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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 JohnLongBlues.com

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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It’s a new year, and that means a new slate of episodes from Full-Time Blues Radio. In recent years, the nominations for the Blues Music Awards have come out just in time to provide us with a great starting point for the new year. 2016 is no different, and this episode features music from 13 BMA nominees, including every Album of the Year and BB King Entertainer of the Year nominee! Click Here to See the Full List of Nominees

1. Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars – Fifty Shades of Blue – Fifty Shades of Blue
2. Sugaray Rayford – Southside of Town – Southside
3. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Dump That Chump – You Asked For It…Live!
4. Buddy Guy – Kiss Me Quick – Born To Play Guitar
5. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots – Reaper’s on the Prowl – Boom Town
6. James Harman – I Am The World’s Badluckest Man – Bonetime
7. Wee Willie Walker – Everybody Meets Mr. Blue – If Nothing Ever Changes
8. John Nemeth – Love Me Tonight – Love Me Tonight
9. Guy Davis – Maybe I’ll Go – Kokomo Kidd
10. The Cash Box Kings – Cash Box Boogie – Holding Court
11. Tinsley Ellis – Everything – Tough Love
12. Slam Allen – Feel These Blues – Feel These Blues
13. Shemekia Copeland – Devil’s Hand – Outskirts Of Love

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The mailbox of new music arrivals was stocked with big time releases from Shemekia Copeland, Mitch Woods and Guy Davis, as well as truly independent albums of great new music. Make sure to scroll below the playlist, so you can watch Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi perform “Little Red Rooster” live. They recorded the song for the new album Kokomo Kidd, which is available now from MC Records.

Courtesy Armadillo

Courtesy Armadillo

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “I Can’t Stand It.” It comes off the new album Hold On A Little Longer by Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges. This is a solid album from front to back, and it features 15 tracks. Out of those songs, only two of them were not written by Bridges, himself. The album easily moves from classic Rhythm and Blues, to straight ahead Soul, to Texas Blues, and more. Our featured song, “I Can’t Stand It,” is a great piece of songwriting; and it appears in a section of this album that features an incredibly stout run of songs!

Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges is almost constantly touring, whether it’s in the US, Europe, Australia, or somewhere else. You can find out more information about Bridges, his tour schedule, and this new album when you visit his Official Facebook Page. The new album, Hold On A Little Longer, is available now from Armadillo Music. Click Here for Info and Song Samples

1. Diane Blue – Man About Town – Blues In My Soul
2. Shemekia Copeland – Jesus Just Left Chicago – Outskirts Of Love
3. Mike Farris – The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow – Shine For All The People
4. Midnite Johnny – Like Elmore James – So Complicated
5. Omar Coleman – Tell Me What You Want – Born And Raised
6. Guy Davis – Cool Drink Of Water – Kokomo Kidd
7. Lemon Nash – Please Give Me Black and Brown – Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukulele Maestro & Tent Show Troubadour
8. Mitch Woods – Bright Lights Big City – Jammin’ On The high Seas
9. Joel Zoss – Follow Me I’ll Turn Your Money Green – Florida Blues
10. Billy The Kid & The Regulators – Ain’t Gotta Prove Nothing – I Can’t Change
11. Debbie Davies – Love Spin – Love Spin
12. Joe Moss – Rich Folks – Manifesto
13. Eugene Hideaway Bridges – I Can’t Stand It – Hold On A Little Bit Longer

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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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Full-Time Blues Radio celebrates the female of the species, by putting together an entire playlist of leading ladies in the Blues. It’s an all women’s edition of the show! Blues women have always been some of the biggest stars in the genre, and there have been a list of great releases lately that are featured on this week’s show.

Courtesy Swing Nation

One of the next generation of women making history in the Blues is Gina Sicilia. Gina made her album debut in 2007 with Allow Me To Confess. This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Oh Me, Oh My” from Gina Sicilia’s brand new album It Wasn’t Real. This is Gina’s fourth studio album, and features 10 new songs. Gina takes songwriting credit on nine out of those 10 tracks! It Wasn’t ReaL is available April 30, 2013 on Swing Nation Records, a division of the Vizz-Tone Label Group.
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1. Kelly Richey – One Way Ticket – Sweet Spirit
2. Wanda Jackson – It’s All Over Now – Unfinished Business
3. Lisa Cee – Fire In the Sky – My Turn
4. Anni Piper & Nicole Hart – One Good Man – Split Second
5. Lisa Biales – Strange Things Happening Every Day – Singing In My Soul
6. Shemekia Copeland – I Sing the Blues – 33 1/3
7. Debbie Davies – Down at the Honky Shack – Holdin’ Court
8. Heritage Blues Orchestra – C-Line Woman – And Still I Rise
9. Teeny Tucker – Death Don’t Have No Mercy – Voodoo To Do You
10. Sunday Wilde – Tell Me to Hush? – He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown
11. Long Tall Deb – Hush Your Mouth – Raise Your Hands
12. Sena Ehrhardt – Cold Cold Feeling – All In
13. Sweet Mama Cotton – Sweet Mama’s Blues – Suh-Weet
14. Gina Sicilia – Oh Me, Oh My – It Wasn’t Real

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