This year provides us with another great playlist filled with Christmas songs, both old and new. They are all new recordings, however, whether they be original songs or covers of classics. Thank you for another year that was made incredible through your continued support of this program. There is one more episode of the show left in 2015, before we turn the calendar over, and approach our eighth anniversary!
Have a safe and blessed Christmas. – Johnny Full-Time
1. Benny Turner – I Want Some Christmas Cheer (Single)
2. John Lindberg Trio – A Good Thing Coming – Rock This Christmas
3. Larry Carlton – The Christmas Song – Four Hands & A Heart Christmas
4. Charles Walker Band – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Single)
5. Little Jimmy King – Happy Christmas Tears – Bullseye Blues Christmas
6. Koko Taylor – Merry, Merry Christmas – A Blues Christmas
7. Smoky Greenwell – Merry Christmas to All – Smokin’ Christmas
8. Greg Martinez – Oh Holy Night – Cajun Christmas Nights
9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Silent Night – It’s A Holiday Soul Party
10. Ray Charles – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Spirit Of Christmas
11. Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal – Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn – Talkin’ Christmas
12. Eugene Hideaway Bridges – Merry Christmas Everybody (Single)
Late last week, news broke that B.B. King was under home hospice care at his Las Vegas residence. Blues fans around the world feared the worst and began sending prayers and well wishes to the legendary “King of the Blues.”
I feel often times, folks can see a person fall ill and begin to mourn them before they have even passed away. Instead of providing a mournful tribute, I decided to produce a joyful celebration of the time that we have left with B.B. Think about this, we’ve been blessed to walk the same earth as this amazing man; and he’s provided us all with so many incredible memories. So enjoy an hour of B.B. King music, this week, with collaborations between B.B. and his friends, covers by his peers, and tributes from younger stars who were inspired by Mr. King.
Courtesy Booga Music
The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Thank You BB King,” a brand new digital single by Kenny Neal. Discussing this song, Kenny explains that B.B. has had a tremendous impact on his life and career. Kenny was summoned to visit with Mr. King, who proceeded to explain that he enjoyed Neal’s original songs even more than his covers. King encouraged Kenny to put more focus on his original music, and Kenny has done just that with this amazing tribute song.
1. B.B. King – See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – One Kind Favor
2. B.B. King/Eric Clapton – Days of Old – Riding With The King
3. B.B. King/Elton John – Rock This House – 80
4. Buddy Guy Featuring B.B. King – Stay Around A Little Longer – Living Proof
5. B.B. King/Ray Charles – Sinner’s Prayer – Genius Loves Company 10th Anniv. Edition
6. Curtis Salgado – 20 Years of B.B. King – Clean Getaway
7. Gary Clark, Jr. – Three O’ Clock Blues – Live
8. Big Joe and the Dynaflows – Bad Case of Love – You Can’t Keep a Big Man Down
9. Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater – Please Accept My Love – Soul Funky
10. Albert King – You Upset Me Baby – King Albert (2011)
11. Original Legends of the Blues – Thrill Is Gone – Still Carrying the Flame
12. Kenny Neal – Thank You B.B. King – Thank You B.B. King (Digital Single)
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 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
Willie Nelson transcends musical genres more than any other artist in history. In addition to being one of the greatest Country music artists of all time, Willie has recorded albums of American Standards, Reggae, and especially Blues!
He’s collaborated with men like B.B. King, Ray Charles, and others; performed live with Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, and countless more; and he’s been covered by acts that include, but certainly aren’t limited to: Aretha Franklin, Jimmie Vaughan, and The Spinners.
Willie Nelson turned 80-years-old on April 30, 2013. In honor of the milestone, Full-Time Blues Radio dedicated an entire hour to Willie’s Blues. There’s Blues songs by Willie himself, collaborations with and tributes from Blues artists, and tracks by friends of Willie who share his passion for the Great American Music! It’s an eye-opening hour of Blues from a man you may never have considered for your collection.
Courtesy Legacy Recordings
Inside “Johnny’s Mailbox,” this week, there’s even a brand new Willie Nelson song – his version of “Matchbox.” That song has a history dating back to the 1920’s. The song “Match Box Blues” was first recorded under that title by Blind Lemon Jefferson. In 1957, Carl Perkins recorded his version of the song for Sun Records. Carl opted to name the track simply “Matchbox,” and interpreted it in his own unique way, due to the simple fact that he did not know all of the lyrics to Jefferson’s original. Willie’s “Matchbox” is in the vein of Carl’s version, but maintains that link to the forefathers of Blues music. The song is available on Willie’s brand new album Let’s Face The Music And Dance, which is available now on Legacy Recordings. Click Here to listen to samples from every song on Let’s Face The Music And Dance Click Here to Visit WillieNelson.com
1. Willie Nelson – Midnight Run- Lawless OST
2. Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis – That’s All – Two Men with the Blues
3. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel – Hesitation Blues – Willie And The Wheel
4. Willie Nelson & Ray Charles – Seven Spanish Angels – Half Nelson
5. B.B. King & Joe Bonamassa – Night Life – Black Rock
6. The Holmes Brothers – Opportunity To Cry – Simple Truths
7. Eric Lindell – I Can Get Off On You – Gulf Coast Highway
8. Bob Dylan – Shake Shake Mama – Together Through Life
9. Waylon Jennings – Waymore’s Blues – The Essential Waylon Jennings
10. Willie Nelson & ZZ Top – She Loves My Automobile – Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin’
11. Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow & Lukas Nelson – Come On Up To The House – Heroes
12. Willie Nelson & Susan Tedeschi – Crazy – Milk Cow Blues
13. Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson
– Living For A Song – Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran
14. Willie Nelson – Matchbox – Let’s Face The Music And Dance