Hello there, Henry Cook and I would like to welcome you to the new year. Yeah, we’re a little bit late, but that's not unusual around here. We tend to miss a few deadlines in the pursuit of the best music and once in a while a decent joke. We hope you will join us this Saturday Night a 10 either on VPM-Music or stream us at vpm.org.
There’s really something about the word “new.” New Year, new attitude, new baseball season; it always gives us a feeling of hope. Let’s add to that a new Time For The Blues. For this week we’re featuring the BB King Blues Band and Gracie Curran.
It’s hard to believe that the world lost the immortal Riley B. “B.B.” King in May of 2015. King was a great ambassador of the blues, appearing around the world and crossing all sorts of lines to bring the music to audiences that may not otherwise have contact with the blues. Since his passing, members of his touring and recording band have gotten together for shows and now they have released an album that includes reworkings of great King classics.
We have three of those classics for you and a fourth that features BB King playing with another master of the guitar, Eric Clapton from their album, Riding With The King.
After that we’re going to introduce you to Gracie Curran who has a very cool new album out on VizzTone. It’s called Come Undone, and it is killer. We’ll feature three from that album, and I found one where she performs a duet with our pal Mick Kolassa called Double Standards.
By the way, we just received a copy of Mick’s latest CD, Blind Lemon Sessions, and I can guarantee that it will be on my list of the best discs of 2020. I can’t wait to feature some of the great songs that are on this album. Look for a rave review over the next couple of days!
Shameless plug over, we’re going to take one last ride with Cadillac Baby! We have already done five – count ‘em – five sets with the various artists who performed for this independent label in Chicago. The label (Bea & Baby Records) never had serious financial backing but managed to record several great artists on the way up, and a few on the way down. Regardless, they turned out some damn fine music, and thanks to our friends at Earwig, we are able to share them with you.
But wait, there’s more…How about some new releases from Bruce Katz off of his new Solo Piano album. Katz came through Richmond not long ago to play and Buz & Ned’s Real Barbecue. He has an amazing resume with stints with the Allman Brothers to heading up the jazz piano program at Berklee. The album is mostly jazz oriented, but so good. How about the Altered Five Blues Band? These guys have been on the show before and never leave without rocking the joint. We’ve got a great one from their recent album, Ten Thousand Watts, that we know you’re going to love. How about one from Alex Lopez from his new album, Yours Truly, Me…? What, you don’t know Lopez? You will after this show.
If you’re a regular listener, we know you’re going to do whatever you need to do to join us at 10:00. If you’re new to Time For The Blues, drop by and find out what everybody is talking about.
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 here, or join us on one of these great VPN Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagships, 93.1 and 107.3 VPM-Music, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!