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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!
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
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.
Davina Sowers is pianist and lead vocalist for Davina & The Vagabonds. The Vagabonds are: Michael Carvale Vocals, Upright Bass, Alec Tackmann Vocals, Drums, Dan Eikmeier Vocals, Trumpet and Ben Link Trombone, vocals, and together they create a sound that makes you jump out of your seat to hit the dance floor. Davina has been called the “hardest working blues woman in frigid Minnesota,” and you could expand that are without question. Davina will take her seat on The Couch
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
Local Memphian Redd Velvet joins me. In 2011 she was nominated Best New Female Blues Artist of The Year by the Jus 'Blues Foundation and received a Listener's Choice Award from the Emerge Bright Lights Music Program sponsored by C-spire Wireless for her song Walkie Talkie Man. Redd is also the founder of Music Heals Memphis Incorporated, a charitable health and social service program to improve the quality of life for Memphians, especia
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.