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SHOW# 182 - 10/07/13
TEE DEE YOUNG
Tee Dee Young began playing guitar early on, sitting by the railroad tracks and playing away.
He met and was mentored on guitar by a gentleman named Harrison Coleman. His vocal prowess came from his dad, a Gospel Singer. Tee Dee ended up with a gig this evening and could only spend a short time on The Couch with me, but we were able to discuss his finding the guitar and the fascinating journey he has been on ever since. We also had an opportunity to sample some of the new music Tee Dee is making and previewed a cut from his album due to drop in December.
BLUES411 REPORT - Segment Begins At The 26:16 Mark
First Monday of the month, Chefjimi comes in and talks all things blues. We discussed shows he has seen recently, the LRBC coming up, The IBC, his Chef Suggestions and much more...
HANK MOWERY - Segment Begins At The 1:17:45 Mark
Hank Mowery began hitting the local Michigan scene in the 90’s. Managing a restaurant that had live blues acts, Hank was able to join in the late night jams and perfect his harp skills.
Hank met and plaed with some of the best blues artists touring through Michigan and one in particular became more of a friendship. It is fitting Hank's first album under his own name would honor that man. The new album Account To Me, is a collaboration project with the family of Gary Primich, featuring 2 previously unrecorded/unreleased songs from Gary!
SHOW # 183 - 10/14/13
SEAN CHAMBERS - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
Sean Chambers originally Sat On The Couch back in December of 2011. He returned this evening with his brand new album, The Rock House Sessions which releases on Tuesday.
Sean and I discussed his last two years and the recording of the new album. Sean talked about the songs and told of the birth of a few. We also talked about his upcoming marriage and the tour which will occur shortly after.
GUY DAVIS - Segment Begins At The 47:00 Mark
Guy Davis can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, they’re days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs, the only cotton he’s picked is his underwear up off the floor. The son of Ruby Dee and the late Ozzie Davis, Guy is a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. We talked about his wonderful life and music and we also listened to music from his new album Juba Dance Featuring Fabrizzio Poggi.
SMOKIN JOE KUBEK - Segment Begins At The 1:32:51 Mark
Smokin Joe Kubek was raised in Irving, Texas, and while still a teenager was playing guitar in the band of the original Texas Cannonball, Freddie King. He played with his own band and also performed behind some of the legends during the 70’s and 80’s. Then he met Bnois King and they have been playing together ever since. With 15 albums and an instructional DVD to his name, he and his long-time partner, Bnois King have just released album 16, Road Dogs Life. Joe and I discussed his career and his partnership with Bnois while we also discussed the new album and where they are headed next.
SHOW # 184 - 10/21/13
Phil Gates comes from a family of musicians, so it is no surprise that his life is Music! From his 5 year engagement playing the "Friday Night Blues Dinner Cruise" in LA, to his performing around the world with the U.S. Air Force’s "Tops in Blue" World Tour, Phil is constantly playing. He has competed in the IBC and has also been a judge for that prestigious event. Phil's new album, Live At The Hermosa Saloon and we listened to songs from the album as we explored Phil's life and his feelings about Blues Music
SUGARAY RAYFORD - Segment Begins At The 50:00 Mark
Sugaray Rayford began singing and playing drums in church at the age of 7. He did not begin singing R&B and Blues until about 14 years ago in San Diego and he has not stopped since.
He is currently the lead vocalist for The Mannish Boys, but he has also just released Dangerous, his new album. Sugaray and I sat and talked about his life, full of twists and turns and how he began singing non-secular and how it has changed his life.
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SCOTT KROKOFF - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment Begins At The 1:30:57 Mark
Scott Krokoff is one of the original 'Couch Kids', appearing on my third show ever. He returned to talk about his new music Realizations & Declarations, the follow up to his debut album, A Better Life. The R&D project is being released as singles and then a series of EPs that will eventually culminate in a full length album. It was great to catch up with Scott and to hear the plans moving forward for R&D.
SEAN CARNEY & JONN DEL TORO RICHARDSON - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
Segment Begins At The 2:12:37 Mark
Sean & Jonn have a new album entitled Drivin' Me Wild and it is just a wonderful collection of songs. The album also features JP Soars and Omar Coleman. We tried to speak with the guys a few weeks ago when they were in Spain, but the internet got in the way. Tonight it was working in Germany (where it was Tuesday morning) and I got to chat with Jonn and Sean about the album, their tour and what is coming up next for each of them. Sean is, of course a 'Couch Kid' having appeared back during 2012IBC Preview shows and Jonn will become a full-timer on December 16th.
SHOW # 185 - 10/28/13
Organist John Ginty was an original member of Robert Randolph & the Family Band, garnering two Grammy Nominations, as well as a Gospel Music Award. He also appeared on the Blind Boys of Alabama's Grammy Award winner Higher Ground. And there is so much more to John's resume, that when he finally released his own album, Bad News Travels, I had to bring him onto The Couch. John and I discussed the varied road he has traveled and the many people who have influenced him along the way.
PORT CITY PROPHETS - Segment Begins At The 49:30 Mark
From the South Carolina Low-Country, come the Port City Prophets. A blues trio which embodies the honest , gritty way of life from which the music rises. Joining me were guitarist Troy Tolle and bass player/vocalist Tim Kirkendall. The guys were great and a fun chat. We covered their early lives and how they got into music and eventually found each other. We listened to songs from their album Mule.
CHARLES BURTON - Segment Begins At The 1:36:45 Mark
Charles Burton has been playing Blues, Country, Rock, and Roots music for over forty years.
He headlined the Fresno Blues Festival with the late great Hosea Leavy in 1995. In 2009 he won San Diego's International Blues Challenge and the San Diego's King of the Blues competition. His new album Sweet Potato Pie is another winner for this classic guitarist.
Charles and I spoke about his career and where he is today as an elder statesman to so many.
BARE BONES BOOGIE BAND - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC
Segment Begins At The 2:17:05 Mark
First Sitting On The Couch in August 2012, tonight, 'Couch Kids' Helen Turner and Iain Black from Bare Bones Boogie Band woke up early over in England and we got to chat about their new album, Tattered & Torn. Check out our talk and see which song I tried to give Helen credit for writing! Almost like I was the one who got up at 4:15am to talk to some silly Yank on the internet! BTW...this is a band that someone needs to get over to the US!