The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

The Blues: 12.10.16 show

Dec 12, 2016

This week's Blues show on Saturday night, December 10th at 11pm, features songs from a few of the blues compilations in our library.  The show begins with Little Johnny Taylor and BB King frm the Super Soul Blues, Vol.II cd.  You'll also hear from Michael Bloomfield, Anders Osborne, and Debbie Davies in the first set.  

The Blues: 11.26.16

Nov 28, 2016

This week's holiday edition of The Blues which airs on Saturday, November 26th at 11pm, is a show of what I call "comfort music."  We start off with favorites the Goshorn Brothers, John Mayall, Garland Jeffreys, and Van Morrison.  

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It's been a tough couple of weeks for music lovers with the passing of music legends Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen, and Mose Allison.  On this week's blues show, Saturday, November 19th at 11pm, a musical tribute.

The Blues: 11/12/16

Nov 14, 2016

This week on The Blues, local guitarist/producer Marcos Sastre begins the show with "Pack It Up."  You'll also hear Derek Trucks, the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule in the first set.  The second set features Jorma Kaukonen, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.  Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch concert lineup for 2017 is on sale, and most of it seems to have sold out already.  I would have loved to have seen Bruce Cockburn.  I remember standing in line outside Bogart's many moons ago to see him.  

The Blues: 11.5.16

Nov 9, 2016

This week's blues show on Saturday, November 5th at 11pm, starts off with a song from a new album by Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials on Alligator Records.  That's followed in the first set by Etta James, Leonard Cohen, and Nina Simone.  The second set features music by James Blood Ulmer, BB King/Eric Clapton, and Sweet Honey in the Rock.    Garland Jeffreys begins the third set and also included in that set are the Subdudes who'll be playing the 20th Century in Oakley on December 1st and the Blind Boys of Alabama who'll be on stage at the Ludlow Garage on Friday, November 11th.

This Saturday night's program from 11pm-midnight is all about Halloween.  You'll hear a couple of songs by Dr. John, "That Old Black Magic" and "Marie Laveau."

Dr. John is playing very few concerts these days according to his website, so if you get a chance to see him, take it!  He'll be in New Orleans at the end of December on 12/27 & 12/28 at Tipitina's if you want to treat yourself to a trip to New Orleans.

The Blues: 10.15.16

Oct 16, 2016

This week's show begins with a song by Hound Dog Taylor and his  Houserockers in honor of the passing of his drummer, Ted Harvey, on October 6th.  This song is followed by Howling Wolf, Shemekia Copeland, and Amos Lee who playing Indianapolis on October 26th.

The second set starts off with Freddie King, a song recorded here at King Records, in 1960 with Philip Paul on drums.  You'll also hear from Etta James, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, and Maria Muldaur.

The Blues: 10.8.16 show

Oct 9, 2016

The blues are back after a fun five weeks of specials about Cincinnati's King Records.  This blues show starts off with "Goin' Down Slow" by Tom Jones and Jeff Beck followed by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Hugh Laurie in the first set.  The second set begins with Tom Waits and Delbert McClinton, as well as Marcia Ball (who'll be coming to Ludlow Garage's stage on October 14th) and Ray Charles.  And finally, Irma Thomas sings "Dr. Feelgood" at the beginning of the third set, and you'll also hear Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi, and Terence Blanchard's "In Time of Need".

Join us Saturday night, August 4th, 2018 at 11pm, for the second part of a two-part spotlight on the talented songwriter/producer Henry Glover.  This special will focus on his post-King Records career.

Henry Glover was undoubtedly a major force behind the success of King Records.  Tonight, Saturday, July 28th at 11pm, you'll hear about his years at King Records, and next week in part 2, you'll hear about Henry Glover's post-King Records career.  

In this third installment of a celebration of King Records, Saturday, July 21st at 11pm, the spotlight's on R&B singer Roy Brown who had a significant influence on the early development of rock 'n roll and wrote the classic jump blues song "Good Rockin Tonight.”

This Saturday night at 11pm, September 10th, the spotlight's on King Recording musician Wynonie Harris.  You'll hear from his son, Wesley Devereaux from his home in Omaha, and also Tony Collins who lives in England and wrote the biography, Rock Mr. Blues: The Life & Music of Wynonie Harris.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke with both of these guests recently.  You'll also hear from special guest Elwood who introduces the special and one of the songs.

  On Saturday night, September 3rd at 11pm, join me for the first of five one-hour specials on King Records as part of the celebration of King Records in September.

The Cincy Music Series is bringing Marc Broussard to Cincinnati on Saturday, September 10th at 7:30pm at the St. Xavier Performance Center.  I've been playing his music on The Blues show for a number of years.

The Blues: 8.27.16

Aug 23, 2016

This week's summer repeat is a program from March, 2013 and includes music from Tracy Nelson and Bobby "Blue" Bland in the first set.  In the second set you'll hear Corey Harris and Dr. John, as well as the Allman Brothers, guitar legend Albert King, and Bob Dylan in the third set.  And the last set features the great New Orleans musician Johnny Adams, vocalist Eva Cassidy, and guitar master Tommy Emmanuel.

The Blues: 8.20.16

Aug 23, 2016

The summer repeats of The Blues continue with a show from November, 2012, which begins with Van Morrison's "Open the Door" and also includes songs by Miles Davis and Marcus Miller.

The Blues: 8/13/16 show

Aug 15, 2016

This week's program is a summer repeat of the November 22nd, 2014 program.  The first set features George Thorogood, Junior Wells, John Mayall, and Saffire: the Uppity Blues Women.  In the 2nd set, Tony Joe White, Tracy Nelson, Charlie Musselwhite, and jazz great Billie Holiday with "Solitude."  And finally, you'll hear Albert King, Debbie Davies, and Miles Davis in the last set of the program.

The Blues: 8/13/16

Aug 15, 2016

This week's program is a summer repeat of the November 22nd, 2014 program.  The first set features George Thorogood, Junior Wells, John Mayall, and Saffire: the Uppity Blues Women.  In the 2nd set, Tony Joe White, Tracy Nelson, Charlie Musselwhite, and jazz great Billie Holiday with "Solitude."  And finally, you'll hear Albert King, Debbie Davies, and Miles Davis in the last set of the program.

The Blues: 8/6/16

Aug 15, 2016

This program is a summer repeat of the January 4th, 2014 program featuring a number of lesser known musicians like Quinn Sullivan, Meschiya Lake, and Ron Sorin.  The last set though begins with Ray Charles and ends with Bonnie Raitt.

Saturday, July 30th at 8:00pm:

WVXU celebrates the life and music of Larry Goshorn with a lively roundtable discussion and a selection of his recordings.

The Blues: 7.23.16

Jul 19, 2016

This week's program is a repeat of a program from February 21st, 2015.  The show begins with the Blues Brothers & Friends and a lively rendition of "Green Onions."  This song is followed by the Allman Brothers and Sonny Moorman.  The second set features Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor and Tommy Lee Cook.  After this,  in the 3rd set, Big Mama Thornton, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Groove Holmes.  The show ends with Ronnie Earl's "Beautiful Child."

The Blues: 7.16.16

Jul 14, 2016

Robben Ford starts off this week's program with "Chevrolet" in honor of the recent races at Kentucky Speedway.  I had a great time exploring the Crosley exhibit which featured turntables, retro furniture, and jukeboxes.  Getting back to the music you'll hear on this show, there are songs by Janis Joplin, Susan Tedeschi, Aerosmith and Gene Harris, too.

The Blues: 7.9.16

Jul 14, 2016

This week's show starts off with Eric Clapton and T-Bone Burnett.  You'll also hear in the first set from Tom Waits and Ken Nordine.  There's also a song later in the show from Peter Frampton who'll be on Riverbend's stage with Gregg Allman on July 19th.  And during the last set, you'll hear songs by Etta James and Shemekia Copeland.

The Blues: 7.2.16

Jul 14, 2016

Some of the great musicians you'll hear on this show include Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, and Sonny Landreth.  The 3rd set features Delbert McClinton, Dwight Yoakam, Leon Russell and Aretha Franklin who's playing Riverbend with the Cincinnati Pops on July 24th.  And the show ends with John Mayall, "The Laws Must Change."

The Blues: 6.18.16 show

Jun 15, 2016
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This week's show starts off with one of my favorites, Leon Russell's "A Song for You."  In the first set you'll also hear from Garland Jeffreys, Jonell Mosser and Gov't Mule.  The second set includes Lucinda Williams who's in Europe for most of her June and July shows this summer.

The Blues: 5/28/16

Jun 1, 2016

  This week's blues show starts off with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble which is followed by music from guitarist Carolyn Wonderland and actor/musician Hugh Laurie.  The second set begins with Dr. John and Tom Waits along with New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams.  And the rest of the blues program includes songs by Wilson Picket who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, the legendary Koko Taylor, Led Zeppelin, and ends with John Mayall's "Congo Square."

The Blues: 5/14/16

May 17, 2016

This week's blues show begins with a song by Eric Bibb, "Like Aretha Loves to Sing."  He's on tour in the United Kingdom this month.  And, Aretha Franklin is coming to Cincinnati to perform with the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend this summer on July 24th.  That's a must-see performance by a music legend!

The Blues: 5.7.16

May 10, 2016

This week's blues show opens with Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots.  Mr. Wainwright was born in Georgia and ended up in Memphis.  The Sonny Moorman Group and Lonnie Mack are also heard in the first set.   The second set starts off with the Kentucky Headhunters...a song entitled "She's Got to Have It" from their Alligator release, Meet Me in Bluesland.  You'll also hear from Big Joe Duskin, Ricky Nye and H-Bomb Ferguson.

On July 16th, 2011, a one-hour special honoring the 70th birthday of guitar legend Lonnie Mack was broadcast on The Blues.  The special featured conversations with music historian Brian Powers, King Records recording engineer Chuck Seitz, and guitarist Stuart Holman who played with Lonnie Mack in the 1970's.

Lonnie Mack Special

Apr 25, 2016
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Originally aired on July 16, 2011:

A one-hour special about legendary guitarist Lonnie Mack will air Saturday night at 11pm during the Blues show on WVXU/WMUB.

From Indiana and a well-known guitarist in clubs around the area for many years, Lonnie Mack will be celebrating his 70th birthday on Monday, July 18. He now resides in Nashville and rarely makes personal appearances these days.

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