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This week, Full-Time Blues Radio has a lot going on, including new music (of course,) a CD giveaway, and some music videos. The playlist is very diverse, with some Soul Blues, acoustic tunes, New Orleans flair, and a helping of heavy Blues Rock. Check out Berdon Kirksaether & the Twang Bar Kings’ music videos below the playlist.

Courtesy Catfood Records

Courtesy Catfood Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Born to the Blues” by Johnny Rawls. It comes off his 2016 release, Tiger In A Cage, which is available everywhere from Catfood Records, beginning February 19th. The album features 12 songs, nine of which Johnny wrote or co-wrote. The three covers selected here are songs performed by Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and the Rolling Stones.

Complete information on Johnny Rawls, Tiger In A Cage, and his tour are online at JohnnyRawlsBlues.com

1. King Louie & LaRhonda Steele – Rock Me Baby – Rock Me Baby
2. Anni Piper – Wonder Woman – More Guitars Than Friends
3. Koko Taylor – You Ain’t Wort A Good Woman – The Best Of Koko Taylor (2015)
4. Racky Thomas – Ready, Willing, & Able – Goin’ Home
5. Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines – Boogie Woogie Blue Plate – Friskin’ The Whiskers
6. Sista Jean & CB – Take This Hammer – Requiem For A Heavyweight
7. Duke Robillard – Someday Baby – The Acoustic Blues & Roots Of Duke Robillard
8. Berdon Kirksaether & the Twang Bar Kings – Some Kind of Voodoo –
The Voodoo Sessions Live At The Down Under
9. Billy The Kid & The Regulators – I Can’t Change – I Can’t Change
10. Tommy Z – Bags of Cool – Blizzard Of Blues
11. Anthony Gomes – Red Handed Blues – Electric Field Holler
12. Ray Goren – I Need You Here To Stay – Save My Soul EP
13. Johnny Rawls – Born to the Blues – Tiger In A Cage

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a divers selection of songs, ranging in a wide variety of Blues styles. The show is also diverse in the location these artists sent their music from. You’ll hear music from Oslo, Norway kick off the program, and by the time the show’s over, we’ll have heard independently released tracks from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, among others!

Courtesy Bryan Himes

Courtesy Bryan Himes

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Beautiful One” by Bryan Himes. It comes off his latest album, One Night In The Delta, which was released late in 2014 and just found its way to our studios. Bryan is an independent artist from Lexington, Kentucky who plays a healthy mixture of electric and stripped down acoustic Blues. His catalog includes fantastic covers of tracks by Robert Johnson, RL Burnside, John Lee Hooker and many more. In addition to the song featured on this week’s show, if you scroll below the playlist, you can watch Bryan perform the acoustic original track “Don’t Mess With Me.”

Click Here For One Night In The DeltaVisit Bryan Himes’ ReverbNation Page

1. Joakim Tinderholt & His Band – I Need A Woman – You Gotta Do More
2. Doug Adamz – The House of Curiosities – National Steel
3. FrontPorch Revival – Outside Woman Blues – Exclusive Live Recording
4. Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines – Kidney Stew – Friskin’ The Whiskers
5. Fo’ Reel – Leave Your Love Alone – Heavy Water
6. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Music and Friends – So Delicious
7. The Blues Disciples – Elouise – Big Bang
8. Long Tall Deb – Let’s Get Lost – Raise Your Hands
9. Hilda Lamas – Last Thing On Your Mind (iTunes Single)
10. Ken Tucker – Simone – Upcoming Benevolent Blues Release
11. Balkun Brothers – Tell Me – Redrova
12. Bryan Himes – Beautiful One – One Night In The Delta

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This week, we begin with Etta Britt paying tribute to one of her heroes, Delbert McClinton. We move from there into music from second generation star Murali Coryell, and the playlist is filled with amazing tunes the rest of the way through – including a new release by the legendary Dr. John! The good doctor has just released an album in tribute to the great Louis Armstrong, and the selection featured on this show is a duet with Shemekia Copeland, “Sweet Hunk o Trash,” that Louis Armstrong recorded with Billie Holiday.

Courtesy Flaming Cheese Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Play My Song.” The track comes off the new EP, The Back On Track Recording Project, by The Jordan Patterson Band.

Jordan Patterson grew up listening to Blues greats, and was heavily influenced by harmonica players like James Cotton and Paul Butterfield. His debut, Give me A Chance was well received and featured guest appearances by Bobby Rush and Bobby Parker. Jordan Patterson then took several years off to forge a successful career behind the scenes of the music business. He was a tour manager and promoter for huge pop stars and venues.

The fire to perform grew hotter over the years, and Jordan has put together a new band. This EP is a preview of the upcoming full-length album they are preparing for release later this year. Make sure to scroll below this week’s playlist and watch a behind the scenes video with Jordan Patterson discussing these sessions, as well as a music video for “Heartbreaker,” another song off this EP! You can also find more information on his official website JordanPatterson.ca

1. Etta Britt – Somebody To Love You – Etta Does Delbert
2. Murali Coryell – Kiss Me First – Restless Mind
3. Albert Castiglia – Love One Another – Solid Ground
4. Fathead – Evil Eye – Fatter Than Ever
5. Vincent Hayes – The Grind – The Grind
6. Sena Ehrhardt – Slow Down – Live My Life
7. Candye Kane – You Ain’t All That – Coming Out Swingin’
8. Chris O’Leary Band – Louisiana Woman – Live At Blues Now!
9. Susan O’Neil – Sugar Daddy – Louisville Blues Compilation Vol II
10. Dr. John – Sweet Hunk o Trash ft Shemekia Copeland – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch
11. Honey Roy – Family – Family
12. Arthur Migliazza – Suitcase Blues – Laying It Down
13. Jordan Patterson Band – Play My Song – The Back On Track Recording Project EP

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Listen: Episode 1408 Louisiana Sounds

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The Home for New & Independent Blues Music expands, playing Cajun, Zydeco, and a little bit of Jazz. This week, we listen to the sounds of Louisiana on Full-Time Blues Radio! Sure, New Orleans is constantly in the discussion of best music cities, but the entire state of Louisiana has created some of the most beloved music in a huge variety of styles. Like the food in Louisiana, the music down there often times features ingredients of all these different genres combining into an incredible feast for the ears. From legendary performers from the state, to international stars influenced by Louisiana’s music and culture, to younger stars keeping the traditions alive – this episode of Full-Time Blues Radio literally has something for everyone. One act I mentioned in the show, The Cajun Roosters, can be found online here: Click Here to visit CajunWeb.de

Courtesy Arhoolie Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a spoken word introduction and the song “Grave Digger’s Blues” by “Papa” Lemon Nash. Nash was born in Lakeland, Louisiana, grew up in New Orleans, and performed throughout the United States in traveling medicine shows and circuses. He spent a large amount of his life as a performer in New Orleans, playing on street corners, in Jackson Square, and hustling money wherever he could by playing his signature ukulele.

Arhoolie Records released Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukulele Maestro & Tent Show Troubadour in February 2014, and will soon release the recordings to vinyl, as well. These recordings were captured in three sessions between 1959 and 1961 by folklorists Harry Oster and Richard Allen. Arhoolie obtained the recordings and have now made them available on this album, only the second commercially available release featuring Papa Lemon Nash. Click Here for complete album information from Arhoolie.com

1. Allen Toussaint – It’s A New Orleans Thing – Songbook
2. Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience – In the Dog House/Dans La Maison Des Chien – Dockside Sessions
3. Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band – Corey’s Breakdown – Destiny
4. Cajun Roosters – That Was Your Mother – Hell Yeah!
5. Jan Luley – Mamanita – Boonoonoonous
6. Cyril Neville – Swamp Funk – Magic Honey
7. The Savoy Family Band – Eunice Two Step – They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration
8. Anders Osborne – When Will I See You Again? – Black Eye Galaxy
9. David Egan – One Foot in the Bayou – David Egan
10. Macy Blackman & The Mighty Fines – Just the Same – I Didn’t Want To Do It
11. Buddy Flett – Nothin Easy – Rough Edges
12. Lemon Nash – We Played Everywhere (Speech) – Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukulele Maestro & Tent Show Troubadour
13. Lemon Nash – Grave Digger’s Blues – Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukulele Maestro & Tent Show Troubadour

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Discovery: Heritage Blues Orchestra

Due to the format of the show, I am constantly scouring the internet for music that I can bring to my listeners. Often times, I consider myself ahead of the curve, discovering bands and artists that I excitedly incorporate into show playlists – but there are times when music slips through the cracks. Case in point, the Heritage Blues Orchestra…

Courtesy Raisin Music

HBO, as they’re nicknamed, appeared on a lot of “Best of 2012” lists thanks to their incredible album And Still I Rise. What’s so incomprehensible is that this is the band’s debut record. You look at the names of the songwriters who are covered on …Rise and you see names including Son House, McKinley Morganfield and Huddie Ledbetter. This immediately leads you to believe the album you’re getting ready to listen to is going to be filled with gutbucket acoustic Blues, slide guitar and a back porch flavor. This is an even more grown-up Blues, though, incorporating multi-layered arrangements and second line influences evoking the rich spirit of New Orleans Jazz and traditional African American music sounds behind whichever of the many talented vocalists is singing lead.

The group is fronted by a trio of performers – Junior Mack, Bill Sims, Jr. and his daughter Chaney Sims – the three of which alternate on who handles lead vocals depending on the song. Other core members of the group include drummer/percussionist Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith (son of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith,) horn player Bruno Wilhelm, and harmonica player Vincent Bucher. The band is larger at times, though, often featuring an additional horn section.

And Still I Rise is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Blues Album, as well as two Blues Music Awards, for Best Album and Best Traditional Album. The album is available everywhere in a variety of formats. Click Here to hear samples of every song on the album.
Click Here to visit HeritageBluesOrchestra.com