The Blues With Lee Hay

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The Blues: 10/18/14 show

Oct 16, 2014

This week's show begins with Janiva Magness who'll be performing on the Woodsong's Old Time Radio House in Lexington on Monday, 10/27.  She'll be followed by the Neville Brothers, Keb' Mo' and Deanna Bogart.

Later in the show you'll hear from Groove Holmes, Harry Connick, Jr., and the Blind Boys of Alabama.  And The Blues will end with "Just a Closer Walk to Thee" by the KSO Newport Ragtime Band from a cd they put out in 2010.

The Blues: 10.11.14 show

Oct 6, 2014

I went into an unplanned direction on this Saturday's show.  Sometimes music will take you on a voyage, and so it goes.  I had a stack of cds on my desk that I had pulled for the show.  The top one was Wynton Marsalis's cd "The Midnight Blues: Standard Time vol.5."  It had kind of a jazzy blues feel, and a new path was forged.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended the deadline for entering songs to November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail.

Judges this year include: Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, Bastille, J. Holiday, Sara Evans, DJ Snake, Avicii, McCoy Tyner, Garbage, John Hiatt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gerald Casale (Devo), Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic), Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group); and many, many more.

The Blues: 10.4.14 show

Sep 29, 2014

This week's program begins with Eric Clapton's unplugged "Walking Blues" followed by T Bone Burnett, Tom Waits and another favorite Ken Nordine.  The second set features the Honey Island Swamp Band, Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills, Dylan and Peter Frampton.  And finally the third set begins with a new Elvin Bishop release followed by Shemekia Copeland, Etta James, and ends with an instrumental from Joey DeFrancesco.

The Blues: 9.27.14 show

Sep 25, 2014

This week's Blues show (Sat night 9.27 at 11pm) begins with the title track from the new Alligator Records release by Marcia Ball called "The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man."  This is followed by the Bluebirds version of Tom Waits' "Low Side of the Road."  You'll also hear Gov't Mule who's coming to the Taft on Halloween night, Charlie Musselwhite, and ends with J.J. Cale.

This week's program begins with vocalist Madeline Peyroux who has a new cd coming out in October and has a handful of concerts lined up in December.  You'll also hear from Tom Waits, k.d. lang and Peter Frampton.  There are also songs by blues legends like John Mayall, Koko Taylor and the late Johnny Winter.  And the show ends with the Blind Boys of Alabama and Delbert McClinton.

This Saturday night, 9/13, at 11pm on The Blues, the show will begin with legendary guitarist Albert King, followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cream and the Allman Brothers.  The second set features blues vocalists Etta James and Cyndi Lauper, then from Louisiana Sonny Landreth, and BB King at the end of the set with some help from Mark Knopfler.  The final set starts with Hugh Laurie's New Orleans album, and one of my favorite songs from "Let Them Talk,"  the tune "Baby, Please Make a Change" with vocals by Sir Tom Jones and Irma Thomas.  That's followed by the late/great local saxophonist Jim

The Blues: 9.6.14 show

Sep 4, 2014

This week's blues show begins with a song from Deanna Bogart's new Blind Pig release, just a wish away.  There are also songs by Cincinnati musicians Larry Goshorn, The Bluebirds, and Magnolia Mountain. 

And, a shout out for the St. Leon BBQ Smoke Fest & Chili Cook-Off on 9/12 & 9/13 at St. Leon Community Park in West Harrison.  Hours are 4:30-11pm Friday, 9/12 and 11 to 11 on Saturday, 9/13.

This Saturday night's Blues show, August 30th at 11pm, begins with Bonnie Raitt and vintage Ike & Tina Turner.  The second set features Cincinnati native Noah Hunt, Larry Goshorn, and a song from Gov't Mule.  The show ends with New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams and a song from the Grammy-award winning album, Spirit of the Century, recorded by the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Ricky Nye has assembled an outstanding group of musicians for two nights of exciting boogie woogie music at the Southgate House Revival on Friday & Saturday nights, Nov.7th & 8th.

Legendary guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, along with blues vocalist Lou Ann Barton, will head a power-packed musical lineup for the 9th annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest in Longview, Texas, on 9/12-13.  The 2-day event features Jimmie Vaughan & his band along with Tony Joe White, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Lurrie Bell Chicago Blues Band, and many others.  Tickets are available on the festival website.

The Blues: 8/16/14 show

Aug 12, 2014

On this edition of The Blues, you'll hear from New Orleans legendary pianist Ronnie Kole who has a lively persona on stage.  You'll also hear one of my favorites, the Monty Alexander Trio at Montreux in 1976 with Jeff Hamilton on drums and bassist John Clayton, "Nite Mist Blues."  Plus Ken Nordine, Charlie Musselwhite and Gov't Mule.

The Blues: 8.23.14 show

Aug 11, 2014

This is a fun show with legendary blues musicians like John Mayall, BB King & Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt.  You'll also hear some favorites like George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Galactic from New Orleans, and Louis Armstrong.

The Blues: 8.2.14 show

Jul 28, 2014

This show starts off with a set which includes songs by Aaron Neville, John Sinclair and Little Milton who passed away in 2005.  You'll also hear later in the program music by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Hank Crawford and Etta James.  Plus one of my favorite vocalists...Jonelle Mosser from Nashville.

Award-winning New Orleans guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Anders Osborne, touring in support of his new Alligator Records cd, PEACE, will headline the Bacon Blues & Brew Music and Arts Festival in Batesville on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

This local special starts off with Whiskey Shambles and Kelly Richey who'll both be performing at the Smokin' Hot BBQ event at Findlay Market on Sunday, July 27th.  The 2nd set of this evening's blues show features three musicians, Jarekus Singleton, Selwyn Birchwood, & Guy Forsyth,  who'll be playing at the Cincy Blues Fest on Friday or Saturday evenings, August 1st or 2nd. 

The Blues: 7.19.14

Jul 13, 2014

This is going to be a fun show!  Starting off with one of my favorites George Thorogood and ending with Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, and John Mayall.  You also hear from Shemekia Copeland and Tommy Castro.  And, I slipped in songs by Little Feat and Chet Baker.  An eclectic show....

The Blues: 7.12.14

Jul 9, 2014

The spotlight's on the many talented musicians from the Tri-State past and present.  The show begins with legendary guitarist Lonnie Mack and ends with boogie-woogie wonder Ricky Nye.  You'll also hear from Sonny Moorman, the Kelly Richey Band, and Noah Hunt.  Plus Jimmy McGary's live performance in the WVXU studio in 1988 doing "See See Rider."  There's also songs by local blues legends H-Bomb Ferguson, Big Joe Duskin, and Pigmeat Jarrett.

The Blues: 7.5.14 show

Jun 30, 2014

What's the 4th of July weekend without a little taste of the blues?  On tonight's show, you'll hear from Albert Washington, the Rebirth Brass Band, and k.d. lang.  And be sure to put on your August calendar a couple of blues festivals.  There's the Cincy Blues Fest down at Sawyer Point on Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd, plus the free 16th Annual Lebanon Blues Festival from 11am to 11pm on Saturday, August 2nd,  in historic downtown Lebanon.  They'll also have 150 historic cars on display in their car show.

Cincy Blues Fest is looking for volunteers to help out with a shift or two on Friday, 8/1 or Saturday, 8/2.

You can sign up via or leave a message for Marschelle Schauble on the Cincy Blues Society voice mail: 513-739-2583. More information is also on the Cincy Blues Fest volunteer page.

The Blues Merchants with vocalist Amy McFarland will be performing at the Rail House in Glendale on Friday, June 27th from 7-11pm.

The Blues: 6/28/14 show

Jun 23, 2014

Tonight's show begins with Harry Connick, Jr, "City Beneath the Sea" from his 2013 release, "Smokey Mary" on Columbia.  The first set of the program ends with Billie Holiday's "Solitude."  During the second set you'll hear Joe Cocker and from Columbus, Ohio, Tony Monaco.  Roy Orbison, Dr. John and Tom Waits songs are in the 3rd set, and this blues show ends with classic Delbert McClinton and his 1990 song "My Love is Burnin'."

The Blues: 6/21/14

Jun 15, 2014

This week's program begins with Gregg Allman's "Midnight Rider."  You'll also hear classic Billie Holiday, blues legends Albert King and Lonnie Mack, plus George Thorogood & the Destroyers. 

Looking ahead, the Cincy Blues Fest is around the corner with music along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd.   Featured national acts include Jarekus Singleton, Selwyn Birthwood, and Guy Forsyth.

The Blues: 6/14/14

Jun 15, 2014

There's a refreshing variety of styles in the songs you'll hear in this blues show.  From beginning with Junior Wells' song "Tobacco Road" to Take Six, and Joey DeFrancesco.  There's a taste of New Orleans with Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville, and Dr. John. And the last set features Charlie Musselwhite, who was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in December, 2012, and the last song is "Talk about Suffering" by the Blind Boys of Alabama.

The Blues: 6/7/14 show

Jun 8, 2014

The first set of this blues program includes a song by Bobby "Blue" Bland who was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.  Included during the rest of the show are legendary musicians like Dr. John, the Allman Brothers Band, and Albert King.  You'll also hear "Gotta Serve Somebody" by Bob Dylan from the Sopranos soundtrack.

The Blues: 5.31.14 show

May 28, 2014

This Saturday evening's show begins with J.D. Souther who's been featured in the "Nashville" television series.  You'll also hear from local musicians Kelly Richey and the Blues Merchants.  There's also songs by Koko Taylor, John Mayall, and Ike & Tina Turner.  And the show ends with  personal favorite, Tom Waits, singing "Shiver Me Timbers" from his "Heart of Saturday Night" album.

The Blues. 5.24.14

May 21, 2014

This week's Blues show starts out with some of the ladies of the blues: Eden Brent, Renee Austin, Sista Monica and Irma Thomas who's the Soul Queen of New Orleans.  From there, you'll hear BB King & Eric Clapton on BB's classic, The Thrill is Gone.  Since Peter Frampton's coming to the Horseshoe Casino on June 22nd with the Doobie Brothers, there's a phone interview that Brian O'Donnell did with him in April and also one of Frampton's songs from his album, Now.  And we'll end with two musicians who are coming to the Taft Theatre on July 1st, John Hiatt and Robert Cray.

The Blues: 5/17/14 show

May 12, 2014

On this Armed Forces Day, a program featuring some well-known musicians as well as some you may not be familiar with.  The show begins with the Doc Robins Band from Virginia and vocalist Lisa Mann from Oregon.  These folks are followed by Van Morrison and a personal favorite, Johnny Adams from New Orleans.  You'll also hear from Vinx, Chet Baker, Diana Krall; and closing the show, Gov't Mule with Steve Winwood.

The Blues: 5/10/14

May 11, 2014

This week's Blues show starts off with music from Alex Jenkins & the Bombers, Greg Schaber & High Street, and Kelly Richey.  You'll also hear from the talented musician/producer T-Bone Burnett, Lonnie Brooks and a personal favorite George Thorogood.  The last set features guitar legend Eric Clapton and Nashville vocalist Jonelle Mosser at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival live.