Henry and I hope that you all have (or had, depending on when you see this) a great Thanksgiving and found yourself surrounded by people you love. And who are good cooks. We also hope you saved a little room for the dessert we call Time For The Blues, which you can hear Saturday night, November 25, at 11.
Every year at this time Henry and I celebrate our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, as we can do most of the things we love to do – eat, watch football (Henry), eat, watch the annual Mystery Science Theatre 300 Marathon (John), eat, listen to blues, and eat. Our large extended families are populated by a number of good cooks, and our feasts include such delights as turkey, ham, mashed potatoes (thank you Henry’s sister), corn pudding (thank you Mrs. Professor), greens (thank you John’s sister), sweet potato casserole with tiny little marshmallows sprinkled on top, real cranberry sauce – not that stuff that comes out of a can, dressing, rolls, and lots of things for dessert.
Personally, I draw the line at pumpkin pie. As my good friend, comedian Brett Leake says, “Dessert should take the taste of vegetables out of your mouth.”
It’s also the time of year when we put together our signature show – Hot Leftovers! This is Henry’s idea – and his baby – as every year we look at the best material from our shows and find some of those great tunes we somehow never got around to playing. For whatever reason, whether it was time or just the sheer number of good songs on an album, so many of these songs go unplayed and this is our chance to rectify that mistake.
Want to know who’s dropping by to get those leftover sandwiches? Well, we’re going to fix you a plate of some of the best around. Would you like a slice of the Cash Box Kings from their great CD, Royal Mint? We’ve got that and there’s enough for everybody.
How about a heaping helping of the Knickerbocker All-Stars? You can’t go wrong with them. In fact, you’ll probably like that so much that you’ll ask for seconds. We just might be able to indulge you on that.
We’ve also got music from several people with whom we've become friends with this past year. That includes Tommy Castro and the Painkillers performing a killer song from the great drummer Buddy Miles, the wonderful Janiva Magness (and yes Janiva, we are sending you that package of cool music very soon – right, Henry?), the ever delightful Ana Popovic, and our favorite new swing band, Eight O'Five Jive.
You know Henry loves his classics, and we enjoy bringing you music that has stood the test of time, so we’ve got some great artists including Gary Moore, Etta James, Al Kooper, and from an amazing concert from the Land Down Under, Jon Lord with the Hoochie Coochie Men.
And there’s still more in our cornucopia of cool tunes. We’ve got a terrific number from Rick Estrin & the Nightcats from their great new album, Groovin' In Greaseland. Usually when we ask for requests, we are greeted with silence, but our Special Live Music Correspondent, Anita Schlank, said it has been a while since we played anything from Beth Hart, so for her we’ve got a selection from Hart and Joe Bonamassa from their amazing album Live in Amsterdam.
We know you’re going to be fighting that tryptophan haze, so do what you have to do to join us at 11. Sleep late, take a nap, grab that caffeine, just be sure to join us. We’re going to have a great time and we sure would love for you to come along for the ride. You know where we’re going to be, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!