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SHOW #285 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With Musicians You Should Know"
I get to sit with Jay Sieleman, outgoing President/CEO of The Blues Foundation. The Foundation has had some growing pains during Jay's time in ofice, but he also accomplished the building of the physical Blues hall Of Fame in memphis, TN. A total success for the Foundation and those Blues Artists who have been enshrined since 1980. We will speak with Jay about his time in office and what he sees as his future.
Jay Stollman will join me. Jay's vocals are a dynamic fusion of Blue Eyed Soul and Rock and Roll. Along with great performance ability and stage presence, a Jay Stollman show is always guaranteed to rock the house. Jay Stollman is currently appearing with The Johnny Winter Band as the front man and lead vocalist for the Johnny Winter Remembrance Shows, honoring the legendary bluesman, as well as performing with The Jay Stollman Blues Band. Jay and I will track his journey and talk about the newest album, Room For One More.
Couch Kid New Music features Brad Wilson and his new release Blues Thunder. What has Brad been up to since his first visit on December 23, 2013 and what did it take to get Blues Thunder recorded and released are two of the subjects we will explore.
SHOW # 268 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
First up is Reno Jack, who after years of recording and producing others has his debut album out entitled Lightning Fried. There are guest appearances by Watermelon Slim, Janelle Frost, Sunday Wilde and more. Reno and I will talk about his musical journey and the new album.
Blues411 Report with Chefjimi, will focus on the upcoming BMAs and, once again, we will solve the issues of the world.
Jon Spear is out of Central Virginia and was a challenger in the 2015 IBC. His debut album is entitled Old Soul and Jon and I will explore his life and music.
Then from Australia, Couch Kid Isaiah B Brunt calls in to talk about his latest release, Just The Way That It Goes, which he recorded in New Orleans last year. We'll find out what Isaiah has been up to since his last visit to The Couch and what he has up his sleeves for the future.
Show # 273 – Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”
A full night of Couch Kid New Music.
Debbie Davies originally Sat with me on Show # 130 on 10/29/12 and returns tonight to talk about her new release, Love Spin. She and I will chat about what her life has been like since her last visit and we will share some of the great music on Love Spin
Bart Walker became a Couch Kid on Show # 153 on 3/4/13. He recently joined the lineup of Royal Southern Brotherhood and Don’t Look Back is his first album with the band. How has life been treating Bart? How did he come to join RSB and what was it like to record this album down in Muscle Shoal, AL are all subjects we will touch on.
Sugaray Rayford is an immense man and talent. Show #184 on 10/21/13 is when we met Sugaray and since then he has just taken the Blues world by storm the last few years and his new album, Southside is just SMOKIN’! I am excited to have Sugary return to the show and talk about his whirlwind life and the constant touring and the new album.
Finally, Delta Moon first came onto The Couch for IBC Preview Show # 139 on 1/7/13. Tom Johnson and Mark Gray gave some great advice to the Challengers that year and also spoke about how Delta Moon came to be. Tonight they return to talk about their latest release, Low Down and we will find out what they have been up to as we sample some of the tasty tunes.
Show # 263 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Deak Harp is a master of the Mississippi Saxophone - or harmonica as most know it by. Oh, and he can also play guitar with the best of them. He now owns his own business in Clarksdale and ships his custom harmonicas around the globe. Deak and I will explore his life and career and we will share tunes from his album Clarksdale Breakdown.
Mary Hott has spent most of her career in a supporting role, working as a session vocalist in NYC and spending time at Berklee School of Music in Boston Her debut album Shaman Lover is her time to step into the spotlight with help from Billy Thompson on guitar and also as musical director. Mary and I will explore her career and life and share the music from the new album.
Bill Phillippe, is a talented solo acoustic guitarist with stylings from the pre-war blues era. His album, Ghosts, is a collection of originals and songs which Bill has imprinted with his personal stamp. We'll explore his career and the last 20 years of playing all around San Franciso.
Kelly Richey first Sat On The Couch in Dec. 2010 and then again in Feb. 2013. Tonight she wil join me to talk about the new music she is recording and releasing slowly. The album doesn't even have a title yet! We will also talk about her new band, her guitar instruction platform and continuing with her life coaching.
LIVE, UNCUT & UNCENSORED CONVERSATIONS WITH "MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW"
A full show featuring Couch Kids who have released new albums recently.
Greg Nagy...his album Stranded is a collection of songs written after the loss of his marriage..."A wounded heart is often slow, to finally let an old love go" I'll explore this very personal album with Greg
Shaun Murphy released Loretta in January and it has captured the ear of all who have heard it. It is Ms. Murphy at her strongest...tearing at these songs with a voice that does not quit. Shaun and I will discuss the album and her decision to go harder than in the past.
Brad Hatfield released For A Change in January. Off of his BMA nomination for Best New Artist, Brad was not going to take it easy and together with Tom Hambridge producing and co-writing these 12 songs show off Brad's skillfull harp playing and strong vocals
Barbara Blue is the "Reigning Queen Of Beale Street" and her new album, Memphis Blue Sweet, Strong & Tight is all that and more. Recorded at Royal Studios with the legendary Boo Mitchell behind the board, the collection of musicians backing Barbara is amazing. Can't wait to share this one with y'all
Show # 260 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Angel Forrest originally Sat On The Couch back on December 8th, but technical difficulties wiped out her portion of the show, so she is back to tell her story once again. Angel is a wonderful singer and performer from Canada who has won multiple Maple Blues Awards and is nominated for two more this year. her career spans 26 years and 8 albums and Angel and I will talk again about her incredible life.
Then Chefjimi Patricola will come by with the Blues411 Report and tell us, in more detail and with a clearer mind, his time in Memphis at IBC and also what is coming up in his Blues World.
Darren Weale was scheduled for December 22nd, but a Skype issue kept us apart. The issue has been resolved and Darren, and Paul Lamb will tell us about the project Darren has taken on entitled The British Blues Exhibition. Since we had planned to talk, some more great news has been developed and Darren will fill us in.
Then, Couch Kid, Holly Long will return to The Couch. Holly originally sat with me back in January of 2011. She has a new project entitled Bullyheart. It is home for her rebel-heart which pulses with intense ambivalence about living life as a complex woman along with David Boucher and Kevin Harp. Totally different than the Holly who sat with us in 2011!
LIVE, UNCUT & UNCENSORED CONVERSATIONS WITH "MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW"
The John Weeks Band are John on gutitars & vocals, Andras "AC" Csapo on keys, harmonica and vocal, Curtis hawkins on bass and Tim "Chooch" Molinario on drum and their debut album is simply entitled John Weeks Band. They share a blend of blues, funk and rock and we will chat with John, and find out more about the newest member of the band, Michele Steele.
Fo'Reel are a New Orlean's based band bringing the Blues, R&B and Funk that includes C.P. Love, Johnny Neel, Mark Domizio and David Hyde with Jon Smith and their debut album, Heavy Water is just something special. I'll chat with the guys and find out how they came together and where they are heading
Tommy Talton has been doing the Blues, rock, country, southern sound since the early 70's and he just keeps getting better. His latest is entitled Until AfterThen and it combines all of his influences into an album of superb music. Tommy returns to the Couch for the first of our Couch Kid New Music Segments and we will talk about the new album and other projects.
Finally, Jack Rowell Jr has a new project, The Royal Blues Band and a new album Finger Lickin' Blues and he will return in the second Couch Kid New Music Segment of the night to discuss both with us.
Gary Nicholson is a #1 hit songwriter, two time Grammy winning producer, recording artist, with over 500 of his songs recorded by artists as diverse as BB King, Garth Brooks, Etta James, and Ringo Starr to name a few. He can also be “Whitey Johnson,” his bluesman alter ego, or a part of the Fortunate Sons rock band. He and I will chat about his incredible career and new album, Whitey Johnson.
Markey Blue is led by Markey and Ric Latina out of Nashville, TN Markey's career began as a showgirl in Las Vegas and Ric has toured with Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams III and Gary Puckett among others before they joined together to put this band in motion. Their debut album, Hey Hey features Steve Cropper and is just great. I wil chat with them about their lives and careers and where Markey Blue is heading.
Devon Allman will join me. He has a new solo album entitled ragged & dirty and we will discuss the music on that album, his work with Royal Southern Brotherhood, the charities he supports and even his Hot Sauce! I am excited to be able to speak with Devon and discuss his journey, which was influenced more by The Beatles and Kiss more than from his dad. This should be fun!
Nathan James first Sat On The Couch back on January of 2012 to be a part of the IBC Preview shows. He now has a new album out that is actually two albums, Hear Me Calling (Acoustic solo) and Natural Born That Way (Electric band) which includes 4 songs done in each style. I'll chat with Nathan about what has been going on in his life and career and we'll check out songs from each album.
"Musicians You Should Know"
Howard Glazer is a masterful guitarist whose deep-voice vocals are expressive and solidly delivered. He draws from a wide musical background to create a powerful blend of serious blues, rock and acoustic compositions, yielding an uncompromising sound. His fifth album, Looking In The Mirror, was released on October 21st, and Howard will join me to discuss his musical journey and the new album.
Marcia Ball is a word-class keyboard player with an incredible vocal talent and has performed at festivals and clubs around the globe. The singer/pianist has been blending Texas blues, Louisiana swamp ballads and New Orleans second-line rhythms into her distinctive roadhouse roots-rock for 30 years, and now her 13th album, The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man has been released and Marcia is creating a stir all over again. I will sit with Marcia and discuss her long career and the new album and what she has in store for 2015.
Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier talents on the Chicago blues scene and around the globe. is latest album, Message In Blue was released this past May and has received wonderful reviews across the board. Dave and I will discuss his career and his love of the Blues while listening to music from his latest release.
Kelly Zirbes returns with her new album, Don't give My Blues Away for the COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT this week and we will find out what this great singer, and interviewer has been up to since she first sat On The Couch back on July 15, 2013, while we listen to cuts from the album.
"Musicians You Should Know"
Terry Hanck fell in love with California in the early 60's and also found his love of music there. He was performing in Northern CA when he was asked to join Elvin Bishop's Band. It took 3 requests, but finally in 1976 he did and spent the next 10 years touring the world and performing with Elvin.
He began his own band in 1987 and continued to build his reputation as the finest Sax man in the blues, if not all musical genres. In 2010 he met Chris "The Kid" Andersen on the LRBC and brought him to America...for this alone Terry should be thanked. He has has been nominated Best Instrumentalist Saxophone in the BMAs twice, winning once and has won numerous other awards.
Terry's latest album is entitled Gotta Bring It On Home To You, and he will join me to talk about his wonderful career and what is next on his plate.
It is Chefjimi and Leslie's Anniversary so he will not be joining us this evening, but might be sneaking in a call next week.
We will have TWO Couch Kid New Music Segments to celebrate!
First, Liz Mandeville returns with her new album, Heart 'O' Chicago and we will talk about what she has been doing since she last sat here in August of 2012, and since I last saw her in Clarksdale this past spring.
Then Kirby Sewell returns with his new album, which dropped this past week. entitled Girl With A New Tattoo it is a sure fire winner nd I am excited to speak with Kirby about all that has happened in his life and career since he took his Seat On the Couch back in July of 2012.
"Musicians You Should Know"
In Layman Terms is Cole Layman, 17, and Logan Layman, 14. They have a passion for the blues and write original, foot-stomping music. I met them in Memphis at the 2013 IBC and was immediately taken with their talent and maturity and LOVE of the Blues.
Their new EP's entitled It's The Blues and I am thrilled to be able to sit with Cole and Logan and talk about the incredible year they have had.
Jordan Patterson released his debut album, Give Me A Chance, in 1996 and was was an immediate hit in the Blues world, performing at festivals and clubs worldwide. For the last 10 years he has done tour management, and concert& event promotion for Britney Spears and worked for House Of Blues Concerts Canada.
He is back making music and he has released an EP entitled The Back On Track Recording project in advance of the full-length album this winter. Jrdan will join me and we will discuss how it felt to put his career on hold and work to get others noticed and what he has planned for 2015.
Etta Britt began as a country singer in a group called Dave & Sugar until she was asked why she was singing country and being told she was an R&B singer and should listen to some Delbert McClinton. Delbert appeared on her 2012 release "Out Of The Shadows" and after being asked to perform on Delbert's Sandy Beaches Cruise, Etta decided to record Etta Does Delbert, an album of Delbert's songs. We'll talk about her career, her relationship with Delbert and where she sees herself in the next five years.
Finally, Robin Banks comes back to Music On The Couch after our mis-connect a few weeks back and talks about her new releas Modern Classics.
"Musicians You Should Know"
SHOW # 266 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Brad Absher is out of Houston, Texas and he and his band, Swamp Royale, have been a fixture on the Gulf Coast for over 20 years and he has appeared at the IBC getting to the finals. His new album is entitled Lucky Dog and Brad and I will explore his musical journey and speak about the album and where the band is headed next.
I got to meet Amanda Fish at the IBC this past January. She was in town to just meet people, play a little and let people know about her new album, Down In The Dirt. She actually gave me a self-burned copy of the master of the album when we chatted On The Couch. I knew I had to bring her onto a Monday show and show some love, because the album is great. In March, Vizztone picked her up, so if you don’t know about Samantha’s big sister now, you will soon! And this is also the first set of siblings we have had on the show!
Hank Mowery first sat on The Couch back in October of 2013. He is back on a Couch Kid New Music Segment for his new release Excuses Plenty and we will talk about what Hank and The Hawktones have been up to since we last spoke and share this hot off the presses release with you.
Back in July of 2014, Peter Novelli came and sat On The Couch for a Couch Kid New Music Segment and shared PRE-MASTERS for his upcoming album, St. Amant Sessions. Well, the album is finally done and Peter had his CD Release in the Dominican Republic last week and this week we get to share the finished product and maybe even compare a song or two from back in July!
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