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James Cotton, Albert Castiglia and Alligator Sampler!

Henry and I hope you will join us this week (5/5/13) on Time For The Blues as we’ve prepared one of those shows that will live in infamy! We’re pulling out all the stops and bringing you the best blues in our price range, and we’ve blown our whole month’s budget on this show. Well, maybe not, but we have new James Cotton and Albert Castiglia's incredible guitar!

The birth year of WCVE Public Radio, 1988, was a tumultuous year. The roller coaster ride began on January 1st with the Soviet Union begining its program of economic restructuring (perestroika) with legislation initiated by Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. Okay, that’s about as heavy as we’re going to get. Two Olympics were held, one in Seoul, South Korea and the other in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

In political news, most people will remember the Bush-Dukakis campaign, although Henry and I will always remember 1988 as the year Sonny Bono was elected Mayor of Palm Springs.

The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Drifters, Bob Dylan and The Supremes were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Not a bad bunch. America was jamming out to Michael Jackson’s "Bad" and flocking to theatres to watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coming To America, Big, and Die Hard.

Bruce Willis is still milking that role for all he’s worth. Yippee-ti-yay…

But the three events that became guiding signposts in our life were the loss of Roy Orbison, the birth of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and the opening of WCVE Public Radio.

Neither Henry nor I were here that first day. We showed up a few years later and eventually Time For The Blues became the mega sensation that it is today.

Okay, a guy can dream can’t he?

So, this week, we decided to create a work of art that you have got to hear to believe. You don’t want to miss our mix of great music and truly awful jokes. On the great music front, we’ve got sides from "Cotton Mouth Man" the brand new James Cotton CD. Cotton is one of our favorite players, and when you think that he’s been in the business for almost 70 years, you’ve really got to respect the guy.

Cotton plays the harp like a blow torch cuts through metal. He is a flat out wailer and even though his vocals have gotten weaker as he’s aged, he still rocks the room like nobody’s business. Among the cool guest vocalists on this album you'll hear Warren Haynes (Stax heyday) and Keb' Mo'! Give these tracks a listen and you can’t help but become a fan.

We’ve been talking about the great sampler from Alligator, featuring Blues & Roots sides. If you haven’t already taken advantage of this amazing deal, you can still get it FREE by clicking HERE. The link goes to our earlier blog about it and will link you to the sampler. NOTE: no registration is required to download the sampler! Better hurry, this offer ends on May 11, 2013 and you don’t want to miss this very cool mix of classic blues – which we’ll feature – and brand new blues, which we will also feature.

Something else you don’t want to miss is Albert Castiglia playing at the Parkfest Blues Festival, Saturday May 11th, presented by our friends at the River City Blues Society of Virginia. According to the legendary Elwood Blues, “You don’t get a chance to see Master Bluesmen practicing their craft,” so listen to the sides we’re playing then boogie on over to Pocahontas State Park and have a great time! But for now, check the smokin' audio sample of Albert below! More info if you use either link above!

So much music and so little time. Don’t be the one who misses out on this great show, because you’ll be kicking yourself later. Catch that nap, cozy into a comfortable chair or call some friends over and party like it’s 1988! Time for the Blues with John Porter & Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 a.m.

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