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SHOW # 190 - 12/02/13
Niecie has been sharing her talent with blues lovers from coast to coast for over 20 years.
During that time she has appeared with Koko Taylor, Magic Slim and Shaun Murphy among many others. Her new album is entitled Wanted Woman and it was produced by former Allman brother Johnny Neel and it is a collection of smoking tunes. Niecie joined me and we talked about her life and career.
BLUES411 REPORT - Segment Begins At The 46:22 Mark
Chefjimi came by with his Blues411 report and let us in on a secret...his Blues411 Annual Awards are coming out this week! We also discussed his birthday this past weekend and spoke about Chef Suggestions and Tasty Additions.
KAT DANSER - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 1:17:29 Mark
Kat Danser returned to The Couch to talk about what she has been doing since she last sat with me back in June of 2010. That includes a number of honors and now, a new album, Baptized In The Mud, a collection of great songs showcasing Kat's songwriting, vocal skills and slide guitar playing. We spoke about the advocacy work Kat has been doing for the family of Otha Turner in getting royalties returned for the music he created.
DAVE KEYES - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 1:59:31 Segment
Dave Keyes came back to The Couch to share his new album, Right Here, Right Now. Dave last Sat with me back in February and we had a blast. Happened again! Dave is just a cool dude who is fun to be around Dave has put together a collection of top musicians to perform his music as he wrote or co-wrote all of the music on the Right Here, Right Now.
SHOW # 191 - 12/09/13
VICTOR WAINWRIGHT - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
So excited, Victor Wainwright has a new album, Family Roots, a double album that pays tribute to those in his life who have allowed him to grow to where he is now. With his dad and granddad on one album, exploring the music of the two elder Wainwrights and his touring band of Billy Dean on drums, Nick Black on guitar and Will Hanlon on bass on the second album there is also a sprinkling of a few other musicians from Victor's 'family'.
Ah the road life! Victor was on his way back from Florida to Memphis and found himself in an area with little or no cell coverage, so for his segment, I became a DJ and spun tunes from the album. He did get to call in for a short chat in between Dan and Deb, at eh 1:23:30 Mark, so check out both time marks for Victor Wainwright!
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DAN BUBIEN - Segment Begins At The 43:20 Mark
Dan Bubien joined me. Dan has a new album out entitled Empty Roads, which was the entrant for the 2014 Best Self-Produced CD by the Blues Foundation from the Western Pennsylvania Blues Society. The album is a collection of 11 originals by this singer, songwriter, guitarist. Dan and I will talked about his early life and how music came into it. How he explored other genres for a period of time and has now begun to find himself in the large world of the blues.
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DEB RYDER - Segment Begins At The 1:32:00 Mark
Deb Ryder has been soaked in the blues her entire life. Growing up in Chicago, her dad was a singer on the scene. When the family moved to LA, her neighbor was Bob Hite from Canned Heat and her step-dad owned the Topanga Corral which featured the likes of Canned Heat, Big Joe Turner, Etta James and more. Deb and I talked about that time and how Bob Hite was her guide to the Blues, selected albums from his incredible selection for her to listen to.
Deb would take the stage between acts at the Corral to sing and play and we also discussed her meeting her husband and how that allowed her to rediscovered the blues. We checked out tunes from the debut album Might Just Get Lucky, which I believe Deb will do!
SANDY CARROLL - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 2:12:30 Mark
Sandy Carroll first sat with me in OCtober 2011, and returned tonight to share her new album, Unnaturally Blonde. Of course, it is brilliant! With 8 originals and a cast of musicians that would make any snger drool, the album was, of course, produced, engineered and mixed by Jim Gaines. Sandy and I discussed the recording of the album and her songwriter series she holds. Always a great time having Sandy come visit.
SHOW # 192 - 12/16/13
JONN DEL TORO RICHARDSON
Jonn Del Toro Richardson joined me back in October when he appeared with 'Couch Kid' Sean carney to discuss their album, Drivin Me Wild. Tonight he came back to take a seat on his own and we got to discuss his wonderful career. We chatted about the lessons he learned from those he has supported through the years and throughout, we heard three songs from three of Jonn's projects.
HOWLIN' BROTHERS - Segment Begins At The 49:40 Mark
The Howlin' Brothers are Ben Plasse on upright bass, banjo, vocals; Ian Craft on fiddle, banjo, vocals and Jared Green on guitar, harmonica and vocals. They just spent the last year in a whirlwind of touring and recording. Their debut album, Howlin' is gaining attention and includes a guest appearance by Warren Haynes. They also released an EP entitled The Sun Session and have recorded FOURTEEN more songs for their album due to release in March! I chatted with the guys and they are just as much fun as their music. We checked out songs from both their discs throughout the interview.
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE - Segment Begins At The 1:26:15 Mark
Charlie Musselwhite needs little introduction. He is a true icon in the blues world. From growing up in Memphis, TN to the move to Chicago and then to San Francisco, Charlie has been a dominant figure in the blues world for decades and I am honored and humbled that he joined me this evening. We had a great chat about his life growing up in Memphis and why he moved to Chicago...and what surprised him the most once he got there. I proposed a reason he moved to the west coast, which was totally wrong! and then Charlie educated us as to why he did that. Throughout we listened to tunes from his new album Juke Joint Chapel.
CHINUA HAWK - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 2:04:36 Mark
Chinua Hawk originally Sat On The Couch back in March of 2011. Tonight he came back with a brand new Christmas album entitled Waiting On Christmas. We talked about the album and his continued work in Africa. Chinua is not only a brilliant musician, he is an incredible human being!
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SHOW # 193 - 12/23/13
Brad Wilson is a vocalist, guitar-slinger from California. He has performed and opened for artists like Derek Trucks, Coco Montoya, Michael Burks and many more. His latest album is Hands On The Wheel and it shows all the skills that has made Brad a fan favorite for years.
Brad joined me and we discussed his career and why he continues to work hard at his craft.
SHEBA, THE MISSISSIPPI QUEEN - Segment Begins At The 50:05 Mark
Sheba The Mississippi Queen, learned to sing the Blues in the cotton fields and churches of the Mississippi Delta. As a teen, her family moved to Florida, but the Blues had taken hold of Sheba and that is what she has done since. I sat with Sheba and we traced her career and talked about her new album, Butter On My Rolls and what she is hopeful for moving forward.
RICK RANDLETT - Segment Begins At The 1:31:15 Mark
Rick Randlett has been part of the Florida Blues scene for more than 15 years. This singer, songwriter, guitarist has released his new album, Nothing To Do and it showcases the many sides of Rick's songwriting and playing. He and I chatted about his career and life and we listened to music from the album as Rick shared his desires for the future.
MICHAEL PACKER - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
Segment Begins At The 2:15:50 Mark
Michael Packer Sat back in September and tonight returned with his new album, I Am The Blues - My Story. Weaving stories of his life around the songs on the album, you become intertwined with Michael and he holds on tight. He and I discussed the new album and the emotions it brought out during recording.