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SHOW # 264 - 04/06/15
MARKUS JAMES - His latest album back in October. The album is entitled Head For The Hills and was recorded in the delta and hill country of Mississippi. He is backed up by some Hill Country royalty on drums. He music is the result of his love for the Hill Country of Mississippi and the sounds of West African Music and he has even toured in Mali, West Africa to continue his studies. Markus and I talked about his musical journey, the musicians he respects and admires and more.
BLUES411 REPORT - Segment begins At The 49:05 Mark
Chefjimi made his monthly appearance and we discussed some upcoming festivals. As we normally do, our conversation took some twists and turns and we touched on the need for festivals, product sales and more. As we stated "If they just listened to us, all the problems would be solved!"
BLUE LUNCH - Segment begins At The 1:18:40 Mark
Bob Frank, guitarist and vocalist for the Cleveland-based band, Blue Lunch came by to discuss his musical journey and the band and their new album Above The Fold. After 30 years, the band is at its most popular and their association with Rip Cat Records has grown their popularity.
MIKE OSBORN - Segment begins At the 2:06:05 Mark
What a journey Mike has traveled to where he is today. He was playing professionally at 16 and making his mark and then gave it all up to raise his family, mainly ass a single father. He didn't even touch a guitar for about 10 years. Thought it was gone and good riddence. Then through fate, he was almost forced to pick up the guitar again and his career is as hot as it can be. Learn about the karma that allowed it all to happen again. We also listened to songs from his album In The Dog House.
SHOW # 265 - 04/13/15
TIM LANGFORD - COUCH KID NEWS
Couch Kid Too Slim (Tim Langford), give us a health update and let us know about the great shows he has scheduled for the rest of 2015! WELCOME BACK TIM!
DICK LeMASTERS - Segment Begins At The 9:58 Mark
Dick is from Texas and offers a mix of Americana, Roots, Rock and Blues on his album One Bird, Two Stones. We spoke about about growing up in the Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX area, how he stopped playing for a while and what brought him back to his journey down the musical highway while we listened to songs from the album.
CARY MORIN - Segment begins At The 48:13 Mark
Cary has been described as "one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today". He has represented the Colorado Blues Society at the 2014 & 2015 IBC and is a part of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. His latest album Tiny Town was released in January of this year. He and I eplored his remarkable career and his new album.
ANNE HARRIS - Segment begins At The 1:33:25 Mark
I was introduced to Anne by way of her incredible contribution to the new Jeff Jensen album. Her violin took the song "Ash & Bone" to a whole new level. She has just released Come Hither a collection of 9 originals that defy definition. Anne has spent time with Otis Taylor and has received accolades across her career and 5 previous albums. We spoke about her career, the influences that have shaped her music and about when a violin becomes a fiddle
SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC -
Segment Begins At The 2:26:17 Mark
Joe returned to The Couch to talk about what he and Bnois King have been up to since we last spoke back in October 2013 and we talked about and shared songs from their latest release, Fat Man's Shine Parlor and what is coming up for them in 2015.
SHOW # 266 - 04/20/15
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 they have appeared at the IBC twice getting to the finals in 2014. His new album is entitled Lucky Dog and Brad and I spoke about his journey from Tulsa to St. Charles to Tulsa to Houston and the musicians he met and played with along the way.
AMANDA FISH - Segment Begins At The 49:40 Mark
Amanda Fish and I met at the IBC this past January. She was in town to just meet people, play a little and let people know about her debut 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 and once I heard it, 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! The album drops May 19th.
HANK MOWERY - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC -
Segment Begins At The 1:33:17 Mark
Hank first sat on The Couch back in October of 2013. He is back for the release of his new album Excuses Plenty, which drops in a couple of weeks. We spoke about heading into the studio for this album two days after the release of his first album Account To Me, what he has been up to other than recording and about the time in the studio with The Hawktones and the special guests who appear on the album.
PETER NOVELLI - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC -
Segment Begins At The 2:17:15 Mark
Back in July of 2014, Peter 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 he returned to talk about the work done to the album after our time in July, his spending more and more time in the D.R. and what else is going on in his life and career.
SHOW # 267 - 04/27/15
EXIT 56 BLUES FEST
Held on May 23, 2015, the Exit 56 Blues Fest is a product of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. Sonia Outlaw-Clark joined me to discuss the fest; the performers scheduled, the other activities and more. The Exit 56 Blues Fest is a 2015 Festival Partner of Music On The Couch
NATE MYERS - Segment begins At The 12:55 Mark
Nate has been playing harp with his band The Aces and others since he was 27 years old. He joined me and we discussed his career journey and the new album It's My Music. Some of the topics we explorered were how he found the harmonica, what is in store for his music as he steps back and looks at it anew this year.
TOOTS LORRAINE - Segment Begins At The 53:43 Mark
Toots and guitarist husband Chad Dant joined me to discuss their lives and careers. How they met, the music they eprform and why did the West Coast Jump Blues become thier choice and more. We also played tunes from the new album Make It Easy.
MR SIPP - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - WORLD PREMIER
Segment Begins At The 1:40:53 Mark
My nephew came back to honor with the WORLD PREMIER of his upcoming album, The Mississippi Blues Child. We talked about what he and the band have been up to since he came by last January, the recording of the album for the legendary Malaco Label and what he has in store for those folks who will be seeing him this summer during festival season.
THE NIGHTHAWKS - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
Segment Begins At The 2:26:14 Mark
Mark Wenner returned to talk about the new album Back Porch Party and to fill us in on all things The Nighthawks.
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