Henry and I hope you will join us on Time For The Blues this Saturday night, November 18, at 11 as we drop our latest show for your listening pleasure. And have we got some pleasurable listening ahead for you.
Most people know that Kim Wilson is not only the driving force behind The Fabulous Thunderbirds, but also a great solo performer as well. Keeping up with his solo and guest work is an exhausting task, but fortunately Wilson has just released a brand new album on Severn Records called Blues And Boogie Vol 1. The good news is, with a title like that, it indicates that there will be at least one more Volume in the future (and for my money, I hope it’s more than that), and the better news is – this is a fantastic album!
Wilson has utilized the talents of a number of his friends and we are going to sample a few cuts from this album, and Henry has pulled out a cut from a previous album just for fun. We both think that Wilson is one of the best harp players working today and after listening to these songs, I doubt anyone would argue the point.
A group that was only peripherally on our radar – we knew they had released a couple of albums, but hadn’t heard them yet – is Val Starr & The Blues Rocket. When I got a copy of their new album, I Always Turn The Blues On, I slipped it into my player kind of late at night and didn’t get up from my chair until it was over. I really enjoyed their sound and I think you will as well. We’ve got a few cuts from the new album and even went back and picked up one from one of their earlier releases – ‘cause that’s the kind of guys we are.
You know we’ve got more. Oh yes, we’ve got more.
Story time. While emceeing a show that featured the EllerSoul Blues Revue, an all-star band that includes Li’l Ronnie, Big Joe Maher, and Ivan Appelrouth, I re-discovered that blue-eyed soul artist, Julius Pittman. Pittman, who is currently the leader of the Soul Revival (a great band that plays all around the area – watch for ‘em), has had a long career in the blues and soul field and EllerSoul has recently released a retrospective of some of his best work on an album called Soul Journey.
I loved this album and am delighted to be able to share it with you this Saturday night. Check it out, and then check him out when he’s got a live show. And look around, because I will probably be in the audience somewhere…
That’s still not everything we’re going to be playing! We’ve also got numbers from Lloyd Spiegel and Al Corte’. We’ve even got one from our good friend Albert Castiglia from his latest RUF Release, Up All Night. That one is just to whet your appetite as we’ve got a full set from Castiglia on a future show!
Henry and I have more than a little magic up our sleeves, 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!