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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"
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"
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.
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"
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"
It is Sunday, that means it is time to tlak about all the news that is going on in the sports.
A Sunday morning tradition. Cuervo and Sonny and a cast of others that come in.
The Final Four, NFL moves, NBA, and MLB talk today.
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
Tim Williams is a blues-based singer / songwriter / multi - instrumentalist. He is a 40 year veteran of the 'Roots' music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60's.
He is also the 2014 IBC Winner in the Solo/Duo Category and he will join me to talk about his journey from the coffee houses of the 60's to the stage at the Orpheum in January while listening to tunes from Blue Highway.
The Georgia Flood is Brooks Mason & Lane Kelly and their sound is that of a 60's style Blues-based Rock band similar to Cream, The Black Keys, Hendrix, and Blind Faith.
Their vintage style and tone harkens to the day of Woodstock, the Fillmore's East and West, and the Monterey Pop Festival.
We'll talk about their self-titled debut album and where they are headed.
Eddie Cotton, Jr. is an electric blues guitarist from Clinton, Mississippi.
A minister’s son, Eddie Cotton Jr. grew up singing and playing gospel music at church and playing the music of blues legends like B.B. King at home.
His new album, Here I Come is a collection of 10 originals. I will chat with Eddie about his life and album.
Mary Bridget Davies is a 'Couch Kid' and is now appearing on Broadway in A Night With Janis and recently worked with original Big Brother member, Sam Andrews, on a new album, Coast to Coast (on a Piece of Toast)
Mary & Sam join me to talk about their long friendship, working together, the new album and Mary's fabulous run on Broadway.
Halley DeVestern has been playing guitar since before her teens and her voice is a powerful instrument. She has toured with Big Brother & the Holding Company and the comparisons to Janis have been made. Halley will join me and talk about her life and career and we will check out tunes from the new album Fabbo! Boffo! Smasho! Steve Dawson does it all. He writes lyrics and music and performs his works. He is also a successful producer who has worked with folks like Old Man Luede
Come on in as we take the hand off from Sports Talk With The Guys!!!
Let's talk about the MLB contracts and NFL movement!
Hard Garden is Son Jack Jr, Michael Wilde and Garrett Williams and their debut album is entitled Blue Yonder and it is raising eyebrows throughout the Blues World. Their music is deep blues moved into the 21st Century and is grabs you from the first note. I will caht with the band about their backgrounds and where they are taking The Blues. Then James "Boogaloo" Bolden joins me. James was BB King's band leader for over 30 years and he is now out promoting