Articles in the Shows Category

The Roadhouse 689
Posted in Headline, Shows on 19 May 2018

May in Memphis means the Blues Music Awards and we’re going to spend an hour amongst the 2018 winners. Jason Ricci, Victor Wainwright, Doug MacLeod, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, and Ruthie Foster get the nod to provide the foundation in this edition. It’s an award-winning hour of the finest blues you’ve never heard – […]

The Roadhouse 688
Posted in Headline, Shows on 12 May 2018

It’s a pretty solid hour of blues, with one little break for blues rock. Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Magic Slim, Si Cranstoun, Vanja Sky, and Kid Ramos provide a full variety of music. You’ll have an interesting hour of the finest blues you’ve never heard – the 688th Roadhouse.

The Roadhouse 687
Posted in Headline, Shows on 5 May 2018

Just as spring brings a fresh new feeling to things, this hour of The Roadhouse is chock full of fresh new releases. Lurrie Bell & The Bell Dynasty, Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco, Marcia Ball, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, and Dana Fuchs – all releases from just within the past few weeks. It’s a […]

The Roadhouse 686
Posted in Headline, Shows on 29 April 2018

The hour ahead might have the most female blues artists of any edition of The Roadhouse. There’s no particular reason – it’s just the way the playlist fell as I pulled it together. Peter Parcek, Ray Manzared & Roy Rogers, Michelle Malone, Suzie Vinnick, and JJ Grey & Mofro fill out the hour. It’s a […]

The Roadhouse 685
Posted in Headline, Shows on 21 April 2018

There’s a bunch of new music in this hour, along with a live set and a set of blues rock. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band, Kris Barras Band, Love Light Orchestra, Original Chicago Blues All-Stars, and Carlos Del Junco all deliver tracks from just the past few months. It’s the usual mix of blues styles, voices […]

The Roadhouse 684
Posted in Headline, Shows on 14 April 2018

With an abundance of female voices, a set of swing blues and some great piano to close the hour, this edition of The Roadhouse pulls on several themes. Adrianna Marie & Her Roomful of All-Stars, Bettye LaVette, Kid Ramos, Mud Morganfield, and Victor Wainwright & The Train make for a fun and varied hour of […]

The Roadhouse 682
Posted in Headline, Shows on 31 March 2018

As the seasons roll into the 14th spring of The Roadhouse, I’ve got an hour with a fresh feel. That includes quite a few young artists along with the usual compliment of well-established blues stars. Vanja Sky, Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers, Brian Spencer Blues Project, Peter Karp, and Ian Siegal all lie ahead in […]

The Roadhouse 681
Posted in Headline, Shows on 24 March 2018

With four inches of new snow around The Little Blue House on the Wetlands, it’s a good day to stay inside and stay warm with some great blues. I’ve got Johnny Tucker, Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, Miss Freddye, Victor Wainwright & The Train, and Jim Riley’s Blues Foundation in the hour. That’s just part of the […]

The Roadhouse 680
Posted in Headline, Shows on 17 March 2018

This hour of The Roadhouse stays pretty much straight down the middle with contemporary blues, with the exception of one set. I’ve got John Mayall, Harrison Kennedy, Chris Smither, a little advance taste of Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, and new music from Ian Siegal. With a couple of tracks of world blues in the […]

The Roadhouse 678
Posted in Headline, Shows on 3 March 2018

It’s back to the norm this week after a special anniversary review of show openers. Of course, the norm is to mix up blues styles and push out a lot of new blues releases. Sue Foley, Danielle Nicole, Mud Morganfield, John Mayall, and Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps definitely support that approach. Of the […]

The Roadhouse 677
Posted in Headline, Shows on 24 February 2018

This edition of The Roadhouse celebrates 13 years with our tradition – a review of the opening tracks from the previous year. Altered Five Blues Band, Cash Box Kings, Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys, Wee Willie Walker, and Tommy Castro step out front and center. It’s not so much the finest blues you’ve never heard […]

The Roadhouse 676
Posted in Headline, Shows on 17 February 2018

We’re getting winter-weary at The Little Blue House in the Wetlands. But, however cold it is outside, the Macbook is hot with blues this week. Billy Boy Arnold, Eric Bibb, Jimmie Vaughan, Sue Foley, and Lucky Peterson warm the hour. We’ll just forget about the snow and focus on the accumulation of the finest blues […]

The Roadhouse 675
Posted in Headline, Shows on 10 February 2018

Whether you call it all blues or not, the hour has a clear mix and a definite feel. John Campbelljohn, James Hunter Six, Duke Robillard, Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager, and Reverend Shawn Amos provide the variety. Call it what you want. I’ll call it another hour of the finest blues you’ve never heard – […]

The Roadhouse 672
Posted in Headline, Shows on 20 January 2018

With a new year comes new music and artists. I’ve got a ton of both in this hour, including Carvin Jones Band, Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager, Nasta Super & Chris Cain, Tinsley Ellis, and Miss Freddye. I think this hour has the most Roadhouse debuts of any in the life of the show. It’s […]

The Roadhouse 671
Posted in Headline, Shows on 13 January 2018

Let’s call this edition of The Roadhouse a freestyle edition. At the last minute, I threw out the playlist, deciding instead to let one song lead me into the next. I’ve got Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter, John Primer & Bob Corritore, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Lavay Smith & Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers, […]

The Roadhouse 670
Posted in Headline, Shows on 6 January 2018

This edition of The Roadhouse pulls fifteen tracks from the blues releases of 2017. Altered Five Blues Band, Samantha Fish, Jason Ricci, Milligan Vaughan Project, and Eric Bibb lead the way, but also I’ve placed some surprises along the path. Don’t think of this as a “best of” edition. Instead, think of it as an […]

The Roadhouse 669
Posted in Headline, Shows on 29 December 2017

I’m on the road this week, so you get a Roadhouse Rewind from 2009. I’ll be back next week with a new edition. The 252nd Roadhouse closes out the Christmas season with a good mixture of holiday and non-holiday blues. Koko Taylor, Indigenous, Luther Allison, Gina Sicilia, and Sonny Boy Williamson take front and center […]

The Roadhouse 668
Posted in Headline, Shows on 23 December 2017

It’s Christmas weekend in The Roadhouse – a time to gather the family and celebrate. Accordingly, this hour is a celebration of the blues and our little blues family. With Christmas tracks and brand new music, there’s plenty to celebrate. Shannon Preston, Vin Mott, Tinsley Ellis, Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager, and Sandra Hall provide […]

The Roadhouse 667
Posted in Headline, Shows on 16 December 2017

I try to fill every hour to the brim with great blues tracks, but this time, I’ve outdone myself. With eighteen tracks, this is the biggest Roadhouse ever. The Love Light Orchestra, Arthur Adams, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Joe Bonamassa, and Shaun Murphy are just a few of the great featured artists. It’s […]

The Roadhouse 666
Posted in Headline, Shows on 9 December 2017

Under normal circumstances, you always get an hour of great new blues in The Roadhouse. But, it’s the holiday season. That means you also get some great holiday blues. Lucky Peterson, Michael Burks, Heather Newman, Mavis Staples, and Johnny Rawls help mix in the new with the holidays. It’s another hour of the finest blues […]


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