Ricky Nye

A Visit With Boogie Woogie Begins The Blues

Sep 2, 2020

This week's blues show, Saturday, September 5th at 11pm, starts off with a song,  "How Long How Long Blues," that I heard recently while watching a movie.  I looked up a version of it and then decided to continue the first set of tonight's show with boogie woogie music.

Courtesy Bob Nave

Play It Forward honors Bob Nave, the musician and radio DJ who died Jan. 28, with a memorial show 2-6 p.m. at The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, on Sunday, Feb. 16.

A visitation for Nave will be 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Spring Grove Cemetery Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, according to his obit. There will be no funeral service.

It's A Holiday Weekend On The Blues

Nov 25, 2019

The holiday weekend edition of The Blues begins with The Goshorn Brothers, John Mayall, Garland Jeffreys, and Van Morrison.  The second set features music from Branford Marsalis/Joe Louis Walker and George Thorogood & the Destroyers.  You'll hear from Delbert McClinton, Johnny Adams, Phoebe Snow, and Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir in the third set.  And, the show ends with the gospel sounds of the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Fairfield Four.

Concert notes...Ricky Nye's playing with Chris Douglas 12/1 at MOTR Pub, and Ben Levin will be perform at the Brew River Creole Kitchen on Eastern Avenue on 12/5.

Local Blues Musicians In the Spotlight

Sep 12, 2019
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This week's blues show, Saturday night, September 21st at 11pm, will feature local musicians.  The first set starts off with Lonnie Mack, Noah Hunt, the High Street Rhythm Rockers, and Jimmy McGary.  This set's followed by one with Sweet Alice Hoskins, Sonny Moorman, the Kelly Richey Band, and musicians from the Shades of Blue compilation including Steve Schmidt and Larry Goshorn.

And, the last set in the blues show begins with H-Bomb Ferguson, then Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, and Ricky Nye.

On The Blues this week, Saturday, August 31st at 11pm, Ron Esposito speaks by phone with Stanley Booth about his new book, Red Hot and Blue, which recounts his 50 years of writing about the music scene in Memphis.  Their conversation was recorded on July 16th.

During this blues show, you'll hear not only their conversation, but also music from Mose Allison, Furry Lewis, Percy Mayfield, Elvis Presley, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, and Booker T. & the Mgs.

At the end of this blues show, you'll hear a set of music with Big Joe Duskin, Ricky Nye, Ben Levin, and Professor Longhair.

SRV, Van Morrison & Ry Cooder On The Blues!

Aug 8, 2019

Stevie Ray Vaughan starts off this week's blues show, Saturday, August 10th at 11pm, talking about his playing, followed by him & Double Trouble on their classic, "Pride and Joy."  The rest of the first set includes Lonnie Mack and Joe Louis Walker.  The second set begins with Delbert McClinton who has a new cd out, "Tall, Dark, & Handsome."  You'll also hear Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, and Johnny Adams.  The rest of the show includes songs by Bernie Pearl, Ry Cooder, Candye Kane, and Wynton Marsalis/Eric Clapton's version of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

This week on The Blues, Saturday, August 3rd, at 11pm, the first set begins with the Claudettes, Ricky Nye, Bob Dylan, and ends with Larry & Tim Goshorn's song "Wild About My Lovin'."  The second set features Shannon Curfman, Gov't Mule, Bobby Blue Bland, and E.G. Kight.  Albert King begins the third set followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Luther Allison.  And, The Blues show ends with Bruce Cockburn's, "Deep Lake."

New Orleans & Mardi Gras Music on The Blues!

Feb 28, 2019

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.

Music Notes For Week of November 19th

Nov 19, 2018
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This holiday week there are plenty of music opportunities throughout the Cincinnati area.  Ricky Nye's performing a number of concerts, the Bromwell Diehl Band have a lunchtime show at Christ Church Cathedral Tuesday; the Newbees &  the Psychodots are in concert Friday night, 11/23; Saturday night, Robin Lacy's Trio at Front Street Cafe, & it's Brews, Blues & BBQ at Christian Moerline Brewing Company.  Looking ahead, Chris Collier's back on stage at York Street Cafe, 12/7.  Steve Schmidt's announced dates for his annual Christmas Schmidtacular, 12/19-21, and Merlefest has firme

On this week's blues show, Saturday night, November 17th at 11pm, the first set begins with Victor Wainwright, Sonny Moorman, Sonny Landreth, and Lonnie Mack.  During the second set, there's music from the Kentucky Headhunters, Big Joe Duskin, Ricky Nye & H-Bomb Ferguson. 

Brad Hatfield, the Blues Merchants, Billy Rose, and the Goshorn Brothers are featured in the third set along with Jimmy McGary and Ken Nordine closing out the show in the last set of the evening.

Nancy James, The Tillers & John Coltrane

Oct 15, 2018

This week in Cincinnati you'll find a benefit show for the Longworth-Anderson concert series at Memorial Hall.  There's also "Guys & Dolls"  at CCM, big band concerts at the Redmoor & the Sorg Opera House, plus the Cripple Creek Music Festival, the Falling for Wiedemann Fall Festival, and for Halloween fans the Wake the Dead Bash in Music Hall's Ballroom.   

Cirque Du Soleil is also bringing one of their shows, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities to the 3 big screens in Cincinnati one night only 11/13.  And, there's big news about the preservation of John & Alice Coltrane's Long Island home.

The Who's Tommy, King Records, & Jimmy McGary

Sep 10, 2018

This week's musical events include many local concerts as well as several events in honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records.  Tickets are going on sale Friday, September 14th for two December shows by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and also concerts by Cher in Louisville and Indianapolis.  

The GoFundMe campaign in support of a documentary about the great saxophonist Jimmy McGary will end Saturday, September 15th.  


Music Notes for Week of August 27th

Aug 26, 2018

This week's Music Notes includes local jazz concerts, auditions for the May Festival's Youth Chorus, WVXU's first King Records special about Moon Mullican,  a new Christmas album by Eric Clapton, and an Opera Fusion: New Works collaboration.

Cincy Blues Fest This Weekend!

Aug 9, 2018

The annual Cincy Blues Fest is returning to Sawyer Point this weekend for a one-day musical event, Saturday, August 11th.  The festival runs from 2:30 - midnight on two stages with the headliner Delbert McClinton taking the stage at 9pm, Saturday night.

Other bands on the Budweiser Main Stage include Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts, The Noah Wotherspoon Band, plus Chuck Brisbin & the Tuna Project.  The Arches Boogie Piano Stage will feature Ben Levin, Ricky Nye, and Judy Carmichael among others that day.

From new beer cans from Listermann Brewing Company honoring King Records musicians to the Cincy Blues Fest, the Bellwether Music Festival, and local concerts, this week's "Music Notes" has something to offer everyone.

Bluegrass, Jazz & More on Music Notes for 7/9

Jul 10, 2018

This week you'll hear about some of Ricky Nye's upcoming gigs, acts booked at Caffe Vivace, the Crown Jewels of Jazz and the Jazz in the Heights concert series, plus a show at the Comet and more.

Phil DeGreg, Ricky Nye & More on Music Notes

Jun 25, 2018

Lots of local concerts leading up to the 4th of July holiday next week including ones at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Washington Park, and in Franklin, Ohio.

This week's "Music Notes" features local concerts, new releases, a documentary starring Tatiana Berman,  music classes, and much more.  

The Blues: 5.12.18 show

May 10, 2018

On this week's blues show, Saturday, May 12th at 11pm, we'll start off with a song from Tom Jones and Jeff Beck followed by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Hugh Laurie.  The second set features Tom Waits, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, and Ray Charles.  Irma Thomas starts off the third set along with Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and Terence Blanchard.


Music Notes for week of May 7th!

May 7, 2018

1. Jazz Standard's 11th Annual Fred Hersch Invitation Series in NYC - 5/8-13.

2. Greg Chako - gigs at Trotta's in Dayton KY & Washiington Platform

3. Blue Wisp Big Band  - Urban Artifact - Wednesdays until 12/26.

4. Gibson Guitars bankruptcy

5. Ricky Nye & Dottie Warner - Arnold's - 5/10

6. Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys - back surgery

7. Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket - Ludlow Garage - 5/11

Music Notes for week of April 23rd

Apr 23, 2018

1. Phil DeGreg - Latitudes - 4/26

2. Ricky Nye - Brew River Gastropub - 4/26

3. Ariel Quartet - Corbett Auditorium - 4/26

4. Black Plastic record store   

5. Sam Amidon/Sam Gendel - Music Now Festival - 4/27 & 28

The Blues: 4.21.18 show

Apr 22, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, April 21st at 11pm, starts off with local guitarist Kelly Richey, Gov't Mule, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  The second set features Eric Clapton, The Doors, Derek & the Dominos, and Tina TurnerBob Dylan, Corey Harris & Henry Butler, and Ricky Nye end the show in the third set.

Music Notes for week of April 9th!

Apr 9, 2018

1. Cincinnati Zoo's Tunes & Blooms concert series

2. Ricky Nye - St. Louis shows & Listing Loon gig

3. G/Listen concert series for GLSEN Greater Cincinnati chapter - Listing Loon

4. Newbees - Fretboard Brewing Company & Around Cincinnati interview/performance

5. Amy London - NJ shows

6. Bobby Mackey's - benefit for the Northern Kentucky Music Hall of Fame - 4/14

Music Notes - March 19th week

Mar 19, 2018

1. Vocal Arts Ensemble - Memorial Hall

2. Sam Lewis - He opens for Paul Thorn at the 20th Century, & the show's sold out.

3. Ricky Nye 

4. Punch Drunk Tagalongs

5. Erin Costelo & Shannon McNally

6. Opera Goes to Church

7. Harry James Orchestra

8. Record Day Store

9. Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Music Notes week of March 5th

Mar 5, 2018
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This week on Music Notes you'll hear about future local concerts, SXSW, new recordings by Wussy & Marcia Ball, and future interview/performances of musicians recorded in WVXU's Corbett Studio.

Music Notes for week of February 5th

Feb 7, 2018
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The Cincy Blues Society is sponsoring their annual 2018 Cincy Winter Blues & Heritage Festival at Duke Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd.  There'll be more than 40 acts on 5 stages including Alligator Records recording artist Tinsley Ellis who'll be performing the first night at 9:15pm in the BB King Room.

Duets – that's the theme of this year's Blues & Boogie Piano Summit, the annual gathering of some of the world's best piano players, celebrating its 18th year. 

Ben Levin & his new blues cd

Oct 22, 2017

This week on The Blues, Saturday, October 21st, at 11pm, you'll hear a conversation with Ben Levin and Ron Esposito recorded in WVXU's studio on Monday, October 16th.  They discuss Ben's new blues cd, "Ben's Blues," which was recorded at Ultrasuede Studio here in Cincinnati.

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