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Spotlight on Nu-Soul
This week on the
Radio Hour, we're focusing on the soul music revival, with artists like
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, James Hunter, and Ryan Shaw who are leading the charge.
And we just discovered another-- from Austin, Texas, check out Black Joe Lewis. The track
Win the New CD from J.J. Cale
J.J. Cale's new CD Roll On is our CD of
the Month for March, it debuts on our Top 10 Blues Chart this
week at #7, and you can win a copy over on our contests page. While
we're at it, let's make J.J. our video of the week. Scroll down to see him play with
special guest Eric Clapton.
Blues of the Month Club Triple Play for April
Blues of the Month Club members will get three CDs in April -- the new one's
from Mick Fleetwood, Susan Tedeschi, and Duke Robillard's new project Sunny and Her Joy
Boys. As a member you get a T-shirt, then a handpicked new CD delivered to your door every
month. Sign up in the Blues
Collectibles Store by March 31 to take advantage of the April Triple Play!
On the Show and the Stream This Week:
As mentioned, this week I have got a focus on Nu-Soul on the air.
Four great House of Blues Radio Hour shows are ready for you
on the stream. Last week's Blind Boys show is there for those of you who missed
it. And there is also Michael Burks, John Nemeth, and the Valentine's Day
show. Get comfortable and get listening!
Over on the Contests page, we are
giving away a copies of JJ Cale's CD "Roll On." We've also got free copies of
the most recent release from Cooke and the Vagrantz.
"Kiss The Eight Ball" Sold Out
King Mojo Records
Big Shanty is also the alter ego of former record promoter Dick Wooley. In his
days with Atlantic and Capricorn Records, Dick worked with folks like Molly Hatchett, Wet
Willie, and the Allman Brothers. Then he started his own label in Georgia, King Mojo
Following the old saying if you dont hear the music you want to hear, make
it yourself, he did just that. He became Big Shanty and made some music.
And his new album is called Sold
Song of The Week: Build Your
Blues Library One Song at a Time
Lightnin' Hopkins Ball of Twine
This week we're marking the birthday of Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, who was born
on March 15, 1912.
Influenced by a childhood meeting with Blind Lemon Jefferson, Hopkins found the blues
and was discovered in the mid 1940s, playing the Third Ward clubs in Houston, Texas. He
moved briefly to Los Angeles to record for the Alladin label. Hopkins recorded almost
costantly - by some estimates he cut 1000 songs. It's impossible to single out just one
track, but we picked Ball of Twine as our song of the week.
Elwood's Blues of the Month Club
JJ Cale follows up his brilliant and
award-winning collaboration with Eric Clapton with a new solo album call Roll On.
We're happy to announce that Roll On is our CD of the Month! Members of
Elwood's Blues of the Month Club get a hand-picked new disc every month direct to their
door. In January, members received two discs -- the Cadillac Records soundtrack,
as well as the Best of Chess, which featured original versions. In February, it
was Jorma Kaukonen's River of Time. If you'd like to join, details are here.
Some very special friends that work on the Radio
Hour donned their new T-shirts emblazoned with TheBluesMobile.com logo. Buying a shirt
helps pay artist and record label royalties so we can keep the stream free for everyone.
We've figured out some ways to reduce the price and ship to Canada and Europe! Pick yours
up in the Blues Collectibles Store.
We've heard from more than 56 countries and territories so far. The map below shows
some of our recent listeners (scroll over the targets to see cities and countries):
Great clip of two guitar greats. J.J. Cale gets support from
Eric Clapton on After Midnight.
Buddy Guy #1 In
2008 House of Blues Radio Hour Listener Poll!
The Top Ten albums of 2008, as voted by you, my Blues Brethren. If you missed the show,
it is streaming live
right now! Check out the complete list below, and congratulations are due to our winner, Angela
Stork from Ontario! She won a set of all 10 albums:
Top Ten Albums of 2008
10: Peace, Love, and BBQ- Marcia Ball
9: Full Tilt- Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials
8: Pinetop Perkins and Friends- Pinetop Perkins
7: The Blues Rolls On- Elvin Bishop
6: Mess Of Blues- Jeff Healey
5: Complete Clapton- Eric Clapton
4: What You Gotta Go Through- Big Daddy O
3: Live From Nowhere in Particular- Joe Bonamassa
2: One Kind Favor- B.B. King
And the Number One Album of 2008 is- Skin Deep- Buddy Guy