We hope you will join us this Saturday night, May 6 at 11:00 on Time For The Blues, as Henry and I are planning to have some fun with some great music and it will be even more fun if you come along!
Henry and I have never hidden our fondness for the ladies. There is something beautiful in the voices of women – and something incredibly moving when they sing the blues. Usually I’m the one gravitating towards albums by female artists, but this week it’s Henry that has been affected by a couple of amazing performers and we can’t wait to share them with you.
First up is the vastly underrated Joanna Connor. We’ve been fans of hers for a good while now, but we only had a few of her albums to play and nothing new for some time. All that changes this week as Henry revists her most recent CD, Six String Stories, which is available on MC Records.
If anything, both her playing and her voice are better than ever and this is a great album, as evidenced by its appearance on our list of the best of 2016. We’re going to sample a few selections from it this week, but it won’t be the last time we play something from this album. We highly recommend this for your collection!
One of the few interviews we conducted on the show was with boogie woogie piano extraordinaire Eden Brent. She (and her dog) joined us for a little conversation one time and we have been big fans ever since. Somehow though, we missed her 2014 release on Yellow Dog Records, Jigsaw Heart.
Yellow Dog is a very cool label that we don’t hear about all the time, but they specialize in more traditional blues. So when you are looking for that front-porch style of music, be sure to check them out.
This Saturday night, we have a couple of songs from that fine album for you plus one from her earlier album. Everything sounds better with a boogie background and we should all listen to some every day.
Recently we received an amazing package from our friends at Alligator Records – and let me tell you, anything that comes to us with an Alligator return address on it immediately jumps to the top of our “must open” pile. Every five years or so, the company releases a compilation album featuring some of the very best of their recent and historical recordings.
The latest one is the 45th Anniversary Collection and we could build several shows around it! If you are a blues fan you should automatically go out and get your hands on these releases. You’ll discover old favorites and new artists galore.
Knowing us, we’ll only have time for a couple of songs this go around, but we’ll be featuring more in the future. This week, we’ll sample a number from our friend Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, who came through Richmond twice last year,to the Capital Ale House on September 22 (check out their website for details) AND released a new album called The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Imperials and we had a lot of fun featuring that one earlier.
Hey Ed! Better get going on the next one…
The other song we’re featuring from that fantastic collection is from A.C. Reed and Bonnie Raitt. It’s a great duet from a couple of the greats, and we’ve got it just for you.
We’ve got some more fun planned with some other interesting releases that Henry found – a song from the duo of Harry Manx and Kevin Breit. Stony Plain released the album in 2011 and they have some amazing artists that we think you’ll like.
Our friend Phil Liles, whom you hear on Morning Edition, brought us a copy of William Bell’s latest release and we love bringing the music to you. Thanks Phil and keep ‘em coming.
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!