Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night, November 11, at 11 for another rip snortin’, rootin’ tootin’, big time extravaganza we like to call Time For The Blues. We have more fun and tell the worse jokes on our station at that time than any other blues shows – and we do it all for you!
Well, okay, we also do it for the paycheck and the adulation that comes with being blues hosts, but that’s another story…
Henry’s picked the show this week, so there are lots of twists and turns to look for as he winds his way through his musical collection. In fact, he’s calling this musical smorgasbord, Henry’s Retro Shelf.
See, Henry and I each have our own collection of Blues Albums and CDs in our offices. Henry has one tall shelf filled with older titles, mostly from his own library, where I have two shorter ones in order to put some of my toys, radios, rocks, and shells on a level where I can look at them when I need a momentary break from my roommates. If you look closely at the picture on the blog, you’ll see a little bit of my distractions.
Henry’s distractions include lots of electronic equipment that he uses to keep the station on the air, and reproductions of posters from some of the bad movies we talk about. Oh, and he’s also got an autograph from the Scarecrow from The Wizard Of Oz.
Anyway, back to the shelves in Henry’s office. They contain some very cool CDs that we haven’t played in a very long time. Part of that is my fault, because I jump all over the new titles that come in and love putting together shows that showcase that new material. Henry has a deep love of artists that were big from the send of World War II through the mid-1970’s.
Henry got to thinking the other day that it was high time we took a look back at some of the great music and musicians that have been waiting patiently for a turn in the CD player.
Like The Yardbirds. One of the more influential groups that came out of Britain in the 1960’s has got a deep blues background and followed the Rolling Stones’ success in both blues and rock.
Speaking of The Rolling Stones, they’re going to make an appearance on the show as well, joining forces with the great Muddy Waters for a night of fun at Chicago’s famous Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.Fortunately, the show was recorded and you can feel the live energy from these legendary players.
The Stones also get their chance to shine on their own and show off some of their own blues chops on a rousing number. And only Henry would then go looking for another group, Dr. Feelgood, who learned more than a few things from Mick, Keith, and Company. One thing about Henry is that he always finds influences that others of us miss.
Riddle me this, dear readers, what do you get when Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Bo Diddley walk into a recording studio? I’ll let you decide for yourself because we’ve got the results and will be playing them just for you. They called themselves The Super, Super Blues Band, and they were very aptly named. Trouble is, they all wanted to be the one in the spotlight. See who you think won that battle.
What else is going to be on this wild show? How about some favorites like Otis Rush, Bonnie Raitt, and the one and only Magic Sam?
But even that’s not all! There’s even something new from Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and a fantastic live cut from our new friend Janiva Magness!
It’s a labor of love for us and we hope you will be there. 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!