This week's blues show, Saturday night, November 16th at 11pm, starts off with two songs from the opening night of Chicago's House of Blues in 1996 with the Blues Brothers. You'll also hear songs in the show by the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Nina Simone.
Ron Esposito spoke with Cincinnati native Bruce Iglauer by phone on April 1st about his journey into the world of the blues and how he founded Alligator Records in Chicago. Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts wrote a book about the blues record label entitled, "Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story," which was published last fall.
During the hour-long special on The Blues, Saturday, May 11th beginning at 11pm, you'll hear not only Ron's conversation with Bruce Iglauer, but also music released by Alligator Records over the years.
During their conversation, they discussed the differences in the recording industry with digital downloads and streaming. Bruce talked about growing up in Cincinnati, moving to Chicago, and working for Delmark Records. He said that hearing Hound Dog Taylor in a Chicago club on a Sunday afternoon in 1970 changed his life.
Allman Brothers Band co-founder Butch Trucks passed away Tuesday night, January 24th, in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69. He was the third member of the original Allman Brothers Band to pass away. Guitarist Duane Allman died in 1971 and bassist Berry Oakley a little over a year later. The band including Butch Trucks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.