Messin’ With The Blues – 01/14/2015

Theme music: Erwin Helfer, “Stop Time Boogie” / 8 Hands on 88 Keys: Chicago Blues Piano Masters (Sirens)
Leola Manning, “The Blues Is All Wrong” / Chuck Leavell, Back to the Woods: A Tribute to the Pioneers of Blues Piano (Evergreen Arts)
Benny Green, “Testifyin’” / Testifyin’! Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note)
Billy Eckstine, “She’s Got the Blues for Sale” / Timeless Billy Eckstine (Savoy Jazz)
Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz Orchestra, “Jo-House Blues” / What the World Needs Now (Arbors)
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, “Person to Person” / Back Door Blues (Fantasy)
Mose Allison, “Your Red Wagon” / Allison Wonderland: Anthology (Rhino)
Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, “Jr. Boy’s Jam” / I Need Time (Bullseye Blues)
Duke Robillard, “Albi Ain’t Here” / After Hours Swing Session (Rounder Select)
Reuben Wilson, “Hold on, I’m Comin’” / Love Bug (EMI Music Distribution)
Irene Reid, “If I Never Get to Heaven” / The Uptown Lowdown (Savant)
Planet D Nonet, “Christopher Columbus” / Swingin’ the D (Detroit Music Factory)
Mr. B, “Down the Road Apiece” / Hallelujah Train (Megawave)

Chicago Bound – 01/13/2015

Theme music: Robert Jr. Lockwood, “Lockwood’s Boogie” / Steady Rollin’ Man (ZYX)

Big Bill Broonzy, “When Will I Get to Be Called a Man” / Trouble in Mind (Smithsonian/Folkways)
Jim Brewer, “Black Brown and White” / Live at Kirkland College (Philo)
Billy Boy Arnold, “It Was Just a Dream” / Billy Boy Arnold Sings Big Bill Broonzy (Electro-Fi)
Otis Spann, “Blues for Martin Luther King” / Rare Chicago Blues: 1962-1968 (Bullseye Blues)
Big Joe Williams, “The Death of Dr. Martin Luther King” / Shake Your Boogie (Arhoolie)
Otis Spann, “Hotel Lorraine” / Rare Chicago Blues: 1962-1968 (Bullseye Blues)
J.B. Lenoir, “Vietnam Blues” / Vietnam Blues: The Complete L&R Recordings (Evidence)
Staple Singers, “Uncloudy Day” / The Roots of Bob Dylan (Mojo Music)
Mavis Staples, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” / Have a Little Faith (Alligator)
Mavis Staples, “We Shall Not Be Moved” / We’ll Never Turn Back (Anti)
Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, “Peace in the Valley” / His Earliest Recordings (Specialty)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, “This Train” / The Gospel of Blues (MCA/Decca)
Muddy Waters, “Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You?” / The Complete Plantation Recordings (MCA/Chess)
Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, “Live Every Day” / Missed Train Blues (Joe Filisko & Eric Noden)
Dwayne Mason, “I’ll Fly Away” / Glory! Glory! (Sirens)
Bruce Katz, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” / Crescent Crawl (Audioquest)

Messin’ With The Blues – 01/07/2015

Theme music: Stop Time Boogie/Erwin Helfer/8 Hands on 88 Keys: Chicago Blues Piano Masters (Sirens)
Next Time You See Me/Junior Parker/Junior’s Blues/The Duke Recordings, Vol. 1 (MCA)
New World Comin’ Through/Eric Bibb/Good Stuff (Rhino)
Happy New Year, Baby /Johnny Otis Orchestra/Happy New Year, Baby (Excelsior)
Resolution Blues/Dinah Washington/The Queen Sings (Proper)
New Year’s Resolution/Roy Milton & His Solid Senders/New Year’s Resolution (Specialty)
No More Alcohol/Jimmy Liggins/Jumpin’ Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks (Capitol)
Had to Quit Drinking/Larry Garner/You Need to Live a Little (Polygram)
Bad Bad Whiskey/Charles Brown/All My Life (Bullseye Blues)
Ain’t Drinkin’ Beer No More/Robben Ford/A Day in Nashville (Provogue Music Productions)
Change Your Way of Living/Bernard Allison/Across the Water (Tone-Cool)
Great Change/Cephas & Wiggins/Richmond Blues (Smithsonian)
Thangs Got to Change/Artie “Blues Boy” White/The Best of Artie White (Ichiban)
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh/Big Mama Thornton/Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (MCA)
The Happy Blues/Aretha Franklin/Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul (Rhino)
On the Sunny Side of the Street/Billie Holiday/The Complete Commodore Recordings (GRP)

Messin’ With The Blues – 12/31/2014

Blues in Review 2014, part 2

Playing favorite songs of 2014

Dave Specter / Chicago Style / Message in Blue (Delmark)
Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls / Only You Know and I Know / Soul Brothers (Catfood)
Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues / Going to See Miss Gerri One More Time / Blues Shock (Blind Pig)
Sean Sullivan / Hereafter / Hereafter (Sean Songs Ltd.)
Sean Costello / Fool’s Paradise / In the Magic Shop (VizzTone)
The Bruce Katz Band / The Sky’s the Limit / Homecoming (American Showplace Music)
Kate McGarry / Can’t Help Loving That Man / Genevieve and Ferdinand Live (Sunnyside Communications)
Arthur Migliazza / Sing Sing Sing / Bumble Boogie / Laying It Down (Hobemian)
Elias Haslanger / Goin’ Down / Live at the Gallery (Cherrywood)
Ruthie Foster / Second Coming / Promise of a Brand New Day (Blue Corn)
Eric Bibb / Out Walkin’ / Blues People (Stony Plain)
David Vest / Santa Fe Steamer & Pretty Things for Anne / Roadhouse Revelation (Cordova Bay)

Messin’ With The Blues – 12/31/2014

Blues in Review 2014, part 1

Playing favorite songs of 2014

1. Bob Corritore / Mr. Tate’s Advice / Taboo: Blues Harmonica Instrumentals (Delta Groove)
2. Davina and the Vagabonds / You Better Start Praying / Sunshine (Roustabout)
3. Gary Clark, Jr. / Three O’Clock Blues / Live (Warner Bros.)
4. Eddie Cotton / My Boo / Here I Come (Dechamp)
5. Henry Butler – Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9 / Henry’s Boogie / Viper’s Drag (Impulse!)
6. Planet D Nonet / Just a Sittin’ and a Rockin’ / Just a Sittin’ and a Rockin’ with Tbone Paxton (Eastlawn)
7. Robben Ford / Top Down Blues / A Day in Nashville (Provogue Music Productions)
8. Eden Brent / Everybody Already Knows / Jigsaw Heart (Yellow Dog)
9. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin / How Do You Want It Done? / Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Yep Roc)
10. Catherine Russell / Aged and Mellow / Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
11. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne / Out Like a Bullet / Rollin’ with the Blues Boss (Stony Plain)
12. Terry Hanck / Jam Up / Gotta Bring It On Home to You (Delta Groove)

Chicago Bound – 12/30/2014

Blues in Review 2014, part 2

Playing favorite songs of 2014

1. Dave Specter / Chicago Style / Message in Blue (Delmark)
2. Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls / Only You Know and I Know / Soul Brothers (Catfood)
3. Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues / Going to See Miss Gerri One More Time / Blues Shock (Blind Pig)
4. Sean Sullivan / Hereafter / Hereafter (Sean Songs Ltd.)
5. Sean Costello / Fool’s Paradise / In the Magic Shop (VizzTone)
6. The Bruce Katz Band / The Sky’s the Limit / Homecoming (American Showplace Music)
7. Kate McGarry / Can’t Help Loving That Man / Genevieve and Ferdinand Live (Sunnyside Communications)
8. Arthur Migliazza / Sing Sing Sing / Bumble Boogie / Laying It Down (Hobemian)
9. Elias Haslanger / Goin’ Down / Live at the Gallery (Cherrywood)
10. Ruthie Foster / Second Coming / Promise of a Brand New Day (Blue Corn)
11. Eric Bibb / Out Walkin’ / Blues People (Stony Plain)
12. David Vest / Santa Fe Steamer & Pretty Things for Anne / Roadhouse Revelation (Cordova Bay)

Messin’ With The Blues – 12/24/2014

Theme music: Erwin Helfer / Stop Time Boogie / 8 Hands on 88 Keys: Chicago Blues Piano Masters (Sirens)
Randy Greer & Ignasi Terraza Trio / Wrap Yourself in a Christmas Package / Putumayo Presents: Jazz & Blues Christmas (Putumayo)
Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy / I Want My Baby for Christmas / Blue Yule: Christmas Blues and R&B Classics (Rhino)
Butch Thompson / It Came Upon a Midnight Clear / Yulestride (Daring)
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers / No More Pretty Presents / Blues, Mistletoe & Santa’s Little Helper (Black Top)
Marc “Kaz” Kazanoff / Good King Wenceslas / Blues, Mistletoe & Santa’s Little Helper (Black Top)
Little Jimmy King / Happy Christmas Tears / Bullseye Blues Christmas (Bullseye Blues)
The Soul of John Black / Good Time Christmas / The Soul of Christmas (Yellow Dog)
Blind Boys of Alabama / Last Month of the Year / Go Tell It on the Mountain (US) (Real World)
Ella Fitzgerald / Good Morning Blues / Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (Polygram)
Charles Brown / Santa’s Blues / Cool Christmas Blues (Putumayo)
Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets / Lonesome Christmas / Blues, Mistletoe & Santa’s Little Helper (Black Top)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / We Three Kings / Everything You Want for Christmas (Vanguard)
Smokey Wilson / Christmas / Round Like an Apple: Big Town Sessions 1977-1978 (Ace)
Kenny Burrell / Merry Christmas, Baby / Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (Verve)
Harry Allen / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! / Christmas in Swingtime (Koch)
Ramsey Lewis / Winter Wonderland / The Sound of Christmas (Argo)

Messin’ With The Blues – 12/17/2014

Theme music: Erwin Helfer, “Stop Time Boogie” / 8 Hands on 88 Keys: Chicago Blues Piano Masters (Sirens)
Dennis Gruenling featuring Doug Deming and the JewelTones, “Saturday Night Fish Fry” / Rockin’ All Day (Back Bender)
Eddie Cotton, “A Woman’s Love” / Here I Come (DeChamp)
Charles Brown, “I’ve Been Savin’ My Love for You” / Driftin’ Blues: The Best of Charles Brown (Collectables)
Coleman Hawkins, “Hawkins Barrel House” / Classic Tenors, Vol. 1 (Doctor Jazz)
Ray Charles, “Blues Before Sunrise” / The Birth of a Legend (Ebony)
Amos Milburn, “House Party (Tonite)” / House Rent Party (A&M)
Sean Sullivan, “God Is in the Blues” / Hereafter (Sean Songs)
David Fathead Newman, “Hard Times” / Cellar Groove (Cellar Live)
Danny Gatton and Joey Defrancesco, “Blues on the Half Shell” / Relentless (Big Mo)
Joe Stanley Sextet, “Blues for Danny” / King of Honky Tonk Sax (Wildchild)
Outro: Bruce Katz Band, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” / Crescent Crawl / Audioquest

Chicago Bound – 12/16/2014

Theme music: Robert Jr. Lockwood / Lockwood’s Boogie / Steady Rollin’ Man (ZYX)
John Primer / Blues on Solid Ground / Blues on Solid Ground (Blues House Productions)
Sam Lay / I Get Evil / I Get Evil (Random Chance)
Omar Coleman / You Don’t Love Me / Diamonds in the Rough–Chicago Blues Harmonica Project (Severn)
Magic Sam / I Feel So Good (Boogie Chillen) / The Magic Sam Legacy (Delmark)
Freddie King / See See Baby / The Very Best of Freddy King, Vol. 1 (Collectables)
Otis Spann and Mojo Buford / Bad Lovin’ Trouble / Muddy Waters and Friends: Goin’ Way Back (Just a Memory)
Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues / Just a Little Bit / Chicago’s Young Blues Generation (Evidence)
Otis Rush / My Own Fault / American Folk Blues Festival ’66 (Bellaphon)
Bonnie Lee / Meet Me with Your Black Drawers On / Red Hot Mamas (Blue Chicago)
Sam Cooke / You Gotta Move / Night Beat (BMG)
Muddy Waters / Mad Love (I Want You to Love Me) / Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live [Deluxe Edition] (Epic/Legacy)
Dave Specter and Steve Freund / Loan a Helping Hand / Is What It Is (Delmark)
Dave Clark’s Blues Swingers with Floyd McDaniel / West Side Baby / Switchin’ in the Kitchen (Delmark)
Outro: Barrelhouse Chuck / Nutty Business / Slowdown Sundown (Viola)

Messin’ With The Blues – 12/10/2014

Theme music: Erwin Helfer, “Stop Time Boogie” / 8 Hands on 88 Keys: Chicago Blues Piano Masters (Sirens)
Mark Hummel, “Crazy Legs” / The Hustle Is Really On (Electro-Fi)
Cephas & Wiggins, “Nine Pound Hammer” / Cool Down (Alligator)
Dinah Washington, “Pacific Coast Blues” / Anthology 1943-1959: The Deluxe Edition (Master Classics)
Terry Hanck, “Jam Up” / Gotta Bring It On Home to You (Delta Groove)
Albert King, “You’re Gonna Need Me” / King of the Blues Guitar (Atlantic)
B.B. King, “B.B. Boogie” / Blues d’Azur (Music Avenue)
Lisa Biales, “Black & White Blues” / Belle of the Blues (Big Song Music)
Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, “Smokin’ Boogie” / 88th & Jump Street (Electro-Fi)
Lou Pride, “I Can’t Hold It” / Keep on Believing (Severn)
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, “The Big Train” / Just for Today (Stony Plain)
Wynonie Harris, “I Got a Lyin’ Woman” / Everybody Boogie! (Delmark)
Ben Sidran, “Hooglin’“ / Don’t Cry for No Hipster (Bonsai)
Little Milton, “That Will Never Do” / Anthology 1953-1961 (Varese Sarabande)
Ernie Andrews, “Pork Chops and Mustard Greens” / Jumpin’ Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks (Capitol)