Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time For The Blues ~~ April 21, 2018

Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night, April 21st, for another fun filled exciting adventure of Time For The Blues! We’ve got the return of one of our favorite performers, a team up from two hot players, and a tribute to the King Of The Slide Guitar.

First out of the shoot is the one and only Delbert McClinton who is teaming up with the Self-Made Men on an album that came out right at the end of 2017, and I finally saved up enough allowance to buy a copy.

Go on, say it, I’m cheap. I prefer ultra-thrifty, but why quibble about words among friends?

Anyway, as I was saying, both Henry and I are big fans of McClinton, and this was a fun album to check out. It’s called Prick Of The Litter (no phone calls or emails please, it’s the actual name of the album) and we think you’re going to like it a lot. We’ve got a few songs from it plus a selection from one of his earlier albums so you can hear how his sound has evolved over the years.

Right behind McClinton is the duo of Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager from their new Alligator release, Rough Cut. We’ve featured Salgado in the past, and normally he’s one high-energy cat (after all, he was the basis for the character of Jake Blues), but here he’s more laid back. This is a different side of Salgado and we really like it a lot.

We’re going to close out the program with some amazing covers of the late great Elmore James. James is, without a doubt, one of the most influential blues songwriters, players, and performers. Recently Sylvan Songs released a compilation of James’ songs recorded by some of today’s artists. We’re going to feature one from Elayna Boynton, one from the trio of Warren Hanes, Billy Gibbons, and Mickey Raphael, and one from someone I want to classify as one of our “Unusual Suspects.”

Trouble is, this performer might answer with, “It’s not unusual…”

Was that enough of a hint? The album is called Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James, and I highly recommend it for your library.

Hold the presses! There’s still more for you. Our New Releases this week will feature three great artists that you need to hear: Johnny Fink And The Intrusion, Al Basile, and the Rex Granite Band Featuring Sarah Benck.

We’ve got everything all laid out and ready to go, all we need is you and a few hundred of your closest friends. You know how to find us, 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!

Oh My Gosh, this is some hot off the presses news! Our friends at the River City Blues Society are putting on the 14th Annual Blues Challenge on June 10 at the Capital Ale House Downtown. The winners in both the solo/duo and band category will represent Richmond at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. I don’t know yet who the judges will be, but once again it will be my honor to act as the emcee of the event. If you or your band would like to compete, please contact the Legendary Greg Willard at either 804 743-8237 or via email at

Even without knowing who the participants are this year, I can guarantee a great time. I’ve been involved as the emcee or judge for several years now, and it’s always been a blast, and we’ve even featured many of the contestants on episodes of Time For The Blues.

Be there!



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