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Blues legend Buddy Guy and guitarist Jonny Lang will hit the road on a joint tour this summer. The tour will include a stop in Huber Heights, OH at Rose Music Center on Saturday, July 18th and the next night in Cincinnati, OH at PNC Pavilion on Sunday, July 19th.  Tickets for both shows go on sale to the public at 11am, Friday, January 24 at Ticketmaster.com and PNCPavilion.com.  

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, on Saturday night, January 18th at 11pm on The Blues, you'll hear a conversation between Ron Esposito and Bruce Conforth, one of the authors of the book, "Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson." Their phone interview was recorded on June 12, 2019.

This book has been nominated for the Penderyn Music Book Prize, the only UK-based book prize specifically for music titles including history, theory, biography, autobiography now in its 6th year.  The 2020 award ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 29th.

During their conversation, Mr. Conforth stated that this book was a result of 100 years of combined research by both authors.  The book goes into a detailed account of the life of this mysterious bluesman who only recorded 29 songs during his career and passed away at the age of 27.

He said that nothing made it into this book until the fact had been verified several times through various means of documentation including census records, birth or death certificates, etc.

Helen Ward's You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes," Steve Lawrence's "This Could Be the Start of Something" and Joe Gransden's "I've Got the World on a String."

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Dr. Mark Lomax II is an innovator, composer, musician, percussionist, and storyteller who created and performs 400: An Afrikan Epic Suite, an 8 ½ hour journey through the African American experience since arriving on these shores. Dr. Lomax, from Columbus, Ohio, has been sharing his musical storytelling throughout the area in collaboration with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and joins Lee Hay to discuss the origin and creation of the piece.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Will Bradley's "Celery Stalks at Midnight," Dee Dee Bridgewater's "A Tisket, A Tasket" and Frank Sinatra's "Pennies From Heaven."

This week's blues show, Saturday, January 11th at 11pm, starts off with the Noah  Wotherspoon Band followed by music from Kurt Elling, Dave Frishberg, and Ann Chamberlain & Eddie Morgan.

The second set features Aretha Franklin, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Redding, and Billie Holiday.  And, we'll end the show with songs from Leonard Cohen, Bobby McFerrin, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Allman Brothers.

A great quote from Bobby McFerrin's website:  “Listening to Bobby McFerrin sing may be hazardous to your preconceptions.  Side effects may include unparalleled joy, a new perspective on creativity, rejection of the predictable, and a sudden, irreversible urge to lead a more spontaneous existence.”

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Jimmie Lunceford's "Rhythm is Our Business," Ralph Flanagan's "Joshua" and Benny Goodman's "Somebody Stole My Gal."

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Some may have forgotten but there was an influential Apple long before Steve Jobs and iPhones. Apple Records was the home of the Beatles for many years and one of the people who helped grow Apple into the force it became was musician-turned-executive Peter Asher

Guitarist Albert Lee's coming back to Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky, on Wednesday, January 8th.  Show starts at 8pm.

From England, Albert Lee joined Emmylou Harris's Hot Band in 1976, playing with Rodney Crowell and Ricky Skaggs.  In 1978, he started playing with Eric Clapton for 5 years.  A Grammy winner, he's also performed at a Crossroads Festival.  

This'll be an opportunity to see a musician who's played with musical legends for decades.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, January 4th at 11:30pm, the show begins with George Thorogood & the Destroyers followed by Janiva Magness and Tommy Castro in the first set.  The second set features Thom Chacon, Chet Baker, Shemekia Copeland, and Little Feat.  During the rest of the program, you'll hear songs from Southern Hospitality, Sena Ehrhardt, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin and John Mayall.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright we ring in the new year with great tunes like Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll," Ralph Marterie's "Caravan" and Charlie Barnet's "Pompton Turnpike."

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Noah Wotherspoon is one of the busiest blues musicians in the area and he recently spent some time with our Elaine Diehl to talk about his new music and touring. He also performs a couple of his songs, "Hip to Your Jive," and "Don't Let the Darkness."

It's a winter wonderland on this week's Swing with Bill Cartwright with Peggy Lee's "Winter Wonderland," Jack Jones' "Sleigh Ride" and Johnny Mercer's "Baby It's Cold Outside."

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, December 21st at 11pm, I decided to go back through the archives and pull out a number of songs recorded by local blues musicians in WVXU's Corbett Studio.  I also added in three King Records tunes, Kelly Richey's Christmas story, a song by Tommy Emmanuel, and ended with a live version of "O Holy Night" by Peter Frampton.

So, this Christmas program begins with songs by Steve Schmidt, Bootsy Collins, Robin & Joani Lacy, Sonny Moorman, Greg Schaber, and Stuart Holman/Chuck Adair.  Then, Kelly Richey shares a story about the first guitar she got for Christmas followed by pieces from Larry Goshorn and Tommy Emmanuel.  There's a little section of King Records tunes by Charles Brown, Freddie King, and James Brown.  And, afterwards, you'll hear  music from Ben Levin, The Bluebirds, Marcos Sastre, and ends with Peter Frampton.  Merry Christmas!

2019 Musicians Memorial

Dec 17, 2019

Saturday, December 28 from 10 p.m. - Midnight.

This year we lost many greats from the music world.

Music documentarian Paul Ingles shows gratitude, love and thanks as he bids a fond farewell to artists lost in 2019, including: Dr. John, Art Neville, Ric Ocasek, Little Feat's Paul Barrere, Ginger Baker, Leon Redbone, Dave Bartholomew, Nipsey Hussle, Ranking Roger, Eddie Money, Roky Erickson, Clydie King and many more.

Holiday cheer continues on this week's Swing with Bill Cartwright with Benny Goodman's "Jingle Bells," Les Brown's "The Christmas Song," Woody Herman's "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and Frank Sinatra's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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For the holiday, we bring you a recording of the late, great jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Tanner and her version of I'll Be Home for Christmas.

It's always a delight to have local blues pianist Ben Levin come into the studio and not only talk about his career, but also perform on the grand piano in WVXU's Corbett Studio.  Ben sat down with me to catch up on Tuesday, December 3rd, and chat about how he feels about playing in Cincinnati clubs while going to school.  We discussed upcoming gigs at Mansion Hill Tavern (12/21 from 8pm-midnight) and BrewRiver Creole Kitchen (12/27 from 7-10pm).  

Ben also shared the details of being included on Joe Bonamassa's "Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea II" Mediterrean cruise this summer (8/14-19) with stops in Barcelona, Spain; Genoa, Italy; and Cannes, France.  The story behind his new single, "Forgot Mrs. Claus," is fun, and Ben was delighted that it has had more than 60,000 hits online so far.  He also mentioned accepting the CEA award for Ricky Nye recently.

And then, the magic happened in our Corbett Studio when Ben sat down at the grand piano and performed "Come On Take a Little Walk With Me."  

The rest of this week's blues show, Saturday, December 14th at 11pm, is a potpourri of Christmas tunes starting with Aaron Neville, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Koko Taylor, and Lonnie Brooks in the second set. Then you'll hear "Carol of the Bells" by the Marcus Roberts Trio, Houston Person, Joey DeFrancesco, and BB King in the third set.  And rounding out this program is holiday music from Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, the Goshorn Brothers, and Tuck Andress's "Little Drummer Boy." 

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.

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