Articles in the Shows Category

The Roadhouse 758
Posted in Headline, Shows on 14 September 2019

This is another one of those hours that’s so new, you can practically smell the shrink-wrap. Every track is from 2019 and 12 of the 15 tracks are from the past 90 days. Jontavious Willis, Michael Lee, Tad Robinson, Rhiannon Giddens, and Shaun Murphy provide new blues to help support an old approach – to […]

The Roadhouse 757
Posted in Headline, Shows on 7 September 2019

We’re here for blues and you won’t be disappointed. I open with a title that reminds me of traditional radio and throw in a blues lesson in recycling. Toronzo Cannon, Vaneese Thomas, Mike Andersen, Keb’ Mo’, and Giles Robson line up with another Roadhouse debut in the hour ahead. It’s possible that we’ve tapped into […]

The Roadhouse 756
Posted in Headline, Shows on 31 August 2019

Horns, hard blues, new blues, bands from Providence to Sydney, and a Roadhouse debut from an album with a lot of great guest artists – that’s the hour ahead in The Roadhouse. I think we move pretty easily from one track to the next, one set to the next, and right on through our allotted […]

The Roadhouse 755
Posted in Headline, Shows on 24 August 2019

This hour is filled with interesting features, including a track-heavy female lineup and a set of blues from the 1950s. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Janiva Magness & Taj Mahal, Dawn Tyler Watson, Big Maybelle, and Vaneese Thomas help provide yet another shade in the seemingly infinite hues of blues. It’s just ahead – another […]

The Roadhouse 754
Posted in Headline, Shows on 17 August 2019

This hour of The Roadhouse is chock full blues experience – artists with deep catalogs, lots of time on the road in front of fans, and plenty of musical tricks up their sleeves. Altered Five Blues Band, Joe Louis Walker, Billy Price, Sugaray Rayford, and Duke Robillard – it’s a ton of experienced blues in […]

The Roadhouse 753
Posted in Headline, Shows on 10 August 2019

Over the years, I’ve built a list of some of my favorite Roadhouse artists. This week, like some cosmic convergence, I’ve got what might be the biggest collection of Roadhouse favorites of any Roadhouse show. Cash Box Kings, Coco Montoya, Delbert McClinton, Janiva Magness, Doug MacLeod – you’ve heard many of those names multiple times […]

The Roadhouse 752
Posted in Headline, Shows on 3 August 2019

I’ve got a nice variety of blues in the hour – uptempo, a little slower, blues rock, contemporary blues, and a set of really interesting acoustic blues. I’ve also got music from an upcoming release and yet another Roadhouse debut. The Kokomo Kings, Heather Newman, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry, Colby James, and The Teskey […]

The Roadhouse 751
Posted in Headline, Shows on 27 July 2019

There are a lot of surprises and a lot of upcoming releases in this hour. It’s mostly uptempo blues and includes a trip to the North Mississippi Hill Country. Bloodest Saxophone, Bernard Allison, T-Model Ford & GravelRoad, Samantha Fish, and Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues just simply deliver. What is it they deliver? […]

The Roadhouse 750
Posted in Headline, Shows on 20 July 2019

This hour could easily be called “The Friends Edition.” About a third of the tracks in the hour are tracks that feature someone else along with the primary artists. And, I’ve got four Roadhouse debuts, as well. King Bee & The Stingers, Gracie Curran, Dallas Hodge, Carla Olson & Todd Wolfe, and Grady Champion are […]

The Roadhouse 749
Posted in Headline, Shows on 13 July 2019

I think I’ve got a compelling hour ahead this week – one that will pull you effortlessly through 60 minutes. The Cash Box Kings, Joe Louis Walker, Gary Nicholson, Mavis Staples, and The Original Chicago Blues All Stars serve as the headliners, surrounded by other equally strong artists and tracks. 749 hours of The Roadhouse, […]

The Roadhouse 748
Posted in Headline, Shows on 6 July 2019

It’s another hour in our litle dive on the outskirts of town this week. I’ve got two Roadhouse debuts and new blues from The Forty-Fours, The Texas Horns, Heather Newman, Bobby Rush, Grady Champion. Mix in some outstanding tracks from nine other artists and you’ve got fifteen tracks in an hour that’s packed absolutely full […]

The Roadhouse 747
Posted in Headline, Shows on 29 June 2019

As the temperatures start to blaze around The Roadhouse Studios, I keep things tolerable with an hour of cool blues. John Clifton, Scotty Dennis, Big Jack Reynolds, Tullie Brae, and Michael Lee lead us through the hour. Some great new blues, some Roadhouse debuts – it really is what you’ve come to expect from The […]

The Roadhouse 746
Posted in Headline, Shows on 22 June 2019

I have an hour ahead that you may find to be just a little different than the usual in The Roadhouse. Aside from a few upbeat tracks, I’ve also got quite a bit more mid-tempo and acoustic blues than usual. Fruteland Jackson, Jontavious Willis, Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson, Seth Walker, and William Clarke send […]

The Roadhouse 745
Posted in Headline, Shows on 15 June 2019

It’s all new music in this hour of The Roadhouse. Only two tracks are as old as 2018, three are from upcoming releases, and three more are making Roadhouse debuts. Big Joe & The Dynaflows, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Bobby Rush, The Tesky Brothers, and Robert Nighthawk & The Wampus Cats make for an […]

The Roadhouse 744
Posted in Headline, Shows on 8 June 2019

In the next hour of The Roadhouse, we pay tribute to the late Dr. John with several tracks spanning his career. I do have some other new music around those tracks, as well. Peter Frampton Band, Duke Robillard, Keb’ Mo’, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, and Southern Avenue all contribute to the cause. We’re looking to the […]

The Roadhouse 743
Posted in Headline, Shows on 1 June 2019

I’m back in The Roadhouse Studios after a week away, with a new view and a lot of great new blues. The Texas Horns, Fruteland Jackson, Leo “Bud” Welch, Davina & The Vagabonds, and Jennifer Truesdale help make up the hour. We start unofficial summer rested, refreshed and ready to go with a new hour […]

The Roadhouse 741
Posted in Headline, Shows on 18 May 2019

We’re back to the slate of new blues this week, with the return of one of the original Roadhouse artists, and a couple of Roadhouse debuts thrown in, as well. The Forty-Fours, Kelly Bell Band, Rick Vito, Albert Castiglia, and The Tesky Brothers. I’ve got sixteen tracks in the hour – every last one from […]

The Roadhouse 740
Posted in Headline, Shows on 11 May 2019

It’s time for our annual review of the Blues Music Awards, held this week in Memphis. Buddy Guy, Ruthie Foster, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Danielle Nicole, and Kenny Neal are among the artists in the hour. It’s a great way to review the last year in blues and it’s always a hugely fun hour […]

The Roadhouse 739
Posted in Headline, Shows on 4 May 2019

I’m keeping with the string of upbeat Roadhouse shows and I have to say – if there was ever a prototypical hour, this is the one. Mary Lane, Kenny “Beedyeyes” Smith, Shemekia Copeland, Peter Frampton Band, and Reese Wynans fill the bandstand under the little yellow spotlight. It’s another hour of great new blues that […]

The Roadhouse 738
Posted in Headline, Shows on 27 April 2019

Sometimes you just have to go with a mood. Though I usually push out a bunch of new tracks, this week I’m pushing a feeling. With Mississippi Heat, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Lurrie Bell, and Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys, you’ll likely find yourself moving for the full hour. […]