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Blues music legend George Thorogood is back on tour this summer and will be playing at the new Rose Music Center at The Heights near Dayton with fellow guitar wizard Brian Setzer.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night at 11 o'clock, May 30th, you'll hear lots and lots of talented local musicians.  You'll also hear songs from a couple of new cds recently received from Alligator and Blind Pig Records.  And finally, the show will end with a personal favorite by the late great tenor saxophonist Jimmy McGary.

This week on The Blues, at 11pm on Saturday, May 23, a tribute in honor of the great iconic blues man BB King, who passed away last week, May 14, at the age of 89.  This broadcast, hosted by Keb' Mo', is a PRI re-broadcast of their 2005 special, “Riding with the King: A Birthday Tribute to B.B. King."

The Blues: 5.9.15 show

May 11, 2015

There's a mix of new and old, familiar and not so much so on this week's Blues show which airs on Saturday, May 9th at 11pm.  The show begins with "Speeding Blues" by Philip Gibbs along with Minneapolis musician Ken Valdez.  Then, Cincinnati favorite, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band with lead vocalist Noah Hunt.  They'll be on stage at Huber Heights with Jonny Lang on June 24th, and they'll also be touring with Van Halen.

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We're coming up on the 91st anniversary of the birth of blues vocalist Big Maybelle, May 1st, 1924, who lived in Cincinnati during her career and recorded at King Records.  Through the research of music historian, Dave Lewis, you'll hear the story of her career until her death on January 23, 1972 in Cleveland and also lots of her music. 

This week's Blues show begins with vocalist Madeleine Peyroux who'll be appearing in Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 21st at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley and performing with the Ric Hordinski trio.  Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John and Eric Bibb are also featured in the first set.  Dr. John's coming to the Taft Theatre on May 20th.

This week on The Blues (April 4th at 11pm), you'll hear a number of musicians with tour dates in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Local blues guitarist Sonny Moorman begins this week's edition of the Blues, which will air at 11 o'clock on Saturday evening, March 28th, with a song from his group's latest cd, "Lucky 13."  The rest of the first set includes Gov't Mule and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  They begin a European tour on April 10th and when they return to the states, they'll be performing at Huber Heights on June 24th.

This week on The Blues, which'll air at 11pm on Saturday, March 21st, the show begins with a song written by Jimmy Smith "Bayou" and is played by the great Joey DeFrancesco.  This is followed by Ruth Brown with a recording she did in 1989, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" with Grady Tate on drums and altoist Hank Crawford. 

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For years, a lot of people who live in the Cincinnati area knew to pay attention to what Larry Nager was saying. Whether it was a concert review, a profile of a musician or news about upcoming record releases, people might spend money, sometimes lots of it, based on what he wrote -- first, for the afternoon paper, the Post, then for the "winner" in the battle for print allegiance, the Enquirer.

When was the last time you heard King Pleasure on the radio?  Well, here's your chance to hear a song from his Blue Note release, Moody's Mood for Love, recorded in NYC in 1962.  He's followed by a 1994 song by New Orleans favorite Johnny Adams, I Cover the Waterfront.  I thought it'd be fun to include Kurt Elling's version of Theodore Roethke's

The Blues: 2/28/15

Mar 2, 2015

Debbie Davies begins this week's Blues show which airs on Saturday, February 28th at 11pm.  She's followed by Bobby Blue Bland, Cassie Taylor and John Mayall in the first set.  The second set features guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, Bonnie Raitt, Amos Lee and the Fairfield Four.  Note: There's a link to Cincinnati photographer Michael Wilson on Amos Lee's website.  Roomful of Blues, EG Kight, The Band, and Sonny Landreth finish out the show.

On October 1st, 1996, the Blues Brothers and some of their friends got on stage to open the Chicago House  of Blues.  So, this week's show which airs on Saturday, February 21st at 11pm begins with the beginning of that evening's show which is followed by the Allman Brothers Band and the Sonny Moorman Group.

You'll also hear from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor and Billie Holiday in the 2nd & 3rd sets.  And, closing out the show is an instrumental piece, "Beautiful Child," by guitarist Ronnie Earl whose song "Linda" is the opening/close of each week's blues show.

This was a fun show to put together since I enjoyed listening to lots of favorites this morning.  It was hard to narrow down the songs to share for this lovey-dovey edition of The Blues.  But, we'll start off with one of my favorites from back in the day, Leon Russell's "A Song For You," from his self-titled album on Shelter Records.  That's followed by Shemekia Copeland's, "Happy Valentine's Day," Etta James' classic "At Last," and then Leonard Cohen, "I'm Your Man." 

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This coming Saturday night, January 31st, at 11pm, The Blues will begin with a just-released collaboration of Gov't Mule and John Scofield from their new cd, Sco-Mule.  "Hottentot" will be followed by Miles Davis's "Tutu" and Joe Cocker's "Respect Yourself."  The second set will feature Keb'Mo, Eric Bibb, and Cyndi Lauper.

And, the third set is a commentary by music historian Dave Lewis on the musician Bix Beiderbecke who was born in 1903 in Davenport.  Dave's research details Bix Beiderbecke's connections to the Cincinnati area.

The Sonny Moorman Group won the 2014 Cincinnati Blues Challenge, earning them a place in this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Sonny Moorman visited our Corbett Studio to talk with Stuart Holman about the Memphis trip, other plans for the coming year, and perform his song “Let’s Work Together.”

Photo by Rick Andress

During this one-hour special that'll air at 11pm on Saturday, January 24th, you'll hear an interview by Stuart Holman with Sonny Moorman, and then later in the show, you'll hear an interview I did with Kelly Richey in the Corbett Studio.

Warm up with hot blues at the Winter Blues Fest

Jan 9, 2015

It’s almost time for the Winter Blues Fest from the folks at the Cincy Blues Society, and this year’s two-day event happens February 6-7 at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati. Joining Stuart Holman with details of the event and some of the performers is local musician and event organizer Mark Bubash.

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Sunday, January 18
Sonny Moorman's "Road to Memphis" Party
Enjoy a special Sunday evening celebration with the Sonny Moorman Group as they kick-off their trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis--over 120 acts who have been judged to be the best in their region, competing to see who will be judged the best in the world.  Come out to support our local winner!
$10 admission includes catered homemade appetizers!  Showtime 6 PM.

The Blues: 1.10.15 show

Jan 4, 2015

This blues show begins at 11pm on Saturday night, January 10th, with a great version of "Stormy Monday" by Gary Moore with help from Albert King.  You'll also hear during the show "All Blues" by Stanley Jordan, and songs from Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson, and Little Charlie & the Nightcats.  Ending the show is "When the Music's Over" recorded at the the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 by the Doors.

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