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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.
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.
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.
Brad Vickers learned on the job playing, touring, and recording with America’s blues and roots masters: Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Odetta, Sleepy LaBeef, Rosco Gordon, and Pinetop Perkins.
Now his own group, The Vestapolitans, offers a good-time mix of originals and covers spanning blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, and more great American roots ’n’ roll.
Their new album is entitled Great Day In The Morning and I will sit and disuss his career and music with Brad.
Shakura S'Aida has a new album, Time, and four nominations because of it; Juno Awards Nominee for Best Blues Album for Time, BMA Nominee for Contemporary Female Artist of the Year, Indie Award Nominee for Blues Artist of the Year, Maple Blues Award Nominee for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Recording/Producer and Songwriter of the Year.
I will chat with Shakura about this incredible year she is having as well as where she is heading.
In February a group of women gathered in Clarksdale, MS and produced a recording. The first Blues Women International Recording,
15 women joined on this project and I will speak with Sunday Wilde and a few others about this historic recording and what is in the future for them.
Chefjimi will (might! heehe) come by for his Blues411 Report. We will hear his take on the BMAs and also what is hot this summer in the Blues.
Rachelle Coba mastered the finger-picking techniques of classical guitar while earning a Bachelor of Music degree at the UofM. She then chose to apply that facility to electric guitar and began playing the blues.
Rachelle has toured as an opener for blues/rock legends Johnny Winter and Coco Montoya and has represented the Wichita Blues Society three times at the International Blues Challenge; twice in the Solo/Duo category and once as a band. She has just returned from a long tour of Australia and we will chat with her about that and also about her new album.
James Boraski came to our attention through ‘Couch Kid’ Marshall Lawrence and we are glad he did!
James purchased his first guitar at age 12 and is still writing and playing 40+ years later. He performs in both a solo and also with his band Momentary Evolution.
He and Marshall have been touring the Northwest Territories of Canada and he will call in to discuss his long career and his future desires.
Kara Grainger s rescheduled for November 4th
First Monday of the month means good friend Chefjimi Patricola will slide in with his Blues411 Report and with the festival season rolling along, Jimi will be sharing some insights from the shows he has seen.
Russell "Hitman" Alexander formed the Hitman Blues Band in 1986 and has toured the world with his collection of top-flight musicians.
Their 2008 release, Pale Rider was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards. Now, the band has released its 5th album, Blues Enough and I will sit with Russell to discuss the band's history and what he sees for the future.
Rickey Godfrey came to my attention at this year's IBCs and I knew I had to speak with this gentleman and let him tell his story.
Rickey plays both guitar and piano while singing his heart out on stage. His music is a mix of blues and R&B with some rock to even it all out.
I will chat with Rickey about his career while we listen to music from his latest, Nasty Man.
Annie Mack made it to the IBC in 2012 from her home in Minnesota and she caused many a head to turn with her gritty blues vocals.
She has new music out, Fool To Believe and has begun her journey to try and make it back to Memphis for the next IBC. I will chat with Annie about her life, her beliefs and her music.
The first Monday of the month means Chefjimi Patricola will bring the Blues411 Report to The Couch and I am sure we will be discussing the big RAISE THE ROOF benefit he hosted on March 24th with Earl Thomas.
Bart Walker won the Gibson Guitar Award at last year's IBC. Now he has a new album, Waiting On Daylight, which dropsin March. Bart is bringing the music to us early and we will chat about his career. Dean Cook has been writing and performing for over 50 years. He has played or performed with The Who, Willie nelson, Billy Gibbons and hundreds more. I will discuss this incredible career
Chefjimi joins me to discuss the Chicago Blues Festival Merchandise Tent situation. Then, The Bush League take to The Couch. The band consists of JohnJay on Vocals, Shane on Guitar, Gwen on Drums and Royce on Bass. They were particiapants in the 2012 International Blues Challenge and I am not sure if anyone had more fun than this quartet of musicians. We will explore their history and listen to tunes from their album The Bush League Rocks - Live At The National "Musicians You Should Know&
From being the first African-American baby born in the Bledsoe County Hospital in Pikesville, TN to traveling the world with his military dad, to almost dying in an accident where he fell off a cliff, the history of Earl Thomas is found in his music and in his words.
With the release of his 12 album, Catch Me If You Can, Earl continues to preach The Blues and insists it be done the right way. He recently held a Raise The Roof fundraiser that was video-cast across the internet and is talking about doing more of them around the country.
We will talk to Earl about his life and his desire to help Raise The Roof.
The Bad Influence Band is Michael Tash, Roger Edsel, Bob Mallardi and David Thaler and they have been playing the Blues since 1998. They have been honored with numerous Wammie Award nominations and are up for three more this year.
Their latest, Under The Influence was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge for Best Self-Produced Recording, nominated by the Washignton Area Music Association for Best Blues Recording of 2012 and was a Pick To Click on BB King’s Bluesville. The band will join me to discuss their lives, how they all came together and where they are headed.
TWO “Couch Kids” return with new music this evening.
Lisa Biales’ latest release is entitled Singing In My Soul and Gina Sicilia’s new album is It Wasn’t Real and I will discuss the albums with the ladies.
First Monday of the month also means a visit from Chefjimi with his Blues411 Report!
The Charles Walker Band is Charles Walker - Saxophone/Keyboards, Porsche Carmon - Vocals/Hand Percussion, Brad Karas - Bass Guitar, Terence Pettigrew - Drums. Not only are they superlative funk, R&B and blues artists, but their love of every performance fosters that excitement in their audiences. I will sit with Charles and discuss his career and the bands hopes for the future. Zac Harmon needs little introduction to most blues aficionados. Since his high school days performing with Z.Z. H
Amy Hart was born and raised in the Chicago Area. She began singing in blues bands in Chicago as a youngster and has opened for Koko Taylor, Junior Wells and James Cotton. She started her own blend of roots and blues in the 80's and started travelling as a solo artist. Amy lost all her gigs and became homeless after the BP oil rig disaster and ended up in Chicago for a time and then made it to nashville with $40 in her pocket. Out of all this came her latest release "Congratulations&
To wrap-up a week of live webcasts, we will have calls from the winners of the Band Challenge, the Solo/Duo Challenge, Best Self-Produced CD, Gbson Guitar Award and Oskar Harmonica Award as well as Chefjimi from Blues411.com with his news from the week.