Nina Simone

Female vocalists are the focus on this week's blues program airing at 11pm, Saturday, October 3rd.  The show begins with Bettye LaVette, Abbey Lincoln, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Etta James in the first set.  

Bettye LaVette's going to start touring again in December.  Abbey Lincoln was married to legendary drummer Max Roach for 8 years, and Etta James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

The second set starts off with Aretha Franklin's version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," followed by Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin and Shemekia Copeland.  

NatGeo's filming a docu-series about Aretha Franklin, "Genius: Aretha" which is finally wrapping up in Atlanta due to a pandemic stoppage.  Bonnie Raitt was part of Farm Aid 2020 last Saturday, 9/26, and Shemekia Copeland is scheduled to perform in a festival up in Michigan, Saturday, 10/3.

Songs from Marcia Ball, Cassandra Wilson, Irma Thomas, and Koko Taylor end this edition of "The Blues."  Marcia Ball's got a really fun website which includes a recipe for "Emergency Chicken Gumbo."  

This week's blues show, Saturday evening, March 7th at 11pm, starts off with Eric Bibb, Prince, Nina Simone, and Ann Chamberlain & Eddie Morgan.  The second set includes music by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Tommy Castro, the Allman Brothers Band, and ends with Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi.  And the show ends with songs by Robert Plant & Lil' Band o' Gold, Tom Waits, Ken Nordine, Terence Blanchard, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

This week's blues show, Saturday night, November 16th at 11pm, starts off with two songs from the opening night of Chicago's House of Blues in 1996 with the Blues Brothers.  You'll also hear songs in the show by the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Nina Simone.

This week on The Blues, Saturday, September 28th at 11pm, the show starts off with a song from Wynton Marsalis's "The Midnight Blues: Standard Time, Vol.5" release.  The set also includes Nina Simone and Cincinnati favorite Jimmy McGary.  The second set has songs from Chet Baker, Diana Krall, and the Monty Alexander Trio from their Live! at the Montreux Festival set from 1977.  And, the show ends with songs by Ruth Brown, Miles Davis, Ernestine Anderson, and Billie Holiday.

Steve Hefter

On this week's blues show on Saturday, January 12th at 11pm, you'll hear three sets of music starting off with Ernestine Anderson (who passed away in Seattle in March, 2016) in the first set along with Jeff Beck, Cyndi Lauper, and Tom Waits from his "The Heart of Saturday Night" cd.

Rick Olivier

On this week's blues show, Saturday, December 1st at 11pm, the first set begins with Etta James and Charlie Musselwhite and ends with Mose Allison and New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams.  The music of Nina Simone and a live version of Ernestine Anderson's song, "Please Send Me Someone To Love," complete the second set.  And, the rest of the show features a November 14th phone interview of Seymour Stein and King Records historian Brian Powers.  Stein will be at the public library's main branch downtown Saturday, December 1st at 3pm for a booksigning of his book, "Siren Song: My Life in Music."  His music career began at King Records, Syd Nathan was the greatest influence on his career in the music business.

This blues show, Saturday, October 20th, at 11pm, starts off with Johnny Adams, Jonell Mosser, Lucinda Williams, and Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir.  The second set features Eric Clapton, Gov't Mule, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, and Leon Russell.  

The last set of the evening begins with the Sonny Moorman Group, Key to the Highway with vocals by Larry Goshorn, Joe Louis Walker, Tommy Emmanuel, and ends with Nina Simone.

This week's blues show, Saturday, June 9th at 11pm, starts off  with guitarist Eric Clapton and Ronnie Kole from New Orleans.  The second set features Charlie Musselwhite, Emmylou Harris and Anders Osborne.  And the second half of The Blues includes the music of Harry Connick, Jr.; Johnny Adams; Nina Simone; B.B. King; Ike & Tina Turner; and Delbert McClinton.

The Blues: 8.12.17

Aug 9, 2017

On this Saturday Blues show at 11pm on August 12th, we'll hear a repeat of the April 16th, 2016 blues program.  The show begins in the first set with Gary Moore, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, and Joe Bonamassa.  The second set features Yusuf Islam, Cassandra Wilson with a song tribute to Joni Mitchell, Stanley Jordan, and Nina Simone.  And the blues show ends with The Doors at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.