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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!
LIVE, UNCUT & UNCENSORED CONVERSATIONS WITH "MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW"
The John Weeks Band are John on gutitars & vocals, Andras "AC" Csapo on keys, harmonica and vocal, Curtis hawkins on bass and Tim "Chooch" Molinario on drum and their debut album is simply entitled John Weeks Band. They share a blend of blues, funk and rock and we will chat with John, and find out more about the newest member of the band, Michele Steele.
Fo'Reel are a New Orlean's based band bringing the Blues, R&B and Funk that includes C.P. Love, Johnny Neel, Mark Domizio and David Hyde with Jon Smith and their debut album, Heavy Water is just something special. I'll chat with the guys and find out how they came together and where they are heading
Tommy Talton has been doing the Blues, rock, country, southern sound since the early 70's and he just keeps getting better. His latest is entitled Until AfterThen and it combines all of his influences into an album of superb music. Tommy returns to the Couch for the first of our Couch Kid New Music Segments and we will talk about the new album and other projects.
Finally, Jack Rowell Jr has a new project, The Royal Blues Band and a new album Finger Lickin' Blues and he will return in the second Couch Kid New Music Segment of the night to discuss both with us.
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"
Howard Glazer is a masterful guitarist whose deep-voice vocals are expressive and solidly delivered. He draws from a wide musical background to create a powerful blend of serious blues, rock and acoustic compositions, yielding an uncompromising sound. His fifth album, Looking In The Mirror, was released on October 21st, and Howard will join me to discuss his musical journey and the new album.
Marcia Ball is a word-class keyboard player with an incredible vocal talent and has performed at festivals and clubs around the globe. The singer/pianist has been blending Texas blues, Louisiana swamp ballads and New Orleans second-line rhythms into her distinctive roadhouse roots-rock for 30 years, and now her 13th album, The Tattooed Lady & The Alligator Man has been released and Marcia is creating a stir all over again. I will sit with Marcia and discuss her long career and the new album and what she has in store for 2015.
Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier talents on the Chicago blues scene and around the globe. is latest album, Message In Blue was released this past May and has received wonderful reviews across the board. Dave and I will discuss his career and his love of the Blues while listening to music from his latest release.
Kelly Zirbes returns with her new album, Don't give My Blues Away for the COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENT this week and we will find out what this great singer, and interviewer has been up to since she first sat On The Couch back on July 15, 2013, while we listen to cuts from the album.
"Musicians You Should Know"
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"
Gary Nicholson is a #1 hit songwriter, two time Grammy winning producer, recording artist, with over 500 of his songs recorded by artists as diverse as BB King, Garth Brooks, Etta James, and Ringo Starr to name a few. He can also be “Whitey Johnson,” his bluesman alter ego, or a part of the Fortunate Sons rock band. He and I will chat about his incredible career and new album, Whitey Johnson.
Markey Blue is led by Markey and Ric Latina out of Nashville, TN Markey's career began as a showgirl in Las Vegas and Ric has toured with Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams III and Gary Puckett among others before they joined together to put this band in motion. Their debut album, Hey Hey features Steve Cropper and is just great. I wil chat with them about their lives and careers and where Markey Blue is heading.
Devon Allman will join me. He has a new solo album entitled ragged & dirty and we will discuss the music on that album, his work with Royal Southern Brotherhood, the charities he supports and even his Hot Sauce! I am excited to be able to speak with Devon and discuss his journey, which was influenced more by The Beatles and Kiss more than from his dad. This should be fun!
Nathan James first Sat On The Couch back on January of 2012 to be a part of the IBC Preview shows. He now has a new album out that is actually two albums, Hear Me Calling (Acoustic solo) and Natural Born That Way (Electric band) which includes 4 songs done in each style. I'll chat with Nathan about what has been going on in his life and career and we'll check out songs from each album.
"Musicians You Should Know"
In Layman Terms is Cole Layman, 17, and Logan Layman, 14. They have a passion for the blues and write original, foot-stomping music. I met them in Memphis at the 2013 IBC and was immediately taken with their talent and maturity and LOVE of the Blues.
Their new EP's entitled It's The Blues and I am thrilled to be able to sit with Cole and Logan and talk about the incredible year they have had.
Jordan Patterson released his debut album, Give Me A Chance, in 1996 and was was an immediate hit in the Blues world, performing at festivals and clubs worldwide. For the last 10 years he has done tour management, and concert& event promotion for Britney Spears and worked for House Of Blues Concerts Canada.
He is back making music and he has released an EP entitled The Back On Track Recording project in advance of the full-length album this winter. Jrdan will join me and we will discuss how it felt to put his career on hold and work to get others noticed and what he has planned for 2015.
Etta Britt began as a country singer in a group called Dave & Sugar until she was asked why she was singing country and being told she was an R&B singer and should listen to some Delbert McClinton. Delbert appeared on her 2012 release "Out Of The Shadows" and after being asked to perform on Delbert's Sandy Beaches Cruise, Etta decided to record Etta Does Delbert, an album of Delbert's songs. We'll talk about her career, her relationship with Delbert and where she sees herself in the next five years.
Finally, Robin Banks comes back to Music On The Couch after our mis-connect a few weeks back and talks about her new releas Modern Classics.
"Musicians You Should Know"
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"
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!
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!
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.
"MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW"