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The Wanton Bishops are "Rock, blues, bourbon and sweat."
The Wanton Bishops are a two-piece blues and garage rock revival band from Beirut, Lebanon. The band is made up of Nader (vocals, harmonica, guitar, keyboards) and Eddy (guitar, backing vocals, banjo), who are joined on stage and in the studio by a hired drummer and a bassist. Nader met Eddy in a blues bar in Beirut a couple of years ago. Well, technically, they met outside the bar on the sidewalk in the middle of a fistfight. Luckily, they weren’t punching each other, and their friendship developed over cheap tequila. They eventually decided to form a band together.
Today Neil Haley will interview Grammy Nominee Howard Levy!
Howard Levy is an undisputed master of harmonica. As the first person to play the diatonic harmonica as a fully chromatic instrument, Howard has opened a world of new possibilities for the instrument. Known worldwide for his many talents, Howard is also a pianist, composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, and producer.
Howard discovered an incredible breakthrough in 1970 at the age of 19: through the process of "overblowing", a technique which he meticulously developed, he could play the diatonic harmonica as a fully chromatic instrument. With this discovery, Howard was able to journey outside the realm of traditional harmonica music and explore other genres including Jazz, Classical, Latin and many other styles of World Music.
As a recording artist, Howard has played on hundreds of albums and several movie soundtracks. Aside from his prolific work as a solo performer, he is a founding member of the group Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, who in 2011 won a Grammy for the song "Life in Eleven", which Howard co-wrote. Howard also plays in the groups Trio Globo, Chévere de Chicago, Acoustic Express; and has recorded collaborations with Anthony Molinaro, Fox Fehling, Norman Savitt, Rabih Abou Khalil, and many others.
Howard was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. He has been teaching harmonica lessons online with ArtistWorks since 2009.
At 12, Reverend Jimmie Bratcher’s dad put an ad in the Kansas City Star; “Will trade 1958 Desoto for electric guitar and amplifier”. The rest is history, as Jimmie still owns the guitar and amp and used the guitar on some songs on his latest release, Secretly Famous. Why does Jimmie feel like Secretly Famous is his first album? Where is he heading today and tomorrow? I will sit with “The Rev” and explore his past, present and future.
Doug MacLeod has been doing what he loves for over 40 years; playing the blues, traveling and meeting his fans, teaching guitar and playing the blues on the radio. Mentored by George “Harmonica” Smith who also nicknamed him “Dubb”, Doug continues to make music while continuing his life as an ordained minister. He was named Acoustic Artist of The Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards and is up for that honor again this year. His latest album, There’s A Time, is full of wonderful music. I will sit with Doug and discuss his journey while we check out the music.
4 Jacks is Anson Funderbrugh, Big Joe, Kevin McKendree and Steve Mackey. All four have wonderfully successful careers in other projects but have come together for the 4 Jacks. How did these four players come together for this project and is it a long-term project are two areas we will explore with Anson who will join us on The Couch while we listen to songs from Deal With It.
Grand Marquis originally Sat On The Couch back in March of 2011. Now they are back with a new album and they are sharing it here first. We will find out what this kickin’ Jump Jive Blues band from Kansas City is up to while we check out the new music.
I am happy to welcome Lee Oskar to Northwest Prime! Lee is not only a musical genius but a very nice person. Lee Oskar is described as a virtuoso, a hamonica whiz, a "war hero" and is generally regarded to be the best rock-blues-soul harmonica player alive today. His role as a founding member and former lead harmonica player of the pioneer funk-jazz group WAR made Lee internationally renowned for over 30 years. His signature solos helped define the War sound from the band
NWP welcomes Lee Oskar to the show! Lee Oskar who has been described as "a virtuoso," "the harmonica whiz" "a war hero," "legendary," "musical wizardry," and as "generally regarded to be among the best rock-blues-soul harmonica players." His role as a founding member and former lead harmonica player of the pioneer funk-jazz group WAR won him international renown for over two and a half decades (1969&
Teresa "Teressa" Brewer, aka 'The Blues Babe' is from Oregon. She one of the most versatile and prolific artists in the business. She is a poet, a producer, a writer, a composer, a vocalist, a musician, a media personality, Blues/Jazz pioneer, an activist, and a celebrity in her own right. Cousin of Leanne Womack and Roy Rogers and a direct descendent of one of the pioneering families of Missouri, particularly the Ozarks and the Womacks. She is a virtuoso harmonica player. Teresa arrived in the Ozarks in 1998 to find her long lost family. She moved to the St. Louis area in the summer of 2007. Teresa has performed at many venues nationwide. The highlights for her personally, were the House of Blues in New Orleans, had a bit part in the movie "Heat "with Burt Reynolds. She was the associate producer for "The Show of Shows" at Caesar's Palace and a co-founder of the NW Florida Blues Society and Las Vegas Blues Society.
The time is now for one of the industry’s best-kept secrets: PJ Morton. The Maroon 5 keyboardist/backing vocalist makes his major label debut on May 14 with New Orleans, his first album for Young Money Entertainment/Republic Records. One listen to Morton’s anticipated project quickly reveals why the multi-talent became a favorite on the indie R&B circuit and an in-demand songwriter/producer and also why the limitless talent will be a game changer for the Lil Wayne-founded Young Money.
New Orleans marks the Cash Money imprint’s first step toward broadening its already wide appeal, thanks to a hit-making and award-winning roster that includes founder Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj. And there’s no better ambassador to musically personify that message than Morton, whose self-described “soulful pop” seamlessly spans multiple genres from gospel and R&B/funk to pop and rock.
“I’ve always pushed boundaries,” says Morton, “but I always remain true to who I am musically. New Orleans is a natural progression of who I am. I can’t explain it except through my music. That proves it better than anything I can say.”
Building that case is “Only One” featuring Stevie Wonder. Quickly garnering strong reaction following its January premiere on Billboard.com, the song is the lead single from New Orleans. Armed with an infectious hook and a head-boppin’ groove, the up-tempo number showcases Morton’s velvety tenor, songwriting skills and musicianship, accented by Wonder’s distinctive harmonica.
Smokin' George Winters - from Davison, Michigan - joins The Thomas Loop's host, Tom Proctor - I'll be interviewing George, along with spinning three of his tracks in this 30 minute broadcast.
George's bio is taken from his site - www.smokingeorge.com
George plays keyboard, guitar, harmonica and also sings. The son of a Hammond B3 organ salesman, George got his musical start very early in life. As a child he would entertain the audience during intermission in the local theater by playing the organ.George has produced five compact disc recordings. The first, entitled "The Seed" was completed in 1994 and was recorded in less than two hours. "The Seed" was picked up by major retailers in Michigan, including Harmony House, prompting some local success. George's second effort, "Rhythm," released in 1998, is comprised mostly of original music with instrumentation including the Hammond B3, drums, bass, guitar and piano.His love of the dueling pianos concept also began in 1998 at JD's Key Club in Pontiac, MI and continues to this day. You can see George at select Dueling Pianos clubs - just click on "show dates" on his web page for a complete schedule.With the release of his fifth CD, "Back to the B3" George hopes to put his music into more hands than ever, using the internet medium to deliver his creations. "Back to the B3" will be available soon from online retailers such as iTunes, or you can order directly from this website.
Andy Tanas began as a sound tech for bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker and more before being convinced to let his bass do the talking. He became the bass player ad songwriter for Black Oak Arkansas until they disbanded in 1980. Since, Andy has continued to play and has released Songs From The New South, an album that features Cody Dickinson and others and took Andy 4 years to complete. We will talk about his career and listen to SFTNS.
Johnny Rawls learned his trade playing with stars such as ZZ Hill, Johnny Taylor and OV Wright before going out on his own. He has garnered many honors along the way and this year he has been nominated for Soul Blues Album Of The Year and Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year. I will chat with Johnny about his career while we listen to cuts from Soul Survivor.
The Mill Billy Blues Band hail from South Carolina and their earliest influences were "front porch pickers", playing Piedmont style blues, bluegrass, country, and gospel music. Now singer/harmonica player Freddie Vanderford, regional bluesman Shane Pruitt, guitar whiz Brandon Turner, and singer/songwriter Matthew Knights make up Mill Billy Blues. Their debut is something special and we will chat about how they all came together.
Papa Don McMinn is an historical figure in Memphis blues. The genes do not lie as his son Doug is the drummer for the Reba Russell band, his son Rome is one of the top bass players in the mid-south, his daughter Lorina Rae McMinn has been singing forever and now, Doug's son Michael joins the family business blowing a harp like he has done for 50 years.
All together they are Papa Don McMinn and The Three Generation Blues Band (3GB2) and they are releasing a new album and they are bringing it to the Couch to preview.
John Németh is a rising blues star; a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker, and a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity. John just moved to Memphis and in celebration he will join me on The Couch to talk about his career and his new album, Blues Live. Then TWO COUCH KIDS return with new music. Brandon Santini brings us his new album, This Time, Another Year before it is released anywhere else!
Come Join The Foodie Entertainment Radio Show! You Never Know What Might Happen...And Neither Do We!Today we will begin our show with the usual Food News and Commentary about what's happening in the Foodie world! I wonder how many times we can throw Laury, The Joisey Style Food News Girl, under the bus??Our First guest is our Good Buddy Big John Stud Nader! John was a guest of ours a few months back and a big hit with our audience with his unique Harmonica playing. John has a couple of new songs