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SHOW # 269 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
All about the women tonight!
Eliza Neals is from Detroit and her new album is Breaking and Entering, a collection of rocking blues numbers. I'll speak with Eliza and explore her history and the road that led to this new album and music.
Regina Bonelli comes to The Couch from Kool Breeze who suggested I check out the music from this Brooklyn, NY native. Her debut album is entitled Open Up The Door and the original songs all tell the story of this woman's journey to becoming the "reigning queen of NYC Blues" as she was dubbed by Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine.
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar released their full-length album, The Nightingale, back in February and it has caught the attention of many a Blues, Soul and Gospel fan since then. Out of Canada, Martin's skill on acoustic and resonator guitars are evident throughout and the vocals of Delta Sugar add another level to the band's sound. I'll speak with Samantha about her life and music.
Couch Kid Deb Ryder returns to talk about her new release Let It Rain. The album is loaded with stellar musicians contributing to the sound that is unique to this fine vocalist. All 11 songs are originals and they prove that Deb's skills as a songwriter continue to grow as she does.
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 # 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!
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 # 264 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Markus James released his latest album back in October. The album is entitled Head For The Hills and was recorded in the delta in Mississippi. He is backed up by some Hill Country royalty. He music is the result of his love for the Hill Country of Mississippi and the sounds of West African Music and even toured in Mali, West Africa to continue his studies. Markus and I will explore this unique journey and listen to tunes from Head For The Hills.
Blues411 Report for April with friend Chefjimi Patricola will look back on the last month and look ahead to what is coming up with the music in the next month.
Blue Lunch hails from Cleveland and had a hit with their debut, Blue Lunch Special. They are back with Above The Fold, which dropped in November and there was no sophomore jinx with this one. The album has been getting a ton of airplay. Combining all types of blues, from Chicago, to Jump to New Orleans R&B and everything in between the band's music is infectious. I will speak with Guitarist Bob Frank about the new album and where the band is headed next.
Also released in November, Mike Osborn's In The Dog House blends blues, rock and country to provide some powerful music. Osborn's guitar work is stellar throughout and the whole thing was produced and mastered by Grammy award winner Alan Mirikitani who also wrote most of the music. Mike and I will talk about his musical influences and the album and more when he joins me.
Show # 270 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Slam Allen began his musical journey performing in the family band, The Allen Brothers before spending nine years as guitarist, lead singer and frontman for the legenday James Cotton. Now, his new album Feel These Blues is showcasing Slam as his own man, forging a new trail. Slam and I will talk about his journey and we will explore his many influences and what it feels like to influence the new generation of Blues Artists.
Anthony Gomes was raised in Toronto and began plying in his early teens.In the late 90's he moved to Chicago and had a brief stint with Magic Slim & The Teardrops before he was recognised as "Best Unsigned Blues Band" by Buddy Guy's Legends. His music has charted on Billboard, been awarded numerous accolades and awards and now Anthony has release Electric Field Hollar with a dozen original tracks. Anthony and I will discuss his career.
In addition to his solo albums, Jason Ricci has appeared as a guest harmonica player on albums with Johnny Winter, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout, & The Mannish Boys among others. He was named "Best Harmonica Player" at the 2010 Blues Music Awards, and has won a Grammy Award for his contribution to the 2014 Johnny Winter album Step Back. In February 2015, Ricci began a national tour with a new band named Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind. I will speak with Jason about his road, which has not always been so smooth.
WORLD PREMIER - Victor Wainwright returns to The Couch to share his upcoming release Boom Town two weeks before it drops! The album is a winner and Victor and I will discuss the last year of touring and getting healthy and more.
SHOW # 265 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
We begin the show with Couch Kid Too Slim (Tim Langford), who will give us a health update and let us know about the great shows he has scheduled for the rest of 2015!
Then Dick LeMasters will join me. Dick is from Texas and offers a mix of Americana, Roots, Rock and Blues on his album One Bird, Two Stones. We'll talk to Dick about growing up in Porrt Arthur, TX and his journey down the musical highway while we listen to songs from the album.
Cary Morin has been described as "one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today". He has reprsented the Colorado Blues Society at the 2014 & 2015 IBCand is a part of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. His latest album Tiny Town was released in January of this year. I get to speak with Cary about his remarkable career and his new album.
I learned of Anne Harris by way of her incredible contribution to the new Jeff Jensen album. her violin took the song "Ash & Bone" to a whole new level. She has jsut released Come Hither a collection of 9 originals that defy definition. Anne has spent time with Otis Taylor and has received accolades across her career and 5 previous albums. She and I will explore her sound and career.
The Couch Kid Smokin' Joe Kubek returns to The Couch to talk about what he and Bnois King have been up to since we last spoke while we delve into their latest release, Fat Man's Shine Parlor.
Episode # 261 Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Roundtable #4 - Musicians, Clubs & BMI "Music Royalties & What They Mean To You"
A discussion on the current state of royalties from club performances featuring a panel of Musician Tas Cru, Club Owners Gary Anton of The Bradfordville Blues Club & Carson Lamm of River City Management in Memphis and Jeff Syracuse from BMI.
Musicians are encouraged to call in and join the conversation or to ask questions of our panel.
SHOW # 249 - Live, Uncut, and Uncensorded Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Matt Isbell from Ghost Town Blues Band finally takes an official Monday Night Seat On The Couch! And to make it even better, we will WORLD PREMIER songs from Hard Road To Hoe Their new album which will not drop for a few weeks. I'll talk with Matt about the formation of GTBB and the way it eveolved into the full-fledged band it is today. We'll discuss their two final stage appearances at the last two IBCs and ask him to share some advice to those coming in for the 2015 IBC.
Then BOBBY RUSH will join me...Yes, THAT Bobby Rush! The Blues hall Of Fame Inductee, the 2014 Grammy nominatee for his album, Down In Louisiana, will be the last official guest of 2014. This interview could go on for way longer than nomal, so I decided not to book anyone after him.
If there is any time left, I will do a review of 2014 and Music On The Couch and probably announce a BIG TIME CONTEST for 2015!
How can it get any better than this folks!
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 # 267 – Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”
The Exit56 Blues Fest takes place in Brownsville, TN on May 23rd and includes a Blues Concert, Corvette Car Show, Classic Car Cruise-In and a Deep Fried BBQ Eating Contest. I will speak with Sonia Outlaw-Clark about the event and how you can be a part of this wonderful celebration.
Nate Myers has been playing harmonica since boyhood. He has performed with many wonderful musicians and he and his band, The Aces are well know for their great shows. Nate has a new album out entitled It’s My Music and I will chat with him about the album and his career.
Toots Lorraine and her band, The Traffic, are out of Jacksonville, FL, but their music is West Coast Jump Blues & Swing with Chicago Blues mixed in for comfort. I will speak with Toots and her guitarist husband, Chad Dant about their journey to this point and the music and the new album, Make It Easy.
COUCH KID NEW MUSIC WORLD PREMIER! My ‘nephew’ Mr. Sipp brings his upcoming album The Mississippi Blues Child to The Couch and we get to share it with y’all a couple of weeks before it drops. Thrilled to be doing this and let me tell you, I have been playing the darn thing over and over since it arrived!
Then another Couch Kid New Music Segment with Mark Wenner from The Nighthawks comes by for the third time, with music from their new release, Back Porch Party. Once again, this album is acoustic and was recorded live to tape before a studio audience. We’ll speak with Mark about the goings on of the Nighthawks and the music on this great new album
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