Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time For The Blues ~~ April 8, 2017

We hope you will join us on Time For The Blues this Saturday Night, April 8th, at 11:00, as Henry and I go old-school for much of the show, and kick it in high gear for the rest.

We’re going to ride the Alligator and revisit some old favorites, all in the same show!

How do we do it? Heck, we’re not even sure ourselves. You’ll just have to tune in and get all the magic for yourself.

We’ve got two sets of great old-school sounds, starting off with a couple of the best working today, Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi being the only two performers on a tribute album to the immortal Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

If any of those four names are not familiar to you, we’re not going to fuss at you, but you need to tune in for what will be an entertaining and informative segment. Sonny and Brownie are two of the all-time greats that so many of today’s performers look up to and admire.

Davis and Poggi included.

These two men have put together an album with some of the best known songs from Terry and McGhee and arranged them and recorded them on a beautiful recent release on M.C. Records, Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train. How good is the album, you ask? Well, in my opinion it will surely be on my Honor Role for 2017 as one of the best albums of the year.

If you are interested in checking it out for yourself, start with my recent review here.

Still working on the theme of old-school, how about another recent release that features the great Elvin Bishop, Bob Welsh, and Willy Jordan joining forces on the Alligator release, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio. Most of the songs are new, however, these three recorded them like they were just hanging out in their living room. It’s pretty much guitar, piano, and a cajon.

Drummers know what I’m talking about. I’ll explain it more on the show.

Oh, they are also joined by three premier harp players, Kim Wilson, Rick Estrin, and Charlie Musselwhite, each on a different song. The song on which Musselwhite joins Bishop is a tribute to their time when they were first starting out in Chicago. Musselwhite helped write 100 Years of the Blues, and he joins in the vocals as well as plays the harp.

Another one of the songs on the album that you will hear on Saturday night is getting a lot of airplay on BB King’s Bluesville, and if you haven’t heard it yet, I believe you will enjoy it a great deal. You can find out more about the album here.

Another recent release we are going to feature is the latest from Coco Montoya, Hard Truth. Any Montoya release is a reason to celebrate as you can see from my review here. Plus, Montoya is coming to Richmond on April 25th, so this just might whet your appetite to go catch him live!

Every so often, Henry likes to go back into our cavernous vault of previous shows. (You should see our bunker – you know the ones that can survive a nuclear blast? Ours can withstand a kid with a cap gun…) He likes to find some material that we enjoyed playing and wonder if you might like to hear more from the group.

This week’s nominees are Delbert McClinton, who is rocking the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell on April 7, the Climax Blues Band, and Blues Project. All three of these artists are worthy of having a show that revisits their work, and we would like to hear from you at timefortheblues@gmail.com if you want them.

So get up early and get those chores done. It’s the time of year when people are busy scurrying around the house, just make sure you save enough energy to join us from 11 to Midnight. You can 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! 






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