Jeff Dale was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and was taught how to play the blues by two itinerant blues musicians from the west side when he was 13 years old. He ended up in Southern California, recording and playing until 1988 when he disappeared.
He is back now with his band, the South Woodlawners and their new album is entitled Good Music.
Jeff and I discussed his remarkable career and the legends he met and played alongside and his reaction to the fan reaction to his new music.
Anita Kruse, Founder & Executive Director of Purple Songs Can Fly made a proposal to Carol Herron, the Director of the Arts in Medicine Program, in December of 2004, and they began the process of creating a unique experience for the children being treated at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers and their siblings.
Purple Songs Can Fly was founded, and I began working with the first child on March 21, 2006. The children’s songs are copied on purple CDs and flown by participating passengers, pilots and astronauts to places on earth and into space.
I was joined by Anita and Carol along with Christian Spear, a cancer survivor and now a Fellow at Purple Songs Can Fly and Stephen Makia, a cancer survivor and one of the first to record a song for PSCF.
Tas Cru also called in to add his impressions of the organization and his time there in July.
Jenn Ocken stopped by to talk about Blues On Beale Street: Memoirs of the International Blues Challenge, a photo book accompanied by a series of written experiences, short stories, song lyrics, and quotes by the vast variety of attendees of the International Blues Challenge, expressing their personal experiences while attending and competing at the event.
She and Greg "Slim Lively" Johnson have worked together on this project and Jen told us how it got started and how you can pre-order the book before it is available in January
EG Kight’s musical style transcends musical boundaries and has been called “country-flavored southern-fried blues”.
With a blend of americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk, she is helping to shape contemporary blues.
Her her latest album, A New Day, is to be released on September 16th, and tonight she came and took her Seat On The Couch and talked about her life, career and events that transpired that brought this album forth.
You know THAT album…Split Second, the one conceived after the President of Blues Leaf Records heard them both on the show in 2011 and decided to put them together and then only alluded to it only in the cover notes!!!!!
Anni is finishing up a tour of the US and called in to talk about her time here and we asked if it meant if she would be moving here full time… what was her answer?
Danny Bryant is Walter Trout's protégé and while Walter is recovering from his successful Liver Transplant, Danny and Walter’s son Jon Trout have been out with the Walter Trout Band bringing the music to the fans.
The tour ends the end of this week, so we had a chance to recap the last four weeks with the duo and also check in on Walter's health.
Keyboardist Sammy Avila even chimed in for a bit!
During our time together we played two of Danny's songs (one with Walter) and the title cut from Walter's new album "The Blues Came Callin'"
Tonight we had two Couch Kid News Segments to open the show.
First The Soul Of John Black stopped by to talk about the two awards his song, Higher Power won during the recent Independent Music Awards - first taking the industry judge's award for R&B song and then The Vox Pop (fan) award for R&B Song and to thank his fans for their votes.
He also discussed getting ready to head back into the studio and start on his new album, which he said would be out sometime in 2015.
Then Sonny Rock popped on to talk about his Radio Show Local Licks on WRIP-FM and http://www.wrip979.com.
His show airs on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9-m Eastern and Sonny plays all kinds of cool music…check him out and find your new best favorite band or artist!
Forrest McDonald was seven years old when he first heard blues man Josh White perform and as he puts it, “I was hooked!”
In the summer of 1964 he hitchhiked to NYC where he met and was influenced by Muddy Waters.
From there, it just kept happening for Forrest and now, he has released his 12th album Turnaround Blues.
Forrest joned me and we talked about his career and being in the right place at the right moment to meet some of the legends of the business along the way.
He also kept it real about some of the musicians out there today…go find out who and why.