Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday night, June 8, at 10:00 as once again the Kraken known as Time For The Blues is released! We have spared no expense to bring you the finest entertainment we can and can’t wait to share it with you…
There are hot times and big doin’s going on around Time For The Blues World Headquarters © these days. Big big doin’s! Unfortunately we can’t tell you everything at this time, but promise that we will spill the beans as soon as we can. Just keep listening in and we’ll be able to discuss everything soon. In the meantime, we’ve got another hot hot show heading your way.
How hot, you say? How about as hot as ten dumpster fires, which is how people often describe out shows…
Seriously, this show is smokin’ as we’ve got a favorite group, The Cash Box Kings, in our first big feature. The CBKs are a great Mid-West Band (based in Milwaukee) that deliver amazing Chicago-style blues. We’ve featured them before and have become big fans of their energetic sound.
They’ve got a brand new album out on Alligator (thanks guys for sending us such great music) called Hail To The Kings! and when you listen to it before you’re a fan, you’ll be one as soon as the music starts.
Before you go and invest your hard earned money, we’ll let you sample three songs for free. We have full confidence that you’ll like them as much as we do. And if you happened to be visiting the home of Arthur Fonzarelli, Harley Davidson, and The Brewers – or anywhere the guys are playing, be sure to catch them live. I guarantee that you will have a great time.
But that’s not enough for us, no-no-no! We’ve got even more for you, including the man with the coolest name in the bizness – the one, the only Harpdog Brown! Yes, that is his real name (no word yet if he’s related to world famous detective Encyclopedia Brown), perhaps not the name he was born with, but honest-to-God legal name now.
Harpdog is a West Coast-based Canadian performer and we got ahold of his last album and really loved the guy. I was getting ready to feature him in one of my “All Canada” shows when we got his latest album, For Love & Money. Now he gets a feature all his own and we think you’re going to like him a lot!
There’s still more for you! In our new release segment, we’ve got music from the Texas Horns, Sugaray Rayford, and Watermelon Slim. I definitely think you’re going to have a good time listening to these new selections.
Speaking of new releases, I’m not naming names here, but recently a certain radio partner of mine was – I don’t want to say complaining, maybe kvetching – to me about how I tend to focus on new material and rarely visit classic songs that built the blues. I know that I tend to focus on a lot of new material, because in the hour long format, it’s often difficult to mix and match songs the way that I would like.
Taking the constructive criticism to heart, I’ve decided this week to include some classic material to this show from Janis Joplin, Koko Taylor, and Vaneese Thomas. Okay, Thomas’ song is relatively new, but I really like her voice… What can I say? Old habits die hard.
***PLAN YOUR CALENDAR NOW***
Great events coming up that you don’t want to miss include the River City Blues Society’s Blues Challenge June 16 at Richmond’s Capital Ale House from 1-6. This is where the RCBS will choose who will represent us at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next January. Usually they choose for two categories: solo/duo competition and band/group. It’s always a great time and I know I’ll be there doing something. We’ve discovered a lot of talent that we otherwise wouldn’t know and look forward to doing the same this year. Details here.
Another awesome event is the Central Virginia Blues Society Blues Festival in Afton, Virginia on Saturday June 22nd. That will go from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. rain or shine and will feature a great line up including Eli Cook, The Jon Spear Band, Mike Goudreau, The Billy Price Charm City Band, and The Nighthawks. Ticket prices are $15 for members of the CVBS and The River City Blues Society. That’s right, in a show of solidarity, the board of CVBS is inviting members of the RCBS to come party with their family in a gorgeous setting at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. Details here.
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 the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagships, 93.1 and 107.3 WCVE-Music, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!