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SHOW #165 - 06/03/13
Brad Vickers learned on the job playing, touring, and recording with America’s blues and roots masters; Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Odetta, Sleepy LaBeef, Rosco Gordon, and Pinetop Perkins. Now with his own group, The Vestapolitans, he offers a good-time mix of originals and covers spanning blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, and more great American roots ’n’ roll. Their new album is entitled Great Day In The Morning and Brad sat with me on this night to talk. We barely got through his career and left many stories on the table for another visit which we will plan soon...but on this night, find out about Brad's amazing gig when he was 19 and meeting a legend when he was in Memphis back in the 80's and more.
BLUES411 REPORT - Segment Begins At The 44:05 Mark
After a one month absence, Chefjimi was back with his 411Report...We had Brad Vickers sit in for the segment also and Jimi told of the very recent move of the Blues411 home from Rochester NY to Bluffington SC...
SHAKURA S'AIDA - Segment Begins At The 1:01:15 Mark
Shakura S'Aida has a new double album, Time, and SEVEN nominations because of it; Juno Awards Nominee for Best Blues Album for Time, BMA Nominee for Contemporary Female Artist of the Year, Indie Award Nominee for Blues Artist of the Year, Maple Blues Award Nominee for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Recording/Producer and Songwriter of the Year. We sat and talked about how she got from the young girl listening to music in the car to the international star she is today.
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BLUES WOMEN INTERNATIONAL - Segment Begins At The 1:38:40 Mark
In February a group of women gathered in Clarksdale, MS and produced a recording. The first Blues Women International Recording. 15 women joined on this project and recorded 12 songs. Participants Sunday Wilde, Kelly Chappue and Carol Dierking joined me to talk about this historic recoding and what they learned from being with this group of women while we listened to songs from the album entitled Blues Women International - Hopson Sessions
SHOW # 166 - 06/10/13
LARRY "FUZZY" KNIGHT
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight played in Spirit with Randy California in the late 70's, and for the last 17 years he has led the in-demand LA based band Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band Featuring the Smokettes. And just because he can, he has launched a new project, Sky King, with some top LA musicians. Larry and I chatted about his growing up in St. Louis and his sneaking into the clubs and eventually talking his way on stage. The list of people he has shared a stage with is staggering as is his musical resume.
KIRSTEN THIEN - Segment Begins At The 54:00 Mark
Kirsten Thien has been compared to others, but she truly has found her own place in the blues and soul of her music. Her latest release, Solo Live From The Meisenfrei Blues Club is a pure treat to the senses. Showing off Kirsten raw and powerful alone on the stage. She and I discussed her growing up and singing in church in her "Northern Baptist Style" - find out what that means!!! - and then having to make that life decision between two lives which would not co-exist with each other. Hint: She made the correct choice!
THE SOUL OF JOHN BLACK - Segment Begins At The 1:46:40 Mark
I got to speak with John A Bigham whose soul-roots project is called The Soul Of John Black.
The latest release is entitled A Sunshine State Of Mind and it is a collection of some tasty tunes. Having performed and toured with Miles Davis and Fishbone and many others, John created the Soul Of John Black and the persona fits to a T. How did he get there? What is he hoping to accomplish going forward? All things we discussed during our time on The Couch.
SHOW # 167 - 06/17/13
Mark "Muleman" Massey grew up in the cradle of the Delta Blues - Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Living there, he heard plenty of blues. But it took a stretch in Parchman Prison for Mark to discover the blues' deeper meaning. Mark and I sat and had an open discussion about his life and how ending up in Parchman saved his life and soul. Mark also cleared up some misconceptions about his incarceration. This gentleman is a "Musician You Should Know" of the highest order! Check him out. And, if you are a web-genius, Mark can use a webmaster to get his site up and running. Contact him!
ORI NAFTALY BAND - Segment Begins At The 47:35 Mark
Ori Naftaly and his band won the right to come to Memphis for the 2013 IBC from their home in Israel. Even before they arrived on the shores of the US, they had used social media to build up the anticipation for their performance. They did not disappoint and became a crowd favorite. They are now back touring the USA and Ori and Eleanor called in to discuss this incredible journey they find themselves on while we checked out songs from Happy For Good, their brand new album.
RORY BLOCK - Segment Begins At The 1:34:17 Mark
Rory Block has been called the "greatest living acoustic blues artist" and Bonnie Raitt calls her an "inspiration". With more than 20 releases to date and 5 Blues Music Awards, she has proven these statements again and again. Her 'Mentor Series" of recordings are helping to share the music of the masters once again. Avalon - A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt is the latest and we listened to songs from the album as Rory told her story. And tell her story she did. This was a honor for me.
MARSHALL LAWRENCE - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
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Marshall Lawrence first sat on The Couch back in November of 2010. He returned this night with his newest album, House Call, a fantastic collection of songs that truly shows Marshall's incredible talent. We spoke about recording the album and what he is hoping to accomplish moving forward.
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