Escape the holidays with the too-much-fantastic-food coma, the stare-blankly-at-the-television-sports coma, and the mindless-shopping-for-whatever-this-store-has-on-sale blues, and enjoy some real blues with Time For the Blues this Saurday (11/30/13) starting at 11 p.m. on 88.9 WCVE. Henry Cook and I are serving up a heaping helping of great tunes, bad jokes, and more than one surprise. Goes great with the leftover turkey sandwich! (Hey--even our picture here is leftover from our 2011 Hot Leftovers show--beat that!)
We have a little tradition here at Time For The Blues, we dish up some of our tastiest leftovers on the first show after Thanksgiving. Allow me to explain....
When we plot a show we almost always plan to play more songs than we can physically fit into an hour. It works out to be about 14 songs per show, but we’ve got one or two more that would be great for that particular show. If we can’t work them in to another show, they become part of our hot leftovers show.
These are great songs that just didn’t make it in to another show.
So be listening for some William Clarke (late great West Coast harpist), (early Sun bluesman) Junior Parker, rising guitarist Sean Chambers, and two amazing teams: The UnXpected featuring our amazingly talented young friends Cole and Logan Layman, also Joe Bonamossa and Beth Hart (nothing to add to them--but wait 'til you hear the track)!
But this year we also have some requests that need to be filled. After all, an observant listener reminded us that it’s John Mayall’s 80th birthday so we’re featuring a couple of tracks from an earlier album (check our sample below). The same listener had requests for Otis Redding and piano legend Roosevelt "The Honeydripper" Sykes, so listen for those--a little blast from our past on the Sykes set!.
Johnny Winter and Roomful of Blues contribute a couple of numbers just for fun.
Regular listeners have heard Henry describe the back seat of my car as the place where “CDs go to hide.” Sad thing is that it’s true, but Mr. All-Things-In-Their-Place Cook has a dark side; he has filing cabinets and boxes filled with stuff that he rarely checks. Well, wouldn’t you know it, he finally shoveled out one and turned up a tape (yes, an actual cassette tape) of Charlie Musselwhite’s second album,1968's "Stone Blues"--the tape's pretty old, but still sounds great!
So we’re going to save a couple of hot takes from that one for dessert.
So sink in to that comfortable chair and put your feet up for a while and let us entertain you with these great songs and truly bad jokes. Let the world fade away and focus on another year of being thankful, because you better believe Henry and I are thankful that you’ve stuck with us for another year.
Now let’s get through the end of the year madness together....
Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.
Got a favorite leftover from Thanksgiving? Food or blues...let us know here!