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Bob Dylan begins this week's edition of The Blues at 11pm, Saturday, March 30th, with "Gotta Serve Somebody."  His album, "Blood on the Tracks - The Original New York Test Pressing," will be offered up on Record Store Day at independent record stores across the country, Saturday, April 13th.  Only 7500 copies will be available that day only  throughout the many record stores participating.

Other musicians in the first set of this show include Charlie Musselwhite, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Garland Jeffreys.  The Blind Boys of Alabama will be performing at Rose Music Center at the Heights on June 19th along with the Robert Cray Band, Marc Cohn, and Shemekia Copeland.

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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.  

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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.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, December 15th at 11pm, the first set starts with James Blood Ulmer, Monty Alexander Trio, Blind Boys of Alabama, & Aaron Neville.  The second set features Hugh Laurie, Tom Waits, Vinx & Chet Baker, and the show ends with Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person, & Ruth Brown.

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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.

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Editor's note: Cincinnati movie expert Margaret McGurk screened Robert Redford's The Old Man & The Gun for me last month while I was recovering from knee replacement surgery. McGurk, the former Enquirer movie critic, has also reported on films for WCPO-TV, WXIX-TV and WKRQ-FM.

Here's her report on how Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky look as locations in the film from Dallas to St. Louis:

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Can't wait to see Robert Redford's Old Man & The Gun? Want to tour the Dayton bank where Redford, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck filmed scenes a year ago?

Here's the deal:

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Oscar-winning actor Robert Redford says he retiring from acting after completing The Old Man And The Gun shot in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky last year. The film opens in theaters Sept. 28.

“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21," Redford tells Entertainment Weekly.

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.


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Robert Redford's "The Old Man and The Gun" will arrive in theaters Oct. 5, about 18 months after filming wrapped in Northern Kentucky, according to Deadline.com.

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.

The Blues: 3/17/18 show

Mar 19, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, March 17th at 11pm, starts off with another song from the new Jimi Hendrix studio release, Both Sides of the Sky.  This is followed in the first set by songs from Charlie Musselwhite and two from Delbert McClinton who'll be headlining the Cincy Blues Fest in August.  

The second set features Curtis Salgado, Shemekia Copeland and Big Joe Turner.  And, turning to the last set of the blues show, music from a new release by Chicago's Nick Moss Band, Lou Reed, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams.

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.

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In honor of the NASCAR races down at Kentucky Speedway this week, I thought it only appropriate to pull out some road songs to share with you.  So, I started off with Lonnie Mack's "Riding the Blinds", Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz," then some Eric Clapton and Sonny Landreth. 

The second set begins with "Cadillac Women" by Charlie Musselwhite, "Solid Gold Cadillac" by Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88's, followed by Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, and Kelly Richey's "Fast Drivin' Mama."

Sonny Moorman's Group starts off the third set with "Take the Motorway,"  then Johnny Winter's "Maybellene", "Two Lane Highway" by the Goshorn Brothers, and Bruce Springsteen's classic "Pink Cadillac."

And, the last set features Bonnie Raitt's "Slow Ride" and Tom Waits "Ol' 55".  

The Blues: 5.20.17 show

May 23, 2017

The first set of the blues show which airs on Saturday, May 20th at 11pm, starts off with Bob Dylan (who's on tour in June), EG Kight (who's playing a solo show at the Downtowne Listening Room 9/23) and also the Goshorn Brothers and Steve Winwood.

A friend of mine gave me a copy of Holly Cole's cd "Temptation" which is a collection of Tom Waits' tunes, so I thought I'd start this show off with one of her songs.  (Saturday, May 6th at 11pm)  And, funny how this happens, but her song, "Falling Down" led to Abbey Lincoln, Mary Ellen Tanner and Larry Kinley.  It's a jazz thing.  

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Oscar winners Casey Affleck, Robert Redford and Cissy Spacek will be in Bethel Tuesday to start filming "The Old Man and The Gun."

This Saturday night's program from 11pm-midnight is all about Halloween.  You'll hear a couple of songs by Dr. John, "That Old Black Magic" and "Marie Laveau."

Dr. John is playing very few concerts these days according to his website, so if you get a chance to see him, take it!  He'll be in New Orleans at the end of December on 12/27 & 12/28 at Tipitina's if you want to treat yourself to a trip to New Orleans.

The Blues: 7.9.16

Jul 14, 2016

This week's show starts off with Eric Clapton and T-Bone Burnett.  You'll also hear in the first set from Tom Waits and Ken Nordine.  There's also a song later in the show from Peter Frampton who'll be on Riverbend's stage with Gregg Allman on July 19th.  And during the last set, you'll hear songs by Etta James and Shemekia Copeland.

The Blues: 5/14/16

May 17, 2016

This week's blues show begins with a song by Eric Bibb, "Like Aretha Loves to Sing."  He's on tour in the United Kingdom this month.  And, Aretha Franklin is coming to Cincinnati to perform with the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend this summer on July 24th.  That's a must-see performance by a music legend!

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