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, the Home for New & Independent Blues Music breaks new ground and features some truly amazing content. You’ll have to approach portions of this episode with an open mind, because in the second half of the show we’ll hear music from the crossroads of Blues and Hip-Hop, with a new collaboration between harmonica giant Sugar Blue, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rapper DMC, and producer Sonix the Mad Scientist.

Before we get to that, we explore the thread of music in different songs with the same title, and hear from a 59-year-old harp ace who has just released his debut album!

Courtesy Dr. Sam Records

Courtesy Dr. Sam Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “I’m the Reason (She Walks That Way)” by Stacy Mitchhart. It comes off his new album Live My Life, which is available everywhere September 9, 2014 on Dr. Sam Records. Mitchhart’s 12th album features a dozen songs that he says capture his life at its present.

Below this week’s playlist, you’ll find the music video for the album’s title track, “Live My Life.” You can also find tour dates, past releases, and more information on Stacy Mitchhart’s official website, StacyMitchhart.com

1. EG Kight – Don’t Give Up – A New Day
2. Whitey Johnson – House is Rockin’ – Whitey Johnson
3. Lee Roy Parnell – If the House Is Rockin’ – We All Get Lucky Sometimes
4. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – The House Is Rockin’ – Goin’ Home
5. Kenny Blues Boss Wayne – Leavin’ in the Morning – Rollin’ With The Blues Boss
6. Big Harp George – Hard Way – Chromaticism
7. Terry Hanck Band – Pins and Needles – Gotta Bring It On Home To You
8. Generation Blues Experience – Sugar Momma – Private Angel
9. Bryan Lee – It’s Too Bad (Things Are Going So Tough) – Play One For Me
10. Sonix ft. Sugar Blue & DMC – Next Level – Next Level (Single)
11. Cyril Neville – Running Water – Magic Honey
12. Fo’Reel – Shake N Bake – Heavy Water
13. Stacy Mitchhart – I’m the Reason (She Walks That Way) – Live My Life

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Courtesy Kelly Richey

Courtesy Kelly Richey

Someone once commented that Kelly Richey sounds like “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” Over the course of 14 albums, decades of touring, and amazing live shows, that description has gone from a compliment to almost a calling card. Kelly Richey possesses the same skill, charisma, and determination those two legendary artists once held.

Kelly sat down with Johnny Full-Time for conversation and music from several of her albums. The pair discussed Kelly’s brand new CD, Sweet Spirit, new band members Freekbass and Jyn Yates, Richey’s brief hiatus from music in 2010, and much, much more! Listen to the show at the link above. In addition, make sure to Click Here to Visit KellyRichey.com for tour dates, to purchase music, and much more!

This week’s full playlist can be found below the new music video “Fast Drivin’ Mama.”

1. Kelly Richey – Leavin’ It All Behind – Sweet Spirit
2. Kelly Richey – Workin_ Hard Woman – Sweet Spirit
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – …And the Gods Made Love (Excerpt) – Electric Ladyland
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Voodoo Child (Slight Return) [Live] (Excerpt) – The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
5. Kelly Richey – Sisters Gotta Problem – Sending Me Angels
6. Roy Buchanan – She Once Lived Here – Second Album
7. Kelly Richey – Without A Trace (Excerpt) – Speechless
8. Kelly Richey – When All is Said and Done – Carry the Light
9. Kelly Richey – Now You Need Me – Sending Me Angels
10. Kelly Richey – Fast Drivin’ Mama – Sweet Spirit
11. Kelly Richey – Angela’s Song – Carry the Light

Listen to the Show: Episode 1235 Vintage R&B

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This week, we’re listening to the sounds of Vintage Soul and R&B, with music from artists like JD McPherson, John Nemeth and Curtis Salgado. There’s also news about upcoming inductions into the Grammy Hall of Fame and a new Stevie Ray Vaughan anniversary CD set!

This week’s selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Is That Clear” by Nick Waterhouse. It comes off his stellar 2012 album Time’s All Gone, which is available now in a variety of formats, including Vinyl LP. Click Here for NickWaterhouse.com

1. Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers – I’m a Slave to You – What You Make Of It
2. Brandon Santini – You Ruined Poor Me – Songs Of Love, Money and Misery
3. Al Wood & the Woodsmen – Drunk Again – Right On Cue
4. The Harmonious Five – Truck & Trailer – Wanna Hear You Say Yeah!
5. The Bopcats – Marie Marie – 25 Years Of Rock N’ Roll
6. JD McPherson – Gentle Awakening – Signs And Signifiers
7. Terry Hanck – Side Tracked – Look Out!
8. Eddie Martin – Frog in the Long Grass – Looking Forward Looking Back
9. The Mannish Boys – Why Does Everything Happen to Me – Double Dynamite
10. Curtis Salgado – A Woman or the Blues – Soul Shot
11. Rick L Blues – Long Legged Woman – Good Luck On My Side
12. Matt Hill and the Deep Fryed Two – Let Me Put My Love Into You – Tappin’ That Thang
13. John Nemeth – Home in Your Heart – Name The Day!
14. Nick Waterhouse – Is That Clear – Time’s All Gone