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  • 02:25

    COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Greg Nagy, Shaun Murphy, Brad Hatfield & Barbara Blue

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    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


     

  • 02:56

    Angel Forrest & Blues411 Report & Darren Weale & Couch Kid New Music Holly Long

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    Show # 260 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"


     


    Angel Forrest originally Sat On The Couch back on December 8th, but technical difficulties wiped out her portion of the show, so she is back to tell her story once again. Angel is a wonderful singer and performer from Canada who has won multiple Maple Blues Awards and is nominated for two more this year.  her career spans 26 years and 8 albums and Angel and I will talk again about her incredible life.


    Then Chefjimi Patricola will come by with the Blues411 Report and tell us, in more detail and with a clearer mind, his time in Memphis at IBC and also what is coming up in his Blues World.


    Darren Weale was scheduled for December 22nd, but a Skype issue kept us apart.  The issue has been resolved and Darren, and Paul Lamb will tell us about the project Darren has taken on entitled The British Blues Exhibition.  Since we had planned to talk, some more great news has been developed and Darren will fill us in.


    Then, Couch Kid, Holly Long will return to The Couch.  Holly originally sat with me back in January of 2011.  She has a new project entitled Bullyheart. It is home for her rebel-heart which pulses with intense ambivalence about living life as a complex woman along with David Boucher and Kevin Harp. Totally different than the Holly who sat with us in 2011!


     

  • 02:58

    John Weeks Band, Fo' Reel, COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Tommy Talton & Jack Rowell Jr

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    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.


     

  • 02:59

    Gary Nicholson, Markey Blue, Devon Allman, & COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Nathan James

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    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"

  • 03:01

    Howard Glazer, Marcia Ball, Dave Specter & COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Kelly Z

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    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"


     

  • 02:59

    Brad Absher, Amanda Fish, 2 Couch Kid New Musics - Hank Mowery & Peter Novelli

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    SHOW # 266 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"


    Brad Absher is out of Houston, Texas and he and his band, Swamp Royale, have been a fixture on the Gulf Coast for over 20 years and he has appeared at the IBC getting to the finals. His new album is entitled Lucky Dog and Brad and I will explore his musical journey and speak about the album and where the band is headed next.


    I got to meet Amanda Fish at the IBC this past January.  She was in town to just meet people, play a little and let people know about her new album, Down In The Dirt.   She actually gave me a self-burned copy of the master of the album when we chatted On The Couch. I knew I had to bring her onto a Monday show and show some love, because the album is great.  In March, Vizztone picked her up, so if you don’t know about Samantha’s big sister now, you will soon!  And this is also the first set of siblings we have had on the show!


    Hank Mowery first sat on The Couch back in October of 2013.  He is back on a Couch Kid New Music Segment for his new release Excuses Plenty and we will talk about what Hank and The Hawktones have been up to since we last spoke and share this hot off the presses release with you.


    Back in July of 2014, Peter Novelli came and sat On The Couch for a Couch Kid New Music Segment and shared PRE-MASTERS for his upcoming album, St. Amant Sessions.  Well, the album is finally done and Peter had his CD Release in the Dominican Republic last week and this week we get to share the finished product and maybe even compare a song or two from back in July! 

  • 02:29

    Terry Hanck & 2 Couch Kid New Music Segments Liz Mandeville & Kirby Sewell

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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"

  • 02:57

    Markus James, Blues411 Report, Blue Lunch & Mike Osborn Sit On The Couch

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    SHOW # 264 - Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With "Musicians You Should Know"


    Markus James released his latest album back in October.  The album is entitled Head For The Hills and was recorded in the delta in Mississippi. He is backed up by some Hill Country royalty.  He music is the result of his love for the Hill Country of Mississippi and the sounds of West African Music and even toured in Mali, West Africa to continue his studies.  Markus and I will explore this unique journey and listen to tunes from Head For The Hills.


    Blues411 Report for April with friend Chefjimi Patricola will look back on the last month and look ahead to what is coming up with the music in the next month.  


    Blue Lunch hails from Cleveland and had a hit with their debut, Blue Lunch Special.  They are back with Above The Fold, which dropped in November and there was no sophomore jinx with this one.  The album has been getting a ton of airplay.    Combining all types of blues, from Chicago, to Jump to New Orleans R&B and everything in between the band's music is infectious.  I will speak with Guitarist Bob Frank about the new album and where the band is headed next.


    Also released in November, Mike Osborn's In The Dog House blends blues, rock and country to provide some powerful music.  Osborn's guitar work is stellar throughout and the whole thing was produced and mastered by Grammy award winner Alan Mirikitani who also wrote most of the music.  Mike and I will talk about his musical influences and the album and more when he joins me.

  • 03:13

    In Layman Terms, Jordan Patterson, Etta Britt & Couch Kid New Music Robin Banks

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    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"

  • 02:54

    Stacy Mitchart, Blues411 Report, Big Harp George & COUCH KID NEW MUSIC TAS CRU

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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"

  • 03:00

    Bob Eike, Carolyn Fe, COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Peter Novelli & Michael Packer

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    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"