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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.
Show # 295 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Back in July 2015, Lisa Mann was a guest on the show. During our talk she mentioned her niece Aly and her battle with cancer and a benefit, which was going to be held.
I told Lisa to include a silent auction item from me…the chance to co-host and select two guests.
Well in the end Lisa was the winning bid – not sure there were any other bids or Lisa has had this deep desire to fulfill her Robin Quivers Radio Role!
The two musicians she selected are also from the Portland area…Lisa showing love to her peeps in the northwest.
First is Rae Gordon. She was awarded a Muddy Award in 2014 for Best Female Vocalist and is a constant presence in the Northwest Music Scene. I look forward to learning more about Rae during the show.
Kevin Selfe is a Couch Kid and would have been booked for a Couch Kid New Music Segment with the release of his latest, Buy My Soul Back. When Lisa mentioned his name it was a done deal!
As Co-host, Lisa will be asking a lot of the questions and I can guarantee there will be fun galore.
Of course we will hear some music from each of these folks.
photo of Aly: Tori Ava
SHOW # 294 – Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”
Back on March 25, 2013 Hans Theessink was a guest on the Couch. It was the World Premier of his album with Terry Evans, Wishing Well. We spoke about his life and the partnership with Terry and things they were working on. Back in April, True & Blue was released. Hans and I decided to wait until he was in the same time zone, so tonight he calls from Houston, TX
D.L. Duncan is one of the most talented musicians in America and many people do not know him. He has two BMA nominations for songs he co-wrote with Curtis Salgado, he has released five albums in his career, and the latest is simply titled D.L. Duncan. We’ll find out more about this wonderful musician.
Randall Bramlett has released a new album, Devil Music. This is a thrill; I have been a fan for years, back to his time with Sea Level, and his work with Greg Allman and Widespread Panic. He has led his own bands and was Steve Winwood’s go-to tour mate for 16 years, including the ’94 Traffic reunion. He and I will talk more about his incredible career and listen to the music on the album.
Guy Davis returns for a Couch Kid New Music Segment for his new release, Kokomo Kid. Guy has been incredibly busy and we will talk about his life since he appeared on The Couch on October 14, 2013 while we check out the new album.
In May during Brandon Santini’s “Beale Street Mess-Around”, Pat Robertson bid on, and won the chance to co-host Music on The Couch. Along with co-hosting, she selected the two musical guests and will be assisting me in the interviews.
Now, I don’t know much about Pat, but we will remedy that next Monday.
HER TWO GUESTS???
Oh, sorry, yup that would be Harmonica Player Billy Watson, out of California. He is leader of Billy Watson and the International Silver String Submarine Band is an improvisational, all-star cast of musicians, hand-picked from the California music scene. And our second guest is Harmonica Player Charlie Musselwhite; Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee, Multiple BMA Winner and a Couch Kid to boot!
I love doing these show because it means we raised money for a good cause.
Albert Cummings comes out of New England and began playing the banjo prior to picking up the guitar. What put these instruments into his hands, what was it like to come to Memphis for the 1999 IBC after only performing for two years and the history of his music and recordings will be some of the things I will discuss with Albert as we listen to music from Someone Like You.
Chris O’Leary fronted the Barnburners, the band led by the great Levon Helm. The last album, Live At Blues Now, was nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine Award for Best Live Album. His fourth album, Gonna Die Tryin’ has been released and I’ll discuss the road he has traveled and which occurrence, the album dropping or his son Jackson being born made him more nervous.
What can you say about Chris Barnes? The man can act, he can write, he owns two successful clubs and he also owns Hokum Blues. What is Hokum Blues? It is “a humorous song which uses extended analogies or euphemistic terms to make sexual innuendos.” I get to finally sit with Chris and talk about his career and the new album, 90 Proof Truth.
On Couch Kid New Music, Todd Wolfe joins me along with his new album, Long Road Back. What has Todd’s year been like since he Sat on The Couch in August of 2014? How many miles has Todd traveled in that time? Why did he select the 2 covers on the album? We’ll talk about these things and more while listening to songs from the new album.
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 # 293 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Deb Callahan sings blues soaked soul…or is it soul soaked blues? Either way, this Boston born songstress has been working audiences up and down the eastern seaboard for the last 20 years. Her 5th album is entitled Sweet Soul and I get to sit with Deb and talk about her life and journey down the blues highway.
Colin Linden is a singer, songwriter and producer who has worked with folks like Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett, The Band, and Bob Dylan to name just a few. When Colin was 11 he met Howlin’ Wolf and his path was sealed. His new album us entitled Rich In Love and Colin and I will explore his fantastic history and music.
Out of SoCal comes the band Crooked Eye Tommy. The band led by brothers Tommy & Paddy Marsh play twin guitar blues. They made their way to the IBC in 2014 representing the Santa Barbara Blues Society and have not looked back. Their album, Butterflies & Snakes is a solid collection of 11 originals.
Couch Kid New Music comes to us from Dalannah Bowen and her musical partner Owen Vebar. Dalannah and Owen made their way to the IBC this past January and even with Dalannah battling food poisoning, they made t to the final stage, only to be denied when the illness prevented them from performing. Yup...that good! We will talk about their getting together, the IBC talem and their wonderful new album, Been Around A While.
SHOW #290 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
We begin the evening with Anthony Geraci. Founding member of Sugar Ray & The Bluetones has also been a keyboard force for folks like Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Big Mama Thornton and Jimmy Rogers to name just a few. With the backing of some good friends, known here as The Boston Blues All-Stars, Anthony delivers Fifty Shades Of Blue, a 13 song tour de force. I will speak with Anthony about his career and the new album.
Couch Kid New Music with Tommy McCoy, who has been performing around the globe and with a legendary listing of performers since the 80s. He has just released 25 Year Retrospective, a collection of songs representing every album along with 3 brand new tracks. Featuring performances alongside folks like Lucky Peterson, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm; the album is a true picture of Tommy’s musical life. He and I will chat about the new album and more.
Lazer Lloyd is finally making his way onto The Couch. We will discuss his incredible success, which began in Israel and has spread to the rest of the world. We’ll find out about his writing and the new self-titled album. We’ll also talk about the new video for his song “Never Give Up”, in response to the murder of a young couple in Israel, in hopes of raising money for their orphaned children. As Lloyd makes his way back to the US for a series of tours, we’ll learn more about this special musician.
Couch Kid New Music with Dudley Taft and his about to be released album Skin And Bones. I am thrilled to share some songs from the album with you before its October 16th release. We’ll also find out what has been keeping Dudley busy since he last appeared on The Couch in May 2014.
SHOW # 291
Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”
This week we have four Couch Kids come back to share their new music and tell us what they have been up to since their last visit.
Omar Kent Dykes is coming for his fifth visit to The Couch. This time he drops by to discuss his new release The Kitchen Sink, which is only being released digitally at this time. I’ll chat with Omar and find out about the music and his life.
Pam Taylor has sat on The Couch. Now she and her partner Robert Johnson, Jr. are together as Stolen Hearts and their new album is entitled Dirty Southern Soul. I will chat with Pam and Robert about the decision to go duo and where they are heading with the new music.
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown & MJ have a new album entitled Born To Love The Blues. The album is a collection of Blues, Funky Soul, Memphis Strut and Southern Rock served up with the addition of MJ (Merrian Johnson) on vocals. I’ll chat with Dan & Erica and find out what they have been up to since we last spoke.
Sheri Puorto’s new album, My Obsession, will have been released on the 15th. Shari comes by The Couch to talk about her new music and what she has been up to since she last visited The Couch when her album Real was released.
Show #292 – Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With Musicians You Shold Know
Les Copeland caught the attention of “Honeyboy Edwards” and Michael Frank and recorded his debut on Earwig in 2010. His sophomore effort, also on Earwig, is now out and has folks talking about Les more and more. We’ll talk about his journey and discuss and listen to the songs from To Be In Your Company
Andy Cohen has spent many years on the road sharing his talents as a masterful acoustic guitarist, folklorist and troubadour. His new album is entitled Road Be Kind and contains one original and 15 interpretations of older songs. Andy and I will discuss his musical education and the new album.
Ryan Lee Crosby came to us through Couch Kid Ted Drozdowski. Ryan’s fifth album, Busker On The Broad Highway is a collection of 4 original tunes and 6 blues classics; Ryan recorded it all live to tape with no overdubs to capture the spirit of the music. He and I will sit and talk about the road, the life changes and where he is today in his life.
Monkey Junk originally Sat On The Couch back on November 18, 2013 when we discussed their careers and the band and heard songs from their All Frequencies album. This week Steve, Tony and Matt return to talk about the new release, Moon Turn Red, which was released September 25th. We’ll find out what the guys have been up to since their last visit, check out Tuneage from the new album and find out where they are heading next.
SHOW # 284 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”
Christian Collin originally Sat On The Couch on April 28, 2014 shortly after he released his album American Art. He has a new album, Spirit Of The Blues, which released in July and he returns to The Couch to discuss the music it contains.
Cheryl Lescom is a first time guest to The Couch. She has been performing for about 40 years and her new album 1953, released on my birthday in June! I’ll chat with Cheryl and explore her journey and the many great artists she has performed alongside.
Couch Kids Andy T and Nick Nixon return for another visit to The Couch, this time to talk about their album, Numbers Man, which releases the day after their visit. It is always a great time catching up with these two fantastic musicians and we will talk about what they have been up to since they last appeared on June 16, 2014.
Finally, Couch Kid Zac Harmon takes his Seat On The Couch for the third time. He originally sat with me back on November 5, 2012 after his Music Is Medicine album released. Then he returned this past January for one of the IBC Preview Shows to give some advice to the Challengers. On this show he comes by to talk about his release Right Man, Right Now, which will drop the next morning.
SHOW # 282 – Live Uncut & Uncensored Conversations with “Musicians You Should Know”
Couch Kid News with Michael Packer and his new single "Yo Staten Island", his Blues-Hop response to the death of Eric Garner.
Mitch Mann moved to Muscle Shoals in 1993 and has become part of the culture of that great musical city. His new album, Blackwater Creek contains seven originals and four covers. Some incredible musicians including Donna Jean Godchaux, Scott Boyer and Jimmy Hall join him.
Big Jim Adam has appeared at the IBC Twice, one representing the Colorado Blues Society and most recently representing his new home, the Blues Society Of The Treasure Coast. He was awarded top honors at the 2012 Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition. His music is Gospel infused Blues and he can spin a tale brilliantly. His latest albums are the Blues-Roots Cajun Moon and the Blues-Gospel Needed Time.
The band Mississippi Fever hails from St. Louis and is made up of singer/guitarist Brent Barker, bassist Ted May and drummer Tom May. Their sophomore album, 300 Miles to Memphis contains 8 originals and two covers and includes some harp from Brandon Santini and keyboards from Rick Steff.
Couch Kid New Music brings back Sadie Johnson, a name you might know from Sad Sam Blues Jam, the band she and her sister formed and brought to the IBCs for the Youth Showcases a few years in a row. Sadie was signed to the Girls With Guitars Tour in Europe by Ruff Records and just released the newest GWG album with Eliana Cargnelutti and Heather Crosse.
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