Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time For The Blues ~~ May 13, 2017

"Where did you get that Moe Howard haircut, John?"
Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday night, May 13th at 11 p.m. Eastern as we whip up another delectable dish of Time For The Blues! We want to serve you up a heaping helping of good music with a side order of bad jokes.

If you are a regular listener to the show, you know that I have often been unfairly maligned for my less than organized desk. I can back up my chaotic filing system with scientific evidence that creative geniuses often have piles of stuff on their desks.

Well, I could. It just might take a while to dig them out from under the piles on my desk.

See, I have two good sized CD shelves festooned with some of my blues related tchotchkes a few books, a bunch of my seashells, framed photographs of blues related artwork, including a large portrait of Professor Longhair that a couple of people have tried to remove from my wall, and about six piles of CDs and paperwork.

Yeah, I cleaned it up to get it down to six piles.

Meanwhile, Henry happens to keep all of his CDs on one rack and kept a small carousel rack on his desk for several years – and never took a look at what was on it!

Well, when he was doing some Spring Cleaning and telling me I should do the same, he came up with the idea of featuring these long forgotten CDs in this week’s show. Good thing they were all great CDs from the likes of Delmark, Severn, and Rounder. I insisted we include some newer releases so he grabbed a few recent titles from Alligator, and before you could say, “Muddy Wolf,” we had a show lined up.

Starting with the Delmark releases, a few years back, they released a couple of celebratory albums that focused on their 55th Anniversary. One, It Ain’t Over! – Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues, was a collection of current Delmark stars playing live at Buddy Guy’s Legends Nightclub and we have a selection that features Eddie Shaw, Howlin’ Wolf’s right hand man and the man who kept most of Wolf’s band together after Wolf’s passing.

The second album, Delmark: 55 Years of Blues, features studio cuts from some of their biggest and best-known acts from the beginning until the album was released. We’ve got a cut from the immortal Magic Sam, one of our favorites who left us far too soon, and another from Detroit Jr. Junior was a great piano player who backed up a lot of the greats and still found time to make some great records. We’re going to play one of his best known, a song that all of us have sung in our own way on a Monday morning.

Then, just for grins, we’ve got a song from Shirley Johnson that was originally performed by Ray Charles that is just wonderful. You won’t want to miss these recordings.

You may not have heard of Severn Records, they are an independent group originally out of Annapolis MD, that has dropped albums from the likes of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mud Morganfield, Darrell Nullisch, Mike Morgan, and Steve Guyger among other well-known performers.

We’re going to spin a couple from Roy Gaines and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones featuring Monster Mike Welch. These are from a few years back, but they are still smoking numbers that we think you are going to like.

Leave it to Henry to come up with some unusual records to play. “Unusual” could be one of Henry’s many nicknames. It’s one of the first words people use to describe him after they’ve met him for the first time.

(Just kidding Henry. They all use different words to describe both of us when they meet us for the first time…)

Henry has found a record that features Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady teaming up with Little Feat’s Paul Barrere on a very bluesy number from the experimental album, Dream Factor. And just because I love Rory Block, we’ve got one from her excellent Delta inspired album, When a Woman Gets the Blues.

There’s more though. We’ve got some recent releases from Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Coco Montoya (who just took a trip through Richmond) and a surprise from Selwyn Birchwood that is very brand new. All of these are courtesy of our good friends at Alligator and we think you are really going to like this.

If that wasn’t enough, if you say you want more, well, we’re going to give it to you with a song from an album of mind that has been sitting in Henry’s carousel rack for several YEARS… So, I don’t want to hear anything more about my filing system. We’ve got a selection from The Butterfield Blues Band from their wild album, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw.
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 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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