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SHOW # 286 - 09/08/15
THE FUTURE OF THE BLUES FOUNDATION
Barbara Newman and Paul Benjamin joined me on this evening.
I wanted to introduce Barbara to the Blues World in a proper forum and live, so the fans and membership could also participate.
Though many know Paul, many others do not, so I also wanted to allow Paul's background to shine.
Then we all discussed the current state of the foundation, the board and how it really functions and Barbara's role as President/CEO as it relates to programs and direction.
We also touched on some of the subects that appeared as part of a thread on Facebook involving the role of the Blues Foundation, the IBC, the need for more exposure to the general public and other subjects.
We also took a number of calls from the listeners.
Throughout the time we spent, I played three songs selected by Barbara and three by Paul and found out why they selected them.
SHOW # 287 - 09/21/15
Albert began playing the banjo prior to picking up the guitar. What put these instruments into his hands, what was it like to come to Memphis for the 1999 IBC after only performing for two years are some of the things I discussed with Albert as we listened to music from Someone Like You.
CHRIS O'LEARY - Segment begins At The 49:30 Mark
His last album, Live At Blues Now, was nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine Award for Best Live Album. His fourth album, Gonna Die Tryin’ has been released and we discussed his journey and the influences in his music. I also asked him which release he was more nervous about, this album or his son Jackson, which occured two months ago.
CHRIS BARNES - Segment begins At The 1:36:00 Mark
What can you say about Chris Barnes? The man can act, he can write, he owns two successful clubs and he also owns the genre, Hokum Blues. What is Hokum Blues? It is “a humorous song which uses extended analogies or euphemistic terms to make sexual innuendos.” I finally got to sit with Chris and talk about his career and the new album, 90 Proof Truth.
TODD WOLFE - COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - Segment begins At The 2:22:10 Mark
Todd joined me along with his new album, Long Road Back. What has Todd’s year been like since he Sat on The Couch in August of 2014? How many miles has Todd traveled in that time? Why did he select the 2 covers on the album? We talked about those things and more...
SHOW # 288 - 09/28/15
NIECIE - COUCH KID NEWS
Niecie comes by with her new single Just This Side Of Memphis and we talk about the song.
H.A.R.T. FUND SILENT AUCTION SHOW
In May during Brandon Santini’s “Beale Street Mess-Around”, Pat Robertson bid on, and won the chance to co-host Music on The Couch. Along with co-hosting, she selected the two musical guests and will be assisting me in the interviews.
Now, I don’t know much about Pat, but we will remedy that next Monday.
HER TWO GUESTS???
Oh, sorry, yup that would be Harmonica Player Billy Watson, out of California. He is leader of Billy Watson and the International Silver String Submarine Band is an improvisational, all-star cast of musicians, hand-picked from the California music scene.
And our second guest is Harmonica Player Charlie Musselwhite; Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee, Multiple BMA Winner and a Couch Kid to boot!
I love doing these show because it means we raised money for a good cause.