Thursday, July 6, 2017

Time For The Blues ~~ July 8, 2017

Henry and I hope you will join us on Time For The Blues this Saturday Night (7/8/17) at 11:00 Eastern as we unleash some hot blues for a hot night. The old saying goes you have to “fight fire with fire,” so we’re fighting off the steaming hot days and nights of summer with some of the best blues we can find.

We’ve gotten hold of some really great music that we can’t wait to share with you including a couple from Delmark Records. The studio has been producing quality jazz and blues since the early 1950’s, and was started by Bob Koester, who was also the man behind the Jazz Record Mart in Chicago.

A label that was started as a fan that’s still going strong today has got to have a good eye for talent, and this week we’re going to feature a couple of their most recent artists.

First up is Linsey Alexander who has been banging out the blues in Chicago for more than 20 years and who has played with the likes of Buddy Guy, A.C. Reed, Magic Slim, and B.B. King. You know, a bunch of nobodies…

Alexander is out and front and center with this own band. We featured an album of his a few years back, and when his most recent disc landed on our desks, we couldn’t wait to do another feature on him. The new album, Two Cats, is filled with great blues and soul and we’ve got a good sample of it for you.

The subject of another feature is Billy Flynn, a great guitarist with a new album, Lonesome Highway, out under his name, and he’s also a contributor to the new Cash Box Kings album, Royal Mint. You better believe we’ll be sampling some of the best from that disc very soon.  

So, you’ve got two artists on the same label, both guitarists and singers, and with very different styles. We think you’re going to really enjoy them a lot.

Then we’ve got six more artists with brand new CDs out. In fact, when you get down to brass tacks, every song on this show is new. We love going back and looking at some more vintage artists, but this week, we’re looking forward to the future of the blues.

We’ve got Jamiah Rogers, a college student wunderkind that I first got to write about for Blues Festival Guide magazine. That article focused on young performers working in the blues. Rogers is a very strong singer and guitarist, and on this album, Blues Superman, he played almost everything on every instrument. His father, Tony, did contribute some bass, but this is mostly Jamiah Rogers’ baby.

Another prodigy that we’re featuring is Jim Allchin, who was a math genius who developed a number of computer systems that revolutionized the business. While he was developing into a computer visionary, he also was developing his chops as a blues artist. He had been playing all his life, and when we stepped away from the computer industry, he stepped right back into playing the blues. We’ve got a number from his new CD, Decisions, that features the great Keb’ Mo’ on vocals.

The remaining four artists are women, or women driven bands and I am delighted to bring them to you. If I can climb up on my soapbox for a minute, I listen to a lot of Satellite Radio in order to keep up with new artists, and I rarely hear that many women artists. Sure, there are cuts from the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Koko Taylor (both of whom I love, please don’t misunderstand me) and I don’t often hear a lot of the women that Henry and I play on a regular or at least semi-regular basis.

I’m not denigrating the station, but I would like to hear more variety. If I had control of a 24-hour blues station, trust me, one of my goals would be to introduce good new artists as much as possible.

Okay, I’ll climb down now and tell you about the artists we’ll be featuring, starting with Willa and Company. Willa Vincitore has been singing with some great players and is stepping out on her own. She has a sweet voice that is all over her first CD, Better Days.

Next up is a group that has been getting some play on Satellite, Low Society. Singer Mandy Lemons rocks hard on every track on Sanctified. As I said when I wrote my review of their album, “Why aspire to High Society when Low Society has all the good albums?” If you like your blues with some rock and a whole lot of attitude, this is the band for you.

Two more artists I can’t wait to spin for you are Gina Sicilia from her new Blue Elan release, Tug Of War. Sicilia released a few songs from an EP last year, but now she’s completed the album and it’s a killer. Last, but certainly not least, is Karen Lovely from her brand-new release Fish Outta Water.

All of these women are amazing and I can’t wait to hear what you think of them. It’s a great show, one that I’m proud of, but I’ll apologize now for the jokes. Whatever they might be, just remember, it’s a short time between songs…

**Hey, if you are looking for some great shows to see this summer, may I recommend some of the following:

Thursday, July 6
Gary Clark Jr.      Innsbrook After Hours, Glen Allen, 6:00 PM (doors 5:00), $20-99

Friday, July 14
Blues and Brews - Miller and The Other Sinners Camel, 5:00 PM, no cover
Albert Castiglia    Capital Ale House Downtown, 8:00 PM (doors 7:00)
Red Wing Roots Music Festival        Natural Chimneys Park, Mount Solon

Saturday, July 15
Central Virginia Blues Society Blues Festival      Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton, 3:00 PM, $10-15
Red Wing Roots Music Festival        Natural Chimneys Park, Mount Solon

Sunday, July 16
Red Wing Roots Music Festival        Natural Chimneys Park, Mount Solon

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

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

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 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!

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