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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:47:43 -0500We jump back into the flow that you've come to expect from The Roadhouse after a slight diversion in the last hour. It's almost all contemporary blues, including a set that builds from there into a pretty rip-roaring blues rock track. Southern Avenue, Coco Montoya, Jeff Michaels, Ruthie Foster, and John Németh help make up the hour. There are some folks we haven't heard from for awhile and at least one making his Roadhouse debut. It all makes for an hour of the finest blues you've never heard - another hour of The Roadhouse.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:57:57 -0500We lost another blues great this week with the passing of James Cotton. This edition of The Roadhouse is a rememberance that keeps the context of his musical impact at the forefront. Of course, his context is unequivically Chicago and the legendary blues scene in that city. So, this hour is centered in Chicago, focused on James Cotton, and surrounded by artists who also helped to contribute in making his time in the blues some of the best. Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor, Luther Allison, and, of course, James Cotton make for another hour in The Roadhouse of the finest blues - the 629th Roadhouse Podcast.
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:59:08 -0600There's a regional focus in this hour of The Roadhouse, from a part of the US you might not know for its great blues tradition. Lil' Stevie & The Westsiders, Professor Harp, Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues All-Stars, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, and Paul Rishell & Annie Raines help fuel an hour of what we'll call New England blues. But, it doesn't really matter what you call it as long as you call it another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 628th Roadhouse.
Sat, 04 Mar 2017 17:36:06 -0600This hour of The Roadhouse works to rectify an admitted deficit of female blues artists to male. Lauren Mitchell, Hurricane Ruth, Samantha Fish, Rhiannon Giddens, and Southern Avenue take you to a different side of the blues - a side that's a little less male-centric and a little bit more from a woman's perspective. That mix makes for absolutely another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 627th Roadhouse.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:43:48 -0600It's the twelfth anniversary of The Roadhouse, and I've got an hour full of upbeat show-opening tracks. Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Candye Kane, Victor Wainwright & The Wild Roots, Trudy Lynn, and R.J. Mischo are queued up to help propel us through a birthday hour. Sometimes it seems like thirty, but mostly the twelve years of The Roadhouse have gone by pretty quickly, as will this hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the twelfth anniversary Roadhouse.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:35:56 -0600As always, I'll try to mix things up a bit in this hour of The Roadhouse. SI've got some urban blues, some country blues, and a set in the second half of what I'll call 'hippie blues.' Colin James, Vasti Jackson, Paul Lamb, John Ginty featuring Aster Pheonyx, and The Rockin' Rebels are all ahead. As always, it's a bit of an eclectic hour of blues and certainly another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 625th Roadhouse Podcast.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:20:35 -0600It's not all driving backbeats in this hour of The Roadhouse. In fact, I've got a set acoustic blues featuring the National Resonator guitar. And, I'll follow that up with a set of ragtime blues, as well. Big Bill Morganfield, Doug MacLeod, Maria Muldaur, The Ragpicker String Band, and The Bluesmasters are the spine of the hour, if you will. But, as with the human body, it takes ribs and muscles and other bones to make a body full. I've got plenty of other tracks to fill that role and fill out the body of another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 624th Roadhouse.
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:20:04 -0600This hour's all about blues attitude. Ronnie Baker Brooks, Peter Karp, The Lachy Doley Group, King King, and Mighty Lester lay it out. They help assure we just keep rolling with another hour of blues variety as you've come to expect every week. But, really, it's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 623rd Roadhouse.
Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:00:43 -0600There's a lot of good stuff in the hour ahead with Elvin Bishop, Thornetta Davis, Sonny Landreth, Southern Avenue, and Tab Benoit with Jimmy Thackery. But, the centerpiece of the hour is a tribute to Butch Trucks - a single track that I think really exemplifies the propulsive drummer that he was. It also helps to support the case that he was, simply, one of the greatest drummers of all time in one of the greatest bands of all time. While the track I pulled is really more blues rock, it's absolutely surrounded by another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 622nd Roadhouse Podcast.
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:11:58 -0600I think I've got another hour of blues ahead that you'll find to be just solid. Big George Jackson, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Hadden Sayers, Bo Carter, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. The hour includes a trip into the deep blues roots - something I haven't done for awhile. But, overall, it really is something I do every week: give you another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 621st Roadhouse.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:31:13 -0600Every hour of The Roadhouse is a little bit of a winding road - we tend to swing from one groove to another, usually in the context of a set. This hour will be another of those twisted treks - a little blues rock, some acoustic blues, a couple of live tracks. Quinn Sullivan, The Ragpicker String Band, Craig Erickson, The Jimmys, and Wee Willie Walker lead the way. I think there's bound to be quite a bit in the hour ahead that you like - but I'll admit to my own bias. I am certain, though, that you'll like another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 620th Roadhouse.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 17:16:57 -0600If you're an old hand in The Roadhouse, you know the drill, here - an hour of great blues variety. If you're new, I'm glad you stopped by and I think you might be in for a surprise or two. Big Golden Wheeler, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sharon Lewis, Popa Chubby, and Lucinda Williams are all ahead. I've also got at least three artists making their debut in The Roadhouse. All in all, you know it makes for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 619th hour of The Roadhouse.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:43:22 -0600We're building a strong hour of blues in this edition of The Roadhouse. Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns, Lucky Peterson, Kenny Neal, Moreland & Arbuckle, and The Mighty Mojo Prophets provide the bricks, with another seven or eight artists providing the mortar. All told, it takes a lot of hands to construct the hour, but when it's done, you end up with another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 618th Roadhouse.
Sat, 24 Dec 2016 14:20:56 -0600We're down to two Roadhouse hours left in 2016. What's up in the 51st hour of the year? The Rolling Stones, JW-Jones, Michael Burks, David Bromberg Band, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. If it's cold where you live, this one will keep you warm. If it's warm, I think you'll find this to be a very cool hour. In any case, you know it's going to be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 617th Roadhouse.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:30:12 -0600Grab a cup of eggnog and make yourself comfortable. I've got the third holiday edition of The Roadhouse for 2016 queued up and ready for your celebration. Jack DeKeyser, Cedell Davis, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns, Wee Willie Walker & The Greaseland All Stars, and Keb' Mo' fill the hour. My guess is that this will be another edition where you just get lost in the music, looking up in surprise when we signal closing time. Regardless, it'll be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 616th Roadhouse.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:22:58 -0600The second holiday edition of The Roadhouse for 2016 keeps the spirit rolling. I've also got quite of bit of new music to round out the hour, including Big Bill Morganfield, Mike Zito, Jim Suhler, Annika Chambers, and Doyle Bramhall II. Holiday blues and new releases will help keep us moving along. As always, they also help to make sure we roll another hour of the finest blues you've never heard, the 625th Roadhouse.
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:22:45 -0600It's the first holiday edition of The Roadhouse for 2016. With a holiday track in every set, I've also got Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Leavell, Rory Block, and Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps in an hour that contains a set focused on the great Bukka White and, all around, has a great mix of new music and old. With an ad-free version for everyone, I do believe it'll be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:29:53 -0600
It's a holiday weekend in the US - that means a Roadhouse Rewind. From 2010, I hope you'll enjoy Roadhouse 300. I'll be back next week to start the holiday season in the The Roadhouse.
A big thanks to all who have made the 300th Roadhouse possible – listeners, labels and artists. This milestone edition stretches things out with fewer songs but plus-size creativity. The Chris O’Leary Band, Mel Brown, Lance Lopez, Lucky Peterson, and Buddy Guy provide more than enough propulsion to move through the hour with toes tappin’, hands slappin’, and full-on chair-dancin’. There’s another hour of the finest blues you never heard in the 300th Roadhouse.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:45:50 -0600I got out the prism, again, in this hour. We go from jump blues to acoustic, some contemporary blues, and a tribute track by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Bobby Rush, Mike Zito, Big Head Blues Club, The Devil Makes Three, and Trudy Lynn. It is a spectrum of blues in this hour and certainly a spectrum of the finest blues you've never heard - the 612th Roadhouse Podcast.
Sat, 12 Nov 2016 17:28:42 -0600In this hour of The Roadhouse, I've got a set from the Delta, a track that borders on rockabilly and the usual bouquet of brightly-colored blues. Mitch Kashmar, Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers, Mike Zito, Dave Weld, and Monkeyjunk - all fill the bill in the hour - the next hour of the finest blues you've never heard, the 611th Roadhouse Podcast.
Sat, 05 Nov 2016 19:15:13 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse moves along like a train down the rails. Knickerbocker All-Stars, Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings, Johnny Nicholas, Laith Al-Saadi, and Marcia Ball keep things going, with plenty of momentum to spare. You'll be glad you gpt a ticket, because the the 609th Roadhouse Podcast is another stop in a long line of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 05 Nov 2016 19:17:45 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse is a pretty diverse hour. I’ve got straight-up blues, a rootsy set, and a set of classic Chess recordings to celebrate Leonard Chess. I’ve also got a couple of interesting bluesy, soulful covers for you. With the Chess set, it’s definitely music you’ve heard, so let’s just say this hour is mostly an hour of the finest blues you’ve never heard – the 609th Roadhouse Podcast.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:27:36 -0500I've got another broad hour of blues with a pretty big variety of styles. There's some contemporary blues, a little blues rock, an acoustic set, and a set of soul blues that'll definitely have you moving. Gary Hoey, Fiona Boyes, Bobby Rush, Wee Willie Walker, and The David Bromberg Band all help to take us away from the rest of the world for awhile. Let's hope it's a comfortable, if temporary, shelter. Nonetheless, we know it'll be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 608th Roadhouse.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 18:26:38 -0500In this hour of The Roadhouse, I bounce back and forth between two real hot spots of blues: Chicago and San Francisco. I've got a lot of artists that you've heard of, but at least a couple who are new to the show. Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Aki Kumar, Cash Box Kings, and Mississippi Heat. They move us between Chicago and the West Coast and help guarantee another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 607th Roadhouse.
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:42:12 -0500This is another hour of The Roadhouse that just doesn't slow down. And, it's a little heavier than usual with some great female blues artists, to boot. Jai Malano, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, JJ Thames, Robert "Lefty Preacher" Sampson, and Aynsley Lister are all ahead in this hour. Amazing female voices in what may be the most upbeat hour of The Roadhouse ever. And, of course, it's also another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 606th Roadhouse.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:53:57 -0500Over the course of 13 or 14 tracks, this hour of The Roadhouse get focused with a set of blues from the 1970s and another of great soul blues. Dr. John, Son Seals, Bobby Rush, Junior Parker, and Tommy Castro help round out the hour. The hour will absolutely have you moving. It's an hour with a focus an, of course, absolutely another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 605th Roadhouse.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:27:03 -0500Once again, I've got a pretty big variety of blues, fitting together a bunch of puzzle pieces to shape a coherent picture. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, The Della Grants, Hitman Blues Band, Bruce Katz Band (Featuring Chris Vitarello), and Devon Allman are among the old and new names. It's a variety of blues you may not find anywhere else, but always a variety of the finest blues you've never heard - the 604th Roadhouse.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:47:41 -0500There's a deeper groove in this hour of The Roadhouse - something musicians call "in the pocket." Big Head Blues Club, Bobby Rush, Robert Cray, Vaneese Thomas, and Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch fill the bill. While I usually slam you with up-tempo blues, it's good to have a little change of pace once in awhile. Regardless of the pace, it's an hour of blues with a deep groove and definitely another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 603rd Roadhouse.
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:41:20 -0500
While I work my way to Michigan to run a race on September 11, I've got a Roadhouse Rewind in the queue. From ten years ago, Roadhouse 81 is a pretty nostalgic look back. I'll be back next week with a new edition of The Roadhouse.
It's the Labor Day Weekend in the US. In The Roadhouse, we're celebrating the labor of love of some top-notch blues musicians. Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Shemekia Copeland, Sleepy John Estes, The Smokehouse Ramblers, and Larry Garner take the stage for the benefit of your mental health. There's new sawdust on the dance floor and cold beverages for your enjoyment. It's the 81st Roadhouse Podcast - the 81st hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:11:40 -0500I'm feeling great about the hour ahead and so will you. I've got a couple keyboard-focused tracks, a bit of harp, some killer guitar, and vocals strong enough to knock you down. Daddy Mack Blues Band, The Juke Joint Rockers with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Toronzo Cannon, Little Milton with Gov't Mule, and Annika Chambers lie in wait straight ahead. It's a feel-great hour, and another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 601st Roadhouse Podcast.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:12:20 -0500There's blues enough to get you going in this edition of The Roadhouse. I've got The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Sammy Kershaw, Luther Dickinson, The Record Company, and Laith Al-Saadi. That's just the start - there are plenty of other great blues tracks to propel us through the hour. And, it's another hour, I might add, of the finest blues you've never heard - the 600th Roadhouse Podcast.
Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:00:49 -0500The story of this edition of The Roadhouse is that I'm going to fulfill my favorite plan as your host in our little dive to make the hour as upbeat as possible. This one should fulfill your weekly cardio requirements. Corey Dennison Band, Vaneese Thomas, Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine, and Hard Swimmin' Fish. They fill the hour along with eight or nine other tracks that will keep you moving, and keep you believing that you've absolutely found another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 599th Roadhouse.
Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19:34:03 -0500It's tough to classify the variety of blues in this hour of The Roadhouse, so I'll just stay out of the way of putting your own frame around it. Alabama Mike, Terrie Odabi, Rose City Kings, Dave Muskett, and Ann Rabson - if you're familiar with those artists, that tells you everything you need to know about the mix of blues in this hour. One thing is certin about that mix, though. It's definitely a mix to comprise another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 598th Roadhouse.
Sat, 06 Aug 2016 18:55:51 -0500The single word to describe this hour of The Roadhouse is "debut." I've got five artists in the hour who are making their Roadhouse debuts. And, it was extremely difficult to pull together the playlist because there were multiple tracks from those debut artists that I'd loved to have dropped in the show. Colin James, Rose City Kings, John Blues Boyd, The Jackson Whites, and the Jeremiah Johnson Band help fill the hour. Let's welcome the new artists to The Roadhouse, knowing they'll provide big contributions to another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:39:14 -0500
It's an unexpected Rewind from The Roadhouse Studios this week. I'll be back next week with a new edition of The Roadhouse.
This edition of The Roadhouse will have you out of your chair from start to finish. Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson’s All-Stars, Johnny Copeland, Mark Hummel, Moreland & Arbuckle, and Honey Island Swamp Band tear up the hour in a show that will pass far too quickly. It’s the 440th hour of The Roadhouse and another hour of the finest blues you’ve never heard.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:31:54 -0500What lies ahead in this hour of The Roadhouse? I've got a couple of sets of classic blues artists - one that nearly spans the country from west to east, and one that's dedicated to some of the great female voices in the blues. The Rides, Jimmy Rogers, Big Maybelle, Big Mama Thornton, and Charley Crocker. We're about to go for a ride across geography and time. And, since you've probably heard some of the classic tracks that lie ahead, I'll just say that ride fills up another hour of the finest blues - the 595th Roadhouse.
Sat, 16 Jul 2016 18:19:15 -0500I've got a full hour ahead, with a next generation set and a set of gospel blues centered around The Staples. It's all mixed in with a bigger variety of blues. Jeremiah Johnson Band, Gary Clark, Jr, Jarekus Singleton, Mavis Staples, and The Nick Schnebelen Band all contribute to what I think will be another fun hour of blues variety, and certainly another fun hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 594th Roadhouse.
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 18:13:05 -0500In this hour, I've got lots of horns, lots of walking bass and probably a little more harp than usual. If the music's not rollin', it's tumblin'. Mitch Woods, Kilborn Alley, Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues All-Stars, Roomful of Blues, and Terry Hanck - all just a slice of the craziness ahead. If this hour doesn't have you moving, you probably need to call 911 because this hour of The Roadhouse is all upbeat and every bit another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 16:44:52 -0500The bandstand's set, the lights are dimmed, the sawdust is on the dance floor, and we're ready to take you away from the cares of the world for awhile. It's gonna take some help to do that. Fortunately, Lucky Peterson, Mike Eldred Trio, Jim Suhler & Monkeybeat, Katy Guillen & The Girls, and Laura Rain & The Caesars are ready to lead the charge of escape. And, they also provide us with great mile markers along the road away from troubles and into another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 592nd Roadhouse.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:12:29 -0500As always, a big hour ahead in this edition of The Roadhouse. It'll probably get your heart rate going a bit as it's pretty much all upbeat, uptempo, outstanding blues. Sammy Eubanks, The Kentucky Headhunters, Mark May & The Soul Satyr Horns, Alabama 3, and Big Pete get the headliner slots, but the other tracks and other acts are no less killer. Let's just call it cardio blues in this, another hour of the finest blues you've never hear - the 591st Roadhouse.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:14:16 -0500This hour of The Roadhouse has a long set of live music and another trip in the Wayback Machine of blues history. Rivherside, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, The Nick Schnebelen Band, The Rev. Gary Davis, and Michael "Iron Man" Burks. It is an hour of thoroughly enjoyable blues and definitely another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 590th Roadhouse.
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:23:41 -0500We're spanning the globe in this edition of The Roadhouse, with blues from Texas, Louisiana, England, Romania, Serbia, and more. Greg Izor & The Box Kickers, Markey Blue, Mick Taylor, AG Weinberger, and Ana Popovic take center stage. But, it doesn't really matter where the music's from. You know, regardless of origin, it'll be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 589th Roadhouse.
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 18:10:04 -0500In this hour of The Roadhouse, I've got some blues that have crossed over from country, a band that was in some of the very early editions of The Roadhouse, and an artist who first came to fame on the classic Stax label. Along the way, I've got Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues, Big Pete, Shawn Murphy, Albert Castiglia, and Eric Lindell, as well. I'm just tryin' to live up to the promise - the promise of another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 588th Roadhouse.
Sat, 28 May 2016 17:52:46 -0500Contemporary blues, classic blues, the next generation - this hour's got it all. But, that's what we do in The Roadhouse, right? Mix it all up and keep you anticipating the next track. Eddie Clearwater, Leadbelly, Rhiannon Giddens, Lake Street Dive, and Honey Island Swamp Band - that's a variety of blues. It's a variety that will keep you guessing and, of course, it's also a variety of the finest blues you've never heard - the 587th Roadhouse.
Sat, 21 May 2016 17:34:48 -0500This hour of The Roadhouse pays tribute to the late Candye Kane with a track in every segment. But there's also a bunch of other great blues, including Muddy Waters, Chase Walker Band, Sugar Blue, Mark Hummel, and Johnny Rawls. We say goodbye to a friend but know that the blues rolls on yet more of the finest blues you've never heard - the 586th Roadhouse.
Sat, 14 May 2016 17:54:40 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse comprises sets of varied themes - a set of contemporary blues, a set of blues rock, some killer soul blues, and a set that leans more toward the acoustic. Tweed Funk, The Kaz Hawkins Band, Moreland & Arbuckle, The James Hunter Six, and Matt Andersen make up the big pieces of the puzzle, but the small pieces really pull it all together. It's an hour of varied themes in this edition of The Roadhouse, and definitely another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 07 May 2016 16:37:08 -0500As has become the tradition in the past few years, this edition of The Roadhouse is focused on the 2016 Blues Music Awards, held this past week in Memphis. I've got the winners in 16 or 17 categories, including Cedric Burnside Project, Bettye LaVette, Walter Trout, Shemekia Copeland, and Doug MacLeod. It's a parade of winners this week and a strong, strong hour of the finest blues.
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:11:24 -0500After a few weeks away, it's good to be back to The Roadhouse Studios. Though I struggled a bit to put this one together, I think you'll find the outcome to be worth the struggle. Albert Castiglia, Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore, Dave Muskett, Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars, and Shaun Murphy are all part of the hour. With an edition almost completely full of new music, I think it's safe to say you're in for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:07:23 -0500
This week, it's the second of two Roadhouse Rewinds while I work my way home from vacation. I'll be back next week with a new edition of The Roadhouse.
The dark little dive we call The Roadhouse is home this week to the broadest range of blues you might find anywhere. Smokey Wilson, Frank Goldwasser, Snooky Pryor, Anders Osborne, and Bluesmasters featuring Mickey Thomas mix it up with various takes on the blues. The spotlight is on the multeity of the blues in the 270th Roadhouse, and it's definitely another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 08:04:19 -0500
Roadhoue 581 is a Roadhouse Rewind this week, as I'm in New England for a few weeks. Enjoy Roadhouse 321 from April 16, 2011.
This edition of The Roadhouse proves the statement we've been making for six years of Saturdays - that the blues isn't just about the old guy on his porch, an acoustic guitar in his lap. Blues can be upbeat, too. The Chris O'Leary Band, Kelley Hunt, Hamilton Loomis, Janiva Magness, and The Juke Joints set the tone for a chair-dancin' hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 321st Raodhouse.
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 10:13:10 -0500I've got a feel for some West Coast blues. Of course, that West Coast sound is really almost a migratory blues sound - moving from Texas to the coast. So, there's some Texas in this edition, too. Kirk Fletcher, Johnny Nicholas, Floyd Dixon, Nappy Brown, and The Mannish Boys all make for an hour of uncontrollable chair-dancing and what's clearly a solid hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:29:21 -0500Let's call this edition of The Roadhouse tough as chrome with a little more blues rock than usual and a couple of extended tracks from some Roadhouse favorites. Guy King, Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Gary Clark, Jr, and Peter Karp featuring Mick Taylor - all are driving the hour. Even the slower tracks have a toughness to them. But tough or tender, fast or slow, you know the 579th Roadhouse will be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:41:12 -0500As we move into the spring new release cycle, I've got five artists in this edition making their debut in The Roadhouse. Evelyn Rubio with The Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Jeff Healey, Mavis Staples, and Sugar Pie DeSanto propel us along for the hour. New music, new artists and a new season out my window. Couldn't ask for a better set of conditions to put together another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 578th Roadhouse.
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 18:01:20 -0500The 577th Roadhouse has a lot of potential: to get your toes tapping, to hear some great blues that you might not have known about otherwise, and potential for some chair-dancing. Johnny Rawls, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Luther Dickinson, Guy King, Tasha Taylor - almost every track in the hour is new within the past 2 or 3 months or still to be released. In other words, there's also the potential here for an hour that really just flies by and, of course, to be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 14:47:21 -0600In this edition of The Roadhouse, we pack up an move to Chicago for an hour of contemporary blues from the Windy City. Magic Slim, Billy Boy Arnold, James Cotton, Hound Dog Taylor, and Byther Smith set the stage for an hour of blues as distinctive as any other feature of the city. From the home of the blues, the 576th Roadhouse is another hour of the finest blues.
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:43:14 -0600It's a twisty path through this hour with a mixture of styles and sounds. As always, I've got quite a bit of new music and, for those who love acoustic blues, a full set that just showcases how broad interpretations of the blues can be. Benny Turner, Tommy Emmanuel, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Knickerbocker All-Stars, and the Corey Dennison Band. It's hour of surprises and definitely another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 575th Roadhouse.
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:47:05 -0600With a full set of Roadhouse debuts, this edition is packed full of new releases. And, I've got an unreleased single from one of the more highly-anticipated upcoming releases of this young year. The Record Company, Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb' Mo', Toronzo Cannon, and Golden State Lone Star Blues Review. Those are just the waypoints for the hour, but they all resolve to another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 574th Roadhouse.
Sat, 20 Feb 2016 15:27:57 -0600Take a good breath before this edition of The Roadhouse - you'll need all the oxygen you can get. For the 11th anniversay edition of the show, I've got an hour of show-openers from the previous year. Mississippi Heat, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys, Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson, and Bill Perry make for the most upbeat edition of the past 12 months. It's the 573rd Roadhouse and the 11th anniversary of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 20:45:11 -0600Pre-release music and classic blues artists help support this hour. Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Toronzo Cannon, Luther Dickinson, Magic Sam, and Mavis Staples drive this edition, along with many other great blues artists and tracks. The 572nd Roadhouse is a great mix of blues and another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:26:57 -0600This edition of The Roadhouse is focused on the 2016 Blues Music Awards. I'm featuring nominees in almost all the major categories to put together a compelling hour of blues. Diunna Greenleaf, James Harman, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, The Ragicker String Band, and Mr. Sipp provide a representative slice of the nominees and, certainly provide another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 571st Roadhouse.
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:58:29 -0600You're probably gonna want to man up for this edition of The Roadhouse. It's full of tough subjects: the news, drinking, guns, the economy, danger. But the artists walk the line that blues walks so well - tough, yet still providing the motivation to spend an hour chair-dancing. Harmonica Shah, Zora Young, Luther Allison, Koko Taylor, and Sugaray Rayford. Let's just call this an hour of flinty blues and another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:13:02 -0600I've got several pretty strong harp tracks in this edition of The Roadhouse, but, of course, that's not all. I've also got a live set and a blues rock set in the hour and several outstanding blues women, as well. Francine Reed, Pinetop Perkins and Jimmy Reed, Smokin' Joe Kubek and BNois King, Balkun Brothers, and Ina Forsman mean I'm pretty sure you'll find it to be an hour of surprises and, certainly, another hour of the finest blues you've never heard, the 569th Roadhouse.
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:30:43 -0600It's a full hour in this edition of The Roadhouse with about as many tracks as you can pack in and still leave a little time for talk. Included in that big stack of blues: Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Sam Butler, Candye Kane, Billy Boy Arnold, and Trudy Lynn. Any good real-world Roadhouse packs 'em in on Saturday night and I think we've got it covered both ways. We're packed full of patrons and packed full of artists in another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 568th Roadhouse.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 19:13:56 -0600If you've never really thought about the diversity of styles we call the blues, you're about to get a big, big surprise. This hour of The Roadhouse ventures off into contemporary, acoustic, retro, soul blues, and blues with a Hawaiian twist. Bob Margolin, Jeffrey Foucault, Doug MacLeod, Mike Sanchez, and Taj Mahal assure that if you get nothing more out of this edition of The Roadhouse, you'll get the true sense that the blues is not just one thing. But this hour? It is one thing. It's an hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 567th Roadhouse.
Sat, 02 Jan 2016 09:44:46 -0600With the first show of the new year, I take a look back at the old, with an hour of some of my favorite releases from 2015. Buddy Guy, Cash Box Kings, Knickerbocker All-Stars, Sonny Landreth, and Slam Allen are just some of the names that represent the finest and freshest blues from 2015. And they lay the foundation for another hour of the finest blues of the year just passed - the 566th Roadhouse.
Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:39:38 -0600
Technical difficulties this week mean that the last show of 2015 is a Roadhouse Rewind. Replacement gear is on the way, and I should be back next week to kick off 2016 with a new edition of The Roadhouse.
This edition of The Roadhouse ends the year with a real party atmosphere. Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Mighty Sam McClain, and the South Austin Moonlighters light up our little juke joint. Throw in a couple of listener requests and the last 60 minutes of 2012 is absolutely an hour of the finest blues you’ve never heard.
Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:36:34 -0600It's the next-to-last holiday edition of The Roadhouse, with 2015 nearly in the rear-view mirror. I've got the usual mix of holiday and straight-up blues for the hour, including Marcia Ball, Colby James, Chris Yakopcic, Albert Cummings, and Charles Brown. As 2015 rolls away, another hour rolls in with the finest blues you've never heard - the 564th Roadhouse.
Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:18:14 -0600As the year winds down, this edition of The Roadhouse is chock full of releases from 2015. Slam Allen, Rhiannon Giddens, Long John Baldry, Brother Dege, and Mike Henderson fill the hour. Along with 9 or 10 other tracks, they absolutely help make it another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 563rd Roadhouse.
Sat, 05 Dec 2015 17:52:40 -0600As has become our tradition, Koko Taylor welcomes in the holiday season in The Roadhouse. And, I've got a holiday track in every set, with a bunch of Roadhouse debuts, as well. Helge Tallqvist, Bonita & The Blues Shacks, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Ellis Hooks, and Francine Reed are among the names you've not heard in the show. Mixed in with some of the best holiday blues around, you've got another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 562nd Roadhouse.
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:59:23 -0600
A Roadhouse Rewind fills the Thanksgiving weekend. I'll be back next week with a new edition of The Roadhouse.
Week 285 in The Roadhouse brings a strong variety of blues to the hour. Rob Stone, Little Johnny Christian, Stevie Paige, Mississippi Sheiks, and Bob Corritore propel us through this edition. 285 hours of The Roadhouse make for eleven and a half days of non-stop shows, each comprised of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:50:10 -0600The calendar's getting short in 2015 and we're cruising toward the holidays. We're also right at the tail end of the holiday new release period. I've got some of those new releases in this edition, including some artists who've not been in The Roadhouse before. Si Cranstoun, Eddie Charles, Lara Price, Mike Zito, and RJ Spangler's Blue Four help provide a lot of new music, a lot of new artsts, and another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 560th Roadhouse.
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:15:44 -0600It's a great day to get the '57 Cadillac convertible of the blues out of the garage and rolling down the road. Chris O'Leary, Buddy Guy, Laura Rain & The Caesars, Georgie Bonds, and Altered Five Blues Band keep us moving, feathering the gas pedal just enough to keep that momentum going. Like the 558 editions before it, this edition of The Roadhouse really promises to make for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 07 Nov 2015 15:55:34 -0600The tinkle of glasses on the bar, the low hum of quiet conversation, and a lot of laughter provide the clue that you've come to the right place for great blues. And on our dark little bandstand: The Knickerbocker All-Stars, Norton Buffalo & Roy Rogers, Thørbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado, Helge Tallqvist, and Bobby Rush. While they may be the headliners in this edition, there's so much great music it's hard to tell who's up front and who's supporting. So, we'll just call it another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 558th Roadhouse.
Sat, 31 Oct 2015 18:25:49 -0500It may be cold and wet outside The Roadhouse Studios, but hot blues keeps it warm inside. Keep a hot toddy, irish coffee or some other warm beverage at your side for the hour as Robert Cray, Mighty Mike Schermer, Ironing Board Sam, Zora Young & Little Mike & The Tornadoes, and Romi Mayes generate the heat that will keep us warm and dry inside our little dive. Warm and dry is definitely what you want when you're heading into another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 557th Roadhouse.
Sat, 24 Oct 2015 17:35:29 -0500There are no slow holes in the playlist for this week's edition of The Roadhouse. It's full-speed straight-ahead almost from start to finish, including Doghouse Sam & His Magnatones, Monkeyjunk, Joe Louis Walker, Chris O'Leary, and Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene. With new music and an hour of upbeat blues, you'll need your seat belts for sure. So, buckle in and get it going for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 556th Roadhouse.
Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:52:21 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse takes some twists and turns that, if you're not a regular listener, might give you a little musical vertigo. Chicago Blues All Stars, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Taj Mahal, Mitch Woods, and Karen Lovely fill the hour, but it's not a straight shot from here to there. It's a twisty winding trip through another hour of the finest blues you've never heard: the 555th Roadhouse.
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:29:02 -0500Fall is in the air in The Roadhouse studios. We're starting to see the pre-holiday season releases rolling out, and I've got a bunch of them in this edition. Reverend Raven & The Chainsmokin' Altar Boys, Bob Malone, Joe Louis Walker, Luxuriant Sedans, and Ebony Jo-Ann fill the hour. And, as usual, you'll probably find it to be an hour of irresistable chair-dancing. For all the new music and the great beats, you know it's gonna be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 554th Roadhouse.
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:41:00 -0500In this edition of The Roadhouse, I've got your typical selection of new blues from a big range of artists. And, I've got a set that takes us into the deep south of the United States. The hour includes Eddie Cotton, Reverend Shawn Amos, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Omar & The Howlers, and Robert Belfour. New blues and old blues traditions in this edition. It makes for a great combination and certainly makes for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 553rd Roadhouse.
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 15:54:52 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse showcases Mitch Woods, Guy Davis, Monkeyjunk, Danielle Nicole, and Walter Trout. That's a pretty diverse range of blues. Consider, too, that no release in this edition is older than July, and you'll understand I we call it another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 552nd Roadhouse.
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:39:21 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse throws in acoustic tracks - at the suggestion of a listener - that span two full sets. Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames, The Jimmys, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Duke Robillard, and The Reverend Shawn Amos featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama lay out a fun hour as few Roadhouse shows have done before. It's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 551st Roadhouse.
Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:47:28 -0500By the time it's all said and done, this edition of The Roadhouse provides a record-tying number of tracks. Chris O'Leary Band, Bey Paule Band, Omar & The Howlers, Big Mama Thornton, and Fantastic Negrito lead the way, but that's really only just the start. The rest of the hour fulfills the weekly mission - delivering another jam-packed hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 550th Roadhouse.
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 11:39:51 -0500It's not unusual to fill The Roadhouse with new tracks, but the music in this edition is so fresh the place smells like a farmer's market. Andy T - Nick Nixon Band, Gary Clark, Jr, Rhiannon Giddens, John Mayall, and Chris O'Leary Band deliver the freshest blues ever - just as you've come to expect from another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 549th Roadhouse.
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:09:25 -0500A new week rolls around with a new playlist of great blues. Reverend Raven & The Chainsmokin' Altar Boys, Boo Boo Davis, Shemekia Copeland, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, and Wee Willie Walker make up a show that barely takes a breath from start to finish. It's a playlist that's curated with care and pushed out as another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 548th Roadhouse.
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:59:23 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse has a few surprises: a new occasional segment and pre-release music from a highly-anticipated new release. John Primer, The Word, Sonny Landreth, Guy Davis, and Curtis Salgado fill our lineup card for the hour, an hour that's going to go very, very quickly. Hold on tight for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 547th Roadhouse.
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:57:38 -0500Blues from all over - that's the theme of this edition of The Roadhouse; all over musically and geographically. Bey Paule Band, Freddie King, Gary Clark, Jr., Gregg Allman, and The Ragpicker String Band assure that we're going to thoroughly cover the spectrum of blues, as well as the map. It's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard, the 546th Roadhouse.
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 11:40:24 -0500This week's edition of The Roadhouse definitely fulfills something I say often: that there's a real mix of blues in the hour. Sherwood Fleming, John Ginty with Alexis Suter, Pops Staples, Rhiannon Giddens, and The Eric Noden Band fill the show. And, though you might never think these pieces would all fit together, we're looking down at an assembled puzzle that paints as pretty a picture of the blues as you'll ever see. It's a surprisingly coherent hour of blues and and a familiar hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 545th Roadhouse.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:22:16 -0500Wire and wood fills this edition of The Roadhouse with guitar masters from many spots on the blues spectrum. Albert Cummings, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Canned Heat, Otis Rush, Sonny Landreth - they all bring a guitar to the table in The Roadhouse. With all these guitar greats, it's a clear-cut case of the finest blues you've never heard - the 544th Roadhouse.
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:18:58 -0500Old-timers know the secret, but newbies might be surprised when entering this edition of The Roadhouse - that the blues is about good as much as it is about bad. Reverend Raven & The Chainsmokin' Altar Boys, Carolyn Wonderland, Buddy Guy, John Ginty, Wee Willie Walker prove the point in this edition by keeping you moving and happy. That's what happens when you find yourself inside another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 543rd Roadhouse.
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:58:29 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse takes the sweltering temps in the US down several notches with cool, cool blues. Charles Wilson, Mitch Mann, Sonny Landreth, Guy Tortora, and Jimmy Reed lead the hour. Even with temps outside The Roadhouse Studios in the 90s, you'll definitely find some relief in our little dive at the outskirts of town. Whether it's temperature, or attitude, or both, the 542nd Roadhouse is clearly another cool hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:30:43 -0500I'm cooking up an hour of The Roadhouse that includes lots of new music and a rough set, as well. I've got Samantha Fish, Buddy Guy, Daddy Mack Blues Band, Barbecue Bob, and Bonnie Lee in this edition. With all those great ingredients, it's the perfect recipe for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 541st Roadhouse.
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:52:10 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse came together as smoothly as a needle through silk, with a sound and feel to match. Wee Willie Walker, Jackie Payne, The Texas Horns, Tad Robinson, and Sugaray Rayford put together all the pieces necessary for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard, a facile hour of blues, in the 540th Roadhouse.
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:00:04 -0500The sawdust is on the dance floor, the red and blue lights are shining on the little bandstand in the corner, and the bartender is washing the mugs, preparing for a big edition. I make the most of the hour with Slam Allen, The Word, Ana Popovic, JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci, and Lazer Lloyd. It's a good thing our little dive's out past the outskirts of town, 'cause we're gonna blow the roof off with another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 539th Roadhouse.
Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:24:39 -0500The 538th Roadhouse takes one set to venture into some new territory, but it's all blues at its root. Jackson Mud, Papa Mali, Sonny Landreth, Clay Shelburn, and Jeff Jensen really step up in this edtion. Looking through the playlist for the hour, I have no doubt at all about two things: that the 538th Roadhouse is another hour of the finest blues, and that it's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:35:49 -0500
A rare intermittent Internet issue has left me tethered to my iPhone and pushed a new edition of The Roadhouse back to next week. Enjoy what I hope will be the last Roadhouse Rewind before the holidays - the Chicago-centric Roadhouse 312.
There's a good variety of blues in the 312th Roadhouse, with a stronger-than-usual emphasis on Chicago blues. The hour features Luther Allison, Big Bill Morganfield, Smokey Wilson, Todd Wolfe Band, and a great live track to remember Gary Moore. From Chicago to New Jersey to Georgia to Ireland, it's a well-rounded hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 18:25:03 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse is unintentionally harp-heavy. James Harman, Jimbo Mathus, Morry Sochat, Charlie Musselwhite, and Danielle Miraglia make for an hour of toe-tapping and, yes, chair-dancing blues in the 536th Roadhouse. Though I didn't really intend to do a harp-spotlight show, it definitely makes for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 30 May 2015 17:19:39 -0500The 535th Roadhouse is the first regular show in a few weeks and it's nice to be back. I've got lots of new music in the hour, most of which is less than 2 months old. Jackie Payne, Mr. Sipp, The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson, Ana & Milton Popovic, The Nighthawks - there are some real Roadhouse staples, and some artists who could easily be staples. As the seasons roll on, The Roadhouse rolls into another hour of the finest blues you've never heard.
Sat, 23 May 2015 14:10:17 -0500This week in The Roadhouse, we fill the hour with a tribute to B.B. King. Few blues artists could pull of the broad range of blues styles he popularized over a 60-plus year career, and that range is on full display in the hour. Of course, it's impossible to honor "The King of the Blues" without including some of his most well-known tracks. Include those in a mix with other lesser-known songs and you'll find a full measure of the greatness of the late B.B. King in the 534th Roadhouse.
Sat, 16 May 2015 07:59:44 -0500A Roadhouse Rewind from 2010 fills the hour this week. I'll be back next week with a new show, including a tribute to the late B.B. King. The 273rd Roadhouse features new music from Chicago and an underlying theme that's not revealed until late in the show. Matt Schofield, Willie Buck, Susan Tedeschi, Billy Boy Arnold, Eric Bibb and seven or eight other great artists are just enough to fill another hour of the finest blues you've never heard. [...]
Sat, 09 May 2015 18:56:45 -0500We turn this week to the 2015 Blues Music Award winners and provide a nice annual review of the year in great blues releases. Keb' Mo', Selwyn Birchwood, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, and Johnny Winter give you a good cross-slice of tracks you've heard. The 532nd edition is an hour of BMA winners, and an hour you'll be glad to spend in The Roadhouse. [...]
Sat, 02 May 2015 18:35:37 -0500This edition of The Roadhouse requires no electricity - for the musicians, anyway. A full hour of acoustic blues is lead by Dom Flemons, Catfish Keith, South Memphis String Band, Kelly Joe Phelps, and The Little Brothers. Straight blues, country blues, rags, pre-war, post-war, some stuff that falls somewhere in-between - it's all acoustic in this edition. And, it's definitaly another hour of the finest blues you've never heard: the 531st Roadhouse. [...]