What says the holidays more than a bunch of chestnuts in a Target bag? Join us on Time for the Blues this week (12/18/11) as we play some of our favorite "old" chestnuts from our early years! And for dessert, another episode of the "The Goldwax Story!"
Y'know, at commercial top 40 radio stations, they play songs in "rotation"--light, medium or heavy, depending on the popularity of the song. You might hear a song 5 or 6 times a day if it's really high on the charts! At Time for the Blues, John and I decided our "heavy rotation" would be about once every five years!
So that's what we're doing this week---bringing back some fantastic blues from our formative years for you to enjoy! We'll start you off with a lovely appetizer of blues legends: B. B. King (from his early '50s RPM recordings), Muddy Waters (also from the early 50's--his Chess stuff), Willie Dixon (yes--Willie actually was the featured artist on his 1970 CD "I Am the Blues") and Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry performing at the Newport Foilk Festival in the early '60s!
For the main course, we'll dish up a set of Psychedelic blues that have one thing in common--all bands that included the legendary guitarist Mike Bloomfield! We'll hear tracks from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Electric Flag and Mike's team-up with keyboard man Al Kooper in "Super Session." If that isn't enough to satisfy your holiday cravings, we'll also enjoy a set from legendary ladies that include Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt! We'll keep the ladies' songs a secret because they're too hot to take out of the oven!
Last, but certainly not least, we'll spoon out heaping helpings of the ninth installment of The Goldwax Story, the incredible 1960's Memphis R&B/Soul factory that survived on pennies but made incredible music with a group of extraordinary singers and songwriters! This week we'll feature one of our favorites, Spencer Wiggins and a first time listen to horn player/band leader Gene "Bowlegs" Miller! AND---there'll be one more interesting palate cleanser in the Goldwax set that you'll have to tune in to hear!
Well, I don't know about you, but we're full! So why not grab a nap, take a chance and stay up late with us! Time for the Blues airs Sundays at 1:00 AM!
What's your favorite holiday blues tradition? Why not start one? Next week's show (12/25/11) is a brand new Christmas Blues show and John's playing Santa! Tell him your blues holiday wishes!