Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time For The Blues ` March 25, 2017

Henry and I hope you will make the time to join us on Time For The Blues this Saturday Night, March 25, at 11 Eastern as we get ready for another exciting trip to the land of the Blues! We’ve got a Grammy-nominated album for your listening pleasure, some swing, and a lot of new music to make your night easier.

That’s right, an actual by-God Grammy-nominated album from this past year, Kenny Neal’s amazing recording, Bloodline, will be featured on the show. As you probably know, Neal is one of the members of the great Neal family of blues musicians, and he really knows how to deliver the goods.

We’re going to feature several tracks from that album, just so you can see how good Neal is. For a little bit of fun, we’re going back to sample a track from an earlier album, Deluxe Edition, just so you can hear what he sounded like back in the day.

**Self Promotion Alert**

If you would like to find out more about Bloodline, which is available on Cleopatra, be sure to check out my blog to read my review. You can find it here. In fact, most of the CDs we’ll be playing this week have been reviewed, and I would love it if you would take a look back at some of the things I’ve written about them.

Another big feature on this week’s show is a look at Eight O’Five Jive, an exciting swing band out of Nashville. I found this band while looking through some featured albums on our service. The album cover featured their lead singer, Lee Shropshire, in vintage clothes, cat eye sunglasses and a modified B-52 hairdo.

Be still my heart.

Needless to say, I was intrigued, listened to their first album, Too Many Men, and was immediately a big fan of their sound. I got in touch with them through their website and we began to correspond. I found out that they had a new CD about to drop, Swing Set, so I waited until I could get it and reviewed it very quickly.

In the meantime, I’ve been trying to get them on the show, but something always seemed to block my good intentions. Now, I get to finally bring them out and play their songs for you. If you like your blues with a bit of swing and a whole lot of attitude and irreverent fun – you’re going to love Eight O’Five Jive!

We’ve got three songs from the new album, plus their take on a Ruth Brown classic from their first. Let me know what you think.

But you know that’s not all. We’ve got plenty of recent releases that we’re a little behind in bringing to you. My fault, not Henry’s. We’ve even got a selection of songs that came with my copy of The Blues Magazine. If you aren’t reading that magazine, you might want to snag a copy. Very good articles and it comes packaged with a sampler disc that always has some very good music on it.

We’re going to play a song from Apocalypse Blues Revue, that features two members from the group Godsmack. You can read their review here. Also from the sampler is Gary Hoey, and you can read his review here. The last selection from the sampler is by Laurence Jones, and as good of a player as this guy is, I haven’t gotten my hands on his CD just yet. But I will, and will definitely be reviewing it and featuring more from this talented guitarist.

We’ve also got new music from Peter Karp, from his new CD Alabama Town; John Latini from The Blues Makes Me Feel Good – you can read his review here; and Vin Mott from his recent release Quit The Women For The Blues, and his review is here.

While you’re in a blues loving mood, and really, why would you not be in a blues loving mood, let me direct your attention to a couple of shows happening this weekend. Our live music correspondent, Anita Schlank, does a great job of listing all of the shows going on in the area, and you can find her reports on our Facebook page every week.

The two I want to point out are the shows at Steam Bell Beer Works on March 25th, that’s an all day affair with doors opening at 12 noon and the music starting at 1 p.m. Look at this line-up: Mike Lucci Band; Blues Flash; Band of Brothers; Andrew Ali and Mainline; Eli Cook; Anthony Rosanno & Conqueroos; and headlining will be the great Albert Castilgia. I have the distinct honor of emceeing the event, and will try to come up with one or two fresh jokes for the occasion. Steam Bell Beer Works is located at 1717 Oak Lake Boulevard, Midlothian, VA, 23112. Aside from the great music they are debuting a new beer. I’m not much of a beer connoisseur, but the friends of mine who are heavily into beer are very much excited. Doors open at 12, and the music runs from 1 to 10 p.m.

The second show is Sunday night at The Camel when The Bush League and The Charles Walker Band will join forces for a powerful evening of blues, soul, and funk. I’ve followed both bands for some time and can tell you that these two are capable of tearing the joint down brick by brick. You don’t want to miss this one!

That’s all there is, there ain’t no more. So plan on staying up late on Saturday night, March 25th to join us for our next adventure into great music and bad jokes. You can find us online at or on the air at 89.1 WCNV Northern Neck, 90.1 WMVE Chase City, and 88.9 WCVE Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!




  1. Hey John, Thanks so much for featuring us this Saturday night!!!! Sounds like it's gonna be quite the party!

    1. It's always a party when Eight O'Five Jive is in the house!