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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"
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"
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"
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!
Out of Lincoln, NE comes Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers.
Though Josh has been playing music in bands and solo and doing session work etc for years, this new band is less than 2 years old and have already earned their way to the 2014IBC in Memphis and been named 2013's Best Soul/R&B at the Omaha Entertainment Awards.
They released their self-titled debut album this past January and Josh is going to join me to talk about his life and career, the Shadowboxers and what is next for him to conquer.
Brad Stivers represented the Colorado Blues Society at the Youth Showcase for the IBC in 2011.
Now, Bad Brad & The Fat Cats are building reputation for high-energy Blues and winning fans across Colorado, Texas and beyond. Their new album, Take A Walk With Me is a collection of 12 origninals and includes guest performances by some top Blues musicians around.
Brad and I will talk about his journey and the new band and where they are heading.
Then we have TWO COUCH KID NEW MUSIC SEGMENTS - Both the day BEFORE the albums drop!
First, Mark Wenner comes by to talk about the new album by The Nighthawks, 444. This Washington, DC based band has been sharing their music for years and they continue to bring us fresh, cool blues with the new album.
Then Andy T & Nick Nixon come back with their latest album, Livin It Up, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Drink, Drank Drunk.
I will chat with both Andy & Nick about the last couple of years and the reception their music is getting across the country and beyond.
A special show for a special night with "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!
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"
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!
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"
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