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The new 2016 releases are starting to trickle into the mailbox here at the workshop. There are three 2016 albums featured in this playlist, along with three 2015 albums that have never been featured on the show. In addition, Johnny Full-Time takes a few moments to honor the late Otis Clay, and we’ll hear a pair of recent releases that feature the late Soul giant.

Courtesy Davide Pannozzo

Courtesy Davide Pannozzo

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Freedom.” The song is performed by Italian guitarist and singer Davide Pannozzo, and it appears on his EP 2015. The six-song set features a few songs off Davide’s previous full-length CD, A Portrait Of Jimi Hendrix. The EP also includes versions of “Feels Like Rain” (famously recorded by Buddy Guy) and Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me Too.”

Davide Pannozzo started playing classical guitar at the age of six, and he has incorporated that immense skill into his rock influenced Blues music, along with his love for guitarists like Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and others. Make sure to scroll down below this week’s playlist to watch Davide and his band perform another Hendrix cover, “If Six Was Nine.” You can also find complete information about Pannozzo, his music, and more at his official website, DavidePannozzo.com

1. Benny Turner – I Can’t Leave – When She’s Gone
2. Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers – For You My Love – Genuine Blues Legends
3. Laura Rain and the Caesars – Cherry Pickin’ – Gold
4. Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats – Kansas City Blues – The Avenue
5. EG Kight – Low Mileage Woman – A New Day
6. Billy Price & Otis Clay – You Got Me Hummin’ – This Time For Real
7. Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – Poor Little Rich Girl – Soul Brothers
8. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Anyhow – Let Me Get By
9. Andy Cohen – Seldom Seen Slim – Road Be Kind
10. Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra – Shudder – Preach ‘Em Now! EP
11. Jack White – Entitlement – Lazaretto
12. Roscoe Levee & The Southern Slide – My Gospel – Get It While You Can
13. Davide Pannozzo – Freedom – EP 2015

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Listen: Episode 1541

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This shift of Full-Time Blues Radio features a fantastic selection that includes new releases from legendary names like Duke Robillard and Bobby Rush. There are also stellar tunes by young indie acts like Stolen Hearts and Jason Appleton & Jason Ricci.

Courtesy Delmark Records

Courtesy Delmark Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Snaggletooth Mule” by Jimmy Burns. It comes off his new release, It Ain’t Right, which is available now from Delmark Records. It Ain’t Right marks Jimmy’s return to Delmark Records, with the two previously coming together to release four albums previously. The most recent was the concert recording, Live At B.L.U.E.S., released in 2007.

There are 15 songs on It Ain’t Right, including the title cut, a song written by Little Walter. There are also covers of songs by The 5 Royales, Percy Mayfield, Jimmy Reed and Ben E. King. Billy Flynn wrote two new original songs for the disc. Jimmy Burns provides vocals, guitar and harmonica, as always; and he easily slides from Blues to Soul and ends the album with the traditional Gospel of “Wade in the Water.” You can find out more about Jimmy, his band and schedule, and much more, on his official website JimmyBurnsBand.com

1. Duke Robillard – Big Bill Blues – The Acoustic Roots & Blues Of Duke Robillard
2. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Can’t Believe It’s This Good – Dirty Memory
3. Henry Gray & Bob Corritore – Let’s Get High – Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
4. Stolen Hearts – Already Alright – Dirty Southern Soul
5. Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots – Piana’s Savannah Boogie – Boom Town
6. Eddie Martin’s Big Red Radio – How Can This Be – Live In Tuscany
7. Jimi Hocking & Rebecca Davey – Lonesome Day Blues – Live at the Royal Standard
8. Little Boys Blue – Death Letter Blues – Bad Love
9. Tommy McCoy – Sugar Cane – 25 Year Retrospective
10. Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do the Do – Chicken Heads: A 50 Year History Of Bobby Rush
11. Billy Price & Otis Clay – Somebody’s Changing My Sweet Baby’s Mind
This Time For Real
12. Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone – Funky To The Bone
13. Jimmy Burns – Snaggletooth Mule – It Ain’t Right

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Listen: Spiritual Side of the Blues 2015

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Each year, right around Easter, it provides me with the perfect time to produce one of my favorite special episodes: The Spiritual Side of the Blues. The great American music has always walked a fine line between the sacred and the profane; and as we’ll see, the Blues and the Christian faith have an incredible number of parallel themes. In the end, though, it all stems out of the hope for a better tomorrow. This week, that hope comes in the form of spirituals, Gospel-inflected Blues tunes, and prayers through song.

Courtesy McC Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” this week is “That’s Enough” by The McCrary Sisters. The track comes off their brand new album, Let’s Go, which just came out on McC Records.

The McCrary Sisters are the daughters of Rev. Samuel McCrary, a longtime member of The Fairfield Four. They grew up surrounded by music and faith, and performed from an early age in one form or another. Their signature harmonies have been in constant demand by music artists from a wide range in genres and levels of fame. Bob Dylan, Paul Thorn and Mike Farris are just an incredible few of the big names who have sought out these sisters to have them sing on their works.

The McCrary Sisters released their debut album in 2011, and Let’s Go is only their third record. With it, though, they are front and center, crafting an incredible record with producer Buddy Miller. Let’s Go is available now from a variety of sources, and you can find out more information about the women, the music and more on their official website, McCrarySisters.com

Programming Note: I hope you enjoy this week’s episode. For the first time, I’m expanding the Spiritual Side of the Blues programming to two weeks on Full-Time Blues Radio. Next week, I’ll be joined for conversation by Dr. Gary Burnett, author of the new book The Gospel According To The Blues. We’ll discuss the Blues, faith, civil rights and much more. Don’t Miss It! – Johnny Full-Time

1. The McCrary Sisters – Let’s Go – Let’s Go
2. Kelley Hunt – Golden Hour – The Beautiful Bones
3. Neil Barnes – Don’t Let the Devil Ride – Hyde And Seek
4. Toots Lorraine – Wade In The Water – Make It Easy
5. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Take Us Swiftly Home – Send The Nightengale
6. Kirk Davis – Going With the Lord – Blues And Greys
7. Mike Farris – Real Fine Day – Shine For All The People
8. Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – Hallelujah Lord – Soul Brothers
9. Flora Molton – In the Little Country Town Where I Was Born – I Want To Be Ready To Hear God When He Calls
10. Jeff Jensen – Going Home – Morose Elephant
11. Michael Jerome Brown – Choose Your Seat and Sit Down – Sliding Delta
12. Rory Block – Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader – Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James
13. Jorma Kaukonen – Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me – Ain’t In No Hurry
14. The McCrary Sisters – That’s Enough – Let’s Go

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a great mix of songs. The episode features acoustic bookends from Blind-Dog Gatewood and Bill Phillippe. There’s a set of Soul Blues tunes near the front of the show, and some heavier, Rock infused tracks toward the back end. In the middle there’s some great harmonica work, and a couple of slow Blues tunes.

Courtesy Arkansas Street Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “God Don’t Never Change” by Bill Phillippe. Bill’s new album is Ghosts, and it features original compositions alongside some of the great Blues tunes from the past.

Bill’s love for the Blues became a rabid lust to immerse himself in the great American music; and he began researching the history of the legendary artists and songs in Delta Blues. Ghosts features 13 songs, including many originals, as well as songs recorded by Robert Johnson, Son House, and others. “God Don’t Never Change” is one of my personal favorite songs recorded by Blind Willie Johnson. For complete album information, Bill Phillippe’s calendar, videos and more – Click Here to Visit BillPhillippe.com

Ghosts is available now through all major digital retailers. Remember, if you plan to purchase it through Amazon – Click the banner on the right hand side of our website. They will give Full-Time Blues Radio a referral fee, which helps keep this show free. Thank You!

1. Blind-Dog Gatewood – Gone to California – Ashbrooke Sessions
2. Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band – Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday (Single)
3. Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls – What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – Soul Brothers
4. Donald Ray Johnson – Slow Down Baby – These Blues: The Best Of Donald Ray Johnson
5. Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor – Lonesome – Nobody But Me
6. Harmonica Shah – Ship Made of Paper (Alternate Version) –
Raw And Acoustic: The Detroit Sessions Vol. 2
7. Blue Lunch – Venita – Above The Fold
8. Elvin Bishop – Let Your Woman Have Her Way ft. Mickey Thomas –
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
9. Dana Fuchs – How Did Things Get This Way – Songs From The Road CD/DVD
10. The Delta Saints – Boogie – Death Letter Jubilee
11. Uzi Ramirez – I Wanna Be Your Man – Lick My Heart
12. Bill Phillippe – God Don’t Never Change – Ghosts

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