Be sure to join us this week (1/11/14) for Time for the Blues as Henry Cook and I bring you some of the best blues in our price range. We’ve lined up some great music, and I guarantee that the jokes will be just as bad as usual. Somehow it will all come together for what we hope will be a very entertaining hour. In this case, we're rewinding some classic blues!
Nobody has ever compared the two of us (the ever evolving Henry Cook, and your humble narrator, The Professor Johnny P) to IBM's Watson computer, but even we know that many – if not most – of the people now listening to us have ever heard us during our first seven years on air. If you are one of those listening to us now that somehow missed our previous seven-year experiment in great music/bad jokes; consider yourself lucky -- joke-wise!
One thing we’ve always prided ourselves on is the fact we have rarely played the same song in more than one show. Which means there’s a lot of great tunes we haven’t played in a long long time.
So just to catch y’all up on some of the things we’ve been playing, be sure to tune in this week. We call it "Classics Rewind" (or as Henry likes to put it "Heavy Rotation"). We're glad to bring back some of the most important blues we've featured over the last 4, 5, 6 years and more...in fact, if you dig this show, let us know and we'll do a "Rewind" show every couple of months or so.
What ARE we playing? Oh yeah, that might help....how about a heaping dose of Muddy Waters from his resurgence in the '70s? Muddy is joined by the likes of Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and James Cotton. We’ll even treat you with a side that teams up Muddy with Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley; even though they (playingly) argue more than sing…
From across the pond we’ve got one of Henry’s favorites, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers complete with some Eric Clapton six-string fireworks (check out the audio sample). Henry loves a lot of that British stuff, but what do you expect from a guy who worships Downton Abbey? Go figure he also loves Mystery Science Theatre 3000...
If that wasn’t enough, we’ve got a track from the obscure but incredible Killing Floor--their debut LP came out the same time as Led Zepplin II and for some reason, Floor just didn't get play in the US but you will love THEIR version of "Whole Lotta Love"--done faithfully as Willie Dixon's "Woman You Need Love." Add in prototypical tracks from John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Memphis Slim (with a very young Matt “Guitar” Murphy) and it'll be like your taking an audio tour of the Blues Hall of Fame! For more, we'll also revisit Al Kooper teaming up with Mike Bloomfield, Ike Turner (from his Sun Records days), and Henry’s dream date, Janiva Magness.
It’s approximately 59 minutes of pure fun; great music and some of the worst jokes you’ve ever heard. So catch a quick nap and find a comfortable chair and join us! Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.