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This week’s shift inside the workshop features some incredible new music, and a wide variety of styles. There is a large block of Blues Rock tunes to begin the program, followed by some Boogie Woogie Piano Blues to close out the first half. The second part of the show features even more variety. There are some great songs never before featured by Bruce Hornsby, Amy Helm and Diane Blue. In addition, you’ll hear brand new arrivals throughout the entire hour!

Courtesy TheKatKings.com

Courtesy TheKatKings.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “It Came From the Swamp,” by the Kat Kings. It appears on their new album Swingin’ In The Swamp, which is available now through all major digital retailers. This truly independent release is the sophomore album by one of Toronto’s premier Roots music outfits – and they are out to prove there’s no sophomore slump on these 13 songs. The Kat Kings broke out five years ago with their debut album, but in the midst of all of that success, personal struggles interrupted the band’s ascent. The Kat Kings are ready to break out all over again with this new CD, and you’ll hear why on this week’s show.

If you’d like to learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule, visit the official website TheKatKings.com

1. Katy Guillen & The Girls – Don’t Need Anyone – Heavy Days
2. Matty T Wall – Am I Wrong – Blue Skies
3. The Steve Cal Band – Midnight Dream – Room To Move
4. Allen-Lamun Band – I Don’t Get The Blues – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
5. Racky Thomas – Roll’em Pete – Goin’ Home
6. David Vest – Kingsnake – Devastatin’ Rhythm
7. Knickerbocker All-Stars – Blockbuster Boogie – Go Back Home To The Blues
8. Alabama Mike – Upset The Status Quo – Upset The Status Quo
9. Diane Blue – That’s What They Call the Blues – Blues In My Soul
10. Sammy Eubanks – It’s All Blues to Me – Sugar Me
11. Bruce Hornsby – I’m Alive – Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
12. Amy Helm – Sing To Me – Didn’t It Rain
13. The Kat Kings – It Came from the Swamp – Swingin’ In The Swamp

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This week’s shift features some top tier new release albums, including Moreland & Arbuckle, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, and Paul Reddick. The album unintentionally leans toward harmonica Blues for a large portion of the program, which speaks to the trend we’re seeing in the rise of talented harp players.

Courtesy 3inlaymanterms.com

Courtesy 3inlaymanterms.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Won’t Get It” by In Layman Terms. This brother and sister act is comprised of Cole and Logan Layman, who perform out in several different forms: a duo, trio with their mother, or full band. Cole is a terrific guitarist, and Logan provides bass and vocals.

This young act is celebrating the release of their album, Tangled, which features several songs written by the siblings, as well as some that were penned by Holly Montgomery, and selected covers of tunes by Howlin’ Wolf and Janis Joplin. You can find out complete details on this debut album, this talented young band, and much more on their official website 3InLaymanTerms.com

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1. Paul Reddick – Gotta Find A… – Ride The One
2. The Mighty Mojo Prophets – Things Don’t Change – Record Store
3. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Can’t Afford to Do It – The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions, Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
4. Mark Hummel w/Sue Foley – Easy – Blues For Big Walter
5. Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine – Crackheaded Man – Coulda Woulda Shoulda
6. Moreland & Arbuckle – Mean And Evil – Promised Land Or Bust
7. Billy Hector – Evil, Slick ‘n Sly – Old School Thang
8. Too Slim & The Taildraggers – Gypsy – Blood Moon
9. Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor – Keep Our Business To Yourself – Nobody But Me
10. Shaun Murphy – Happy Wth The One I Got Now – It Won’t Stop Raining
11. Karen Lovely – I’m Over Goodbye – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
12. Crystal Shawanda – Fall From Grace – The Whole World’s Got The Blues
13. In Layman Terms – Won’t Let It – Tangled

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The Easter holiday gave us a perfect layover to stack up a healthy selection of new Blues CDs in our mailbox. This week features several of those albums, beginning with the title track off the new album by Janiva Magness. Love Wins Again is available now, and you can Click Here to Listen to my archived interview with Janiva Magness! From there, we hear a ton of great new Blues releases, including music by Guy King. Scroll below this week’s playlist to watch a video of Guy in the studio discussing his new album, Truth, and a seocnd video for his new song, “My Happiness.”

Courtesy Black Hen

Courtesy Black Hen

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Driver’s Wheel” by Steve Dawson. Steve is a Vancouver native, who has since relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. For this new album, he assembled a full band, and incorporated many traditional Roots music styles into his Blues. It is a stark contrast to his stripped down, instrumental album released in 2014. The new set is available digitally, on CD, or on 180 gram double vinyl LP! You can purchase the vinyl, learn more about Steve Dawson, and listen to his new podcast on his official website – SteveDawson.ca

1. Janiva Magness – Love Wins Again – Love Wins Again
2. Brothers Brown – Hurricane – Dusty Road
3. John Campbelljohn Trio – Stop Making Excuses – Chin Up
4. Waydown Wailers – Susie Q – Empty Promises
5. Little G Weevil – Back Porch – The Teaser
6. Delta Generators – Feel No Pain – Hipshakers And Heartbreakers
7. Igor Prado Band – Shake and Fingerpop – Way Down South
8. Guy King – A Day In A Life With The Blues – Truth
9. Trudy Lynn – Let My Daddy Do That – Everything Comes With A Price
10. Mark Cameron – Somewhere Down The Line – Playing Rough
11. The Texas Horns – Kick Me Again – Blues Gotta Holda Me
12. Damon Fowler – Alison – Sounds Of Home
13. Steve Dawson – Driver’s Wheel – Solid States & Loose Ends

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NOTE: This will be the last episode of Full-Time Blues Radio for 2014. Have an amazing holiday season. See you in 2015! God Bless. – Johnny Full-Time

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Full-Time Blues Radio! Our annual tradition of bringing you the latest crop of Christmas Blues continues with original songs for the season, new versions of Christmas classics, and legendary reissues from Concord Music Group. In addition to providing the Rufus Thomas track, “I’ll Be Your Santa Baby,” Concord has remastered Ray Charles’ classic 1985 album The Spirit Of Christmas, and you’ll hear the track that is synonymous with a famous scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

There’s a new track from Treasa Levasseur to get you primed for her full-length Christmas album in 2015, a new release from Larry Carlton, and a featured selection to close out the program off an album sure to become a classic.

Courtesy Sony Masterworks

The Blind Boys of Alabama have teamed up with Taj Mahal for the new CD Talkin’ Christmas, which features seasonal standards, classic hymns, and original songs written by the Blind Boys themselves. The album is available now from Sony Masterworks.

Make sure to scroll below the playlist to watch the music video for another song off Talkin’ Christmas titled “What Can I Do?” As well as a video going behind the scenes for this album’s sessions. For additional information, visit BlindBoys.com

1. Treasa Levasseur – Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas (Single)
2. Ray Charles – That Spirit of Christmas – The Spirit Of Christmas
3. Grady Champion – Blues On Christmas – Goin’ Back Home
4. Johnny Neel – Jingle Bells (Single)
5. David Gogo – Let’s Get A Real Tree – Christmas With The Blues
6. Chaz DePaolo – Another Christmas Without You (Single)
7. Gary US Bonds – Why Don’t You Spend Christmas With Me – Christmas Is ON!
8. Larry Carlton – The Christmas Song – Four Hands & A Heart Christmas
9. Rod Picott (DecemberSongs) – Dad’s Drunk Again On Christmas
An East Nashville Christmas
10. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby – Christmas Cookies 3.0 – A Concord Calamity
11. Jacob Johnson – Christmas Time Is Here/Linus and Lucy Medley
Wild And Sweet: A Christmas Album
12. The Delta Flyers – You Can’t Sing About Christmas (Single)
13. The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal – Who Will Remember? – Talkin’ Christmas

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This week, the Home for New & Independent Blues Music is crafting a playlist filled with big name new release music. There’s new Blues from Gary Clark, Jr., Marcia Ball, and the Blind Pig Records debut of JW Jones. In addition, Johnny Full-Time recently visited Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee and recorded a report directly onto a vinyl record! Hear that report, along with a number off of Jack’s incredible album Lazaretto.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” The track is the opener to Paul Thorn’s new album, Too Blessed To Be Stressed. That album is available now from Paul’s own label, Perpetual Obscurity; and you can get it in a variety of formats, including vinyl LP.

In the mean time, Too Blessed To Be Stressed features Paul Thorn’s amazing songwriting, featuring cinematic lyrics that play out slices of life in song. Look for standout numbers like the title cut, “Old Stray Dogs and Jesus,” and “Everybody Needs Somebody,” which you can watch the official music video for, just under this week’s playlist. If you’d like more information about Paul Thorn, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, and his tour schedule – Visit PaulThorn.com

1. JW-Jones – Coming After Me – Belmont Boulevard
2. Marcia Ball – Clean My House – The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man
3. The Knickerbocker All-Stars – Turn on Your Love Light – Open Mic At The Knick
4. Liz Mandeville – Silver Lining (Shirley’s Blues) – Heart ‘O Chicago
5. Iko-Iko – Pet de Kat – Bullets In The Bonfire, Vol. 1
6. Jack White – Three Women – Lazaretto
7. Gary Clark, Jr. – Numb – Live
8. Jimmy Carpenter – When You’re Ready – Walk Away
9. Jeremiah Johnson – Call a Taxi – Grind
10. Markus James – Head for the Hills – Head For The Hills
11. Pork Chop Willie – Devil In My Soul – Love Is The Devil
12. Paul Thorn – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – Too Blessed To Be Stressed

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