Has it been a week already? Henry and I hope you will make a little time in your schedule, specifically at 11:00 PM this Saturday night, December 9th, as we dive headfirst into the swirling maelstrom we like to call Time For The Blues.
It’s hard to believe that this year is rapidly coming to a close. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were making and breaking our annual New Year’s Resolutions. For Henry and I, the year has been filled with good news and more than a few distractions, but we have endeavored to continue to bring you the best music in our price range each and every week.
This week we have an almost all-new music show including a special set from the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band! Shepherd is one of those performers that it took us a while to play on the show. Not because he didn’t deserve it – he’s one of the great guitarists working today – we just had so much to play and for some reason he kept getting shuttled to the back of the line.
Our bad. Our very bad. Now that we’ve played him once or twice, we are eager to jump on any of his new recordings and get him on the air pronto! His latest Concord Records release, Lay It On Down, smokes from the first note to the last and then bounces around in you subconscious for a long time after.
We’re going to kick off the show with a song from that album and feature a couple of others later. Then, just for grins, we’ve also got a release from an earlier album just so you can compare and contrast his sound to see how he’s grown as an artist.
Another special set ifeatures Steve Cropper and Lou Marini, who put together the Original Blues Brothers Band. Okay, there were some members missing, but the musicians that surround them are all top notch, and they even bring back Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Paul Shaffer, among others. The album is a Severn Records release and is titled The Last Shade Of Blue Before Black. For anyone who grew up enjoying Jake and Elwood outwit the police, Illinois Nazis, and members of a country band in a tricked out Winnebago, the music was the binding factor – and this is a fun over-the-top album that jump blues fans will enjoy.
But there’s still more new releases just for you. Speaking of jump blues, we’ve got a great new release from Chris Daniels and the Kings with Freddi Gowdy. They do a great cover of an Elvin Bishop tune. We’ve also got a sweet cover of a Screamin’ Jay Hawkins song from Casey Hensley’s new CD, Live Featuring Laura Chavez. If you aren’t familiar with Laura Chavez, well, you’re in for a treat. I think she’s a great guitarist and love listening to her work.
We’ve also got a cool number from Canadian blues artist André Bisson. I was not familiar with him prior to receiving a copy of the album from his publicist, and really enjoying it. We’re glad to be able to share it with you this weekend.
Remember how I said it took us a while to get around to Kenny Wayne Shepherd? Well, the same could be said about Ronnie Earl. Earl is an amazing player in both the blues and jazz arenas and he often combines the two on his albums. His latest release, The Luckiest Man on Stony Plain Records, is killer.
You think that’s enough? We don’t. We’ve got a couple more great new releases for you: Bobby Kyle from his release It’s My Life and Dave Keyes covering a Sister Rosetta Tharpe classic on The Healing.
While you’re making plans to join us at 11, make sure to make some plans to join the River City Blues Society at their annual Holiday Party! The RCBS Holiday Party is Sunday, December 10, from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M., at The Camel. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Parker & Gray and the Tom Euler Band will host the open jam. You’ve heard both of these bands on Time For The Blues, and I can guarantee you’re going to hear a lot more from both of them in the future!
The host and emcee for the event is a certain long-haired Professor who doesn’t know when to shut up. I’m told there will be prizes – I know that there will be the drawing to see who wins the tickets to the next Blues Cruise – and I’ve heard that Santa Blues himself might show up to check to see who has been naughty and who has been nice!
We know that you’ll be kicking yourself all week if you miss all this on Saturday night, 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!