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The Easter holiday gave us a perfect layover to stack up a healthy selection of new Blues CDs in our mailbox. This week features several of those albums, beginning with the title track off the new album by Janiva Magness. Love Wins Again is available now, and you can Click Here to Listen to my archived interview with Janiva Magness! From there, we hear a ton of great new Blues releases, including music by Guy King. Scroll below this week’s playlist to watch a video of Guy in the studio discussing his new album, Truth, and a seocnd video for his new song, “My Happiness.”

Courtesy Black Hen

Courtesy Black Hen

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Driver’s Wheel” by Steve Dawson. Steve is a Vancouver native, who has since relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. For this new album, he assembled a full band, and incorporated many traditional Roots music styles into his Blues. It is a stark contrast to his stripped down, instrumental album released in 2014. The new set is available digitally, on CD, or on 180 gram double vinyl LP! You can purchase the vinyl, learn more about Steve Dawson, and listen to his new podcast on his official website – SteveDawson.ca

1. Janiva Magness – Love Wins Again – Love Wins Again
2. Brothers Brown – Hurricane – Dusty Road
3. John Campbelljohn Trio – Stop Making Excuses – Chin Up
4. Waydown Wailers – Susie Q – Empty Promises
5. Little G Weevil – Back Porch – The Teaser
6. Delta Generators – Feel No Pain – Hipshakers And Heartbreakers
7. Igor Prado Band – Shake and Fingerpop – Way Down South
8. Guy King – A Day In A Life With The Blues – Truth
9. Trudy Lynn – Let My Daddy Do That – Everything Comes With A Price
10. Mark Cameron – Somewhere Down The Line – Playing Rough
11. The Texas Horns – Kick Me Again – Blues Gotta Holda Me
12. Damon Fowler – Alison – Sounds Of Home
13. Steve Dawson – Driver’s Wheel – Solid States & Loose Ends

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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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The new arrivals to our studio, this week, are phenomenal. This episode contains several new Blues Rock CDs, but the playlist is populated with a variety of styles, as always. Scroll below this week’s playlist and watch the official music video for Kelly Richey’s song, “Fading (Acoustic)”

The Vinyl Report is back! Johnny Full-Time has information about a highly anticipated new tribute record titled God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, featuring covers of some of Willie’s signature songs by Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and others. You’ll also hear a cut off the album by the Cowboy Junkies.

lutherdickinsonThe featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a beautiful song by Luther Dickinson titled “How I Wish My Train Would Come.” It comes off his new release, Blues & Ballads A Folksingers Songbook: Volumes I & II, which is available now from New West Records. You can purchase it digitally, on CD, or in a deluxe edition, double vinyl LP that includes a songbook of transcribed tunes from this set! Complete details are available on Luther’s official website, LutherDickinson.com

1. Keith Stone – Make Me Feel Alright – The Prodigal Returns
2. Kelly Richey – Fading – Shakedown Soul
3. Lazer Lloyd – Out of Time – Lazer Lloyd
4. Van Wilks – Who’s Foolin’ Who – 21st Century Blues
5. Eddie Cotton – My Money – One At A Time
6. Cowboy Junkies – Jesus is Coming Soon –
God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson
7. Balkun Brothers – She Got It All – Balkun Brothers
8. The Ragpicker String Band – Clean Up at Home – The Ragpicker String Band
9. Mark Nomad – What’s A Man To Do – #9
10. Jimmie Vaughan – Wheel of Fortune ft. Lou Ann Barton –
Plays Blues, Ballads, & Favorites
11. Joakim Tinderholt – Stumble’ & Fumble’ – You Gotta Do More
12. Luther Dickinson – How I Wish My Train Would Come –
Blues & Ballads A Folksingers Songbook: Volumes I & II

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Out of the 13 songs played this week, seven of them come off brand new arrivals to our studio. There is a great Soul Blues to kick it off, some Blues Rock, a little acoustic music, some Country influence, and a pair of North Mississippi Hill Country songs!

Courtesy Muskett Music

Courtesy Muskett Music

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Sweet Mary Jane,” by the Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band. It appears on the new album, Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn, which is available everywhere beginning February 16, 2016.
Click Here to hear samples of every song on the CD

Dave Muskett has had impressive showings at the International Blues Challenge the last three years in a row, finishing in the top eight at the 2016 event. Click Here for complete IBC2016 coverage, including video performances!
If this album would have arrived two weeks ago, it would have been the featured selection for our IBC preview episode So, it was a no brainer to feature it, this week. Remember, you can find out more about Dave Muskett at his official website, MuskettMusic.com

1. The Rhythm Express – Seven Day Lover (ft Michael Dunston) – Seven Day Lover (Single)
2. Cécile Doo-Kingué – Manic Depression – Anybody Listening, Pt. 2: Dialogues
3. Janiva Magness – When You Were My King – Original
4. Joanne Broh Band – Gettin’ Old Blues – Wicked Cool
5. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Method To My Madness – Method To My Madness
6. R.B.Stone – Hill Country Stomp – Some Call It Freedom (Some Call It The Blues)
7. Markus James – For Blind Willie – Head For The Hills
8. Dennis Jones – Mr. Right – Both Sides Of The Track
9. Hot Roux – Can’t Get You Off My Mind – Stranger’s Blues
10. Sandy Carroll – Headin’ Out On Empty – Last Southern Belle
11. Karen Lovely – Company Graveyard – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
12. David Gogo – There’s A Hole – Vicksburg Call
13. The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band – Sweet Mary Jane –
Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn

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This week, Full-Time Blues Radio has a lot going on, including new music (of course,) a CD giveaway, and some music videos. The playlist is very diverse, with some Soul Blues, acoustic tunes, New Orleans flair, and a helping of heavy Blues Rock. Check out Berdon Kirksaether & the Twang Bar Kings’ music videos below the playlist.

Courtesy Catfood Records

Courtesy Catfood Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Born to the Blues” by Johnny Rawls. It comes off his 2016 release, Tiger In A Cage, which is available everywhere from Catfood Records, beginning February 19th. The album features 12 songs, nine of which Johnny wrote or co-wrote. The three covers selected here are songs performed by Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and the Rolling Stones.

Complete information on Johnny Rawls, Tiger In A Cage, and his tour are online at JohnnyRawlsBlues.com

1. King Louie & LaRhonda Steele – Rock Me Baby – Rock Me Baby
2. Anni Piper – Wonder Woman – More Guitars Than Friends
3. Koko Taylor – You Ain’t Wort A Good Woman – The Best Of Koko Taylor (2015)
4. Racky Thomas – Ready, Willing, & Able – Goin’ Home
5. Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines – Boogie Woogie Blue Plate – Friskin’ The Whiskers
6. Sista Jean & CB – Take This Hammer – Requiem For A Heavyweight
7. Duke Robillard – Someday Baby – The Acoustic Blues & Roots Of Duke Robillard
8. Berdon Kirksaether & the Twang Bar Kings – Some Kind of Voodoo –
The Voodoo Sessions Live At The Down Under
9. Billy The Kid & The Regulators – I Can’t Change – I Can’t Change
10. Tommy Z – Bags of Cool – Blizzard Of Blues
11. Anthony Gomes – Red Handed Blues – Electric Field Holler
12. Ray Goren – I Need You Here To Stay – Save My Soul EP
13. Johnny Rawls – Born to the Blues – Tiger In A Cage

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