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This week’s program features some great new Blues releases, including a pair of albums featured in past broadcasts that are finally available for fans to purchase. The Jordan Patterson Band first had their album featured in 2014. It was just released, last week!

liveforhopeAnother update came in the form of Peter Karp and Sue Foley’s Live For Hope set, featuring one live album from each of the pair, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The Arson’s Match and Change are available now.

Click Here to Purchase and support OCRF

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Bad Contract” by Toronzo Cannon. The song appears on Toronzo’s new album, The Chicago Way. This record is his label debut with Alligator Records, and it is a tremendous piece of contemporary Chicago Blues.

The album is available now from all retailers where fine Blues music is sold, along with all major digital retailers. Click Here to visit ToronzoCannon.com

1. Steve Gilbert – Lovin’ Cup – Hempstead Highway
2. Peter Karp – Y’all Be Lookin’ – The Arson’s Match Live For Hope
3. Sue Foley – Bad Luck Woman – Change Live For Hope
4. Hector Qirko – Living in the County – Field Notes
5. Michael Jerome Browne – My Road Is Rough and Rocky – Sliding Delta
6. Jordan Patterson Band – Do You Believe – The Back On Track Recording Project
7. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Black and Blue – A Real Fine Mess
8. Tony Torres – El Gato – A Real Gone Time
9. Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater – Too Old To Get Married – Soul Funky
10. George Stephen Kelly – Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You –
The Power, The Glory & the Monkey Time
11. Al Basile – Answer Me – B’s Expression
12. Toots Lorraine – Let Your Tears Fall Baby – Make It Easy
13. Toronzo Cannon – Bad Contract – The Chicago Way

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music strikes the perfect balance between established stars and young talent on the rise. There is also a wonderful selection of tunes from leading ladies of the genre, a tribute to Memphis in song, and the Blind Pig Records return of Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King!

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Make It Through,” the opening track to the latest album from Jeff Jensen, titled Morose Elephant. As I remark in the show, Jeff’s passion for the Blues is unmatched. He is connected into a spider’s web of artists networking across America and beyond. He is a songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer, and probably most importantly – he’s an advocate for Blues music.

This album saw a lot of recognizable names coming together to join Jensen on this project, and it features appearances by Victor Wainwright, Eric Hughes, Reba Russell and others. The album features 11 tracks in all, with seven original songs. In addition to all of the work Jeff does in the studio, he’s also a rabid road warrior, touring extensively with dates in the US stretched out into the spring and a European tour to follow that. There are plenty of chances to witness his passion for the music first hand. You can check out his tour schedule, and find out more information about Jeff, his band, and the album Morose Elephant on his official website, JeffJensenBand.com

1. Shaun Murphy – How Strong Is A Woman – Loretta
2. Robin McKelle & the Flytones – Heart of Memphis – Heart Of Memphis
3. Janiva Magness – Mountain – Original
4. Chris Joyner – Hallalujah – Domino
5. The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Don’t Make Em Like They Used To – A Real Fine Mess
6. Smokin Joe Kubek & Bnois King – River of Whiskey – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
7. Liz Mandeville – (Life Is Like A) Wave – Heart ‘O’ Chicago
8. Phil Varca & the SlamJammers – Don’t Push Me – Ready, Willing & Able
9. Jim Liban & Joel Patterson Trio – Tell Me Everything – I Say What I Mean
10. Lucky 3 Blues Band – Blues You Can Use – Blues Time EP
11. Moondog Medicine Show – Let It Go – Let It Go
12. Joe Louis Walker – Soul City – Hornet’s Nest
13. Jeff Jensen – Make It Through – Morose Elephant

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Listen: Favorite Albums of 2014 (Episode 1447)

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As mentioned at the beginning of the show, this week, it’s a pretty gutsy thing to craft a list of albums and say they’re “the best.” Yet, every December, countless media outlets try to hammer you with their opinions of the best releases from the last 12 months. I don’t think art can be judged that way, so this week’s playlist features music from my favorite albums of 2014. – Johnny Full-Time

The show features a wide selection of Blues styles, and some truly independent releases alongside some big name artists like Gary Clark, Jr., Paul Thorn, and Janiva Magness, to name a few. There’s no featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox,” this week. However, several of these albums were featured throughout the year.

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My absolute favorite album of 2014, although close to call, is In The Magic Shop, the posthumous release from Sean Costello by the Vizz-Tone Label Group. This episode closes with an incredible cover by Sean of Rod Stewart’s “You Wear It Well.” Don’t Miss It!

Remember, 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of this album benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. You can find complete information on their official website: SeanCostelloFund.org

1. Paul Thorn – Too Blessed To Be Stressed – Too Blessed To Be Stressed
2. John Nemeth – Keep the Love A-Comin’ – Memphis Grease
3. Johnny Winter – My Babe ft. Jason Ricci – Step Back
4. Mark T Small – Stone Pony Blues – Smokin’ Blues
5. Eden Brent – Valentine – Jigsaw Heart
6. Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado – Through the Tears – Too Many Roads
7. JD McPherson – Steal Away – The Warm Covers EP
8. Gary Clark, Jr. – Numb – Live
9. Janiva Magness – Everything Is Alright – Original
10. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Tea For Two – A Real Fine Mess
11. Jarekus Singleton – Come Wit Me – Refuse To Lose
12. Mike Farris – Mercy Now – Shine For All The People
13. Sean Costello – You Wear It Well – In The Magic Shop

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This week’s shift inside the Home for New & Independent Blues Music has a little bit of everything. There are established stars like Eden Brent and Savoy Brown, self released albums from Dave Sadler and The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, a couple live tunes, some amazing guitar tracks and killer harmonica work. You’ll hear great original songwriting, as well as choice covers, and a tribute to one of the all time great Blues men!

The Whereabouts are a band of Irish teenagers inspired by 50’s and 60’s Rock N Roll legends. You can hear them cover Bo Diddley’s “Road Runner” on this week’s show. You can also watch one of their official music videos below this week’s playlist.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Mean Old World” by the Empire Roots Band. The band consists of Dave Keyes (piano), Woody Mann (guitar), Bill Sims, Jr. (vocals), and Brian Glassman (bass.) The four men came together to celebrate the music of Reverend Gary Davis and record the official soundtrack to the movie Harlem Street Singer. This film is a brand new documentary on the life of Rev. Gary Davis, featuring archival performance footage, music, and interviews with artists like John Hammond, Bob Weir, and Jorma Kaukonen.

Harlem Street Singer is currently traveling the film festival circuit, but the soundtrack from the Empire Roots Band is available now. The album features 11 covers of Reverend Gary Davis songs performed by this incredible super group. You can find full details on the film, and watch the trailer at HarlemStreetSinger.com

Music From Harlem Street Singer is available through all major digital retailers, now. For complete album information, visit WoodyMann.com

1. Savoy Brown – Nuthin’ Like The Blues – Goin’ To The Delta
2. J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – Hidey Hole – Wild Moon
3. Indigenous ft. Mato Nanji – Around the World – Time Is Coming
4. The Whereabouts – Roadrunner – I Don’t Care EP
5. The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – Lonesome Whistle Blues – Live In Hamilton
6. Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce – Slide Over Here – LIVE
7. Tommy Talton – You Got A Friend – Until After Then
8. Eden Brent – Everybody Already Knows – Jigsaw Heart
9. Dave Sadler – Matchbox – Matchbox
10. Jimmy Thackery – Honey Hush – Extra Jimmies
11. The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer – Closer To Death – A Real Fine Mess
12. Empire Roots Band – Mean Old World – Harlem Street Singer OST

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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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