Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time For The Blues - February 18, 2017


Henry Pushing Buttons and Figuring Something Out!
Henry and I hope you will join us on Time For The Blues this Saturday Night, February 18th, at 11 o’clock for some great blues, and I’m sure some very bad jokes. Oh well, it’s better that way then the other way around!

We found The Knickerbocker All-Stars a couple of years ago, and they quickly became one of our favorite big band blues groups. On their latest disc, Texas Rhody Blues, they explore the connection between the Lone Star State and Little Rhody. That’s Rhode Island for the geographically impaired.

At first the connection may not be so obvious, but give ‘em the chance, I guarantee you will have a great time listening and they’ve even got some major Texas Talent joining them as guests on the album. Then, just for grins, we’ve got an earlier song from their Go Back Home To The Blues release for comparison.

You won’t be disappointed. 

Another big feature will focus on the Texas Chanteuse, Trudy Lynn. Lynn has been kicking around the blues for a long time, but for some reason was just never on my radar. Then her label, Connor Ray Music, sent me a few of their releases, and now they send us all their releases because they have some great talent and we love to share ‘em.

Anyway, we played one or two songs off her last album, but her current release, I’ll Sing The Blues For You, is amazing. I love her voice and am delighted to bring her to you. Let me know what you think of her and be on the lookout, because we will be, for some of her earlier work. Cannot wait to hear what she did before. 

Every year, the city of Memphis is host to one of, if not the, largest gathering of blues musicians and fans from all over the world. It’s the International Blues Challenge and everybody who’s anybody is there.

In case you were wondering, Henry and I haven’t been there – yet.

The event is exciting and introduces a lot of new talent to the blues world. Not long ago the Blues Foundation and Frank Roszak put together a compilation of some of the best band and solo/duo performers at the 32nd Challenge.

It’s a very cool compilation and wonderfully captures some of the different sounds you might encounter on a nightly basis for the week or so that the Challenge runs. We’ve got three very exciting tracks for you off of this album and chose them carefully to show different styles of the blues. It’s something for everyone.

Last Year's Challenge. Join us in 2017!
Even if you can’t make it to Memphis, you can be a part of the Challenge by supporting the efforts of groups like The River City Blues Society to find worthy participants. Every year the RCBS (and other blues societies) hold their own challenge and you can find all sorts of great performers. It’s been my good luck to be a judge on a couple of these challenges, and the emcee for a couple of more and it’s always a great time.

Keep checking out their website, or the website of your local Blues Society and go support live local music. Cheer on your favorites, and pity the poor judges who have to decide the best of all the great groups.

By the way, the performers from the International Blues Challenge #32 include Paul Deslauriers, InnerVision, and Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon.

You know we’ve got more. In our recent releases segment, we’ve got music from Eddie Dattel, John Latini, and Kalo. I think you’re really going to like all three of these artists and I can’t wait to share more of their music with you.

Mark your calendars, put a reminder on your phone, stick a sticky note on your forehead if you have to, but tune into Time For The Blues this Saturday Night at 11. It’s after Valentine’s Day, so you don’t have to bring presents, although Henry will gladly take a box of chocolates.

You know the address, in Richmond, we’re on 88.9 WCVE-FM, and of course anywhere in the world via the internet at http://ideastations.org/. We hope you will join us, because at WCVE, it’s always Time For The Blues!



                   

                   

                   


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