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Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night (June 10, 2017) at 11:00 as we unleash the latest edition of Time For The Blues! After all, it’s late and mom and dad are going to be asleep so just about anything can happen…
We actually have a lot of great blues scheduled for you including two artists who are making a big name for themselves in the world of the blues – and one of them is from right here in Virginia!
One of our features focuses on Mr. Sipp, The Mississippi Blues Child, who tore up the International Blues Challenge, winning in 2014. Sipp, aka Castro Coleman, is a former gospel performer who always wanted to move to the blues. After taking top honors in Memphis, he released a great album titled The Mississippi Blues Child.
We missed him in Memphis that year, but heard from a number of our friends just how great he was. After listening to that first album, we had to agree, and when I caught wind of his latest album, Knock A Hole In It, coming out, I couldn’t wait to put together a set that showcased his talents.
We’ve put together a set that will feature some tracks from his latest CD, plus one from his first just to give you a feel for just how good he is. Currently Sipp is on tour in Europe, but we’re hoping he’ll tour through our area before long.
Another feature will shine the spotlight on a Virginia-based artist that is just on the cusp of stardom, Anthony Rosano And The Conqueroos. Rosano and company have been one of our favorites for several years now, and have featured their two previous albums on the show.
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Their third album, self-titled, was produced by the one and only Mike Zito, who is one helluva player and producer. I think it’s an amazing disc and can’t wait to share it with you. The Conqueroos are also in the running to appear at this year’s Lockn’ Festival which would put them in the running to appear with: Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Tauk, The Suffers, The String Cheese Incident, Sinkane, The Revivalists, The Record Company, phil.moe. (Phil Lesh & Friends w/ moe.), Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Phil Lesh w/ special guest Bob Weir & The Terrapin Family Band ft. Nicki Bluhm perform Terrapin Station, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Nicole Atkins Band, Moonalice, moe., Midnight North, Melvin Seals, Margo Price, Marcus King Band, Keller Williams, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, John Fogerty, John Butler Trio, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jim James – solo, Holly Bowling, Hiss Golden Messenger, Greensky Bluegrass, Gov’t Mule w/ special guest appearance by Ann Wilson of Heart, Eric Krasno Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Danny Louis, Los Colognes, Brandi Carlile, Blackberry Smoke, The Avett Brothers w/ special guest Bob Weir, Antibalas and more.
If you can get to their performance in Arrington, VA on June 17, you’ll be able to vote for them and help them accomplish their goal. Details at their website: https://www.conqueroos.com/home.
Since we’re Getting Roo’d, let’s take a look at a few other Virginia Artists like Eli Cook, RC And The Moonpie Band, and one of my favorite groups of all time, Saffire The Uppity Blues Women. I met Cook at the Brews And Blues Festival at Steam Bell Beer Works earlier this year and he was amazing. He fronts a power trio that can rock just about any crowd imaginable. The Moonpies sent me a copy of their 2015 CD, Individually Wrapped, and I had a fun time with this raucous party band. And Saffire, well, I just love them and was fortunate enough to catch one of their last shows. Still miss them, and hope to get Gaye Adegbaloba to join us in the studio to talk about her life in the blues.
There’s also some more recent material that has made its way to my desk lately. We’ve got a wonderful voice for you, Allison August who will perform a great Saul Bihari/Maxwell Davis/Johnny "Guitar" Watson song from her new disc, Holy Water. Jim Gustin & Truth Jones will share a song from Memphis, and Billy Flynn will play a song from his latest, Lonesome Highway.
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!
This weekend, it will be time for the River City Blues Society’s annual Blues Challenge. Greg Willard, the man behind all the action, has told me that this is going to be a hot field of musicians that should make the judges go crazy trying to pick winners.
Thank goodness, I’m the emcee this year and not a judge! That’s right, I’ll be up on stage introducing the acts, encouraging you to pick up CDs and t-shirts, and reminding you that there is strength in numbers and you should join the River City Blues Society. I might even tell a joke or two, and I promise there will be no mention of my favorite bad movies.
Henry might even show up himself, but I know he’s on call that weekend in case something goes wrong at the station. (Henry is actually on call EVERY weekend, and all night, if something goes wrong at the station. See what comes from being good at your job?)
Mark your calendars for June 11 and join us at the Capital Ale House Downtown. You can’t miss it, it’s the place that is going to be rocking hard from 1-6, and if you mention my name, they’ll probably stick you in the back somewhere. Just kidding, they might make you watch from the sidewalk…
Here’s where you can get all the information: http://www.rivercityblues.org/. We’ll see you then, and you can cheer on your favorite bands and may the best group win!