Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday night, July 22, at 11:00 Eastern for another rip snorting, high octane, fun fueled adventure that is Time For The Blues!
What can I tell you? It’s going to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys! No kidding, have you ever seen the mess a barrel of monkeys make? Like my dear old mother used to say, “Look at that! I’m not cleaning it up…”
Once we clean up the studio from the mess that used to be a barrel of monkeys, we’re going to have a great time featuring a pair of giant talents that have combined to make an amazing duo. And to top things off, they are scheduled to come to Richmond as part of the Jazz Festival.
I’m talking about Henry Saint Clair Fredericks and Kevin R. Moore, better known as Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ who recently teamed up to create a great CD, Tajmo. Each of these individuals could headline just about any festival around, and together they make one of the sweetest sounds I’ve ever heard.
Just to whet your appetite for their upcoming appearance, we’ve got a great set from the album, plus a bonus track that features Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Find out more about their appearance in Richmond by visiting the official schedule page: https://jazzatmaymont.com/schedule.html and be sure to stop by the Idea Stations Booth and say hello.
If that wasn’t enough, we’ve got some live music from an underrated group, The Mark Cameron Band from their album, Live At Blues On The Chippewa. We first came across Cameron and his band a couple of years ago when they released Playing Rough. They’ve got a gritty blue-collar sound, the kind of raw blues that we cut our teeth on, so, it was only natural to give them a few spins.
They have now released an album with a rich texture and you can feel the energy coming off the stage as they play. I don’t know what the weather was like that day on the Chippewa, but I’m willing to bet it felt pretty hot to those who were watching Cameron. We’ve got a few songs from that album, plus a bonus cut from Playing Rough so you can hear how they sound in the studio.
I don’t know if you listen to much Satellite Radio, but Sirius has just launched a Beatles Channel and being a child of the ‘60’s I’ve been listening to it on a regular basis. It got me to thinking – rarely a good thing – that it would be kind of cool to find some Beatles covers done by blues artists, and lo and behold, two magically appeared on my desk! We’re going to listen to our old fishing buddy Mick Kolassa team up with Florida-based acoustic bluesman Mark Telesca on a stripped down version of one Beatles classic (you can catch nine more on their album, You Can’t Do That), and the lovely Gina Sicilia will break your heart on another from her album Tug Of War.
We’ve got even more recent releases for you, including Willa Vincitore from her first solo album, Better Days. If you missed her before, make sure you listen in this week, she has a gorgeous voice. We also recently played a young man from Chicago, Jamiah Rogers, that I think has all the tools to be the next big thing. We’re going to play another tune from his recent release, Blues Superman, and I hope you like it as much as we do. One last new one for us is a band from California, Dogtown Blues Band, who feature the vocals from jazz singer Barbara Morrison. Okay, that one was released last year, but I just got a copy so it’s new to us!
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. 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. This just might be the first episode where Henry will be on time. But I doubt it!
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 are looking for some great shows to see this summer, may I recommend some of the following:
Thursday, July 20
Joe Louis Walker Buz and Neds' Real Barbecue - West Broad, 8:30 PM, $30-35 - Tickets
Saturday, July 22
Jon Spear Band Tin Pan, 8:00 PM (doors 6:00), $10
Sunday, July 30
Natchel' Blues Network's Blues Challenge Triangle, Williamsburg, 1:00 PM [This will feature some of Virginia’s best blues bands vying for a chance to represent the Hampton Roads area at next year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis! Also somebody you know will be acting as a judge for the competition.]
Tuesday, August 1
The Charles Walker Band with The Analogue Republic at The Tin Pan
Friday, August 18
Janiva Magness Tin Pan, 8:00 PM (doors 6:00), $30-35
Saturday, October 21
ZZ Top Altria Theater, 8:00 PM
Our Live Music Correspondent, Anita Schlank, is always finding the great shows to see. For these, and so many other great shows coming to town, take a look at the River City Blues Society’s Calendar page at http://www.rivercityblues.org/.