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Rock, Soul, Country – while they’re all genres in their own right – they are all elements that influence various subgenres within the Blues. They are all represented in this week’s edition of FTB Radio, as well. 7 of the 12 songs here come from albums that just arrived to our studios.

Courtesy Delta Groove

Courtesy Delta Groove

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Healin’ Touch” by John Long. The song comes off his new album Stand Your Ground, which is available now from Delta Groove Music. John was born in St. Louis, but like many of the pillars of the genre, he moved to Chicago in order to play the Blues. While he was in the windy city, John sat at the foot of the learning tree under Homesick James. Mr. Long soaked up every ounce of knowledge he could get from the man whom he considered a surrogate father.

Stand Your Ground features 13 songs, most of which are original compositions written by Long. He also covers Blind Willie Johnson, Willie McTell, and Homesick James on the record. John Long is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, and all of those talents are front and center throughout this album. You can learn more about this great album, Mr. John Long, and his schedule on his official website

1. Kalo – Dear John – Dear John
2. Markey Blue – Be My Train (Little Milton Tribute) – The Blues Come Knockin’
3. Tad Robinson – Love Is A Winner – Day Into Night
4. Tweed Funk – Come Together – Come Together
5. MonkeyJunk – Learn How To Love – Moon Turn Red
6. Mighty Orq – The Possum Song – Love In A Hurricane
7. Nick Moss Band – Rump Rash – From The Root To The Fruit
8. Shemekia Copeland – Wrapped Up In Love Again – Outskirts Of Love
9. Big Harp George – What’s Big? – Wash My Horse In Champagne
10. Dennis Gruenling – She’s So Pretty – Rockin’ All Day
11. James Harman – Skirt – Bonetime
12. John Long – Healin’ Touch – Stand Your Ground

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The Home for New & Independent Blues Music turns up the heat with a selection of a dozen tracks, all but one of which come from 2014 releases! There’s something for everyone here, from the soulful opener, to the set of live acoustic Blues, to a selection of Blues-Rock songs!

As a special treat, scroll below this week’s playlist to watch a live performance video of The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer. The duo has a new album, A Real Fine Mess, which kicks off this episode. In 2012, Full-Time Blues introduced you to The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, when Johnny Full-Time sat down with Shawn Hall for conversation and music. Click Here to Listen to the Archived Interview

Courtesy Blind Pig Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is the instrumental “Frankenbop” by Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. It comes off their brand new album Emergency Situation; an album that marks the band’s return to Blind Pig Records. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers first teamed with Blind Pig 10 years ago to release Keepin’ It Real. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers are touring in support of the new album, with plenty of festival stops. This fall, they’ll head to Europe, bringing their brand of Blues across the seas. For more information about Emergency Situation, tour dates and much more, visit

1. The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer – Feel Me Now – A Real Fine Mess
2. Ian Siegal – Mortal Coil Shuffle – Man & Guitar
3. John Hammond – Tell Me Mama – Live At The Rogue
4. Rev KM Williams – Goin on Down The Tracks – Jukin’ In The Holy Land
5. Nick Moss Band – Death Letter Blues – Time Ain’t Free
6. Grady Champion – South Side – Bootleg Whiskey
7. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – That’s Big – You Asked For It…Live!
8. Blind Lemon Pledge – Buley’s Farm – Evangeline
9. The Alastair Greene Band – Last Train Around The Sun – Trouble At Your Door
10. Dave Fields – Changes In My Life – All In
11. Roscoe Levee & The Southern Slide – Howitzer Eyes – Get It While You Can
12. Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers – Frankenbop – Emergency Situation

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