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SHOW # 241 - 11/03/14
Stacy Mitchhart has always been a bandleader. He developed his sound and stagecraft at the helm of four groups in his hometown of Cincinnati. Then he found himself in Nashville and never left. And that brings us to his 12th album, Live My Life. As always he has a Monday night gig in Nashville, but Stacy scheduled his break to be able to sit with me and discuss his career and the new album. Did we get it all in before he was due back on stage? Listen and find out!
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BLUES411 REPORT - Segment Begins At The 49:24 Mark
After an absence of a month, Chefjimi returned to speak on a variety of subjects, including Daytona Blues Fest, The Cookbook for the Hart Fund, traveling to Colorado for the Otis Taylor Trance Blues Festival and more... but you'll have to listen to find out what!
BIG HARP GEORGE - Segment Begins At The 1:15:20 Mark
Big Harp George is, in the real world, George Bisharat. He is 59 years old and just released his debut album entitled Chromaticism. You have to wonder where this man has been all this time and how he ended up recording his debut album at Kid Andersen's Greaseland Studio with such incredible musicians and what in the world has he been doing all these years?
Well, I sat with George and we explored all those questions and more about this complex gentleman. He is so much more than a harp player and if you don't know him you have to get to know him and you will during our conversation.
TAS CRU - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - WORLD PREMIER
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So thrilled Tas has honored me with the chance to share some of the songs from his upcoming album You Keep The Money. He has been hard at work in the studio and was doing so final mastering up until showtime this evening. In fact, neither of us had a chance to preview the music before showtime and one song ended up getting played twice..but that didn't seem to bother anyone in the cut room listening live! We talked about the concept around the album title and the writing sessions and the trips he is planning on taking the next few month leading up to the IBC.
SHOW # 242 - 11/10/14
Gary Nicholson is a #1 hit songwriter, two time Grammy winning producer, recording artist, with over 500 of his songs recorded by artists as diverse as BB King, Garth Brooks, Etta James, and Ringo Starr to name a few. He can also be Whitey Johnson, his bluesman alter ego, or a part of the Fortunate Sons rock band. Gary has a new album entitled Whitey Johnson, and he came and took a Seat On The Couch and we got to discuss his life and career. Beginning in Texas and playing late night performances, to moving to California with college bandmate Don Henley, though his time in Nashville now, where he works diligently with so many artists writing and producing.
MARKEY BLUE - Segment Begins At The 48:24 Mark
Markey Blue is led by Markey and Ric Latina out of Nashville, TN Markey's career began as a showgirl in Las Vegas and Ric has toured with Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams III and Gary Puckett among others before they joined together to put this band in motion. Their debut album, Hey Hey receives assistance from Steve Cropper and is just great. Markey, Ric and I had a great talk about each of their roads that led them to Nashville and eventually to each other. Markey has this infectious laugh and it pops up throughout the interview. Markey also worked as an impressionist earlier in her life...come check out what vice she used when I asked her to tell that story in "her favorite voice".
DEVON ALLMAN - Segment Begins At The 1:32:52 Mark
Devon Allman joined me. He has a new solo album entitled ragged & dirty and we discussed the music on that album, his work with Royal Southern Brotherhood, the charities he supports and even his Hot Sauce! Devon was traveling down the highway making his way to a performance in Macon on Tuesday and we had a couple of glitches early on and then later in the interview, but that is the way live radio goes! He spoke about his earlier days, being happy he did not grow up "in the circus", meeting his dad and then finding the blues on his own. What a fun interview this was.
NATHAN JAMES - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 2:16:15 Mark
Nathan James first Sat On The Couch back on January of 2012 to be a part of the IBC Preview shows. He now has a new album out that is actually two albums, Hear Me Calling (Solo Acoustic) and Natural Born That Way (Electric with his band the Rhythm Scratchers) which includes 4 songs done in each style. Nathan talked a little about what he has been doing since he last visited, why he decided to release a double album and one in which he separates his performance styles and we explored the recording techniques used in the making of this album while listening to a few choices from each album.
SHOW # 243 - 11/17/14
JOHN WEEKS BAND
The John Weeks Band are John on gutitars & vocals, Andras "AC" Csapo on keys, harmonica and vocal, Curtis hawkins on bass and Tim "Chooch" Molinario on drum and their debut album is simply entitled John Weeks Band. They share a blend of blues, funk and rock. I sat with John and we discussed his musical history, the history of this band and also the newest member of the band.
FO' REEL BAND - Segment Begins At The 47:49 Mark
Fo'Reel are a New Orlean's based band bringing the Blues, R&B and Funk that includes C.P. Love, Johnny Neel, Mark Domizio and David Hyde with Jon Smith and their debut album, Heavy Water is just something special. Mark & C.P. sat on The Couch and we spoke about their musical journeys, how the band formed and where they are going.
TOMMY TALTON - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 1:33:07 Mark
Tommy Talton has been doing the Blues, rock, country, southern sound since the early 70's and he just keeps getting better. His latest is entitled Until After Then and it combines all of his influences into an album of superb music. Tommy returns to the Couch for the first of our Couch Kid New Music Segments and we will talked about the new album and his other projects. Tommy's past visits were: May 2012, October 2012, February 2014.
ROYAL BLUES BAND Featuring JACK ROWELL JR - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
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Jack Rowell Jr has a new project, The Royal Blues Band and a new album, Finger Lickin' Blues. Jack returned for the second Couch Kid New Music Segment of the night to discuss both with us and he talked aboust some special news he hope to announce soon with a promise to bring it here first. This new album is just great!! Jack's past visits: September 2011, July 2012
SHOW # 244 - 11/24/14
Chris grew up in Texas and bagan playing his brother's guitar and bought his first guitar at age 14. 37 years, 14 albums (including one 'best of'), 2 instructional DVDs and thousands of performances later, he is still going strong. Chris and I talked about his life and career and checked out songs from his latest Lucky 13.
LISA MILLS - Segment Begins At The 48:00 Mark
Born in Mississippi, she now lives in Alabama. Lisa has been sharing her vocals, for many years, both on her own albums and on others. In 2010 she released, Tempered in Fire, and the world truly found her. Lisa's career path is real interesting and she and I discussed coming from a small town in the Delta to playing around the globe. We also discussed her new album I'm Changing and why she re-worked it from when she released it in 2005.
MICHAEL ONEILL - Segment Begins At The 1:34:19 Mark
The man is a singer/songwriter, producer, radio host and road warrior and he joined me to talk about all that and more. His new album is entitled I Like It Like That, is a "deeply personal diary of ONeill's inner journey and his introspective take on the challenges of life, love and loss". He has toured with U2, Stevie Ray and others...he has written songs with Bob Weir, Steve Cropper and others. He and I talked all about that and so much more. There were a few laughs along the way.
COLORADO BLUES SOCIETY - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
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Each year Dan Treanor invites friends in to just hang and play. This year, they recorded it all and offered it up to the CO Blues Society to use as a fundraiser for their Blues In The Schools Program. Entitled Jam For Blues In The Schools, it was recorded one Saturday afternoon behind the direction of Couch Kid, Dan Treanor along with Erica Brown anad a host of other Colorado musicians. The album was recorded live, one take, without any overdubs and turned out awful special. I chatted with Dan, Erica, and Scott Fitzke about this project and we discussed the recording session, the song selection and how the album will fund their program.