Episode 1612: Spiritual Side 2016

Courtesy Alligator Records

Courtesy Alligator Records

Every year, in preparation for Easter, Full-Time Blues Radio walks in the light of the LORD by playing the Spiritual Side of the Blues. In 2016, inspired by the new album God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, Johnny Full-Time enjoyed building a playlist of songs covering Willie. There are several songs off this new Alligator Records release, but there are several other songs from individual artist albums.

Click Here to sample God Don’t Never Change

Another one of the albums that has several songs featured is a 2011 release titled If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson. This was a special project put together by cigar box guitar guru Shane Speal, and offered as a FREE download on his website. Click Here to Visit ShaneSpeal.com and Download the Album!

1. Blind Willie Johnson – Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time (Music Bed) – The Complete Blind Willie Johnson
2. Tom Waits – John the Revelator – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
3. Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (Music Bed) – The Complete Blind Willie Johnson
4. Rickie Lee Jones – Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
5. Night Owl – I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
6. Mike Zito – Let Your Light Shine On Me – Gone To Texas
7. The Wendells – Can’t Nobody Hide from God – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
8. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
9. Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
10. Georgie Bonds – The Soul of a Man – Hit It Hard
11. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Dirty Memory
12. Glenn Kaiser – Praise God I’m Satisfied – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
13. David Sutton – I Just Can’t Keep From Cryin’ Sometimes – If I Had My Way – A Cigar Box Guitar Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson
14. Sinead O’Connor – Trouble Will Soon Be Over – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
15. Lucinda Williams – God Don’t Never Change – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

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Full-Time Blues returns with our annual walk in the light of the Lord, and what better time than Easter week for a new exploration on the Spiritual Side of the Blues?! There are new original pieces rooted in the Gospel soil, a cautionary tale from Big Bill Morganfield, and covers of classic spiritual numbers once performed by men like Charley Patton and Blind Willie Johnson.

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a beautifully powerful new version of “Amazing Grace” by The Holmes Brothers. It comes off their brand new Alligator Records release Brotherhood. The album is available now, and you can find complete details on their official website, TheHolmesBrothers.com

Finally, have a blessed Easter week; and thank you for your support. – Johnny Full-Time

1. Joe Louis Walker – Keep the Faith – Hornet’s Nest
2. Big Bill Morganfield – Devil At my Door – Blues With A Mood
3. The Slide Brothers – Help Me Make It Through – Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers
4. Jim Suhler – All God’s Children Get the Blues Sometimes – Panther Burn
5. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Just A Closer Walk With Thee ft. Tiffany Lamson – St. Peter & 57th St.
6. Damon Fowler – I Shall Not Be Moved – Sounds Of Home
7. Steve Howell & the Mighty Men – Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – Yes, I Believe I Will
8. Jonny Lang – We Are The Same – Fight For My Soul
9. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Prayer of Death, Pt. 1 – Peyton On Patton
10. Anthony Gomes – Sinner’s Song – Before The Beginning
11. Eric Bibb – They Know – Jericho Road
12. Lemon Nash – What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukulele Maestro & Tent Show Troubadour
13. The Holmes Brothers – Amazing Grace – Brotherhood

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This week, Full-Time Blues Radio walks in the light of the LORD, so to speak…It’s a brand new listen to the Spiritual Side of the Blues. The Blues was once refered to as “The devil’s music,” and the battle between good versus evil has always been a running theme in the genre’s mythology. We dedicate this week to Hymns and songs of worship, all coming out of the Blues world in the last roughly two-and-a-half years.

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This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” keeps the tradition of the show theme. The song, “Tighten Up Your Bible Belt,” comes off the brand new release by the F&G Band. For their last album, 2011’s Grease Up Yo Strut, The F&G Band featured Edlene Hart on lead vocals. This time around, Sandra Taylor is up front, singing on the new album Pass It On.

There are 12 new recordings on this record, which is a truly independent release, put out by the band themselves and available through their website. For more information about The F&G Band, the new album Pass It On, and much more – Click Here and Visit FandGMusic.com

1. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Are You Listening Lord? – Checkered Past
2. Wooden Horse – All Prayed Up – What Comes Around
3. Sista Jean & CB – Speak to Me Lord – Back To The Root
4. Lurrie Bell – It’s a Blessing – The Devil Ain’t Got No Music
5. Ruff Kutt Blues Band – When a Bluesman Goes to Heaven – That’s When The Blues Begins
6. Gino Matteo – Here Comes the Lord – Sweet Revival
7. Heritage Blues Orchestra – Chilly Jordan – And Still I Rise
8. The Blues Broads – Jesus I’ll Never Forget – The Blues Broads
9. Jeff Pitchell – My Jesus – American Girl
10. Mighty Orq – I Saw the Light – Soulful City
11. Grady Champion – Glory Train – Tough Times Don’t Last
12. Too Slim and the Taildraggers – Angels Are Back – Blue Heart
13. F&G Band ft. Sandra Taylor – Tighten Up Your Bible Belt – Pass It On

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