Thanksgiving Blues 2015 (Episode 1547)

This week brings us the semi-annual Thanksgiving edition of the program, featuring a mouth-watering selection of songs in all flavors of the Blues. It’s an impressive spread of food themed tracks for your holiday season soundtrack, with all but two of the songs coming off 2015 releases – an impressive feat for a themed episode.

Courtesy ManHatTone

Courtesy ManHatTone

We were fortunate to even have a featured selection from “Johnny’s Mailbox” that fits right in with the Thanksgiving topic. “Mama’s Cookin'” comes off the new album by Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans. The new CD, That’s What They Say, is available now from ManHatTone, and it includes 15 songs. You’ll find guests on this disc like Gina Sicilia, Mike Welch, and Dave Gross. As always, Brad Vickers and company create original music and play covers that keep the American Roots music traditions of the past alive.

“Mama’s Cookin'” is a tribute to mothers everywhere who strive to keep our bellies full. It was written by the Vestapolitans’ Margey Peters, and she also takes lead vocals on the tune. Other than the opening cover of Tampa Red’s “Seminole Blues” and the traditional song “Don’t You Love Your Daddy No More,” all of the songs on the record are original compositions. You can learn more about Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, That’s What They Say, and the tour schedule online at BradVickers.com

In addition to the music, I found a fascinating short film about the history of poke sallet, or polk salad. This video is courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Joe York. Enjoy the video, and consider making this southern favorite a part of your spread.

1. Crissinger – I Love To Eat – Blues Expression
2. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials – Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits –
The Best Of Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials (2015)
3. The Texas Horns – Home Cookin – Blues Gotta Holda Me
4. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Cornbread – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
5. Lonnie Mack ft. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Oreo Cookie Blues – Best Of Lonnie Mack (2015)
6. Georgie Bonds – Butter Your Biscuit – Hit It Hard
7. James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox – Polk Salad Annie –
Guitar Heroes
8. The Alastair Greene Band – Red Wine Woman – Trouble At Your Door
9. The Beat Daddys – Pie or Cake – Hoodoo That We Doo
10. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Puddin’ Pie – Good News
11. Delta Moon – Jelly Roll – Low Down
12. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans – Mama’s Cookin’ – That’s What They Say

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This week, our show sounds a little different. That’s because we are moving, and all of the home studio gear except for the computer and microphone is in storage. More importantly, though, is that there is a raft of new release Blues music with eight out of the 12 songs on this week’s program coming from albums never before featured on the show!

UPDATE: The Beat Daddys have a new official website. You can find it online at TheBeatDaddys.com – JFT

Courtesy Stony Plain Records

Courtesy Stony Plain Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Higher Love” by Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. Ronnie and company have just released their new album Father’s Day through Stony Plain Records, and it is currently available in CD and digital formats. Later on this year, the album will also be available on vinyl LP! It features a total of 13 songs, with two original tracks that include the title cut and “Higher Love,” a great duet between Diane Blue and Michael Ledbetter.

Other songs from this album include covers of songs by Otis Rush, Magic Sam, and the great B.B. King, among others. Father’s Day is available now, and you can hear samples at this link.

You can also find out more information about Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, their tour, the new album and much more, on their official website RonnieEarl.com

1. The Beat Daddys – D.U.I. Love – Hoodoo That We Do
2. Hot Roux – Big Mama’s – Stranger’s Blues
3. The Mike Henderson Band – If You Think It’s Hot Here – If You Think It’s Hot Here
4. Slackjaw – It’s Always Something – It’s Always Something
5. Debbie Davies – A Darker Side of Me – Love Spin
6. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Come Hell Or High Water – Don’t Look Back
7. David Michael Miller – Doing Me In, Doing Me Wrong – Same Soil
8. Joey Gilmore – Brandon’s Blues – Brandon’s Blues
9. Eddie Cotton – Ego At Your Door One At A Time
10. Nancy Wright – Hush Little Darlin’ – Putting Down Roots
11. Mr. Sipp – Hold it in the Road – The Mississippi Blues Child
12. Ronnie Earl – Higher Love – Father’s Day

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