Wednesday, 30 November 2011

This Weeks Playlist...

This week we mostly played...
Leadbelly - Midnight Special, Scott Isaac - Help, Freddy King, Pete Johnson - Friend Of The Devil, Memphis Minnie - Me and my Chauffeur Blues, Furry Lewis - Dry Land Blues, Providence Jug Band -Every Day Of The Week, Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing, Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Ice Cream Man, Ike and Tina Turner - Ain't Nobody's Business, and Mike Morgan - Well Allright Then.

As always if you miss it, you'll be able to catch it on The Cat's Listen Again facility for one week, by clicking on Listen Again and selecting Wednesday 11am

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

This Weeks Featured Artist...

Lead Belly - Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949, better known as Lead Belly or Leadbelly) was an iconic American folk and blues musician, notable for his strong vocals, his virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced.

Although Lead Belly most commonly played the twelve-string, he could also play the piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, and accordion. In some recordings he just sings while clapping his hands or stomping his foot.

The topics of Lead Belly's music covered a wide range of subjects, including gospel songs, blues songs about women, liquor and racism; and the newsmakers of the day, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Jean Harlow, the Scottsboro Boys, and Howard Hughes.

A certain tribute to the influence of Lead Belly that he's been covered by a huge range of artists including Johnny Cash, Mungo Jerry, Paul King, Tom Waits, Scott H. Biram, The Doors, The Beach Boys, Rory Gallagher, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and even Led Zeppelin, Meatloaf and Nirvana.

In 1976 Lead Belly joined a select group of folk singing legends who have been honoured with a biographical film about their life. The film, entitled Leadbelly, was directed by Gordon Parks who also directed the shaft movies and starred Roger E. Mosley.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Exciting News!

Yesterday the Midweek Blues team were invited down to The Bank Corner in Alsager to interview and record The Providence Jug Band! The band were absolutely brilliant and the interview we did with them was so good, we have decided to grab an extra hour next Wednesday (7th December) and do a two hour Midweek Blues Providence Jug Band Special.
You can check out the band's Facebook page HERE.

If you are in a Jug/Blues band and would like us to come and interview you, please get in touch. Details are on the Contact Us page.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

This Week....

This week we are playing.....
Curtis Jones - Roll Me Over, Alexis Korner - Night Time Is The Right Time, Steve Angelo & John Mayall - Long Night, Graham Bond Organisation - Strut Around, Zoot Money - Get On The Right Track Baby, The Blues Band - Talk To Me Baby, Todd Sharpville - Little Bit Worried, The Memphis Jug Band - One The Road Again, Roy Gaines and The Crusaders - Hell Of A Night, Nick Drake - Here Come The Blues, Chris Rea - The Closer You Get.

If you miss it, you'll be able to catch it on The Cat's Listen Again facility for one week, by clicking on Listen Again and selecting Wednesday 11am

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

This Week's Featured Artist...

Alexis Korner (19th of April 1928- 1st January 1984) was a blues musician and broadcaster, who is often referred to as the Founding Father of British Blues. He helped to bring together many English blues musicians. In 1954 he jointly opened a blues club in London's Soho, where he formed the group Blues Incorporated in 1961. This included at various times Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Graham Bond, and others and attracted younger fans, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page and John Mayall.
For a while Korner hosted Five O'Clock Club, a childrens' television show that introduced a whole new generation of British kids to American blues and jazz.
During the '70s Korner had his only major hit, as leader of CCS. Their version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" went on to become the theme tune to Top of The Pops from 1971-1981.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

This Week's Featured Artist...

The Memphis Jug Band was comprised of Will Shade, Will Weldon, Hattie Hart, Charlie, Polk, Walter Horton, and others in various configurations. Guitarist/harpist Will Shade formed The Memphis Jug Band in the Beale Street section of Memphis in the mid-'20s. The Memphis Jug Band was the most recorded (over 100 sides between 1927 and 1934) and one of the most popular of the jug bands to spring up in Memphis in the 1920s (along with Canon's Jug Stompers). The jug band craze started in Louisville, Kentucky around 1905. Will Shade continued to lead the group in various incarnations until his death in 1966.

This week....

Want an hour of great blues? Tune in today at 11am to hear....
Mississippi John Hurt - Coffee Blues, Walter Trout - Life in The Jungle, Memphis Jug Band - Stealin' Stealin', B.B. King (with Etta James) - There's Something On Your Mind, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell - How Long, How Long Blues, Robert Johnson - They're Red Hot, Tommy McClennan - Bottle it Up and Go, Joe Bonamassa - Slow Train and..... a snippet from Kev's interview with Steve Cropper!

If you miss it, you'll be able to catch it on The Cat's Listen Again facility for one week, by clicking on Listen Again and selecting Wednesday 11am

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

This Weeks Playlist

On today's show we played...
Arthur Smith and The Crackerjacks Instrumental - Guitar Boogie, Fleetwood Mac- Need Your Love So Bad, Beale Street Mama - Bessie Smith, Dust Bowl - Joe Bonamassa, A Spoonful Blues- Charley Patton, Crow Black Chicken - Ry Cooder, Vigilante Man - Pete 'Snakey Jake' Johnson, Black Cat Bone - Robert Cray, Albert Collins & Johnny Copeland, I Just Wanna Make Love To You - The Super Super Blues Band.

If you missed the show today, you can listen again until next week by clicking HERE and selecting Wednesday 11am

Thursday, 3 November 2011

New Poster!

If you would like to help spread the word, and you have a little wall or window space, please print out a copy of our poster! It can be found full size by clicking on the image in the "Poster" section of the tabs above. Thank you! x

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

This Weeks Playlist

This week we may have got quite silly, but we have played......
Jim Kweskin - Somebody Stole My Gal, ZZ Top - La Grange, John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom, Chuck Berry - In The Wee Hours, Albert King, Steve Cropper and Pop Staples - What'd I say (Jen really liked this one!), Louisville Jug Band - Sing You Sinners, Smokey Hogg - When I've Been Drinking, Junior Wells - Messin' With The kid (Jen likes this one too!), Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago and Bob Dylan - Rollin' and Tumblin'.

If you missed the show, you can catch it again on Listen Again for one week HERE and select Wednesday, 11am.