blues

The Blues: 1.3.15 show

Dec 30, 2014

We're going to start the year out with a song by Irma Thomas, "Got to Bring It With You" which was recorded in New Orleans in 2009.  The first set also features Charlie Musselwhite, BB King & Eric Clapton, and finally Tony Joe White.  The 2nd set begins with Koko Taylor and Lonnie Mack, plus Gov't Mule and Greg Schaber and High Street from 1997.  The last set begins with Wynton Marsalis's "Midnight Blues" and a word jazz piece by Ken Nordine.

The Blues: 12.27.14 show

Dec 21, 2014

The last blues show of 2014 begins with local favorite and a world-class pianist, Ricky Nye.  There are also songs by Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Johnny Adams.  The last set features the Bluebirds Big Band, Steely Dan and Mark Murphy.   

City Lights has released a new book of the lyrics of Van Morrison called "Lit Up Inside" which came out in late October, 2014.

Blues Christmas!

Dec 14, 2014

Whether you're wrapping presents, drinking spiked eggnog, or partying with friends, you'll want to turn your radio to this blues Christmas special Saturday night, December 20th at 11pm.  The show begins with the Steve Schmidt Organ Trio & Bill Caffie singing "Merry Christmas Baby."  Other local musicians on the program include Scotty Anderson, "Away in a Manger,"  Bam Powell's "Another Waffle House Christmas," and "Silver Bells" by the Goshorn Brothers.  You'll also hear from James Brown, BB King, and the Blind Boys of Alabama with special guest Aaron Neville.  Ending this Christmas spe

The Blues: 12.13.14 show

Dec 7, 2014

This blues show starts off with a new cd to the station by the Huntertones put out by the Jazz Arts Group in Columbus.  The cd's listed as by the Dan White Sextet, but they've since changed their name to the Huntertones.  The rest of the first set features Galactic, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Later in the show, a fun set that begins with Ry Cooder and Sacred Mushroom, and ends with Cold Blood and the classic "Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers.

We're going to start off with a great vocalist who can really swing, Ernestine Anderson, and her version of "Please Send Me Someone to Love."  She's recorded over 30 albums and has been nominated for a number of Grammys.  This will be followed by the Monty Alexander Trio's 1976 recording of "Drown in My Own Tears" and the Blind Boys of Alabama. 

The Blues: 11.29.14 show

Nov 23, 2014

This show starts out with Deanna Bogart on her Blind Pig Records release, Real Time, and she's followed by Dr. John, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, and Cincinnati's Blues Merchants.  The next set features Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr, and Johnny Adams with Duke Robillard on lead guitar along with pianist Jon Cleary.  The third set begins with Billie Holiday and Roy Orbison, along with Van Morrison and Delbert McClinton.  This edition of the Blues ends with legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, Riveria Paradise.

This week's blues show starts off with George Thorogood & the Destroyers followed by Junior Wells's "Tobacco Road" and John Mayall 1969 at the Fillmore East doing "The Laws Must Change."  You'll also hear from Charlie Musselwhite, Tracy Nelson, and Tony Joe White.  And the show ends with Albert King, Debbie Davies, and Miles Davis doing "Basin Street Blues".

Here's a link to Tony Joe White's performance on the Letterman show with the Foo Fighters.

The Blues: 11.15.14

Nov 11, 2014

This week's show begins with Marcos Sastre & Larry Goshorn's "Pack It Up" from a local favorite cd, Shades of Blue.  The first set also includes the Derek Trucks Band, the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule.  Then we go retro with Jorma Kaukonen, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton "Reconsider Baby."  The third set starts with New Orleans native Kenny Neal, then moves on to Garland Jeffreys who's a great poet, and Delbert McClinton.  Finally, in the last set, the legendary Koko Taylor from 1968 followed by the Honey Island Swamp Band from a record that was produced, recorded, mixed and mastere

This will be a fun show.  It begins with songs by Eden Brent, Peter Karp and an instrumental by Trombone Shorty.  The next set features Garland Jeffreys who was in town last night, and Harry Connick, Jr. 

Then, Brother James stops by to talk about Whiskey Shambles' new cd, Loose Change for a Broken Man.  He talks about how long the band's been together, songs on the album, and winning the 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Challenge which means they're now going to the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January to compete. 

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In honor of Jack Bruce, bass player for the legendary band Cream, who passed away last weekend, we will air a special episode of Jazz with OT, recorded in 1974, that features some of Cream's most memorable tunes.

The Blues: 10.25.14 show

Oct 20, 2014

With Halloween around the corner, I thought it'd be fun to include Dr. John's "Ki Ya Gris Gris" from one of my favorite albums by him, Anutha Zone.  The show starts off with Gov't Mule who's bringing their Young Mule Halloween show to the Taft Theatre 10.31.14.  You'll also hear from the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, the Blues Merchants, and Cream live at Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

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 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.

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