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Christmas Blues 2012 (We’re Still Here? YAY!)

Join us this week (12/23/12) as Time for the Blues brings you “Christmas Blues 2012” with some never-before-played (on this show, anyway) blues-themed songs by some of the greats! It can’t be the holiday season without the blues you get fighting the traffic and the lines in the stores! If you're reading this that means we’re still here!--if you’re not, well, never mind!

The holidays can be tough for some people. They aren’t called “the holiday blues” for nothing. One really great thing about the holidays though, is the music. There’s always phenomenal music out there and this week, Henry Cook and I have unearthed a lot of sides we haven’t played before.

While I’ve been a little preoccupied trying to be an actor this year (in case you’re wondering, I’m helping out a certain jolly fellow with long white hair, a beard, and a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly at Swift Creek Mill Playhouse during the day, and Dylan Thomas for Richmond Shakespeare by night), so Henry has been hard at work looking for some fun holiday blues songs.

You better believe he found some too. How about a side from Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women? You know I’m always going to enjoy their work, they are wonderful friends (I was invited to be at one of their last concerts and what a great time that was), and I promise you I’m going to redouble my efforts to get them to appear on the show in 2013.

How about a selection from a real find, The Billy Thompson Band? I recently reviewed Thompson’s CD “A Better Man” and really enjoyed his work. We’ve got a couple of holiday themed sides from their upcoming EP. Check ‘em out.

Then, there’s the master of the holiday blues, Mr. Charles Brown. No, not the round faced kid who can’t kick the football; this is the rocking jazz blues icon that has turned out some great holiday songs over the years. And we’ve got Koko Taylor as well.

Feeling the holiday spirit yet?

How about a selection from the King himself, Elvis Presley? Nope, not Blue Christmas either. You’ll have to turn in to find out which one. Dave Hole is going to be here tearing up the guitar like no one else. The late great William Clarke represents as well.

Some Little Charlie and the Nightcats will make sure this is not a silent night, and Sandra Hall delivers perhaps the greatest present of all. You do not want to miss this one.

There’s more from Maria Muldaur and Duke Robillard to finish off the night. Let me tell you, forget that story about nothing was stirring, not even a mouse, because here at Time For The Blues, we’re going to be playing and rocking hard – at least from 1:00 to 2:00 AM.. After that, we’re heading to bed just in case a jolly old elf with a long white beard wants to drop in and leave us some new music.

So on behalf of my erstwhile traveling partner, the legendary Henry “Santa, Bring me a Nickname” Cook, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe holiday. And be sure to tune in next time as we rip the Mayans a new one and usher in the new year. Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 AM.