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Anita Kruse made a proposal to Carol Herron, the Director of the Arts in Medicine Program, in December of 2004, and they began the process of creating a unique experience for the children being treated at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers and their siblings.
Purple Songs Can Fly was founded, and I began working with the first child on March 21, 2006. The children’s songs are copied on purple CDs and flown by participating passengers, pilots and astronauts to places on earth and into space.
Grab some tissues and join me as I speak to this remarkable woman and I am hopeful, we will have at least one join us.
Chefjimi Patricola is back from the European Blues Cruise and will enthrall us with tales of Blues on the open seas and more on the Blues411 Report.
Jeff Dale was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and was taught how to play the blues by two itinerant blues musicians from the west side when he was 13 years old. He ended up in Southern California, recording and playing until 1988 when he disappeared.
He is back now with his band, the South Woodlawners and their new album is entitled Good Music. I will chat with Jeff, try and find out what was going on during that 20 year absence and listen to his music.
JP Soars has sat On The Couch twice. The first time in 2013 and then last year with Southern Hospitality. Tonight he is back to talk about his latest release Full Moon Night In Memphis, a fantastic collection of songs by a talented musician.
"Musicians You Should Know"
Dexter Allen grew up in Mississippi and began playing guitar at age 12. After years of performing in Gospel Groups, Dexter began playing blues & R&B and landed a gig with Bobby Rush.
Dexter's new album, BluezOf My Soul is comprised of 11 original tunes with special guests sprinkled throughout.
I will chat with Dexter about his life and the new album and we will check out the tunes.
Kelley Hunt was born in Kansas City and immersed in the sounds of blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel and the music has never stopped.
Kelley has recorded 6 albums, the latest entitled The Beautiful Bones, a collection of 12 songs all written or co-written by Ms Hunt.
I will chat with Kelley about her road, and the challenges she has faced along the way, whicle we listen to songs from the new album.
Blues411 Report with Chefjimi Patricola returns after a month away.. Lots to talk about indeed!
Finally...COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Selwyn Birchwood brings his Alligator Records debut, Don't Call No Ambulence, a week before it drops!
In 2012 Steve Hill 2012 released Solo Recordings – Volume 1, which won Best Self-Produced CD at the IBC, 5 trophies at the 11th annual Lys Blues gala – including Blues Album of the Year – and a Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year.
He just released Solo Recordings - Volume 2 and will be joining me to talk about his life and career, as we listen to the tunes.
The Oxford Blues Fest takes place on July 17, 18 & 19. I will chat with Darryl Parker about how the festival came to be and we will hear about the acts who will grace their stage.
The Cazanovas come from Atlanta, Georgia and bring their own incomparable "Kick Ass Blues" for each and every show, melding timeless blues style that every audience relates to with a fresh energy that keeps them hungry for more.
I speak with the band about their music and their album, Just Gettin' By
Couch Kid New Music features Too Slim & The Taildraggers new release Anthology. I will speak with Slim aboout the album and what the band is up to.
Chefjimi comes by with the Blues411 Report for July
After a week of travel as a Tortured Soul, being MC at the Tall City Blues Fest and just having a qwonderful time, we get back to business with another episode of Music On The Couch.
Alastair Greene formed his first blues rock trio back in 1997 and over the years it has included alumni of the Steve Miller Band, Paul Butterfield Band and Junior Wells Band..and that is saying a lot!
The new album is entitled Trouble At Your Door and Alastair will be joining me to talk about his journey and the new music.
While I was at Tall City, Chejimi Patricola was at the PA Blues Fest...we will discuss both festivals and what is coming up for Jimi in the coming month.
Alexis P Suter is coming to The Couch for the first time and we are lucky to have her appear the night before her new album, Love The Way You Roll drops.
Alexis and I will talk about her amazing journey and where she wants to go next.
Finally, COUCH KID NEW MUSIC brings back Arsen Shaomakov to share his new album Dynamic with us.
Bill "Watermelon Slim" Holmans. What can you say about this man? Bonnie Raitt probably said it best when at a 2009 concert she called Slim a "living blues legend".
Born in Boston, Slim was raised in North Carolina listening to the housekeeper sing John Lee Hooker songs.
Watermelon Slim & The Workers have garnered 17 Blues Music Award nominations including a record-tying six in both 2007 & 2008 and Slim is the only blues artist in history with twelve in two consecutive years.
So much to this man's life, we will try and fit it all in!
He will be joined by Sean "Bad" Apple and Bluesberry Cafe Owner, Arthur Crivaro to talk about the 2014 Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival which is on April 10, 11 and 12.
Chefjimi will be here with his Blues411 Report for the month and as we are getting into Festival season, Jimi should be full of info!
Then Ron Tanski will join me for COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT #1
We met at the 2012 IBC and then Ron took his seat in May of that year.
His new album Never Pet A Burning Dog and we get to share it with y'all on this evening.
Then COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT #2 brings Harpdog Brown back with his new album What It Is
Harpdog originally joined me back in November of 2012.
We will chat with Harpdog about the album and his 2014 tour.
"MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW"
Our first show after the IBC adventure and we come out of the box SMOKIN'!
Annika Chambers has begun to take the Blues World by storm and if you do not know her...YOU SHOULD!
She was named 2013 Houston Press - Best Female Vocalist and her debut album Making My Mark, has created a buzz about this talented woman.
Come find out more about Annika and listen to some songs from her album.
Then Chefjimi will bring his Blues411 Report since he had the IBC sickies last Monday.
At that time, Couch Kid, Pam Taylor will be stoping by to make a BIG Announcement...so stay tuned.
Jim Gustin is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer from Santa Clarita, California. He has a distinctive, powerful voice; soulful and blue with smoky rasp, he is a passionate and energetic performer. His many varied influences are evident as he crosses from blues to country to rock and roll. He is also a very solid guitarist with great tone and a funky feel.
I will chat with Jim and we will check out tunes from Can't Shed A Tear By Jim And Truth Jones.
Then I am excited that our first NEW RELEASE of the year is from the great Bernie Pearl. Bernie's new album is entitled Take Your Time and this is a winner folks!
Her name is Peach and in 2001 the L.A. Music Awards named her Blues Artist of the Year.
She has been going strong ever since. Her new album is entitled The Real Thing and it includes a duet with Taj Mahal.
Peach and I will explore her journey and listen to tunes from the album.
Brent Johnson has been playing guitar since he was a child and was writing music for his bands in high school.
By the time he was 22 he was playing with The Braille Blues Daddy, Bryan Lee. After 10 years of touring with this legendary musician, Brent has released his self-titled debut album.
Brent and I will discuss his road and listen to his new music.
Chefjimi will come by with his Blues411 Report and tell us what is going on in his Blues World.
And finally, Lisa Biales returns with her new album, Belle Of The Blues, produced by the one and only E.G. Kight & Bruce Hornsby and featuring Tommy Talton.
Jim Allchin joins me. Jim has a brand new album entitled Q.E.D.
His story is one of a bluesman indeed. Born and raised in a small house in the middle of farmland in Florida, he sometimes missed school because crops needed to be harvested.
From there, he became a world recognized leader in Computer Science and software. He worked at and started a couple of small companies before joining Microsoft in 1990.
Through it all, he had music.
His new album, Q.E.D., is “at the forefront of contemporary blues” — recorded in 5 different studios (4 in Seattle) and one in NYC.
Joanne Fish is a Documentarian and she is currently working on a Documentary about W.C. Handy. In 2007 Joanne completed her award winning documentary on the “Queen of Rockabilly” Wanda Jackson, entitled “The Sweet Lady With The Nasty Voice”, won “Best in Show” at the Oklahoma City Film Festival, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, and was an official entry at over 20 other film festivals.
She won an Emmy award for "Class Acts" a documentary about Los Angeles’ first public High School of the Arts, and received seven Emmy nominations for her work.
We will talk about her latest project entitled “Mr. Handy’s Blues
Also first Monday, so Chefjimi will be here. He is sharing his time with ‘Couch Kid’ Mud Morganfield who is in a legal battle over his music. We will delve into this situation, so you, the fans, can be more aware .
From the age of 8, Jon Zeeman has been obsessed with guitars, amps, jimi Hendrix, Clapton and more.
At the age of 13 he decided music would be his career and he made it happen. During the 80's he lived in NYC and wrote songs, performed and produced music at his studio. He has been on stage with The Allman Brothers, Janis Ian and others.
I will talk with Jon about his life and career as we listen to music from his album, Down On My Luck.
Dudley Taft grew up in the midwest and in high school he founded the band Space Antelope with his friend Trey Anastasio (Phish).
He spent years on the road with Sweet Water and Second Coming and is not creating his own brand of 'Delta Riffs, Texas Sagebrush American Blues'.
I will chat with Dudley and we will listen to music from his latest, Deep Deep Blue.
From Norway, JT Lauritsen returns to The Couch with his latest release. Looking forward to sharing some new music from this great musician.
First Monday of the month means Chefjimi will be with us to share his Blues411 Report.
Rio & The Ramblers will be rescheduled.
Self-taught from his impressive collection of blues vinyl, Mikey Jr. was a full time musician before he even graduated high-school. By the time he was in his early twenties, seasoned players were taking notice.
Now, he has a new album, Travelin' South, and if you didn't know Mikey before, you will now! Mikey comes by to talk about his career and new album.
TWO COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENTS
Back in September of 2012, Albert Castiglia took his Seat On The Couch to talk about his career and album Living The Dream.
He returns with his new album, Solid Ground, his first for the Ruf Records label.
Albert and I will talk about what he has been up to, the new label and we will listen to music from the new album.
Jarekus Singleton has been shaking the blues world the last two years, and Alligator Records was listening.
Jarekus originally took his Seat On The Couch in July of 2013. Jarekus joins me to discuss Refuse To Lose, his Alligator debut which drops on the 6th of May.
Chefjimi Patricola will call in from his car on the way to Memphis with Leslie K Joseph for the BMAs, and if we are lucky, he will be driving and we can talk to Leslie!
We will be speaking to Kool Breeze about the Leslie Rock Rhythm & Blues Fest on May 10th. The festival is a partner of Music On The Couch.
Mick Kolassa will be joined by the winner of he and Jeff Jensen's #WPD Contest.
"Musicians You Should Know" & MORE!
Dayna Kurtz has been performing live since she was a teen and has not always followed the musical rules.
Over the past decade, the Brooklyn-based vocalist/writer/musician/producer has built a formidable body of recordings, won an international reputation as a riveting live performer, amassed an extensive file of rapturous critical raves.
Her latest release Secret Canon, Vol. 1, recorded live to tape in New Jersey and New Orleans, spotlights Kurtz's sublime interpretive abilities
In March, I had the honor to speak with Big Bill Morganfield.
During the BMAs, I met Mud Morganfield and told him since his younger brother had come on, it was time for him to join me on The Couch and he agreed immediately.
His album Son Of The Seventh Son has catapulted Mud to the top of many Blues Charts and earned him three BMA nominations.
Mud and I will chat about his life and his music and how his dad would feel about him following in his footsteps while we listen the album.
Vincent Hayes first sat on The Couch in July of 2011 after he and his band had been nominated for Best New Debut Artist at that year’s BMAs.
He comes back bringing with him his brand new album and if all things work correctly, this will be the WORLD PREMIER of new Vincent Hayes music. Vincent has told me it is different from anything he has ever done, so the anticipation is huge!
First Monday of the month means Chefjimi and the Blues411 Report.
Tee Dee Young began playing guitar early on, sitting by the railroad tracks and playing away.
He met and was mentored on guitar by a gentleman named Harrison Coleman. His vocal prowess came from his dad, a Gospel Singer.
Starting his first band at 14, Tee Dee has been working at his craft ever since. In 2011 he came to the IBC and his band won the title of 2011 Beale Street Blues Kings, awarded by the Beale Street Merchants Association.
I will chat with tee Dee as we listen to his music.
Hank Mowery began hitting the local Michigan scene in the 90’s. Managing a restaurant that had live blues acts, Hank was able to join in the late night jams and perfect his harp skills.
He has played with his moving lineup of Hawktones ever since. In 2009 Hank decided to solidify the lineup and since then he and the band have been touring and sharing their music with fans all over.
The new album is entitled Account To Me, a collaboration project with the family of Gary Primich, featuring 2 previously unrecorded/unreleased songs from Gary!
JUST CONFIRMED 'Couch Kid' Sean Carney & Jonn Del Toro Richardson will be joining to discuss their new album Drivin' Me Wild
Also, Chefjimi Patricola joins me for his Blues411 Report.