Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ring In The New Year With Time For The Blues

We hope you will join us this Saturday Night at 11 – New Year’s Eve – and give us one last chance to entertain you this year. For those of you in the Eastern Time Zone, we may be the last thing you hear in 2016. Pretty scary, huh?

One of Henry’s many nicknames (can somebody help me start a Wiki Page to document his collection of nicknames?) is Henry “The Hermit” Cook. In his defense, as hard as he works, often the last thing he wants to do after a busy day/week/month is go out somewhere and let his hair down.

Add to that is our natural shyness (believe it or not) and you have an interesting conundrum – two guys who are highly visible in the blues community who have a hard time getting out to big events.

What to do, what to do?

Leave it to my pal, Henry “I Can Solve Any Problem With An Allen Wrench, Duct Tape, And Some Cussing” Cook to come up with a solution. If we can’t make it out to the party, we’ll bring the party to us.

So that’s exactly what we’re going to do – and you can join us just by tuning in, or by visiting via the internet.

You’re going to be a big part of the fun and you don’t have to worry about leaving your keys somewhere or piling your coat up on the bed, or even if the snacks are going to taste bad. Leave the bad taste to us – you have heard our jokes, right?

We’re going to start things off with a shot from the J. Geils Band that is sure to kick things off on the right foot. Before you can recover from that, we’re going to play the duo of Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart followed by Roomful Of Blues and the one man with more nicknames than Henry – the immortal James Brown.

New Year’s Eve would not be as much fun without the ladies, so we’ve brought in a few amazing women to help kick out 2016 and usher in 2017. We’ve got Tina Turner (yes, Ike is along as well), Etta James, and Henry has brought in a singer with whom I have no familiarity, Debi Smith. He promises that we’re going to love her and I rarely argue with a man with an Allen Wrench and Duct Tape…

It wouldn’t be New Year’s without a little old-school entertainment. No, we don’t have Guy Lombardo to Auld Lange the Syne out of 2016, but we do have Roy Milton and His Solid Serenaders who will share the New Resolution Blues with all of us. In case you were wondering my New Year’s Resolution is to make no New Year’s Resolution, thus immediately breaking and ultimately keeping it at the same time. We’ve also got one of my favorite groups from the Doo-Wop/Early Days of Rock ‘N’ Roll era, The Orioles, plus selections from T-Bone Walker and Wilson Pickett.

Lastly, we do have (sort of) an end of the year tradition and George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be with us for another year and we’ll give the last word to our friends Roomful Of Blues.

If 2016 has given you the Blues, we’ve got your prescription for 2017. Be sure to join us Saturday Night – New Year’s Eve – at 11 Eastern as we ring out the old and welcome the new. If you don’t want to go out, we’ll bring the party to you. Just kick back and enjoy.

You can find us on the radio on one of the Idea Stations, and from anywhere in the world via the internet at

And on a personal note from Mr. Cook and yours truly The Professor, thank you for letting us into your world for about an hour or so every week. We appreciate the invitation and hope that you will join us for a lot more great music and very bad jokes. Keep it tuned to WCVE where it’s always Time For The Blues!



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