The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's celebration on Monday, January 15th, I've produced a one-hour tribute in his memory. Sweet Honey in the Rock, Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, along with Eddie Harris and Les McCann will be featured in the first set.

The Blues: 1.6.18 show

Jan 7, 2018

This week on The Blues, January 6th, 2018 at 11pm, a repeat of a show from 2013 which begins with George Thorogood & the Destroyers and ends with John Mayall.  Other musicians featured in the first set include Janiva Magness and Tommy Castro.  The four songs in the second set are from Thom Chacon, Chet Baker, Shemekia Copeland and Little Feat.  Southern Hospitality starts off the third set followed by Sena Ehrhardt and Van Morrison.  And finally ending the show, Janis Joplin from 1968 and John Mayall, 1969.

 

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, December 30th at 11pm, we'll look back at some of the musicians we lost in 2017.  The show starts off with Gregg Allman and an Allman Brothers song which included drummer Butch Trucks.  We'll also hear from Steely Dan in the first set...Walter Becker was one of the co-founders of the group.

The Blues: 12.2.17 show

Nov 30, 2017

This week's blues show, Saturday night, December 2nd at 11pm, begins with one of the pioneers of the electric guitar, Albert King.  You'll also hear from Leon Russell, Joan Armatrading, Etta James, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Long John Baldry among others in the rest of the show.

The Blues: 11.25.17

Nov 27, 2017

During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you'll hear a repeat on Saturday, November 25th at 11pm,  of  a December, 2016 blues show.  The program begins with the Derek Trucks Band and Joss Stone.  Later in the show, there's music from George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, and Etta James.  And, this edition of The Blues ends with songs by Koko Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

The Blues: 11.18.17 show

Nov 16, 2017

The Blues program on Saturday evening, November 18th at 11pm, begins with Al Green, Michael McDonald, and the Gene Harris Quartet.  You'll also hear Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Deanna Bogart, and alto saxophonist Hank Crawford in the second set.  And filling out this blues show, Carolyn Wonderland, Harry Connick, Jr., Eva Cassidy, Prince (performing Joni Mitch

The Blues: 11/11/17 show

Nov 16, 2017

This week's blues show, Saturday, November 11th at 11pm, begins with one of my favorite groups, Deep Rhumba, and also Lucinda Williams, John Scofield, and from New Orleans, another favorite Johnny Adams.  You'll also hear later in the show, Jonny Lang who's coming to the Taft Theatre Sunday, January 14th and Anders Osborne.

Halloween on The Blues!

Oct 29, 2017

This week on a Halloween edition of the Blues, Saturday night, October 28th, 2017, from 11pm to midnight, you'll hear spooky music from musicians  including Dr. John, Tom Waits, John Mayall, T-Bone Burnett, and Bobby Mackey.

It's Halloween....on The Blues!

This week on The Blues, Saturday, October 21st, at 11pm, you'll hear a conversation with Ben Levin and Ron Esposito recorded in WVXU's studio on Monday, October 16th.  They discuss Ben's new blues cd, "Ben's Blues," which was recorded at Ultrasuede Studio here in Cincinnati.

The Blues: 10/14/17

Oct 16, 2017

The week's blues show, Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 11pm, begins with blues legend Albert King.  The rest of the first set features Laura Nyro, Eva Cassidy, and Harry Connick, Jr.  

WVXU will air a one-hour special about rock legend Tom Petty on Saturday night, October 7th at 11pm.  Produced by documentarian Paul Ingles, Tom Petty - Live and Kicking It: An Appreciation is a music-intensive hour of live performances.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who just finished up a national tour recently, Petty's passing by cardiac event Monday, October 2nd, stunned his many fans from his decades of performances.

The Blues: 9.30.17

Oct 1, 2017

This week on The Blues, 9/30/17 at 11pm, the show begins with Catfish Keith who's starting a tour of England and Europe 10/6/17.  Also in the first set, St. Paul & the Broken Bones.  They're coming to Lexington, KY 11/15 & 11/16.  The 11/16 show is almost sold out.  For some reason, I only became aware of them when I saw an interview with the lead singer Paul Janeway with Charlie Rose this week.   You'll also hear songs by Mark Nomad and Porter Nickerson.  Porter Nickerson is Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson who'll be performing at the Ludlow Garage on 10/26.  Michael Grayson recently spoke with them for our music website, Local Exposure.

Brian Powers

King Records Month: 5 Royales


This week's blues show, Saturday, September 16th at 11pm, starts off with a set of music by Hugh Laurie, Ernestine Anderson, and the great Charlie Musselwhite.  The rest of the show we've turned over to award-winning music historian Dave Lewis who's done a great deal of research on the life, music, and radio programs by Ohio native Frank Crumit.

Celebrating King Records Month: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

In honor of Cincinnnati's celebration of King Records in September, I produced a special about Hank Ballard & the Midnighters which will air on Saturday, September 9th at 11pm and again Sunday, September 10th at 7pm.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke by telephone recently with the two remaining Midnighters, Billy Davis and Norman Thrasher.  They've both been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Midnighters.

This week on The Blues, Saturday evening, September 3rd at 11pm, you'll hear an interview I recently recorded with Garland Jeffreys, plus a couple of his songs.  The rest of the program will be in honor of the hurricane victims of Harvey and Katrina.  It's only been 12 years since Katrina hit New Orleans.  Since then, a number of musicians have released cds inspired by Katrina's devastation.  

The Blues: 8/26/17 show

Aug 28, 2017

This week's show, Saturday, August 26th at 11pm starts off with Irma Thomas and Charlie Musselwhite.  You'll also hear Tony Joe White plus BB King & Eric Clapton from their Riding with the King cd.  The second set begins with Koko Taylor and Lonnie Mack, then ends with Gov't Mule and Greg Schaber & High Street.  And, the program ends with Wynton Marsalis and Ken Nordine.


The Blues: 8.19.17 show

Aug 16, 2017

This week's edition of The Blues, Saturday, August 19th at 11pm, starts off with Candye Kane who died May, 2016 of cancer at the age of 54.  She's followed in the first set by a new one from Rick Estrin & the Nightcats on Alligator, Tony Wessels & the Revolvers from Georgia, and ends with a favorite by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Sweet Georgia Brown."

The Blues: 8.12.17

Aug 9, 2017

On this Saturday Blues show at 11pm on August 12th, we'll hear a repeat of the April 16th, 2016 blues program.  The show begins in the first set with Gary Moore, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, and Joe Bonamassa.  The second set features Yusuf Islam, Cassandra Wilson with a song tribute to Joni Mitchell, Stanley Jordan, and Nina Simone.  And the blues show ends with The Doors at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

The Blues: 8.5.17 show

Aug 2, 2017

Marcia Ball and Shemekia Copeland start this week's edition of The Blues on Saturday, August 5th at 11pm. Both have won 2017 Living Blues awards.  We'll also hear from Leon Russell and Holly Cole in the first set. Holly Cole's song is from a tribute album of all Tom Waits-composed songs.

Joe Santangelo dropped by the WVXU studio on March 2, 2017, to talk with John Kiesewetter about his work with his brother Dino which has led to his production of the wildly successful Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium. This year's festival runs from July 27-29 in downtown Cincinnati.

Stay tuned for an interview with Ricky Nye by Ron Esposito which will air on both Around Cincinnati and The Blues sometime in October before the shows!

The 3rd Annual Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival Presented by Jack Daniel’s will feature two days of BBQ, whiskey sampling and outdoor entertainment July 21, 5-10pm and July 22, 11am-10pm in Blue Ash's Summit Park. This free event will feature a number of barbecue restaurants:  Eli's BBQ, Pit to Plate, Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House, Sweets & Meats BBQ, BrewCity Sausage Co., The Beerded Pig, and Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ, and a special bourbon burger from Sammy’s Craft Burgers Beers. More than 50 varieties of bourb

LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct. 21~28, 2017:

LIMITED VERANDAH CABINS available

Saturday night, July 15th at 11pm on The Blues, the spotlight's on the Tedeschi Trucks Band who's bringing their "Wheels of Soul" tour to Riverbend on July 21st and the following night, July 22nd, up at the Rose Music Center at the Heights.  The tour also features the Woods Brothers and Hot Tuna on stage with them.

So, on this blues show, we'll start off with a song by Susan Tedeschi, "Back to the River."  After this, you'll hear a phone interview by Ron Esposito with Susan Tedeschi.  She talks about her Cincinnati connection and music career.  Ending this set will be two songs by the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

After that, there'll be three songs by the Wood Brothers, too, and three after that by Hot Tuna.  Hot Tuna of course features Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady from Jefferson Airplane.  Legends, indeed!  

King Records continues to be recognized for its significance to Cincinnati through radio documentaries airing on WVXU and WMUB.  The series of radio documentaries which aired in September, 2016, for King Records month have won two awards, both in the radio documentary category, the Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communications and Ohio’s Society of Professional Journalists.

In honor of the NASCAR races down at Kentucky Speedway this week, I thought it only appropriate to pull out some road songs to share with you.  So, I started off with Lonnie Mack's "Riding the Blinds", Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz," then some Eric Clapton and Sonny Landreth. 

The second set begins with "Cadillac Women" by Charlie Musselwhite, "Solid Gold Cadillac" by Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88's, followed by Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, and Kelly Richey's "Fast Drivin' Mama."

Sonny Moorman's Group starts off the third set with "Take the Motorway,"  then Johnny Winter's "Maybellene", "Two Lane Highway" by the Goshorn Brothers, and Bruce Springsteen's classic "Pink Cadillac."

And, the last set features Bonnie Raitt's "Slow Ride" and Tom Waits "Ol' 55".  

12th Annual Hog Jam Music Festival   8/25-27, 2017 - VFW Campgrounds - 8718 Claude-Thomas Rd., Franklin, OH 45005

The Blues: 7/1/17

Jun 26, 2017

This week's blues show begins with Sugar Ray and the great Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham followed by Gene Harris and Al Green.  They're followed in the next set by Little Milton, Joan Armatrading, Eric Bibb and Chris Thomas King.  And, the third set features Buddy Guy & Junior Wells ( Paris in 1981), Ruth Brown, Laura Nyro, and Bobby McFerrin.

Upcoming concert dates:

7/21 - Tedeschi Trucks Band - Wood Brothers - Hot Tuna - Riverbend

7/25 - Amos Lee & Lake Street Drive - Riverbend

7/27-29 - Cincinnati Music Festival - Paul Brown Stadium

8/4 - Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper - Riverbend

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