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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 #289 – Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”
Heather Crosse has been performing for 31 years. Bassist for Heavy Suga' & The SweeTones, in 2008, Heather moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi to follow her Blues dreams & play bass for Super Chikan. This past year, Heather spent touring in the Girls With Guitars Tour for Ruf Records. Her new album is entitled Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads. I will speak with Heather about her life, career and music.
Billy Evanochko is also known as Billy The Kid and he and his band The Regulators have been wowing audiences for years. Out of the Pittsbugh, PA area, they have earned their way to the IBC twice, in 2008 and again in 2014. Their new album is I Can’t Change and Billy finally takes a seat on the Monday Couch to talk about his life and career.
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Chris Gill has been lighting up stages in the mid-South for over twenty years. Armed with sweet guitar rhythms, a soulful voice and a clever, unique songwriter’s perspective, Chris is well known as one of Jackson, Mississippi’s most entertaining performers. One of his projects is with the sensational Derrick L Martin, known as D’Mar. They have just released Take It Like That and I will chat with Chris about his career, his partnership with D’Mar and the new music.
Couch Kid New Music features Sugar Brown and his new album, Poor Lazarus. I’ll speak with Sugar and find out what he has been up to since he first sat on The Couch back on March 31, 2014 while we check out tunes from the album.
I first met Sadie Johnson three years ago at the International Blues Challenge. She and her older sister Sam were there as part of the Youth Showcase with their band The Sad Sam Blues Jam.
Since that time, Sadie had grown tremendously as a guitar player, even being inducted into the "Brotherhood Of The Guitar" in the last year.
I will chat with Sadie about her new band, The Sadie Johnson Band, and what her life has been like since she joined TBOTG. We will also hear some of her music during the interview.
COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Dave Keller comes by with his new release, Soul Changes, the followup to his Best Self Produced Winning CD, Where I'm Coming From.
I will chat with Dave about what he has been up to since he first joined me back on April 16, 2012 and his recent nomination for a BMA for Soul Blues Album.
Lisa and Ronn from Tall City Blues Fest will come by to talk about this year's affair. After only 3 short years, this festival in Midland, TX is attracting some of the biggest names in the Blues.
"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!
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.
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.
Stacy Mitchhart has always been a bandleader. He developed his sound and stagecraft at the helm of four groups in his hometown of Cincinnati — climbing the pinnacle of the city’s blues scene. “I heard Springsteen, Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but that stuff never moved me,” he recounts. “When I saw Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and B.B. King, I knew what I wanted to do." And that brings us to his 12th album, Live My Life. I get to sit with Stacy and talk about his incredible journey in music and from Cincinnati to his current hometown, Nashville.
It's been two months since ChefJimi took his seat On The Couch and he will have a ton to discuss in his Blues411 Report, his anniverary, Daytona Blues Fest, the recently announced Blues Blast Award Winners and so much more...
Big Harp George is, in the real world, George Bisharat. He is 59 years old and just released his debut album entitled Chromaticism. You have to wonder where this man has been all this time and how he ended up recording his debut album at Kid Andersen's Greaseland Studio with such incredible musicians and what in the world has he been doing all these years? We'll get you all those answers as we speak with george and share music from his album.
COUCH KID NEW MUSIC features Tas Cru returning to The Couch. His initial visit was back in December of 2012 and he returns with some World Premiers from his about to be released album You Keep The Money. The album is going to be some great new music from this "Master Of The Triple Entendre" and we are lucky to be able to share it with you prior to its release.
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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.
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"
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
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.
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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!
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