day Lover (Single)
2. Cécile Doo-Kingué – Manic Depression – Anybody Listening, Pt. 2: Dialogues
3. Janiva Magness – When You Were My King – Original
4. Joanne Broh Band – Gettin’ Old Blues – Wicked Cool
5. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Method To My Madness – Method To My Madness
6. R.B.Stone – Hill Country Stomp – Some Call It Freedom (Some Call It The Blues)
7. Markus James – For Blind Willie – Head For The Hills
8. Dennis Jones – Mr. Right – Both Sides Of The Track
9. Hot Roux – Can’t Get You Off My Mind – Stranger’s Blues
10. Sandy Carroll – Headin’ Out On Empty – Last Southern Belle
11. Karen Lovely – Company Graveyard – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
12. David Gogo – There’s A Hole – Vicksburg Call
13. The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band – Sweet Mary Jane –
Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn

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2016 International Blues Challenge Wrap-Up

Another incredible International Blues Challenge competition is in the books and Memphis is much quieter this week. Fans and bands from around the world came to Memphis, Tennessee to find out who the best undiscovered Blues talent was for 2016. You can see the complete list of winners here. If you scroll down the page, you will be able to view the full list of finalists and semi-finalists, as well. There is also a YouTube playlist that includes several videos of performances from the event!
Congratulations to everyone involved!

2016 International Blues Challenge Winners

Band Competition
1st Place – The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
2nd Place – The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
3rd Place – The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society

Solo/Duo Competition
1st Place – Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
2nd Place – InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance

Band Guitar Award
The Delgado Brothers

Solo/Duo Guitar Award
Bing Futch

Harp Award
InnerVision

Best Self Produced CD
Rob Lumbard Blues In A Bottle, Central Iowa Blues Society

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2016 International Blues Challenge Finalists

Solo/Duo Competition
The Mighty Orq, Houston Blues Society
Sonny Moorman, Cincy Blues Society
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon, Arkansas River Blues Society
Micah Kesselring, The Blues Jazz and Folk Music Society
Dave Muskett, Indy Crossroads Blues Inc
InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance
Bing Futch, Orange Blossom Blues Society

Band Competition
Southern Avenue, Memphis Blues Society
The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
Bobby BlackHat Band, Natchel Blues Network
Tee Dee Young, The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society
Hector Anchondo Band, Blues Society of Omaha
The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society
A Different Shade of Blue, Vicksburg Blues Society

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2016 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists

Solo/Duo Competition
Big Bones, The Golden Gate Blues Society
Debra Power, Calgary Blues Music Association
Dave Muskett, Indy Crossroads Blues Inc
Graham Guest, Edmonton Blues Society
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon, Arkansas River Blues Society
Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor, Colorado Blues Society
Sonny Jim Clifford, Boston Blues Society
Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen, Connecticut Blues Society
McCarthy & Headley, Blues Society of Northwest Florida
Alonzo Pennington & Michael Gough, Kentuckiana Blues Society
Hat and Matching Suitcase, The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
They Call Me Rico, France Blues
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Washington Blues Society
Mississippi G-n-H Blues, Vicksburg Blues Society
Amays and Blue, Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association
Karla Peterie and Jim Herbert, Kansas City Blues Society
Charlie A’Court, East Coast Blues Society
Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand, Southwest Florida Blues Society
Michael Schatte, Toronto Blues Society
Jesse Roper, White Rock Blues Society
Micah Kesselring, The Blues Jazz and Folk Music Society
Bing Futch, Orange Blossom Blues Society
KALO, Topeka Blues Society
Jeremy Short, Huntington Blues Society
The Mighty Orq, Houston Blues Society
Delanie Pickering, Granite State Blues Society
Big Bo, Dutch Blues Foundation
Sonny Moorman, Cincy Blues Society
Libby Rae Watson, Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola
Robert Sampson, Illinois Central Blues Club
Adrian Duke & Theresa Richmond, Central Virginia Blues Society
InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance

Band Competition
Michael Hornbuckle Band, Mile High Blues Society
Eric Slim Zahl & the South West Swingers, Oslo Bluesklubb
Odell Gray and the House Rules Band, Houston Blues Society
The Michael Lee Band, San Angelo Blues Society
Tee Dee Young, The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society
The Forrest McDonald Band, River City Blues Society (VA)
Mother Ship Blues Band, The Blues Societies of Iowa
Altered Five Blues Band, Grafton Blues Association
TC Carr & Bolts Of Blue, Suncoast Blues Society
David Smash Band, Orange Blossom Blues Society
The Norman Jackson Band, Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society
Roharpo the Bluesman and the Real Blues Band, The Golden Gate Blues Society
Phil Bee’s Freedom, Dutch Blues Foundation
Vanessa Collier, Billtown Blues Association
Little Boys Blue, West Tennessee Blues Society
The Chris Canas Band, Detroit Blues Society
J.L. Fulks Band, South Florida Blues
Tripwire, Blues Society of the Ozarks
Arsen Shomakhov Band, White Rock Blues Society
Dany Franchi Band, Mojo Station
The Paul DesLauriers Band, Montreal Blues Society
Matt Roberts Trio, Sydney Blues Society
Johnny Fink and the Intrusion, Cincy Blues Society
The Lucas Haneman Express, Ottawa Blues Society
Diggin’ Roots Band, Blues Society of Western New York
Lampano Alley, Blues Asia Network
Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings, Austin Blues Society
Eight O’Five Jive, Nashville Blues Society
The Delgado Brothers, Ventura County Blues Society
A Different Shade of Blue, Vicksburg Blues Society
White Knuckles Trio, Finnish Blues Society
The SoulFixers, Dayton Blues Society
Bobby BlackHat Band, Natchel Blues Network
Hector Anchondo Band, Blues Society of Omaha
Rent Party Blues Band, Santa Barbara Blues Society
T-Roosters, DeltaBlues
Southern Avenue, Memphis Blues Society
Rex Peoples & X Factr, Colorado Blues Society
Markey Blue, Atlanta Blues Society
Darell Christopher & The Ingredients, Blues Society of Tulsa
Rooster Davis Group, Edmonton Blues Society
Sister Mercy, Cascade Blues Association
Twice As Good, Clear Lake Blues Society
Kev Nichols & Blue Tuesday, Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association
Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois
Dreamboogie, Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Bridget Kelly Band, North Central Florida Blues Society
Lizzi Neal Band, River City Blues Society (IL)