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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"
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"
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!
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.
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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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Malaya Blue has been a singer-songwriter for most of her life, singing gospel music in the church choir and since then she’s gone from strength to strength. In 2011, she guested on blues-rock guitarist Mick Simpson’s album, ‘Cruel World’, singing lead vocals on the track, Find Another You.
Her new album is Malaya is ‘Bourbon Street’, a soulful mix of blues, jazz, and classic retro style pop. Malaya and I will discuss her life and career as we chack out tunes from the album.
Christian Collin is a Chicago based singer, songwriter and guitarist devoted to American roots music. Born in Detroit to a musical family, Christian began playing guitar at age 13 and has never looked back.
Previously the front man for Molasses, Christian recently released his solo debut entitled 'American Art'. Christian will tell us more about his journey as we listen to his musci.
We might never have know Nick Moss the musician if not for a kidney injury which sidelined his high school sports career. The blues world would be a different landscape if that had happend.
Sharing his Blues with the world since his 1999 debut 'First Offense', Moss has had more than 16 BMA Nominations bestowed upon him.
He has released 'Time Ain't Free' and this one has a soulful R&B feel, with flashes of Nick's love for rock, all wrapped in a big Blues hug.
I get to sit with Nick to talk about his career and where he has his sights set for the future.
Couch Kid Tommy Malone returns to share his new album, 'Poor Boy' on our COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Segment
Lucy Hammond comes by for a COUCH KID NEWS segment
AND the winner of the Jeff Jensen/Mick Kolassa #WPD Contest will be announced!
Growing up on the south side of Chicago suited Tom Holland well, its where he learned first hand from the blues worlds top players.
Holland has been a member of the legendary James Cotton’s band for about 11 years.
While not playing with Cotton, Holland fronts The Shuffle Kings, a true Chicago Blues band. Their album, No Fluff, Just The Stuff is filled with great music and Tom will join me to talk about his career and the album.
Gene Hardage is known as Sarasota Slim. He grew up in Sarasota, and has been playing music "longer than I'd like to admit, luckily this makes me somewhat legendary in certain circles", as Slim likes to say.
He toured with Lucky Peterson and earned his "Sarasota Slim" nickname from local legend Rock Bottom. His latest album is Get Up - Get Down and I will chat with Slim while we listen to the music.
Double COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENTS TONIGHT
First, Corey Lueck joins me to talk about his latest release, Live At The Hamilton.
I'll chat with Corey about what he has been up to since his visit in December of 2012 and listen to tunes from the new album.
Then Damon Fowler returns to The Couch. He has been here as a solo before and also came with Southern Hospitality.
His new album, Sounds Of Home was released in January and is a collection of 9 originals and 2 covers produced by Tab Benoit.
Damon and I will catch up on his frentic touring schedule, the new album and how his home has kept him grounded throughout it all.
THE KIM SIMMONDS SEGMENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 14, 2014
"Musicians You Should Know"
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"
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"
J.J. Thames was raised in a blue-collar family.
J.J. began performing at the tender age of 9 years old, and became a blues- shouting banshee by the time she was just 18 years old.
She cut her teeth after moving down to Jackson, MS. Where she began to perform with the celebrated "Chitlin' Circuit superstars like; Marvin Sease.
J.J. and I will explore her roots and check out tunes from her album, Tell You What I Know.
Ken Chester "Sugar Brown" Kawashima was born in Bowling Green Ohio.
His attachment to the Blues came while he studied at the University of Chicago by day and prowled the blues clubs at night, backing artists such as Taildragger and "Big Eyes" Smith.
He now lives in Toronto, and his latest album is entitled Sugar Borwns Sad Day and Sugar and I will chat about his journey to where he is today while we listen to tunes from the album.
Polly O'Keary began playing music in bars in Mexico at 16, and after a early rock career that included a record deal, she fell in love with blues at 28.
She was first named Washington Blues Society Female Vocalist of the Year in 2004, and has won it twice more since then.
Her first and second albums were well-reviewed, and the second was named Album of the Year by the WBS, and Polly was named Songwriter of the Year.
She spent time touring with Too Slim & The Taildraggers and is now back in the Northwest with a new trio. Polly and I will discuss her career and listen to songs from her latest, Compass.
Tweed Funk originally came to The Couch back in April of 2012. They return with their new album, First Name Lucky and we will find out what the band has in store for 2014 while we listen to cuts form the album.
Laith Al-Saadi began singing at age 4 and began playing guitar at 13. At 15 years old Al- Saadi formed his first blues band, Blue Vinyl.
By the time he was 18 years old they had opened for Blues greats like Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Son Seals, and Taj Mahal and toured the Netherlands. During his college years, Al-Saadi freelanced with many of Detroit's greats like Thornetta Davis, Jocelyn B, The Reefermen. In 2006, Al-Saadi was crowned "King of the Blues" for the Northern Region of the United States by Guitar Center.
He has released the album Real and it contains 7 great originals.
Laith and I will discuss his career and the new album.
GB Roots is the powerful collaboration of guitarist/banjo player Dave Barber, and female bassist Kirby Green.
Dave and Kirby began collaborating while studying music at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB. For the past few years they've been songwriting, recording and performing as GB Roots throughout Canada.
Thier album is entitled The Key and I will chat with Dve & Kirby about their lives and the new album.
Root Doctor Featuring Freddie Cunningham have established themselves with their engaging live shows.
They have been creating music together since the 80's and continue to thrive.
Their new album is entitled New Attitude and I will caht with the band about thier storied history and the music.
James Armstrong originally Sat On The Couch back in 2012 and he returns with his new album, Guitar Angels which dropped on February 18th.
James and I will talk about what he has been doing and listen to tunes from the album.
"Musicians You Should Know"