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The finest blues you've never heard.

The finest blues you've never heard.
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The finest blues you've never heard.






Roadhouse 658

There's another hour ahead with huge variety, include sets of gospel blues and Texas blues. Arthur Adams, Bessie Jones, Freddie King, Fathead, and Danielle Nicole may not seem to have too much in common, but they do. They're all packed into another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 658th Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:58:30

Roadhouse 657

The seasons roll on in the 13th year of The Roadhouse and so do the great blues releases. I have three debuts in this hour - including one that might be a surprise and one that I was turned on to by another great blues show. Lucky Peterson, Sherman Holmes Project, Watermelon Slim, Walter Trout, and Lizz Wright fill the hour. As summer turns to fall, we turn to another great hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 657th Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:56:26

Roadhouse 656

I'll get your feet pounding the floor to start this edition and keep the tempo going throughout. I've also got a set that puts the rhythm in our little blues show - a set of deep R&B tracks. Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys, James Hunter Six, Chickenbone Slim, Jai Malano, and Annika Chambers will make this an hour to remember. For certain, it's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 656th Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:54:30

Roadhouse 655

I don't really have a frame to put around this edition, but I'll say that there's a nice variety of instruments and voices, styles and tempos. Benny Turner, Mavis Staples & Bonnie Raitt, Savoy Brown, Ali Handal, and Joshua Jacobson help to fill out the hour. It's almost all new music, too, so, as you might guess - it's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 655th Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:58:20

Roadhouse 654

As the weather starts to change in The Roadhouse, the new releases roll in. Arthur Adams, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Mighty Mo Rogers & Baba Sissoko, Mitch Woods, and Jack Tempchin - all provide brand new music in this hour. The fact that its all so new supports case that the hour ahead is another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 654th Roadhouse.

Duration: 01:00:01

Roadhouse 653

It's all about the roots in this hour of The Roahdouse. They hold up the blues and provide a foundation for other musical genres, as well. Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones, Pillie Bolling, Bull City Red, and Dani Wilde help lead you through the hour. About half the hour is focused on roots from one tree or another, but it's certainly another full hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 653rd Roadhouse.

Duration: 01:00:50

Roadhouse 652

I've got a full hour of fresh blues, including 11 tracks from 2017. Blind Boys of Alabama, Walter Trout, North Mississippi Allstars, Gregg Allman, and Catfish Keith provide a little gospel blues, some blues rock, and some acoustic blues. As we roll into the Labor Day weekend in the US, these artists really show that their efforts are a labor of love. It's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 652nd Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:56:10

Roadhouse 651

I don't have any doubt that there's a strong hour straight ahead in The Roadhouse. Omar & The Howlers, Milligan Vaughan Project, Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys, Bettye LaVette, and Sherman Holmes - every last one of them the consummate blues musician, all in their own style. There's strength in the blues in the hour ahead and it's certainly another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 651st Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:55:57

Roadhouse 650

I've got a bunch of music in the hour ahead - 14, 15 tracks of party blues, including Willa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jim Allchin, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, and The Johnny Max Band. It's another hour that just really doesn't let up until the end and, of course, it's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 650th Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:55:54

Roadhouse 649

A Roadhouse perfect for chair-dancing is also the ideal accompaniment to your cardio routine. This upbeat edition features great cuts from Maurice John Vaughn, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Roxanne Potvin, Slick Ballinger, and R.L. Watson. A two-and-a-half-year labor of love rolls on with another hour of the finest blues you’ve never heard – the 129th Roadhouse Podcast.

Duration: 01:02:43

Roadhouse 648

This edition of The Roadhouse is laid out in big chunks. I've got a live set, a set that's primarily West Coast blues, and a set from a pretty seminal time in the blues - though it's not one that's discussed a lot. Nick Schnebelen, Chris Cain, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and George Thorogood help to make up the hour. If you like diversity in the blues, or you're new to the blues and really not sure of their scope, this is an hour you'll like and one I think you'll...

Duration: 00:57:44

Roadhouse 647

I've got five artist debuts in the hour ahead - a little less than half the tracks. And, I've got some that we haven't heard from in awhile. Altered Five Blues Band, Scott Ellison, Sam Frazier, Jr., Scottie Miller Band, and Joshua Jacobson fill out the hour, along with a lineup that should keep your toes tapping. It's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 647th Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:57:07

Roadhouse 646

If I was to draw a road map of the hour, it would contain strong, evocative voices, a contrast between darkness and light, and a set featuring an instrument that's been a bit overlooked in modern blues. I could probably tell you more, but I 'll leave just a little mystery. There's no mystery, however, about the fact that the hour ahead is yet another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 646th Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:59:57

Roadhouse 645

I've got some interesting instrumentation this week, along with a very nice acoustic set and a set of classic blues artists live. Stomptown Brass, Odetta, Little Willie Farmer, Otis Rush, and Big Bill Morganfield are all ahead. In the ongoing endeavor to mix things up, I give you yet another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 645th Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:58:42

Roadhouse 644

It's blazing hot in The Roadhouse Studions, and a hot hour in The Roadhouse. I've got music from Martin Lang with Oscar Wilson, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Rhiannon Giddens, Hot Roux, and Vintage#18. The 644th Roadhouse is all about great artists, great music and, of course, another great hour of the finest blues you've never heard.

Duration: 01:01:56

Roadhouse 643

It's a big variety in this hour of The Roadhouse, as you've come to expect. I've got young artists and old. I've got artists who are new to the show and old favorites who haven't been here for awhile. I've got a good mix of male and female, a set of Roots of the Roadhouse blues, a full range of blues instrumentation. In other words, it's all mixed up in another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 643rd Roadhouse.

Duration: 01:02:04

Roahdouse 642

This hour suits the common ideal of a roadhouse to a tee. asey James, Nick Schnebelen, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Jason Ricci, and Janiva Magness will take the stage under the blue and red lights. There will be lots of sweat and cold beer and questionable activities going on in the dark. And, straight from the bandstand, a live set will have you knocking around the sawdust. It's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 642nd Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:57:52

Roadhouse 641

It's a jumbo edition of The Roadhouse, with more music than any other edition. And, it's a total chair dance. Nick Moss, Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore, Otis Spann, Studebaker John, and the Andy T Band provide a huge show without so much as a break to catch your breath right up to last call. Brace yourself for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 641st Roadhouse.

Duration: 00:59:21

Roadhouse 640

This hour of The Roadhouse features a number of Roadhouse debuts - artists who have never graced the tight little bandstand in the corner. And, it's an hour with some youngsters - artists who may have the future of the blues squarely on their shoulders. Linsey Alexander, Gina Sicilia, Jonny Lang, ZZ Ward, and Nick Moran are ahead. If there ever really was a doubt about the tagline of the show, let this be a perfect example of another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 640th...

Duration: 00:58:29

Roadhouse 639

The theme of the hour is a retrospective on the musical life of Gregg Allman, along with The Allman Brothers Band. Since it's impossible to put together a comprehensive view of their music in just an hour, I've pulled together some of my favorites. I've got a couple of tracks you've heard and some you may not. While it's sad to mark his passing, by the end of the hour, we can celebrate the musical contribution of Gregg Allman. It makes for another hour of the finest blues you've never...

Duration: 00:58:40

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