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Stacy Mitchhart has always been a bandleader. He developed his sound and stagecraft at the helm of four groups in his hometown of Cincinnati — climbing the pinnacle of the city’s blues scene. “I heard Springsteen, Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but that stuff never moved me,” he recounts. “When I saw Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and B.B. King, I knew what I wanted to do." And that brings us to his 12th album, Live My Life. I get to sit with Stacy and talk about his incredible journey in music and from Cincinnati to his current hometown, Nashville.
It's been two months since ChefJimi took his seat On The Couch and he will have a ton to discuss in his Blues411 Report, his anniverary, Daytona Blues Fest, the recently announced Blues Blast Award Winners and so much more...
Big Harp George is, in the real world, George Bisharat. He is 59 years old and just released his debut album entitled Chromaticism. You have to wonder where this man has been all this time and how he ended up recording his debut album at Kid Andersen's Greaseland Studio with such incredible musicians and what in the world has he been doing all these years? We'll get you all those answers as we speak with george and share music from his album.
COUCH KID NEW MUSIC features Tas Cru returning to The Couch. His initial visit was back in December of 2012 and he returns with some World Premiers from his about to be released album You Keep The Money. The album is going to be some great new music from this "Master Of The Triple Entendre" and we are lucky to be able to share it with you prior to its release.
"Musicians You Should Know"
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.
Anita Kruse made a proposal to Carol Herron, the Director of the Arts in Medicine Program, in December of 2004, and they began the process of creating a unique experience for the children being treated at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers and their siblings.
Purple Songs Can Fly was founded, and I began working with the first child on March 21, 2006. The children’s songs are copied on purple CDs and flown by participating passengers, pilots and astronauts to places on earth and into space.
Grab some tissues and join me as I speak to this remarkable woman and I am hopeful, we will have at least one join us.
Chefjimi Patricola is back from the European Blues Cruise and will enthrall us with tales of Blues on the open seas and more on the Blues411 Report.
Jeff Dale was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and was taught how to play the blues by two itinerant blues musicians from the west side when he was 13 years old. He ended up in Southern California, recording and playing until 1988 when he disappeared.
He is back now with his band, the South Woodlawners and their new album is entitled Good Music. I will chat with Jeff, try and find out what was going on during that 20 year absence and listen to his music.
JP Soars has sat On The Couch twice. The first time in 2013 and then last year with Southern Hospitality. Tonight he is back to talk about his latest release Full Moon Night In Memphis, a fantastic collection of songs by a talented musician.
"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!
In 2012 Steve Hill 2012 released Solo Recordings – Volume 1, which won Best Self-Produced CD at the IBC, 5 trophies at the 11th annual Lys Blues gala – including Blues Album of the Year – and a Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year.
He just released Solo Recordings - Volume 2 and will be joining me to talk about his life and career, as we listen to the tunes.
The Oxford Blues Fest takes place on July 17, 18 & 19. I will chat with Darryl Parker about how the festival came to be and we will hear about the acts who will grace their stage.
The Cazanovas come from Atlanta, Georgia and bring their own incomparable "Kick Ass Blues" for each and every show, melding timeless blues style that every audience relates to with a fresh energy that keeps them hungry for more.
I speak with the band about their music and their album, Just Gettin' By
Couch Kid New Music features Too Slim & The Taildraggers new release Anthology. I will speak with Slim aboout the album and what the band is up to.
Chefjimi comes by with the Blues411 Report for July
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.
Bill "Watermelon Slim" Holmans. What can you say about this man? Bonnie Raitt probably said it best when at a 2009 concert she called Slim a "living blues legend".
Born in Boston, Slim was raised in North Carolina listening to the housekeeper sing John Lee Hooker songs.
Watermelon Slim & The Workers have garnered 17 Blues Music Award nominations including a record-tying six in both 2007 & 2008 and Slim is the only blues artist in history with twelve in two consecutive years.
So much to this man's life, we will try and fit it all in!
He will be joined by Sean "Bad" Apple and Bluesberry Cafe Owner, Arthur Crivaro to talk about the 2014 Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival which is on April 10, 11 and 12.
Chefjimi will be here with his Blues411 Report for the month and as we are getting into Festival season, Jimi should be full of info!
Then Ron Tanski will join me for COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT #1
We met at the 2012 IBC and then Ron took his seat in May of that year.
His new album Never Pet A Burning Dog and we get to share it with y'all on this evening.
Then COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT #2 brings Harpdog Brown back with his new album What It Is
Harpdog originally joined me back in November of 2012.
We will chat with Harpdog about the album and his 2014 tour.
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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"
Our first show after the IBC adventure and we come out of the box SMOKIN'!
Annika Chambers has begun to take the Blues World by storm and if you do not know her...YOU SHOULD!
She was named 2013 Houston Press - Best Female Vocalist and her debut album Making My Mark, has created a buzz about this talented woman.
Come find out more about Annika and listen to some songs from her album.
Then Chefjimi will bring his Blues411 Report since he had the IBC sickies last Monday.
At that time, Couch Kid, Pam Taylor will be stoping by to make a BIG Announcement...so stay tuned.
Jim Gustin is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer from Santa Clarita, California. He has a distinctive, powerful voice; soulful and blue with smoky rasp, he is a passionate and energetic performer. His many varied influences are evident as he crosses from blues to country to rock and roll. He is also a very solid guitarist with great tone and a funky feel.
I will chat with Jim and we will check out tunes from Can't Shed A Tear By Jim And Truth Jones.
Then I am excited that our first NEW RELEASE of the year is from the great Bernie Pearl. Bernie's new album is entitled Take Your Time and this is a winner folks!
Her name is Peach and in 2001 the L.A. Music Awards named her Blues Artist of the Year.
She has been going strong ever since. Her new album is entitled The Real Thing and it includes a duet with Taj Mahal.
Peach and I will explore her journey and listen to tunes from the album.
Brent Johnson has been playing guitar since he was a child and was writing music for his bands in high school.
By the time he was 22 he was playing with The Braille Blues Daddy, Bryan Lee. After 10 years of touring with this legendary musician, Brent has released his self-titled debut album.
Brent and I will discuss his road and listen to his new music.
Chefjimi will come by with his Blues411 Report and tell us what is going on in his Blues World.
And finally, Lisa Biales returns with her new album, Belle Of The Blues, produced by the one and only E.G. Kight & Bruce Hornsby and featuring Tommy Talton.
Jim Allchin joins me. Jim has a brand new album entitled Q.E.D.
His story is one of a bluesman indeed. Born and raised in a small house in the middle of farmland in Florida, he sometimes missed school because crops needed to be harvested.
From there, he became a world recognized leader in Computer Science and software. He worked at and started a couple of small companies before joining Microsoft in 1990.
Through it all, he had music.
His new album, Q.E.D., is “at the forefront of contemporary blues” — recorded in 5 different studios (4 in Seattle) and one in NYC.
Joanne Fish is a Documentarian and she is currently working on a Documentary about W.C. Handy. In 2007 Joanne completed her award winning documentary on the “Queen of Rockabilly” Wanda Jackson, entitled “The Sweet Lady With The Nasty Voice”, won “Best in Show” at the Oklahoma City Film Festival, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, and was an official entry at over 20 other film festivals.
She won an Emmy award for "Class Acts" a documentary about Los Angeles’ first public High School of the Arts, and received seven Emmy nominations for her work.
We will talk about her latest project entitled “Mr. Handy’s Blues
Also first Monday, so Chefjimi will be here. He is sharing his time with ‘Couch Kid’ Mud Morganfield who is in a legal battle over his music. We will delve into this situation, so you, the fans, can be more aware .
From the age of 8, Jon Zeeman has been obsessed with guitars, amps, jimi Hendrix, Clapton and more.
At the age of 13 he decided music would be his career and he made it happen. During the 80's he lived in NYC and wrote songs, performed and produced music at his studio. He has been on stage with The Allman Brothers, Janis Ian and others.
I will talk with Jon about his life and career as we listen to music from his album, Down On My Luck.
Dudley Taft grew up in the midwest and in high school he founded the band Space Antelope with his friend Trey Anastasio (Phish).
He spent years on the road with Sweet Water and Second Coming and is not creating his own brand of 'Delta Riffs, Texas Sagebrush American Blues'.
I will chat with Dudley and we will listen to music from his latest, Deep Deep Blue.
From Norway, JT Lauritsen returns to The Couch with his latest release. Looking forward to sharing some new music from this great musician.
First Monday of the month means Chefjimi will be with us to share his Blues411 Report.
Rio & The Ramblers will be rescheduled.