Henry and I certainly hope you will join us this Saturday Night (December 1) at ten for what will surely go down in history as another spine tingling episode of Time For The Blues! Will it be another excursion into weirdness? Tune in to find out…
December already? Doesn’t it seem like it was just November? Man, how the time has flown this year. From Henry tackling so many projects related to splitting the company into two separate components – News and Music, to John dealing with a gazillion heavy decisions, like what to fix for lunch – wow, it has been a tough year.
Fortunately, the one constant has been the music. Amazing music. Some of it in live performance, most of it recorded and shared with us by great artists, upstanding publicists, and many friends who turn us on to music that we previously didn’t know. This week, John is doing the programming, so you know there’s going to be some great new songs and maybe a couple of surprises as well.
First up, we get to share some great tracks from our friend Marcia Ball’s most recent album, Shine Bright. It’s available on Alligator (and speaking of Alligator, be sure to pick up a copy of Bruce Iglauer’s new book, Bitten By The Blues: The Alligator Records Story – it’s fantastic!) and should be in every blues lover’s collection.
The last couple of years we’ve had the opportunity to see Ball play live and to sit and chat with her. We’re honored to celebrate her great music and are gratified by her position as “Texas Musician Of The Year.” She really is one of the best performers around and aside from playing some music from the new album, we’re going to sample one of her songs that doesn’t get as much airplay, but it’s one you are really going to enjoy!
Another Texas lady will get her own set, a rising star from the Connor Ray Music galaxy, Ally Venable!
This latest album, Puppet Show, is only Venable’s second release, but already she is carving out her position as a great blues rocker. Aside from being a great vocalist, she’s wicked on the guitar and not a bad songwriter either. We’re going to showcase some of her newest work that impressed the heck out of us.
The future is definitely bright for this young lady, and the present doesn’t look too shabby either. Stick around and give her a listen and we think you will quickly fall in love with her sound.
Since we’re spending so much time in the Lone Star State, we’re going to drop a few tracks from other Texas performers the Keeshea Pratt Band and the Steve Krase Band. While they each approach the blues in their own way, we think you’re going to enjoy them both and will want to hear more.
Of course we’ve got more new material as well including sides from Suzie Vinnick, the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band, and Peter V Blues Train.
So drop everything and join us this Saturday night at ten! 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 flagships, 93.1 and 107.9 WCVE-Music, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!
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Make plans to join us at the River City Blues Society’s Holiday Party and Open Jam at The Camel on Sunday, December 16 beginning at 4 p.m.. In Layman Terms will be hosting the jam and since this is a fundraising event to help them with their expenses as they represent Richmond’s blues community at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January, come join us – bid on silent auction items, and celebrate the RCBS. John will be the host again this year and tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.