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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!
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"
Out of Lincoln, NE comes Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers.
Though Josh has been playing music in bands and solo and doing session work etc for years, this new band is less than 2 years old and have already earned their way to the 2014IBC in Memphis and been named 2013's Best Soul/R&B at the Omaha Entertainment Awards.
They released their self-titled debut album this past January and Josh is going to join me to talk about his life and career, the Shadowboxers and what is next for him to conquer.
Brad Stivers represented the Colorado Blues Society at the Youth Showcase for the IBC in 2011.
Now, Bad Brad & The Fat Cats are building reputation for high-energy Blues and winning fans across Colorado, Texas and beyond. Their new album, Take A Walk With Me is a collection of 12 origninals and includes guest performances by some top Blues musicians around.
Brad and I will talk about his journey and the new band and where they are heading.
Then we have TWO COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENTS - Both the day BEFORE the albums drop!
First, Mark Wenner comes by to talk about the new album by The Nighthawks, 444. This Washington, DC based band has been sharing their music for years and they continue to bring us fresh, cool blues with the new album.
Then Andy T & Nick Nixon come back with their latest album, Livin It Up, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Drink, Drank Drunk.
I will chat with both Andy & Nick about the last couple of years and the reception their music is getting across the country and beyond.
A special show for a special night with "Musicians You Should Know"
Dexter Allen grew up in Mississippi and began playing guitar at age 12. After years of performing in Gospel Groups, Dexter began playing blues & R&B and landed a gig with Bobby Rush.
Dexter's new album, BluezOf My Soul is comprised of 11 original tunes with special guests sprinkled throughout.
I will chat with Dexter about his life and the new album and we will check out the tunes.
Kelley Hunt was born in Kansas City and immersed in the sounds of blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel and the music has never stopped.
Kelley has recorded 6 albums, the latest entitled The Beautiful Bones, a collection of 12 songs all written or co-written by Ms Hunt.
I will chat with Kelley about her road, and the challenges she has faced along the way, whicle we listen to songs from the new album.
Blues411 Report with Chefjimi Patricola returns after a month away.. Lots to talk about indeed!
Finally...COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Selwyn Birchwood brings his Alligator Records debut, Don't Call No Ambulence, a week before it drops!
Award winning Blues and Boogie Woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza began playing the piano professionally at age 13.
Arthur has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, was a finalist at the 2010 and 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and has shared the stage with many of the luminaries of the Blues.
Arthu and I will discuss his career, his IBC visits and his latest album, Laying It Down
Jim Byrnes was born in St. Louis, Missouri – that’s blues country. He grew up on the city’s north side. One of the neighborhood bars had Ike and Tina Turner as the house band.
Jim and Couch Kid Steve Dawson have been working together for some 6 years now and have produced numebrous albums together, including Jim's latest, St. Louis Times.
Oh and you might know Jim from his numerous roles in movies and TV including The "Wiseguy" TV Series and "The Jim Byrnes Show", a syndicated variety series that ran across Canada in 1998-99.
Jim and I will discuss his music and listen to songs from the new album
Shrimp City Slim (aka Gary Erwin) is a keyboard player/singer/songwriter based in Charleston, SC.
He has released 9 albums in his 27 years as a professional musician.
He has also promoted The Blues in the South carolina area since 1986, arranging and booking festivals in the area.
Slim and I will talk about this long career and listen to songs from his latest, Star Marina.
Then we have COUCH KID NEW MUSIC with Dudley Taft who returns with his new album, Screaming In The Wind.
Also, Tas Cru will call in to talk BMA Week and Marshall Lawrence will be calling in to share some big news!
"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!
Janiva Magness has earned 6 Blues Music Awards including the BB King Entertainment OF The Year, Song Of The Year and Contemporary Female Artist Of The Year.
She is about to release Original, an 11 song collection of incredible tunes that will gain her even more praise and awards.
I am thrilled to have Janiva join me to talk about her incredible career and what challenges she wants to take on in the future.
Raoul & The Big Time have released 4 albums and their fifth is entitled, Hollywood Blvd. Out of Toronto, Canada this band brings an energetic mis of "Toronto-Chicgo-Hollywood Blues" mixing the sounds of Chess Records and West Coast Jump.
Hollywood Blvd has a stellar list of guests with 8 originals and 4 covers done only as Raoul & The Big Time can do. I will chat with Raoul about how he got to this point in his career and what the next step is for he and the band.
Carmen Grillo spent many years with the legendary Tower Of Power and is currently perfoming with Sons Of Champlin. But Different World is all carmen. his first solo album, A Different World, released near the end of 2013 is chock full of blues rock with touches of jazz thrown in and Carmen has enlisted many of those he has played alongside over the years to bolster his songs.
12 tracks, 4 of them instrumental, the labum mixes originals and covers seemlessly.
Carmen and I will discuss his great career and how, finally releasing a solo album has impacted his outlook on the future.
Couch Kid, Joel DaSilva jumps in at the top of the show to talk about his upcoming tour.
Due to a rescheduling of a release date, we will be without a COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT for the first time in 2014...
But come meet these three "Musicians You Should Know"
Dylan Doyle has been steeped in everything from Robert Johnson to Hendrix. From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the delta of rock, rockabilly, and the blues.
Dylan is gaining popularity and will be performing at some big festivals this summer and he and I will chat about where he is heading...
Greg Nagy took his rightful place among today’s leading American roots musicians with the 2009 release of his first feature album, Walk That Fine Line.
A multi-faceted artist, his songwriting, singing, and guitar playing beautifully reveal Greg’s personalized blues infused with elements of soul, r&b, rock, and gospel.
Greg has new music to share and while we play some, we will explore his life and career.
Norman Taylor is a Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic Blues performer from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area.
His style is entrenched in the country blues of people like Robert Johnson and Skip James, and contemporary acoustic blues men like Keb Mo and Guy Davis. Norman also draws influence from country, 70's rock, soul, gospel and a variety of musical forms
Norman and I will chat about his career and listen to songs from Blue Soul
COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Matthew Davidson returns for his 4th visit bringing with him his new album Cross My Heart
PLUS more #WPD as John "blueshammer" Hammer & Spike Stephan join me to talk about their win!
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne began performing early on in his life. Even with a 20-year gap in performing, he has seen the world while thrilling audiences with his masterful boogie woogie piano and soulful vocals.
A child prodigy, Kenny began playing again after a move from California to Vancouver where he adopted his nickname "Blues Boss"
Kenny's new album is entitled Rollin With The Blues Boss and we will listen to cuts from the album as Kenny talks about his life and career.
Her name is Daunielle and she is a Memphis-based vocalist whose family has been part of the Memphis music scene for years.
Daunielle's career has been in the background supporting artists like Solomon Burke, Cee Cee James, Sandy Carroll and she has toured with huey lewis & the News.
Daunielle and I will talk about her move into the spotlight as we listen to cuts from her self-titled debut album.
Brandon "Yukon Slim" Isaak and Shane Dwight did not make the show for various reasons.
"Musicians You Should Know"
Terry Quiett has released ten albums since 1999 proving his staying power, while allowing him to develop his exceptional talents as a singer, songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist in preparation for “overnight success” he has earned and deserves.
Terry has a new album entitled Taking Sides and it is twelve scorching, soulful originals, along with one classy cover, which range from raw country blues to grooving R&B.
I will chat with Terry and explore his journey.
Then Justin Johnson comes onto The Couch, calling in from Australia where he is on a long tour.
Justin has been hailed by Guitar World as a must see act and dubbed “The Wizard” for his mastery of stringed instruments, Justin Johnson has earned many accolades including a 1st place win in the Slidestock International Slide Guitar Competition.
The new album Smoke & Mirrors is a double set and is, as the album cover states, "Intended to be a sensory immersive celebration of the past, present and future of Cigar Box Guitars and American roots Instruments.
Recorded at Sun Studios and in the middle of the delta at the "Authentic Crossroads".
Justin and I will explore his history and play music from this album whch is a must for any blues lover.
Franc Robert originally sat on the Couch back in September of 2012. he has a new album entitled Ride The Iron Road and we will discuss the recording and what Franc is doing in 2014.
Kim Simmonds is the force behind Savoy Brown. Next year marks his 50th in the music industry.
Savoy Brown has a new album Going To The Delta and Kim joined me to talk about his incredible career and we will lsiten to songs from the album.
"Musicians You Should Know"