Articles in the Shows Category

The Roadhouse 637
Posted in Headline, Shows on 20 May 2017

There are two important points to remember for this edition of The Roadhouse: the blues are in good hands and they cover a lot of ground. I feature Big Bill Morganfield, Jimmy & The Sleepers, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Patrick Recob, and John McNamara in a harmonica-heavy hour of the finest blues you’ve […]

The Roadhouse 636
Posted in Headline, Shows on 13 May 2017

This hour of The Roadhouse is our annual look back at the Blues Music Awards. The hour is dedicated to the winners in the major categories. Diunna Greenleaf, Doug MacLeod, Kenny Neal, Mavis Staples, and Tedeschi Trucks Band are among the artsts in the spotlight. Even though I know I’ve had a couple of the […]

The Roadhouse 635
Posted in Headline, Shows on 6 May 2017

I’ve got an 80-proof version of the hour this week, with 40% of the artists new to The Roadhouse. Harlis Sweetwater, Brad Stivers, John McNamara, Hector Anchondo Band, and Selwyn Birchwood fill the hour. This edition has a lot of new stuff wrapped around an old concept – the concept of another hour of the […]

The Roadhouse 634
Posted in Headline, Shows on 29 April 2017

It’s hard to imagine how so much great music can be packed into an hour. After whittling down the playlist by half, I think I arrived at the quintessential Roadhouse. Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Doug South & The Roundabouts, Gina Sicilia, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, and the Johnny Max Band are all out there […]

The Roadhouse 633
Posted in Headline, Shows on 22 April 2017

In this hour, I’ve got swing blues, traditional contemporary blues, some acoustic blues, a little blues rock, and a couple of great Roadhouse debuts. Lil’ Shakey & The Tremors, Todd Albright, Samantha Fish, Mike Zito, and Vintage #18 are all ahead. Whether you’ve heard these artists or not, they’re all focused on one thing – […]

The Roadhouse 632
Posted in Headline, Shows on 8 April 2017

This week we mark the passing of Lonnie Brooks with a family set. I’ve also got blues from all over the place. Godboogie, Bonnie Bishop, Bo Ramsey, Mr. Sipp, and Stevie Silver in the hour ahead. Toronto, Texas, Iowa, Mississippi, and Boston. Just like the blues, the artists in the hour are from all over. […]

The Roadhouse 631
Posted in Headline, Shows on 1 April 2017

Anyone who’s ever listened to the blues will tell you that it’s not about one thing. This hour helps to prove that with upbeat blues, a set of next generation blues, and a set of protest blues. Gary Clark, Jr., Monster Mike Welch, Corey Dennison Band, Eric Bibb, and Billy Flynn move us through the […]

The Roadhouse 630
Posted in Headline, Shows on 25 March 2017

We 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 Roadhouse 629
Posted in Headline, Shows on 18 March 2017

We 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 […]

The Roadhouse 628
Posted in Headline, Shows on 11 March 2017

There’s a regional focus in this hour of The Roadhouse, from a parto 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 […]

The Roadhouse 627
Posted in Headline, Shows on 4 March 2017

This 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 […]

The Roadhouse 626
Posted in Headline, Shows on 25 February 2017

It’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 […]

The Roadhouse 625
Posted in Headline, Shows on 18 February 2017

As always, I’ll try to mix things up a bit in this hour of The Roadhouse. I’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. […]

The Roadhouse 624
Posted in Headline, Shows on 11 February 2017

It’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 Roadhouse 622
Posted in Headline, Shows on 28 January 2017

There’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 […]

The Roadhouse 621
Posted in Headline, Shows on 21 January 2017

I 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 […]

The Roadhouse 619
Posted in Headline, Shows on 7 January 2017

If 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 […]

The Roadhouse 618
Posted in Headline, Shows on 31 December 2016

We’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 […]

The Roadhouse 616
Posted in Headline, Shows on 17 December 2016

Grab 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 […]

The Roadhouse 615
Posted in Headline, Shows on 10 December 2016

The 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 […]


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