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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Back in January during International Blues Challenge Week in Memphis, a silent auction was held during the Tuesday Night Tas Cru Jam to benefit Generation Blues.
Don Hudson cast the winning bid and his prize was to co-host Music On The Couch and also select two guests to have on the show that evening.
Don’s choices are James Armstrong and John Nemeth. Both are Couch Kids, so I was excited to bring them back.
Don will be joining me in chatting with James and John about what they have been up to since they each appeared on the show and we will play music from James’ album, Guitar Angel and John’s latest Memphis Grease.
Join us for what shapes up to be an evening of laughs and great music.
Couch Kid Joanne Fish comes by to talk about her documentary Mr. Handy's Blues and the Indigogo Campaign which begins tomorrow...
Then we speak with Bo & The BluesDrivers, who’s new Self-Titled EP released in May. The band recorded, mixed and mastered the album inside of one day, and they have been touring venues and festivals since. I’ll chat with the band and find out more about their journey and where they are heading.
Noah Wotherspoon Band took 2nd place at the International Blues Challenge this year and he was named Gibson Guitar Player of The Year. The new album, Mystic Mud just dropped and is already making noise throughout the Blues World. I get to chat with Noah about his life and music and he may even have Rob & Brian along for the ride!
Jimmy Wolf is a member of the Turtle Clan Mohawk Tribe from upstate New York and has played on stages with some of the most revered Bluesmen around including Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Albert King and Albert Collins. His latest release is a Tribute to Little Johnny Taylor and I will speak with Jimmy about his finding the Blues and his career.
Finally, Tad Robinson joins me. Tad and I were supposed to hook up a few years back, but it never did. Tonight he will be coming by to talk about his new release, Day Into Night and we will learn more about this talented artist while we explore the music on the album.
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Lisa Grissom from Tall City Blues Fest stops by to discuss the festival on July 10, 11 & 12. Music On The Couch will be webcasting live once again and I am acting as stage Emcee for this Festival partner.
Bernard Allison just released his first studio album in 6 years entitled In The Mix, which features all of Bernard's influences. Learning to play at an early age and listening to his dad's albums, put Bernard on solid ground. He has made himself into his own man and we will explore his journey.
Chefjimi comes by with the Blues411 Report and I am sure it will include updates on the new bionic knee.
COUCH KID NEW MUSIC TIMES TWO
First, Beth McKee brings her new album, the just released Sugarcane Revival to the Couch and we will speak with her about what has been going on in her life since she last sat with us back in June of 2011.
Another Couch Kid returns when Ray Goren brings his EP Save My Soul to share. Ray originally sat with me as part of the Generation Blues Band with Jamie “Bluesboy” Powell. Jamie passed recently and Ray is continuing with the lessons he learned from his mentor and friend.
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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.
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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 # 275 Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With Musicians You Should Know
We begin the evening with Cindy McLeod from The Calgary International Blues Festival. They are one of our Festival Sponsors this year. Their 11th Festival, this one is chock full of top Blues Artists and we will talk to Cindy about what is in store for fans.
Then I am honored to PREMIER Ghosts Of The Riverside Hotel from Mick Kolassa. Mick has done it again, creating an album that touches on all of the different flavors of the blues and it includes an “uncovering” of an old favorite. I can’t wait to share this one with you all and talk to Mick about his inspirations.
Voo Davis is out of Chicago and he has a distinct sound to his music and it continues on this, his third release entitled Midnight Mist. Recorded in Louisiana, Voo plays many of the instruments on this disc. I will chat with Voo about his life and Career and the new album.
Johnny Riley grew up with a Gospel Music dad from Texas and a Blues Music mom from Mississippi and he has created a signature in your face Southern Rock & Blues sound that is laced with Gospel undertones. His album is entitled Crossroads Of My Life and I am excited to chat with Johnny about his journey to this point and where the road will lead from here.
Then Rusty & Laurie Wright return to The Couch with COUCH KID NEW MUSIC. The album is entitled Wonder Man and dropped about 6 weeks ago. Can’t wait to chat with these two wonderful musicians and get the to share stories about the new album and their lives on the road sharing with their fans.
Paul Benjamin has recently been named Chair of the Board Of Directors of The Blues Foundation. The Board Committee just announced the hiring of Barbara Ballin Newman as President/CEO.
Pauls background with the Blues is well-known. He is owner of Time Out Pub in Rockland, Maine. He is the co-founder of the The North Atlantic Blues Festival and offers consulting services to festivals nationwide. He was awarded a Mississippi Trail Marker from the State of Mississippi for his 32 yrs of showcasing Mississippi born artists in Maine, 1 of 8 markers located outside of Mississippi.
Barbara is a fourth-generation Memphian.
A fourth generation Memphian, and has a background in accounting and corporate finance from her tenure with New York-based National Westminster Bank. Upon returning to her native Memphis in 1989, Newman began nonprofit work with the Bornblum Solomon Schechter School board of directors, serving as treasurer, vice-president of both administration and fundraising, and president.
Since 2007, Newman has been Executive Director of Beth Sholom Synagogue, handling financial administration, communications, human resources, and facility management. Newman is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and Folk Alliance International. Her husband is local music attorney Bruce Newman, of the firm Newman, DeCoster.
This will be an audience participation show, as listeners are encourged to call in with their questions and comments