Dr. John

On this special edition of The Blues, Saturday evening, June 15th at 11pm, I'm going to share my love of Dr. John and New Orleans with you in a musical tribute.  Dr. John passed away last Thursday, June 6th of a heart attack at the age of 77, and was and still is being mourned by his many fans around the world.

I've got a tall stack of cds that he released, so I started putting them into my cd player and selecting the songs that spoke to me the most.  It was hard to choose just 13 songs, but I hope you enjoy them on this musical tribute to a musician who embodied the spirit and soul of New Orleans.  

The first song, "So Long," he recorded with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on the album, Afterglow.  Jeff Hamilton's a much-in-demand jazz drummer, a Richmond, Indiana native, who'll be appearing at Caffe Vivace on June 26th with the Blue Wisp Big Band.  Jeff told me that Dr. John, during the recording session, nicknamed him, "Dr. Sluggo."

 

This week's blues show, Saturday, May 4th at 11pm, begins with R. L. Burnside, Charlie Musselwhite, Marc Broussard, and Jonny Lang.  The second set starts off with the 1962 classic, "Green Onions" by Booker T & the MG's followed by music by Johnny Winter, Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, and Gov't Mule.  And, ending the show, songs by James Blood Ulmer, Hugh Laurie, Dr. John, and Harry Connick, Jr.

Join us this Saturday evening, March 2nd at 11pm, for a trip down to New Orleans for a Mardi Gras edition of The Blues!  You'll hear from many iconic musicians like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Beausoleil, Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers, and of course, Cincinnati's own Ricky Nye.

If you love New Orleans as much as I do, you might want to mark your calendar for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival running from Thursday, April 25th to Sunday, April 28th and the next week, Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th.  They've added another day...the first Thursday...this year.

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This week's blues show, Saturday, February 23rd at 11pm, begins with classic Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, "Crossfire," and the first set finishes with Carolyn Wonderland and Hugh Laurie.  Dr. John begins the second set  followed by Tom Waits and Johnny Adams.  The third set features Wilson Pickett, Koko Taylor, Led Zeppelin.  John Mayall concludes the program with "Congo Square" from their Island release, "A Sense of Place" with Sonny Landreth on slide guitar from 1989.  

This week's blues show, Saturday, January 26th, at 11pm, starts off with Gov't Mule, Dr. John, and John Scofield.  The second set features the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, the Blues Merchants, Cream, and Anders Osborne.  And, the show ends with two personal favorites, Deep Rhumba & Terence Blanchard's "In Time of Need."

Jazz Fest 2013

This week on "The Blues," Saturday night at 11pm, November 10th, the first set begins with Long John Hunter, Hank Crawford, Lou Rawls, and Shemekia Copeland.  Hank Crawford performs one of my favorite songs, "Misty," which he recorded in October, 1960 for Atlantic Records.  

During the second set of "The Blues," you'll hear Eric Clapton, Harper, Shannon Curfman, and Robben Ford & the Blue Line.  And, the show ends with music from Gov't Mule, Charlie Musselwhite, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Leon Russell, and Dr. John.

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.

This week's show at 11pm, Saturday, April 28th, starts off with a little boogie woogie from our own Ricky Nye followed by Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, the Jambalaya Cajun Band, and Zachary Richard.  The second set features the Honey Island Swamp Band, Galactic, Dr. John, and the great Louis Armstrong.  The Rebirth Brass Band starts off the third set followed by the legendary Professor Longhair, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Pentones and finally Johnny Adams.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is running from April 27th to May 6th this year.  If you're a music fan and have never been, I'd strongly suggest you add a visit to your bucket list.

The title track from Marcia Ball's new Alligator release, Shine Bright, begins this week's blues show on Saturday night, March 30th at 11pm.  Also featured in the first set is music from King Records legend Freddie King, as well as Robbie Robertson & Galactic, and finally Robben Ford and the Blue Line.

Muddy Waters begins the second set followed by Debbie Davies, Shannon Curfman, and Gov't Mule.  And ending the program are songs by Hot Tuna, Dr. John, and Tom Waits.

Halloween on The Blues!

Oct 29, 2017

This week on a Halloween edition of the Blues, Saturday night, October 28th, 2017, from 11pm to midnight, you'll hear spooky music from musicians  including Dr. John, Tom Waits, John Mayall, T-Bone Burnett, and Bobby Mackey.

It's Halloween....on The Blues!

The Blues: 8.27.16

Aug 23, 2016

This week's summer repeat is a program from March, 2013 and includes music from Tracy Nelson and Bobby "Blue" Bland in the first set.  In the second set you'll hear Corey Harris and Dr. John, as well as the Allman Brothers, guitar legend Albert King, and Bob Dylan in the third set.  And the last set features the great New Orleans musician Johnny Adams, vocalist Eva Cassidy, and guitar master Tommy Emmanuel.

This week, February 6th at 11pm, we're travelling down to New Orleans for a taste of music you might hear during their Mardi Gras celebration!  The show begins with two of my favorites, Lil' Band O' Gold and ReBirth Brass Band, followed by the iconic Professor Longhair and then the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

It's my favorite holiday of the year, and how lucky this year to be able to share some of my Halloween cd collection with you. (Saturday night, October 31st at 11pm) 

The theme music for this Halloween special is Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.  Please note that there aren't any breaks during this one-hour special, but the playlist will be listed on this webpage.

Charlie Phillips

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 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."