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SHOW #285 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With Musicians You Should Know"
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.
SHOW #289 – Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”
Heather Crosse has been performing for 31 years. Bassist for Heavy Suga' & The SweeTones, in 2008, Heather moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi to follow her Blues dreams & play bass for Super Chikan. This past year, Heather spent touring in the Girls With Guitars Tour for Ruf Records. Her new album is entitled Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads. I will speak with Heather about her life, career and music.
Billy Evanochko is also known as Billy The Kid and he and his band The Regulators have been wowing audiences for years. Out of the Pittsbugh, PA area, they have earned their way to the IBC twice, in 2008 and again in 2014. Their new album is I Can’t Change and Billy finally takes a seat on the Monday Couch to talk about his life and career.
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Chris Gill has been lighting up stages in the mid-South for over twenty years. Armed with sweet guitar rhythms, a soulful voice and a clever, unique songwriter’s perspective, Chris is well known as one of Jackson, Mississippi’s most entertaining performers. One of his projects is with the sensational Derrick L Martin, known as D’Mar. They have just released Take It Like That and I will chat with Chris about his career, his partnership with D’Mar and the new music.
Couch Kid New Music features Sugar Brown and his new album, Poor Lazarus. I’ll speak with Sugar and find out what he has been up to since he first sat on The Couch back on March 31, 2014 while we check out tunes from the album.
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.
Show #292 – Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With Musicians You Shold Know
Les Copeland caught the attention of “Honeyboy Edwards” and Michael Frank and recorded his debut on Earwig in 2010. His sophomore effort, also on Earwig, is now out and has folks talking about Les more and more. We’ll talk about his journey and discuss and listen to the songs from To Be In Your Company
Andy Cohen has spent many years on the road sharing his talents as a masterful acoustic guitarist, folklorist and troubadour. His new album is entitled Road Be Kind and contains one original and 15 interpretations of older songs. Andy and I will discuss his musical education and the new album.
Ryan Lee Crosby came to us through Couch Kid Ted Drozdowski. Ryan’s fifth album, Busker On The Broad Highway is a collection of 4 original tunes and 6 blues classics; Ryan recorded it all live to tape with no overdubs to capture the spirit of the music. He and I will sit and talk about the road, the life changes and where he is today in his life.
Monkey Junk originally Sat On The Couch back on November 18, 2013 when we discussed their careers and the band and heard songs from their All Frequencies album. This week Steve, Tony and Matt return to talk about the new release, Moon Turn Red, which was released September 25th. We’ll find out what the guys have been up to since their last visit, check out Tuneage from the new album and find out where they are heading next.
SHOW # 268 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
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 # 273 – Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”
A full night of Couch Kid New Music.
Debbie Davies originally Sat with me on Show # 130 on 10/29/12 and returns tonight to talk about her new release, Love Spin. She and I will chat about what her life has been like since her last visit and we will share some of the great music on Love Spin
Bart Walker became a Couch Kid on Show # 153 on 3/4/13. He recently joined the lineup of Royal Southern Brotherhood and Don’t Look Back is his first album with the band. How has life been treating Bart? How did he come to join RSB and what was it like to record this album down in Muscle Shoal, AL are all subjects we will touch on.
Sugaray Rayford is an immense man and talent. Show #184 on 10/21/13 is when we met Sugaray and since then he has just taken the Blues world by storm the last few years and his new album, Southside is just SMOKIN’! I am excited to have Sugary return to the show and talk about his whirlwind life and the constant touring and the new album.
Finally, Delta Moon first came onto The Couch for IBC Preview Show # 139 on 1/7/13. Tom Johnson and Mark Gray gave some great advice to the Challengers that year and also spoke about how Delta Moon came to be. Tonight they return to talk about their latest release, Low Down and we will find out what they have been up to as we sample some of the tasty tunes.
Show # 263 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"
Deak Harp is a master of the Mississippi Saxophone - or harmonica as most know it by. Oh, and he can also play guitar with the best of them. He now owns his own business in Clarksdale and ships his custom harmonicas around the globe. Deak and I will explore his life and career and we will share tunes from his album Clarksdale Breakdown.
Mary Hott has spent most of her career in a supporting role, working as a session vocalist in NYC and spending time at Berklee School of Music in Boston Her debut album Shaman Lover is her time to step into the spotlight with help from Billy Thompson on guitar and also as musical director. Mary and I will explore her career and life and share the music from the new album.
Bill Phillippe, is a talented solo acoustic guitarist with stylings from the pre-war blues era. His album, Ghosts, is a collection of originals and songs which Bill has imprinted with his personal stamp. We'll explore his career and the last 20 years of playing all around San Franciso.
Kelly Richey first Sat On The Couch in Dec. 2010 and then again in Feb. 2013. Tonight she wil join me to talk about the new music she is recording and releasing slowly. The album doesn't even have a title yet! We will also talk about her new band, her guitar instruction platform and continuing with her life coaching.
LIVE, UNCUT & UNCENSORED CONVERSATIONS WITH "MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW"
A full show featuring Couch Kids who have released new albums recently.
Greg Nagy...his album Stranded is a collection of songs written after the loss of his marriage..."A wounded heart is often slow, to finally let an old love go" I'll explore this very personal album with Greg
Shaun Murphy released Loretta in January and it has captured the ear of all who have heard it. It is Ms. Murphy at her strongest...tearing at these songs with a voice that does not quit. Shaun and I will discuss the album and her decision to go harder than in the past.
Brad Hatfield released For A Change in January. Off of his BMA nomination for Best New Artist, Brad was not going to take it easy and together with Tom Hambridge producing and co-writing these 12 songs show off Brad's skillfull harp playing and strong vocals
Barbara Blue is the "Reigning Queen Of Beale Street" and her new album, Memphis Blue Sweet, Strong & Tight is all that and more. Recorded at Royal Studios with the legendary Boo Mitchell behind the board, the collection of musicians backing Barbara is amazing. Can't wait to share this one with y'all
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