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SHOW # 217 - 05/05/14
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, on a new label, Vizztone, and a new son and we talked about those things and much more.
WINNER OF WPD CONTEST - Segment Begins At The 54:54 Mark
This year at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Jeff Jensen & Mick Kolassa were watching the people dancing and especially the white people and they started laughing. See, on Mick's new album Michissippi Mick, there is a song called WPD (White People Dancing), so they decided a contest was in order. Videos were requested and people sent in a ton, but one stood out over the others... John 'blueshammer' Hammer submitted a video of Spike Stephen's dancing at the Bowlful of Blues put on by South Skunk Blues in Newton, IA 2013.
Mick came on the show to announce the winner...And the winning video can be found here
ROCK, RHYTHM & BLUES FEST - Segment Begins At The 1:07:00 Mark
The Buffalo River Blues Society is only 3 years old and this is their second festival and Music On The Couch is honored to be associated with them. Kool Breeze was the booker for the festival and she came to talk about the event.
ALBERT CASTIGLIA - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
Segment Begins At The 1:24:37 Mark
Albert Castiglia took his Seat On The Couch back in September of 2012, to talk about his career and album Living The Dream. He returned to talk about his new album, Solid Ground, his first for the Ruf Records label. We also discussed his recent tours throughout Europe and where he is heading this summer.
JAREKUS SINGLETON - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
Segment Begins At The 2:05:55 Mark
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. Tonight he returned with his new album, Refuse To Lose, his Alligator debut which drops on the 6th of May. Jarekus spoke about the album, his upcoming concerts and why he does what he does.
SHOW # 218 - 05/12/14
WPD WINNERS John "Blueshammer" Hammer & Spike Stephan
Acceptance speeches were made
DYLAN DOYLE - Segment Begins At The 11:13 Mark
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. I sat with this young man and we talked about his life and career. He is a straight-shooter.
GREG NAGY - Segment Begins At The 51:07 Mark
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. An incredible musician, songwriter and singer, Greg is about to release his latest album - it does not even have a title yet! - and he joined me to talk about his life and we got to play a single that released a few weeks ago and a song never before heard!
NORMAN TAYLOR - Segment Begins At The 1:39:54 Mark
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 discussed his travels to where he is today and listened to songs from his album Blue Soul.
MATTHEW DAVIDSON - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
Segment Begins At The 2:21:40 Mark
Matthew Davidson first appeared on the show back on March 28, 2011 shortly after we met at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase. His playing and knowledge of the Blues impressed me and I wanted to know more about this young man from Shreveport, LA. He has joined me in 2012 when he released his first EP Step Up and again in 2013 when he released his single "Heartbreaker". Matthew came back again, this time with a new EP entitled Cross My Heart and we discussed the album and his musical growth since last year...and he has grown.
SHOW # 219 - 05/19/14
MARSHALL LAWRENCE - COUCH KID NEWS
Marshall came by to talk about his web series "Why I Love The Blues" which he filmed while in Memhis for the 2014 IBC.
ARTHUR MIGLIAZZA - Segment Begins At The 9:30 Mark
Arthur Migliazza has been playing piano professionally since he was 10 and has been mentored by some of the best in the business. His latest album is entitled Laying It Down and it is a must for any lover of Boogie Woogie Piano. Arthur and I discussed his journey over the last 20+ years and where he is heading.
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JIM BYRNES - Segment Begin At The 47:21 Mark
Jim Byrnes grew up in St. Louis in a neighborhood where Ike and Tina performed almost nightly. He fell in love with the Blues early on and even a near-death experience could not keep him away from his two loves, Blues and acting. Jim has been doing both for over 40 years and you will instantly recognize the actor, though maybe not the musician. The musician has been nominated for multiple Juno Awards and has won three himself, along with numerous other awards. His latest album, with Producer Steve Dawson once again, is entitled St Louis Blues and is a homage to the music of his home city. Jim and I talked about both careers and listened to tunes from the album.
SHRIMP CITY SLIM - Segment Begins At The 130:57 Mark
Shrimp City Slim has been performing, booking, managing, and promoting The Blues for over 25 years. He is a purveyor of the "Low Country Blues" and the multiple festivals he promotes and books give musicians many chances to be heard in that part of the country.
Shrimp has a new album, his ninth, entitled Star Marina and it shows off his songwriting and performing talents once again. Shrimp and I had a great talk about his career and about his love of this art form and why he works so hard to keep it Thriving in the Low Country.
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DUDLEY TAFT - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 2:18:00 Mark
Dudley Taft first Sat On The Couch in July of 2013. Tonight he returned with his album Screaming In The Wind the evening before it is available for purchase. We discussed what Dudley has been doing the last year, what it was like to work with producer Tom Hambridge and more, while we checked out songs from the new album.