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After a week of travel as a Tortured Soul, being MC at the Tall City Blues Fest and just having a qwonderful time, we get back to business with another episode of Music On The Couch.
Alastair Greene formed his first blues rock trio back in 1997 and over the years it has included alumni of the Steve Miller Band, Paul Butterfield Band and Junior Wells Band..and that is saying a lot!
The new album is entitled Trouble At Your Door and Alastair will be joining me to talk about his journey and the new music.
While I was at Tall City, Chejimi Patricola was at the PA Blues Fest...we will discuss both festivals and what is coming up for Jimi in the coming month.
Alexis P Suter is coming to The Couch for the first time and we are lucky to have her appear the night before her new album, Love The Way You Roll drops.
Alexis and I will talk about her amazing journey and where she wants to go next.
Finally, COUCH KID NEW MUSIC brings back Arsen Shaomakov to share his new album Dynamic with us.
COUCH KID NEW MUSIC brings The No Refund Band back onto The Couch with an early listen to their upcoming album Current State Of Blue... in fact, this IS A WORLD PREMIER!
From San Diego, we will speak with Missy Andersen, who likens her musical approach to Soul dipped in Blues. As a teenager, she opened on tour for Cissy Houston and has not looked back since. Her second solo album is entitled In The Moment and missy and I will explore her journey and where she is heading.
Deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet delivering high-energy house-rocking performances with a thoroughly contemporary impact, harp-playing vocalist Rob Stone is one of the busiest young bandleaders on the blues scene today. His album Gotta Keep Rollin' is his fourth album and with talent like Eddie Shaw, John Primer, Chris James, Patrick Ryynn and more performing behind him, oyu know the music is red-hot.
I will talk with Rob and we will find out how he got to where he is at such a young age and what he hopes to accomplish with his career.
Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice have been winning fans since they partnered up for NW Roots Uprising earlier this year and now, they have new music entitled "Destination Clarksdale" and we'll chat with them about the music and their partnership.
"Musicians You Should Know"
Anita Kruse made a proposal to Carol Herron, the Director of the Arts in Medicine Program, in December of 2004, and they began the process of creating a unique experience for the children being treated at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers and their siblings.
Purple Songs Can Fly was founded, and I began working with the first child on March 21, 2006. The children’s songs are copied on purple CDs and flown by participating passengers, pilots and astronauts to places on earth and into space.
Grab some tissues and join me as I speak to this remarkable woman and I am hopeful, we will have at least one join us.
Chefjimi Patricola is back from the European Blues Cruise and will enthrall us with tales of Blues on the open seas and more on the Blues411 Report.
Jeff Dale was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and was taught how to play the blues by two itinerant blues musicians from the west side when he was 13 years old. He ended up in Southern California, recording and playing until 1988 when he disappeared.
He is back now with his band, the South Woodlawners and their new album is entitled Good Music. I will chat with Jeff, try and find out what was going on during that 20 year absence and listen to his music.
JP Soars has sat On The Couch twice. The first time in 2013 and then last year with Southern Hospitality. Tonight he is back to talk about his latest release Full Moon Night In Memphis, a fantastic collection of songs by a talented musician.
"Musicians You Should Know"
Murali Coryell was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall Of Fame in 2013 and was a 2014 BMA Nominee. He is a triple threat contemporary blues artist who can sing, write and play guitar.
His new album is entitled Restless Mind and we will explore the life and career of this son of a legend as we hear his music.
EG Kight’s musical style transcends musical boundaries and has been called “country-flavored southern-fried blues”. With a blend of americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk, she is helping to shape contemporary blues.
Her her latest album, A New Day, is to be released on September 16th, and she joins us to share the music early and discuss her wonderful career.
Ernie Southern started his career in his teens as a New York "street corner" singer with well known Do-Wop acapella group Nick & The Knacks.
He found the blues during his time in the US Navyy and then performed in rock bands before beginning to share the blues as a solo artist. He has competed in the Internatonal Blues Challenge along the way. I wil sit with Ernie and find out more about his career.
Pierre Lacocque has taken a seat on The Couch twice already. The first time back in 2010 and then he returned when Mississippi Heat had new music, Delta Bound, in 2012.
He returns tonight to share with us the about to be released, Warning Shot, which will be available on September 18th.
Danny Bryant is Walter Trout's protégé and while Walter is recovering from his successful Liver Transplant, Danny and Walter’s son Jon are out with the Walter Trout Band bringing the music to the fans. I will speak with them both about the tour and the reaction from the fans and how Walter is doing. We will also hear some of Danny’s music.
Colleen Rennison is 25 years old, but has the vocal abilities and stage presence of someone who has been at it much longer. Her debut solo album is entitled “See The Sky About To Rain” and it was produced, recorded and mixed by Couch Kid Steve Dawson, who also plays guitars on all the tracks.This is one special lady with a great debut album.
David Michael Miller began singing, like many, in church. The Buffalo, NY native is also the front man for Dive House Union who made the semi-finals in the IBC this year. David has released his solo album, “Poisons Sipped” and we will talk about his journey and where he is headed.
Finally, Couch Kid Anni Piper returns to talk about her current tour of North America. Remember Anni has been on twice before, once in December of 2012 and then in April of 2013, when “Split Second” her album with Nicole Hart came out; which was a direct result of both them being on that December episode of Music On The Couch.
“Musician You Should Know”
Bridget Kelly is the front woman for, The Bridget Kelly Band out of North Florida. The band is Bridget Kelly – vocals, Tim Fik – guitar & vocals, Mike Hamm – bass, Michael Barady – drums.
Their 2013 album, Back In Blues was the North Central Florida Blues Societies entrant into the Best Self Produced CD drung the 2013 IBC. Their new album, Forever In Blues was just released in June and has gained them new fans aroucnd the globe.
Bridget will take a Seat On The Couch and talk about her life and career and where the band is headed from here.
The Hound Kings are the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest acoustic blues trio. With Michael A. Benjamin aka. Alabama Mike on vocals, Anthony Paulie on guitar and Scot Brenton on harp, the three released the album, Unleashed last year and it was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Best Acoustic Album category.
I will speak with all three about how they came together and where they are heading.
Deanna Bogart is an award-winning musician whose fans value the diversity of her genre-free zone. She has been nominated for three consecutive Blues Music Awards' Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has won, at last count, more than 20 Wammies, the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C. region.
Deanna will join me to talk about her remarkable career and her latest album, just a wish away
The Davina Sowers returrns for a COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT to discuss the new Davina & The Vagabonds album, Sunshine
Bob Eike grew up in Texas and is a self-taught guitar player. Throughout his youth, he had a passion for the Blues and Americana music. His musical talents gained him recognition by ‘Guitar Player’ magazine, featuring him as “an undiscovered great.” After moving to Chicago, he discontinued recording and performing live...until now. Bob just released "happy little songs about futility and despair," and he will join me to talk about his journey and the new album.
Carolyn Fe was born in Quezon City, Philippines. She has been a professional contemporary dancer, an actor and, of course, a singer. Her band is called Carolyn Fe Blues Collective and they have been recognized with nominations for their work over the years and were the winners of the 2012 Quebec's Lys Blues Best Blues & Associated Styles Album for Original Sin. Their latest album is entitled Taboo. Carolyn will join me to talk about her incredible career and the new music.
TWO COUCH KIDS NEW MUSIC SEGMENTS
First, Peter Novelli comes back withsomgs from his album which has not even been mastered! A true World premier for this music, other than if you've seen him performing the ongs live during his recent tour.
Then Michael Packer returns with Part Two of his I Am The Blues, his gritty, honest collection of songs and stories that has earned him 3 Grammy Award nominations this year. Michael and I will talk about the music onthis fantastic album.
"Musicians You Should Know"
Self-taught from his impressive collection of blues vinyl, Mikey Jr. was a full time musician before he even graduated high-school. By the time he was in his early twenties, seasoned players were taking notice.
Now, he has a new album, Travelin' South, and if you didn't know Mikey before, you will now! Mikey comes by to talk about his career and new album.
TWO COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENTS
Back in September of 2012, Albert Castiglia took his Seat On The Couch to talk about his career and album Living The Dream.
He returns with his new album, Solid Ground, his first for the Ruf Records label.
Albert and I will talk about what he has been up to, the new label and we will listen to music from the new album.
Jarekus Singleton has been shaking the blues world the last two years, and Alligator Records was listening.
Jarekus originally took his Seat On The Couch in July of 2013. Jarekus joins me to discuss Refuse To Lose, his Alligator debut which drops on the 6th of May.
Chefjimi Patricola will call in from his car on the way to Memphis with Leslie K Joseph for the BMAs, and if we are lucky, he will be driving and we can talk to Leslie!
We will be speaking to Kool Breeze about the Leslie Rock Rhythm & Blues Fest on May 10th. The festival is a partner of Music On The Couch.
Mick Kolassa will be joined by the winner of he and Jeff Jensen's #WPD Contest.
"Musicians You Should Know" & MORE!
Forrest McDonald was seven years old when he first heard blues man Josh White perform and as he puts it, “I was hooked!”
In the summer of 1964 he hitchhiked to NYC where he met and was influenced by Muddy Waters.
From there, it just kept happening for Forrest and now, he has released his 12th album “Turnaround Blues” and he will join me to talk more about this incredible journey.
David Vest is called a fabulous, foot-stompin’ roots-rocker and boogie-woogie piano player.
He has played with Big Joe Turner and Hubert Sumlin to name two and he wrote the first songs recorded by Tammy Wynette
His new album is entitled “Roadhouse Revelation” and we will talk about the road he has traveled including winning a Maple Blues Award
Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos are out of Norfolk, VA and have made it to the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge twice since forming in 2012.
Their new album “Get Rood” debuted earlier this summer and I will talk with Anthony about his career up until this point and where he is heading.
Though a mix-up of my own doing, Robin Banks did not appear on this show, but will be on the September, 22nd show...Sorry Robin!
“Musicians You Should Know”
Pork Chop Willie is led by singer-guitarist Bill Hammer and violinist Melissa Tong.
The band is fueled by grooves, grit, honesty and passion as well as a unique blend of down-home and uptown musicianship.. Mississippi Hill Country Blues mixed with a whole gumbo of othr sounds.
Their debut, Love Is The Devil, dropped the beginning of June and it is causing waves of accolades throughout the Blues World.
I will chat with Bill and Melissa about their visions for the band.
Out of Knoxville, TN comes Jenna & Her Cool Friends is a 7-piece collection of talented musicians all with one thing in mind...make music that makes people happy.
Their latest release, I'm What You Get, is a collection of 11 originals.
I will speak with Jenna Jefferson, and maybe some of the friends: Dave Meer, Michael Crawley, Ben Maney, Keith Ford, Glyn Loyd and Kevin Redding.
Shawn Holt is the son of legendary Blues Legend Magic Slim. He continues the tradition of the Teardrops...high-energy, hard driving sounds.
It is all evident on the BMA Award winning album, Daddy Told Me.
Shawn comes by and we will talk about what it was like to be the son of Magic and how he strives to continue the family legacy while creating a career of his own.
Then, COUCH KID Dave Fields come by with his NEW MUSIC, All In, which drops the next day. The album is spectacular and will provide Dave with even more attention fromthe Blues World.
At the top of the show, COUCH KID Elam McKnight comes by with some special news about an upcoming event from the West Tennessee Blues Society.
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"
Keaton Simons plays music simply because he has to.
With an extensive palate including a degree in Ethnomusicology, Keaton's craving for a diverse musical adventure has pushed him into many different genres.
He's worked as a writer, musical director, singer, bassist and guitarist with notable acts like Gnarls Barkley, Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg and Tre Hardson of the L.A. alternative rap group The Pharcyde.
In addition, Keaton has found himself opening for Coldplay, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and Train, writing with Jason Mraz and Hanson, and acting as the face of Advanced Guitar for the new Xbox game Rocksmith.
I will chat with Keaton about his life and career as we play cuts from his album, Can You Hear Me.
Then Robins Banks joins me.
Comfortable with Jazz, Classic R&B and Soul, even Reggae, she's also known for her bold and brassy, classy but sassy, Texas & Chicago electric Blues style.
She has 4 independently released CDs to her credit and makes regular tours to Europe and the Caribbean.
She is a recipient of a Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year and twice nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
We will chat about her life and listen to her music.
THEN! Omar Kent Dykes joins me again, this time to preview the new Omar and The Howlers album, I'm Gone, which will drop the following day.
Another act bringing us music before it's release. Life is good!