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Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night, May 20, at 11 Eastern for another thrilling episode of Time For The Blues. I’ve been working overtime combing through the best of the recent albums we’ve received trying to find some great music for you.
Henry’s been on the computer looking at things again. Just want to warn you.
Recently I had the pleasure of attending a performance for the vivacious Samantha Fish. My partner in crime was Superfan Scott Nugent and we had a blast catching Fish on her Chills & Fever tour. She’s still doing plenty of blues, and she’s added a horn section giving her performance a gritty early rock feeling. That night at the packed Capital Ale House was electric and Fish put on an amazing show.
It’s way past time to sample a few titles from her most recent album (Chills & Fever, natch, on Ruf Records) including a couple that have been receiving some air play on BB King’s Bluesville. And just for grins, we’ve also got a track from one of earlier CDs, Runaway. I think you are going to find her new sound fascinating. She still shreds a guitar like a boss and her vocals are strong, and the addition of the horns really fattens up the sound nicely.
Our second feature of the night features the music of Ronnie Baker Brooks. Brooks, who is also well represented on the music charts and receiving air play on all the blues shows, is a member of the famous Baker Brooks family of musicians. His father, the recently passed Lonnie Brooks, often played with Ronnie on tour and each played on the other’s albums.
We’ve got three from Brooks’ latest CD, Times Have Changed. The album, which was released on Provogue, features a lot of surprises, including one of Lonnie Brooks’ last recorded works and a cut that features the vocals of Bobby “Blue” Bland.
Another fun segment is one that I’ve enjoyed putting together, a couple of covers of classic songs. One features Delta Moon performing one of Son House’s best known works off their recent album, Cabbagetown. The other song in the set features a Canadian bluesman that I have enjoyed getting to know through his music, Steve Strongman. I’m going to keep this one as a surprise as it’s a well-known classic rock song that features the original singer/songwriter who recorded the song. Strongman makes it bluesier and I want you to enjoy it fresh with no preconceived notions.
Plus, we’ve got some more recent releases that we want to share with you, starting off with a great jazzy blues vocalist Lisa Biales. Her album, The Beat Of My Heart, is one of my recent favorites and we’re going to play the song, Crying Over You, that was written by and recorded by her mother. Biales discovered this old 78 RPM record her mother had written and recorded in 1947. After cleaning it up, Biales uses her mother’s first verse before taking over. The two voices blend beautifully and the band sounds like a small combo relying on piano and horns to set the mood. Such a gorgeous song and a fitting tribute to Biales’ mother. It’s my tribute to Mother’s Day a week late. I love this song.
We’ve also got a recent release from Australia’s Lazy Eye, (that’s the band’s name, not an occurrence of amblyopia), that was recorded in a very cool way. The band brought an audience into the studio so you get the feeling of a live band but in a way that controls the sound better. Sort of the best of both worlds. Then we’ve got a funky number from Jon Zeeman that just might make you want to get up and shake your moneymaker. I think you’re going to like the STAX-y sound from this cut from his album, Blue Room.
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 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!