We hope you will join us this Saturday night, June 24, at 11 Eastern for Time For The Blues as Henry and I have put together an auditory feast for you this week with some of the tastiest blues around! I don’t want to start writing overly purple prose here, but this is going to be one delicious dish and we can’t wait to share it with you.
We’re barely into summer, and it’s been a series of very hot days and nights and let’s face it, sometimes that heat can just sap your energy and leave you feeling like you’re just dragging through the week. We’ve got a long way to go and Henry and I plan on staying near the air conditioner as much as possible. I’m thinking of investing in one of those astronaut suits that have the built in fans to keep me cool…
In order to get ahead of the heat Henry has selected some very cool music for us to enjoy, including an album that came to us via a rather circuitous route. But I’ll let Mr. Cook describe how he found Eric Krasno for us. If you’re not familiar with Krasno’s work (and believe me, I wasn’t), he’s mostly noted for his jazz work. Like so many other forms of music, jazz is closely related to the blues and Krasno has explored some very interesting blues in his latest album, Blood From A Stone.
I have to tell you, I was very impressed by his music and look forward to discovering more about him and his work. I understand that Krasno will be appearing at this year’s Lockn’ Festival as will our good friends Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos. Rosano is not on this show, but we just featured him and I want to point out his success. Congratulations to both Krasno and The Conqueroos!
It wasn’t long ago that we featured a few selections from Joanna Connor’s latest album, Six String Stories. If you didn’t, well, you missed some great work. Not by us, by her…
Fortunately, we’re going to sample a few more songs from that album, and you won’t want to miss that. Welcome back to making albums Ms. Connor, we are so glad to have you back.
Long time listeners know how much we enjoy the latest releases from Alligator Records. This label has carved a niche for itself by discovering talent and bringing it to the forefront of the blues world. In the 45 years of its existence, they have recorded and released some of the greatest artists in the genre.
They could easily rest on their laurels, but they are not a museum label. They are always pushing boundaries and finding new talent to explore. Every five years or so they bring out a compilation of some of their best music and this year’s release is an exceptional album. It’s a terrific sampler of some amazing music – from classics to contemporary – and should be in every blues lover’s household.
In other words, go get yourself a copy.
If you need further persuading, tune in and listen to the samples we’re going to play. How can you pass up Lee Rocker from the Stray Cats playing some rockabilly blues? Or Son Seals, the man with the black guitar ripping his way through one of his originals? Or Hound Dog Taylor & The House Rockers tearing down the joint?
And there’s still more music! We’ve also got a double shot of the Iron Man himself, Michael Burks. We definitely lost this major talent too soon, but we do have his music, and we’re going to hear a couple of selections from his album Make It Rain.
Don’t forget our pal Eden Brent, we’ve got one more from her 2014 release on Yellow Dog Records, Jigsaw Heart.
If I may add a moment of self-promotion here, if you haven’t visited my little blog lately (or ever), please drop by http://professorjohnnyp.blogspot.com/ and see what’s new. I’ve recently posted some reviews of albums we’ve played or are about to play, and keep your eyes peeled for a new feature that I am about to unveil. Can’t talk about it just yet, but it’s happening soon. Let me know what you think.
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!