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Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night, July 1, at 11:00 Eastern for another thrilling and exciting journey with Time For The Blues!
Well, the music is good anyway…
It’s July in Richmond and that means it’s hot enough outside to boil lead. For those of you who live outside of the Richmond area, when a baby is born, his first complete sentence is usually, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” After a handful of beautiful days, our weather turned hot and sticky, so what better time is there to snuggle up to the air conditioner and listen to some soothing blues?
Fortunately, Henry has gotten some very cool music to share with you. This is one of his shows, so you know there’s going to be some very strong musical selections and maybe a few surprises as well.
Let’s take a look at what he’s got up his sleeve for this week.
Recently we visited a very cool Alligator release from Selwyn Birchwood, Pick Your Poison. Selwyn is a great performer. He’s a past winner of the International Blues Challenge and his first album, Don’t Call No Ambulance, also on Alligator, pretty much blew us away. On this album, he continues with some very solid blues, but he plays around with the form and utilizes some jazz elements which gives him an exciting new direction in which to take the music.
On his recent appearance, we concentrated on his blues, so it’s only fair that on this episode, we’re going to sample his blues-jazz hybrid. Trust me, you are going to enjoy this approach, and I want to go on record, again, saying that Birchwood has all of the elements to be a major force in the world of the blues for years to come.
Come enjoy the selections from Pick Your Poison, and we’re even playing one from Don’t Call No Ambulance that we didn’t have a chance to play before. We think you’ll really enjoy them.
Another performer that we recently featured is one of our favorites, Janiva Magness, who recently released a six-song EP, Blue Again. The disc was released on Blue Elan, her new label, and it has a great selection of songs and the recording itself is pristine.
We’ve picked some great tracks from Blue Again, including one written by the great Al Kooper. Her interpretation of that song is unique, and one that’ll be hard to forget. Just for fun, Henry has reached way back to one of her Alligator releases, The Devil Is An Angel Too, for her version of a great Joe Tex song.
**BREAKING NEWS – We’ve just received word that Janiva Magness is coming to town to play The Tin Pan on August 18, 2017. This is a rare opportunity for us to catch one of the all-time greats up close and personal. We’re going to be there, you better get your tickets early, because I’m predicting a sellout. Contact The Tin Pan at http://www.tinpanrva.com/**
A while back we did a few segments that explored the Chief Records Label that existed from 1957-1964. It was the brainchild of Mel London, known for his contributions to the blues and R&B worlds. While the label only existed for seven short years, it fostered a lot of very talented artists and even spawned a few hits.
Their roster included people like Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Elmore James, A.C. Reed, Earl Hooker, Jackie Brenston, and Lillian Offitt. Unfortunately, like many small labels, money was tight and eventually it ran out completely. But for a while, these singles allowed great artists to develop and find their own way in the business.
Henry and I have long been fascinated with small labels and their place in the musical world. We spent several weeks on the Memphis label Goldwax and the artists they fostered and when I stumbled on a collection of Chief releases, I just knew we would have to visit them.
Henry has chosen some heavy hitters for this week’s look back; Junior Wells, Magic Sam, and Lillian Offitt. Please feel free to let us know if you enjoy these explorations of smaller labels, and we’ll be happy to continue finding more. You can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You know we’ve always got new releases as well, and this week we’ve got one of our favorites, Ana Popovic, from her recent release, Trilogy. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re taking a sneak peek at Linsey Alexander’s new release Two Cats. We’ll be revisiting that album in a future show.
**EVEN MORE BREAKING NEWS – We’ve just learned of another great show coming to town. Joe Louis Walker is coming to Buz & Ned's Real Barbecue on Broad Street on July 20. Walker is another blues heavyweight that doesn’t come around here very often. We’re working on getting an interview with him now. Make your plans, visit https://buzandneds.com/ for the details. This is another show that will sellout. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Showtime is 9:00 p.m. and come early and get some great barbecue for dinner!**
In the meantime, 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!