Every year in preparation for the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, local blues societies hold their own challenge qualifying the best groups, solo or duo acts, and even young people to represent the society at the big showdown. Winning in Memphis can change a performer’s life by opening doors to the best clubs and even a chance to record for a major label.
Time for the Blues
A very sad day in the blues world...please join us in appreciation and rememberence of the legendary B.B. King with special airings of “B.B.’s Blues: A B.B. King Appreciation” tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Jazz with Peter Solomon and again tomorrow (5/16) on Time for the Blues at 11:00 p.m. Another programming note: Fresh Air will feature Terry Gross’s 1996 interview with B. B. this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Welcome to The Professor’s Picks, a new column designed to supplement Time for the Blues. Henry and I are always on the lookout for new material and are fortunate to receive a number of CDs from studios, publicists, and friends of the show. And once in a while, we even go out and buy some as well. Truth is, even with trying to bring 14 songs a week to the show, we run out of time and don’t always get around to playing all of the songs we want to play.
We hope you’ll join us this week (4/11/15) for Time for the Blues as Henry and I are whipping up some great music for your listening pleasure. It’s been a week since we got to hang out together, so we’re hoping to see your smiling face as you kick back and enjoy.
We hope you’ll join us this weekend (4/4/2015) for Time for the Blues as we do our best to scour the world for great sounds and turn over a few rocks for some bad jokes. Henry and I have plenty of both for your listening pleasure and can’t wait to bring them out for our late night party.
I hope you will join us this week (3/28/15) on Time for the Blues, as Henry and I are planning a very special show featuring a few friends and a number of other Virginia artists we only know through their music. This week we’re going around the world and down the street to find you some amazing blues.
As hosts for Time for the Blues, John Porter and I are always listening for interesting stories of the blues! Last Friday (3/19), Fresh Air played an interview from 1987 with Samuel Charters, the blues and jazz historian who helped ignite the blues revival of the 1950s and ‘60s. Charters made field recordings of forgotten and previously undiscovered performers. He also wrote two books. He died Wednesday (3/18/15); he was 85.
We hope you’ll join us this week (3/21/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I are kicking up the funk factor to 11. You know it’s going to be fun; you just don’t have any idea how much fun it’s going to be. You better be ready and have your dancing shoes handy because we’re pulling out all the stops.