Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night, May 27, at 11:00 Eastern as Time For The Blues has some great soulful music, some electrifying guitars, and we’re going to take a trip to visit some of the best entertainers in the Great White North!
We’ll probably have some bad jokes in there somewhere just to break up the greatness in the music we’re bringing to the airwaves.
Like Billy Price! Oh my goodness, can this man sing. Recently I latched on to a copy of an album he recorded with the late great Otis Clay (This Time For Real), and I was blown away by the incredible blend of these two soul stylists. Shortly after I wrote about it for my blog (you can read that review here) , I received an advance copy of his new album, Alive and Strange, which is available now on Nola Blue Records.
I was honored to be the first person allowed to review the album and once again, Price just blew me away. (You can read that review here) Well, as you know, we’ve been a little backed up around Time For The Blues World Headquarters, but we have three great cuts for you from the album, and you definitely want to catch them.
Another great feature focuses on master guitarist Gary Hoey. Hoey has been recognized by the press and his peers as one of the best guitar players working today in any genre and we’re going to sample a few tracks from his most recent Provogue release, Dust & Bones. Then, to give you a look back at some of his earlier work, we're including a track from his Deja Blues release.
You may not know this, but both Henry and I are world travelers. Since we’ve never been to outer space, technically anywhere we go is on this world, so, that makes us world travelers. Seriously, Henry held positions as an engineer that sent him all over the globe (seems his bosses didn’t like him hanging around the offices for some reason), and when I was performing stand-up or guest lecturing – every day meant being in a new place.
As a result, we both developed a deep appreciation for the country of Canada. Great people, great food, great big frikking mosquitoes…
Okay, the mosquitoes I could do without, but the rest of the country is very cool. Especially in the winter…
John, stop with the jokes already. Lately we’ve been getting some great material that’s come in from north of the border and we’re going to share three of them with you this week. We have selections from Steve Strongman, the Steve Kozak Band, and Chris Antonik. Three guys, three styles, and they are all very good. Now pass the poutine will ya?
We’ve also got some new tracks from Jon Zeeman from his new CD, Blue Room; the internationally known Lazy Eye from Australia with a very cool CD, Pocket The Black; and a great duo, Jim Gustin & Truth Jones teaming up on their second album, Memphis.
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!
“Hey, if you’re a planning person,” if I may quote our live music correspondent, Anita Schlank, who is always reminding those of us with planning deficiencies that we need to look at upcoming events to make sure we’re there. So, plan on joining the River City Blues Society at their annual Blues Challenge on June 11, 2017 at the Capital Ale House Downtown. The fun starts at 1:00 p.m. and will go until 6:00. Every year, the River City Blues Society selects a band to represent us at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January. If there are enough solo/duo acts to compete, there could be two representatives carrying the Richmond banner.
I don’t know who the competitors will be this year, that information is still developing. Plus the organizers like to play it close to the vest as they don’t want to let the judges know who to expect. I do know that the Master of Ceremonies for the event will be a certain Professor who hangs out with Henry Cook on the radio once a week. I don’t remember his name, but I’ve heard he’s the most handsome man in the blues industry.
Okay, it was my mom who said that, but it still got said. Join me, a bunch of great musicians, and a wild and raucous audience as we see who will represent Richmond in Memphis. Bands and solo acts, you still have time to get in on the fun, all the details are at http://www.rivercityblues.org/.
See you there!