• 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"

  • 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"


     

  • 03:01

    Carolyn Fe, Georgie Bonds, George Taylor, Altered Five & CKNM Erin Harpe

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     Live, Uncut & Uncensored Converations With "Musicians You Should Know"


    Carolyn Fe comes by for the COUCH KID NEWS segment to give some thanks for her album being named "International Release Of The Year" for the Jimi Awards.


    Georgie Bonds is a Philadelphis, PA native who was a part of the storied Black Cowboys organization.  While working as a blacksmith, Georgie would play his guitar and make up songs. That led to playing with the likes of Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Jimmy Vaughn and many others. He released his debut album in 2001.  It took until 2013 for his second, Stepping Into Time to be released. I'll speak with Georgie and find out more about the obstacles he has faced along the way and his determination to keep moving forward.  This is a great story.


    George Taylor has spent time in the Delta perfecting his art, had the honor of being invited to do an interview with the legendary Sonny Paine and lived in Austin where he recorded his second album, Rain Or Shine.  The album is a collection of 10 originals that show the depth of Taylor's lyrical style and his wonderful melodies.


    Altered Five Blues Band are Jeff Taylor, Jeff Schroedl, Mark Solveson, Scott Schroedl and Raymond Tevich and this Milwaukee based band's third album, Cryin' Mercy has been produced by Tom Hambridge.  I will speak with the guys and find out about ther journies to come together and thier new music.


    Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers (JIm Countryman, Bob Nisi and Richard Rosenblatt) have a new album entitled Love Whip Blues and we will chat with them during the Couch Kid New Music Segment of the show.  They're on the way to Memphis for the 2015IBC


     

  • 01:39

    Fathead & Madison Slim

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    Live, Uncut, Uncensored Conversations  With "Musicians You Should Know"


    Angel Forrest will be rescheduled due to technical issues


    Fathead is John Mays, Al Lerman, Omar Tunnoch, Papa John King and Bucky Berger and they released Fatter Than Ever this past summer. This is their 10th album and they continue to prove that they can bring the Roots & Blues to the party.  I will speak with the guys about growing up in their hometowns in Canada, how the blues found them and how they found each other and formed back in 1992. 


    Madison Slim found Little Walter while serving in the US Air force in 1967.  He ended up in Chicago, playing with some of the best and became a member of The Legendary Blues Band and played with Jimmy Rodgers for 7 years, touring the globe.  He moved to Florida to relax and found Couch Kid Doug Deming and has been a memebr of the Jeweltones since then.  


    His new album is entitled Close...But No Cigar and I get to sit with Slim (and Doug and Mark Thompson) to talk about his life and new album.


    Mike Zito had to cancel due to a conflict

  • 02:29

    Terry Hanck & 2 Couch Kid New Music Segments Liz Mandeville & Kirby Sewell

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    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"

  • 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.

  • 02:44

    Howard & The White Boys, Blues411 Report, Billy Boy Arnold & CKNM Niecie

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    Live, Uncut, Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"


    Howard & the White Boys (Howard McCullum, Rocco Calipari, Pete Galanis and Jim Christopulos), got together for a little jam in 1988 and the magic of what they brought to the table was evident. Since then with a few minor personnel changes, the band has been in this formation since about 2007. 


    Their 6th album, Rosa's Lounge, is their second live release.  I will get to sit and talk with the band about the their 26 years together and where they came from beforehand as we check out tunes from the album.


    Chefjimi Patricola slides into his Couch Seat for the last time in 2014, with his Blues411 Report, to review the year and preview the coming year in the Blues.


    Billy Boy Arnold has released first album on his new label, Stoney Plain Records, entitled The Blues Soul Of Billy Boy Arnold.  He released his first album in 1952 and has been thrilling audiences ever since.  The new album was produced by Duke Robbillard and features a group of incredible musicians backing him. 


    I get to sit and talk with this incredible talent who was inducted into The Blues Hall Of Fame in 2013 about his life and career and we'll check out tunes on the album.


    Niecie has a new album entitled The Other Side, and she will be returning to The Couch to discuss this collection of songs and what her life has been like since she first became a Couch Kid.


     

  • 03:03

    Low Society, Hurricane Ruth, & C.K. NEW MUSIC From Rory Block & Grady Champion

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    Sturgis Nikides plays the blues but does it with a flavor of rock and roll, from its origins in delta blues to its far dark alternative edge. Together with the vocals of his partner in life and crime, Mandy Lemons, their music has found its home. Together they are Low Society and I will sit and chat with them about their journey as we listen to You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down, which dropped last week.


    The band Hurricane Ruth consists of Hurricane Ruth LeMaster on vocals, Dave Lumsden on guitar, Gary Davis on bass and Jim Engle on drums. They originate from central/southern Illinois, packing venues throughout the region. Critics and fans hail their shows as powerful, raw, emotional and dynamic. Their new album, Born On The River, consists of 11 originals that prove their reputation as tthe Ultimate Blues Rock Experience. We'll talk about their road to this point and how they found each other in the world of music.


    Then I am thrilled to have TWO COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENTS on the show.


    First, Ms Rory Block returns with her latest gem, Hard Luck Child - A Tribute To Skip James, a full week before it releases!  Rory and I will talk about what she has been doing since her last visit on June 17th of last year and explore her new album, the fifith in her Mentor Series.


    Then Grady Champion returns to The Couch to talk about his new album, Bootleg Whiskey which dropped last month.  Grady originally took a Seat On The Couch way back in January of 2012, and I am excited to have him return with the new album.  We'll explore what he has been up to and reask a question we asked in his first interview, "If you had not won the IBC, would your career be the same?" to see if his answer is the same.


    "Musicians You Should Know"

  • 02:54

    New Music WORLD PREMIER No Refund Band & Missy Andersen & Rob Stone & Lucy & Ben

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    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"

  • 02:56

    Murali Coryell, E.G. Kight, Ernie Southern & NEW MUSIC Mississippi Heat

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    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.

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