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Delta Bound! (From Mississippi to Vienna)

While the weather has made it difficult to travel this winter, Henry and I hope you will stay up late this week (3/1/14) and join us on a little Time For The Blues musical journey. We’ve got the blues bus set on cruise control and a whole bunch of great tunes lined up. All you need to do is kick back and relax, leave the music to us!

Before Henry and I settled down to the relative peace and quiet of 88.9 WCVE, we each held positions in which travel was a key component. The big difference was Henry got to fly everywhere and stay in very nice hotels, while I just drove a minivan with 250,000 miles on it or on one maddening cross country run took the bus. To this day I have nightmares about being trapped in a sardine can on wheels.

Tapping into that travel bug motif, we’ve put together a show that focuses on the Delta that runs between Mississippi and Vienna with a stop in Belgium just for fun.

Representing Vienna is Hans Theessink. If you missed it when we played his version of the Rolling Stones“Sympathy For The Devil,” trust me, you’ll want to hear it – and once you do, you will never forget it. Theesink’s version drips with heavy Spanish Moss hanging from trees in the deep deep swamp. It’s one of the best covers that I’ve ever heard. This week we’re unleashing songs from three of his CDs, including an early one "Call Me"--check the audio sample below! Not only does he and his band bring you some hard driving blues, but he also strips down the sound for a session with Terry Evans and Ry Cooder.

The Chicago-based band Mississippi Heat is led by Pierre Lacocoque who was born in Israel and raised in Belgium before coming to Chicago to attend college; and that’s where he fell in love with the blues. Yeah, If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that story…

Mississippi Heat recently celebrated their 20th year in blues with their 10th release, "Delta Bound" and we are featuring a handful of sides just to tempt you. If you like what you hear, check out our playlist during the show--you can now visit Amazon or iTunes right from the playlist to see that and other great CDs that are waiting for you.

If that wasn’t enough, how about some tunes from Linda Valori, Toronzo Cannon, and Paxton Norris? Heck, we’ll even throw in tracks from Blues Traveler and the deep, delta-sound duo of Matt Baxter and Jake Simpson.

So forget about cleaning out the garage--that can wait till next week. Right now, you’re going to want to be well-rested and fresh when you join us this week! Time For The Blues with John  Porter and Henry Cook airs Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.