• 02:25

    COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Greg Nagy, Shaun Murphy, Brad Hatfield & Barbara Blue

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    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


     

  • 02:57

    Markus James, Blues411 Report, Blue Lunch & Mike Osborn Sit On The Couch

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    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.

  • 03:01

    Too Slim, Dick LeMasters, Cary Morin, Anne Harris & CKNM Smokin' Joe Kubek

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    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.

  • 02:06

    ROUNDTABLE # 4-MUSICIANS, CLUBS & BMI-"Music Royalties & What They Mean To You"

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    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. 


     

  • 02:40

    WORLD PREMIER Ghost Town Blues Band "Hard Road To Hoe" & Bobby Rush!!

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    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!

  • 03:13

    In Layman Terms, Jordan Patterson, Etta Britt & Couch Kid New Music Robin Banks

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    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"

  • 02:58

    John Weeks Band, Fo' Reel, COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Tommy Talton & Jack Rowell Jr

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    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.


     

  • 02:59

    Gary Nicholson, Markey Blue, Devon Allman, & COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Nathan James

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    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"

  • 02:56

    Angel Forrest & Blues411 Report & Darren Weale & Couch Kid New Music Holly Long

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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!


     

  • 02:47

    Alastair Greene, Blues411 Report, Alexis P Suter & NEW MUSIC Arsen Shomakov

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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.

  • 03:01

    Howard Glazer, Marcia Ball, Dave Specter & COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Kelly Z

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    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"


     

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