Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday Night at 11 for a very special episode of Time For The Blues. Regular listeners know that every so often we like to check out the amazing talent that you can find almost any night in Virginia, and tonight is going to feature some of our favorites!
From the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains and all points in between and from north to south, there are great solo artists and bands around every bend in the road and we’re on a mission to find ‘em and play ‘em for your pleasure.
Our two main features this week will feature the new independent release from our pals The Bush League. The new album is called James RiVAh, which of course, is the proper Richmond pronunciation for the word “river.” I don’t like to brag, but I was honored to be the first person and pseudo-journalist to review the album, and you can find that review here. When an artist, or in this case, the artist’s management (thank you, Kenya Watkins) respects my opinions to the point where they let me at a new work first, it’s not something that I take lightly.
The new album completely knocked me out, and the band is doing phenomenal live work as well. We’ve got three songs from this album and we think you are going to love them as much as we do!
|Photo By Ellen Foster|
The Bush League has a deep connection to Gaye Todd Adebalola, one of the founding members of Saffire The Uppity Blues Women. They lovingly refer to Adegbalola as “the band’s mother” due to their closeness. Adegbalola has been making great music for many years and was recently honored by the State Library Of Virginia during their celebration of Women In History Month.
Thanks to the efforts of Adegbalola’s longtime friend and kick ass Blues Woman herself, Ellen Foster, I was able to spend a delightful afternoon interviewing Adegbalola about the award, Saffire, her post-Saffire career, and some of her recent activist activities. Virginia Currents Radio ran the interview, (mega thanks to Catherine Komp for her help and amazing editing skills – it’s safe to say it never would have happened without her guidance).
If you missed it when it ran live, the interview has been archived on the station’s website, and you can listen to it here.
To celebrate this wonderful artist, we’re featuring a couple of songs from Saffire, and two more from her later career, one from a collaboration she recorded with pianist Roddy Barnes, and one that she recorded with her semi-acapella group The Wild Rutz.
In our new release segment, we have songs from Virginia artists Patrick Coman and the man I call “Mr. Ambassador” Bobby “BlackHat” Walters. If you know Walters, you know why I call him that, if you don’t know Bobby, well, you should. He has several albums out, and you can find him and his top flight band playing at just about every major show in the Commonwealth.
He’s written and recorded a brand new song titled Run Baby Run that deals with the frightening situation that faces so many of our schools and the children that have become the targets of gunmen. I’m not initiating debate here, but I do want to introduce you to Bobby’s great song, and tell you how you can get it.
We’ll also sample some new work from Breezy Rodio from his new Delmark release. Trust me, this is a guy you’re going to like a lot.
Last, but certainly not least, I’m introducing a new segment made up of members of back up bands, in this case two of the guys from Marcia Ball’s touring group, guitarist Mighty Mike Schermer and drummer Corey Keller. Both of these players have side gigs going and they are damn good musicians.
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 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!