Blind Boys of Alabama

This week's blues show, Saturday, December 7th at 11pm, starts off with Ernestine Anderson and the Monty Alexander Trio followed by the Blind Boys of Alabama and "Christmas Prayer" by Aaron Neville.  The Blind Boys of Alabama are playing Lexington next Wednesday night, December 11th.

You'll hear Hugh Laurie, Birthday Boy Tom Waits, Vinx, and Chet Baker in the second set.  And, the show ends with Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person's "Santa Baby," and Ruth Brown.   Hugh Laurie's coming back to American television in an HBO series,"Avenue 5," next month.

The week on The Blues, you'll hear the Kris Barras Band from the UK, Ronnie Woods from his Chuck Berry tribute album, and the Nick Moss Band who's up for a Grammy in the Traditional Blues Album category. Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager finish out the first set. The second set features the Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Tedeschi Trucks bands, plus Charlie MusselwhitePeter Frampton's "The Thrill is Gone" begins the last set followed by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Mavis Staples, and Johnny Adams.

Video - The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - "Blue on Black

This week's edition of The Blues is a one-hour special in honor of Halloween starting at 11pm, Saturday, October 26th.  Sonny Moorman's "Deal with the Devil" begins the program followed by John Mayall, Kenny Neal, and Howlin' Wolf.  The second set starts off with Andrew Gold's "Don't Scream (It's Only Halloween)", then Dr. John's "Ki Ya Gris Gris," and songs by Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women & the Blind Boys of Alabama.

The second half of this Halloween special features Dr. John's reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "Berenice" from the "Closed on Account of Rabies" cd compilation.

Happy Halloween!

Marc Cohn will join the Blind Boys of Alabama who'll be performing on stage the evening of June 19th beginning at 7pm at the Rose Music Center at the Heights along with the Robert Cray Band and Shemekia Copeland.  I recently spoke with Marc Cohn about this appearance.

During our conversation, he said that Shemekia Copeland will open the show with a 20-minute set, and  he'll be performing with the Blind Boys of Alabama , and the Robert Cray Band will also perform their set.  Cohn also mentioned that he and the Blind Boys of Alabama have recorded an album, Work To Do, that will be coming out in August.  He shared that he'll be playing both a guitar and piano during the show, but mostly the piano.  The guitar he'll have with him is a vintage Gibson from the 60's he found in a secondhand shop in Chelsea.  I also asked him about the non-profit organization, Love Rocks, which he supports and is a board member of.  

Bob Dylan begins this week's edition of The Blues at 11pm, Saturday, March 30th, with "Gotta Serve Somebody."  His album, "Blood on the Tracks - The Original New York Test Pressing," will be offered up on Record Store Day at independent record stores across the country, Saturday, April 13th.  Only 7500 copies will be available that day only  throughout the many record stores participating.

Other musicians in the first set of this show include Charlie Musselwhite, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Garland Jeffreys.  The Blind Boys of Alabama will be performing at Rose Music Center at the Heights on June 19th along with the Robert Cray Band, Marc Cohn, and Shemekia Copeland.

James Flames

Welcome to a Halloween edition of The Blues!  One of our favorite holidays of the year!  You'll hear this evening, Saturday, October 27th at 11pm, music from Dr. John (of course), Tom Waits, BB King, and Lightnin' Hopkins plus many others to get you in the mood for the haunting weekend.

Cincinnati's a popular stop for many nationally known blues artists, and we also are lucky to have so many talented musicians making Cincinnati their home.  So, I thought it'd be fun on this blues show, Saturday night, April 7th at 11pm, to spotlight musicians who have gigs booked here.

The first set begins with blues legend Buddy Guy followed by Walter Trout, Sonny Moorman who has an incredibly busy schedule, and Noah Hunt who's coming to the Ludlow Garage with Jason Dennie.

Mavis Staples is playing Memorial Hall and will probably sell out her April 20th show.  Also heard in the second set of The Blues are the Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb'Mo, and Taj Mahal.  And, the show ends with Todd Rundgren, Peter Frampton, and Steely Dan.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, with around 70 categories this year, will be presented on Sunday, February 12th at 8pm.  So, on Saturday, February 4th at 11pm, you'll hear a special Grammy edition of the Blues.  We’ll start off with music from some of the blues-nominated musicians including Lurrie Bell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Janiva Magness.  

The Blues: 12/17/16 show

Dec 14, 2016
(from their website)

A touch of Christmas on this week's blues show!  You'll hear Aaron Neville's "Christmas Prayer" and Houston Person's, "Santa Baby," with vocals by Etta Jones.  There are also songs by Ernestine Anderson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Monty Alexander Trio.

Tune in Saturday night, December 17th, at 11pm for an hour of the blues!

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.

After 25 years of almost constant touring, local favorites Over the Rhine are going to stay home a bit more and bring the music there.

The Blues: 4/16/16

Apr 18, 2016

This week on The Blues, we'll begin the show with Gary Moore's version of "Stormy Monday" featuring Albert King.  We'll also hear from Little Charlie & the Nightcats and the popular guitarist Joe Bonamassa in the first set.  The second set features Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Cassandra Wilson performing one of  Joni Mitchell's songs, Stanley Jordan's "All Blues," and the great vocalist Nina Simone.  And, the program ends with "When the Music's Over" by the Doors from their 1970 Wight Festival performance.

Tonight on the Blues at 11pm, a special in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The show begins with an uplifting version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the Monty Alexander Trio and then Sweet Honey in The Rock.  You'll hear the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, and the Reverend King.

Other gospel selections are performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, the Birmingham Sunlights, and Mahalia Jackson. 

The Blues Christmas show

Dec 20, 2015

This year's Christmas special on The Blues, Saturday night, December 19th at 11pm, starts off with BB King, Booker T & the MGs, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Etta James and Aaron Neville.  The second set begins with Houston Person's "Merry Christmas Baby," followed by Marcia Ball, Leon Redbone, Allen Toussaint, and the Marcus Roberts Trio. 

And, the show ends with local favorites, The Steve Schmidt Organ Trio,  then the Persuasions, James Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas" recorded at King Records, and the Blind Boys of Alabama performing "Last Month of the Year."