Articles in the Shows Category

The Roadhouse 798
Posted in Headline, Shows on 20 June 2020

In the next edition of The Roadhouse, we get our Windy City on with an hour of Chicago blues. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Koko Taylor, Eddie Boyd and His Boogie Band, Luther Allison, and Freddie King headline the hour, but any one of the 14 artists could stand up and grab your attention. It’s […]

The Roadhouse 797
Posted in Headline, Shows on 13 June 2020

The next hour of The Roadhouse leaves you with a feeling of pragmatic optimisim; like things will be okay, even if the reality right now is a little tough. Ryan Perry, Ana Popovic, Eddie 9V, Roland Johnson, and Frank Bey – a little hope, a little truth and, as only the blues can do – […]

The Roadhouse 796
Posted in Headline, Shows on 6 June 2020

In this hour of The Roadhouse I’ve got four tracks that feature guest artists and three Roadhouse debuts. I’ve also got Jose Ramirez, Larkin Poe, David Grissom, The Reverend Shawn Amos, and Janiva Magness. It’s a bit of a grind for all of us these days, but let me try to smooth that path for […]

The Roadhouse 795
Posted in Headline, Shows on 30 May 2020

In the next hour of The Roadhouse, the bandstand’s ready to go, there’s fresh sawdust on the floor and, if you look around, I think you’re in some pretty good company. There’s also some great blues on the bill, including Andrew Alli, Rob Tognoni, Seasick Steve, Peter Karp, and John “Papa” Gros. It’s a solidly […]

The Roadhouse 794
Posted in Headline, Shows on 23 May 2020

It’s a safe and sane hour of The Roadhouse with tracks from all over the blues universe including Ben Rice & RB Stone, Ana Popovic, Linsey Alexander, Rory Block, and Jose Ramirez. A little electric, a little acoustic, a live set – regardless of the blues subgenre, the collected pieces really do make up another […]

The Roadhouse 793
Posted in Headline, Shows on 16 May 2020

After a week away, I’m back in The Roadhouse Studios with a groove you’ve come to expect. Mojo Buford, Jim Gustin & Truth Jones, David Grissom, Bettye LaVette, and The Mannish Boys propel the hour. It’s a broad and satisfying range of the finest blues you’ve never heard – the 793rd Roadhouse.

The Roadhouse 792
Posted in Headline, Shows on 9 May 2020

A Roadhouse Rewind occupies this hour. I’ll be back next week with a new edition of the show. By 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 […]

The Roadhouse 791
Posted in Headline, Shows on 2 May 2020

It’s May in The Roadhouse – time for the annual Blues Music Awards. We’ll spend the next hour with 14 nominees across the various categories, including Watermelon Slim, Toronzo Cannon, Catfish Keith, Jontavious Willis, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – all names you’ve heard in the past year and maybe been introduced to right here. It’s […]

The Roadhouse 790
Posted in Headline, Shows on 25 April 2020

The next edition of The Roadhouse is yet another chunk of time to discover and pass along great new blues. King Solomon Hicks, Zakiya Hooker, Tyler Morris, Vanja Sky, and The Big House Blues Band move it along. I’ve got a couple of Roadhouse debuts, a pre-release track, or two, and an attitiude throughout the […]

The Roadhouse 789
Posted in Headline, Shows on 18 April 2020

In the next edition of The Roadhouse, we’re spending another week focused on stepping away from the world. Lisa Mills, Rory Block, Canned Heat, Don Bryant, and The Sleep Eazys get to help transport us all through the hour, and assure that not only do we escape, but that it’s an escape into another hour […]

The Roadhouse 788
Posted in Headline, Shows on 11 April 2020

In the next hour of The Roadhouse, I fill the joint with Roadhouse debuts and tracks from upcoming releases. Casey Hensley, Eliza Neals, Larkin Poe, Swamp, and Malia are all ahead. If you ever wanted an hour of fresh blues, this is the one. And, you know what else – it’s another hour of the […]

The Roadhouse 787
Posted in Headline, Shows on 4 April 2020

The hour ahead is a steady-rollin’ escape hatch, with a groove that starts at the beginning and runs to the end. Sonny Landreth, Jim Gustin & Truth Jones, Thorbjørn Risager & the Black Tornado, Vanja Sky, and Jack Mack & The Heart Attack are all just in sight, and they’ll make all things right with […]

The Roadhouse 786
Posted in Headline, Shows on 28 March 2020

This hour of The Roadhouse is filled with sixteen great artists who, I’m sure, are more than glad to help you step away from the world. John Primer & Bob Coritore, King Solomon Hicks, Ruthie Foster Big Band, The Jimmys, and The Holmes Brothers provide a little shelter from the storm. They also help provide […]

The Roadhouse 785
Posted in Headline, Shows on 21 March 2020

This hour of The Roadhouse provides a way to prove the theory that blues fans are a defiant bunch. Through the best and the worst of times, we perservere. And, with a tough time upon us, the best way to do that is to step away and absorb yourself in great blues. The presence of […]

The Roadhouse 784
Posted in Headline, Shows on 14 March 2020

There’s a lot of fun in the hour ahead. that includes new music, at least one Roadhouse debut, and a logical musical progression from one track into the next. Roomful of Blues, Phantom Blues Band, North Mississippi Allstars, Liz Mandeville, and Jack Mack & The Heart Attack are just waiting out there to surprise you. […]

The Roadhouse 783
Posted in Headline, Shows on 7 March 2020

We should probably just call this hour of The Roadhouse “The Debut Hour.” I’ve got seven Roadhouse debuts – fully half the hour – this week. The Headcutters, Richard Ray Farrell, Ryan Perry, Mick Hayes, and One Dime Band are all ahead. If seven debuts doesn’t make it true, I’m not sure there’s anything that […]

The Roadhouse 782
Posted in Headline, Shows on 29 February 2020

I’ve got 16 great blues tracks queued up in the next hour of The Roadhouse. Those include a couple of classic artists, a bunch of new artists, and, generally, the variety of blues you’ve come to expect. Jeremiah Johnson, Mary Jo Curry Band, Tinsley Ellis, The Jimmys, and Lazy Lester. Can we just talk about […]

The Roadhouse 781
Posted in Headline, Shows on 22 February 2020

On the 15th anniversary of The Roadhouse, I’ve got a show so hot you might want to hydrate before listening. Rosie Flores, Shelley King, Altered Five Blues Band, The Cash Box Kings, and Thornetta Davis make for the most consistently upbeat show of the year. The hour ahead is top-notch, top-shelf, top-speed, and a celebration […]

The Roadhouse 780
Posted in Headline, Shows on 15 February 2020

You’re going to love the talent in the next hour of The Roadhouse. David Gogo, Sonny Landreth, The B.B. King Blues Band, Casey Hensley, and The James Hunter Six – if you know those names, you know just how diverse this edition is. Let’s just say I dove headfirst into the talent pool and came […]

The Roadhouse 779
Posted in Headline, Shows on 8 February 2020

I’ve got a party in the next hour of The Roadhouse with artists who have provided some of the greatest party music in the life of the show. If that wasn’t enough, I’ve got a set of live electric blues to light the place up. Phantom Blues Band, Robert Cray, Bernard Allison, Mark Hummel, and […]


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