The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, April 15th at 11pm, the spotlight's on the late, great guitarist Lonnie Mack who passed away a year ago on April 21, 2016.  You'll hear many of his songs, as well as some songs with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The Blues: 4.8.17 show

Apr 9, 2017

This week's show which airs at 11pm on Saturday, April 8th, features musicians who'll be appearing in Cincinnati and two musicians who recently passed away.  The first set features Lonnie Mack and Johnny A.  A tribute show on the first anniversary of Lonnie Mack's death will be held on Friday, April 21st at the Madison Theatre in Covington.  It's called Mackfest, and there'll be many guitarists on stage that night.

Sandro Miller

From a press release from Alligator Records:

The family of Grammy-nominated Chicago blues icon Lonnie Brooks, who died on Saturday, April 1, has announced the visitation and funeral information for the late blues legend.

Visitation: Sunday, April 9: Blake-Lamb Funeral Home - 4727 W. 103rd St. - Oak Lawn, IL 60453 - Wake/Viewing 3-9pm.

Funeral: Monday, April 10: Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church - 2233 W. 79th Street - Chicago, IL 60620 -Visitation 10-11am with services at 11am.

The Blues: 4/1/17 show

Apr 2, 2017

The Sonny Moorman Group starts off this week's edition of The Blues at 11pm on Saturday, April 1st.  They're followed by Gov't Mule and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  The second set includes Shirley Johnson, Leroy Ellington & E-Funk, Deborah Coleman, and the Yardbirds.  And, the show ends with the High Street Rhythm Rockers and the Monty Alexander Trio.

Concert notes: 

4/8 - Noah Hunt - Live at the Ludlow Garage

4/21 - Mackfest - Tribute to Lonnie Mack - Madison Theater, Covington

5/2 - Johnny A - Redmoor

The Blues: 3/25/17 show

Mar 27, 2017
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This week's program which airs at 11pm on Saturday, March 25th, starts off with the Claudettes who'll be performing at MOTR Saturday, April 8th.  Also heard in the first set are Zac Harmon, Shemekia Copeland, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  

The Blues: 3.18.17

Mar 15, 2017

This week's blues show on Saturday night, March 18th at 11pm, starts off with Joe Louis Walker who's playing Jazz Fest the first Sunday, 4/30.  The rest of the first set includes Big Joe Turner and the great Nina Simone.  

The second set of this blues show begins with Muddy Waters, plus a tribute to the master by Charlie Musselwhite.  Janis Joplin's "Ball and Chain" from Monterey 1967 finishes the set.

The Blues: 3.11.17

Mar 12, 2017

This week on The Blues, Saturday night at 11pm, March 11th, 2017, the show begins with some vintage Ike & Tina Turner followed by Shemekia Copeland, Otis Spann and Cream.  The second set starts off with Cincinnati's Sonny Moorman Band as well as Bob Weir, Bill Withers, Bobby McFerrin, and Ken Nordine.

The Blues: 3.4.17 show

Mar 2, 2017

This week's blues show, which airs 11pm on Saturday, March 4th, begins with a new Alligator release by Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio.  Elvin Bishop was a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 60's.  The rest of the first set features Delbert McClinton, Eli Cook (who tours around Virginia), Debbie Davies, and the great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The Blues: 2.18.17

Feb 16, 2017

Vocalist Al Jarreau begins this edition of The Blues which airs on Saturday night, February 18th at 11pm.  I played his music for years on my jazz shows.  The first set also includes the legendary voices of Ray Charles, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin.  The second set features Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Witherspoon doing the King Records song, Good Rockin' Tonight, and ends with Gov't Mule and k.d. lang.  And ending the show, are songs by Abbey Lincoln, Larry Kinley, and Harry Connick, Jr.  

Two events of note:

Rick Olivier

  

This Saturday evening on the Blues, February 11th at 11pm, some of my favorite lovey-dovey songs from some of my favorite musicians.  The show starts off with Leon Russell's, "A Song for You," followed by Shemekia Copeland, Etta James' famous "At Last," and Leonard Cohen performing "I'm Your Man."

Peter Frampton starts off the second set which also includes Diana Krall's, "Peel Me a Grape," and the classic Miles Davis tune, "My Funny Valentine."  

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, with around 70 categories this year, will be presented on Sunday, February 12th at 8pm.  So, on Saturday, February 4th at 11pm, you'll hear a special Grammy edition of the Blues.  We’ll start off with music from some of the blues-nominated musicians including Lurrie Bell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Janiva Magness.  

Richard E. Aaron / Redferns

Allman Brothers Band co-founder Butch Trucks passed away Tuesday night, January 24th, in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69.  He was the third member of the original Allman Brothers Band to pass away.  Guitarist Duane Allman died in 1971 and bassist Berry Oakley a little over a year later.  The band including Butch Trucks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

The Blues: 1.21.17

Jan 19, 2017

While I was dusting this morning at home, I saw a few cds that I hadn't heard for awhile, so they'll start off this week's blues show that'll air on Saturday night, January 21st at 11pm.  The first set begins with Jonny Lang's "Lie to Me" followed by Delbert's classic "Under Suspicion,"  Johnny A.'s "Get Inside," and ends with one of my favorites by Bobby McFerrin, "Sweet in the Mornin'."

This weekend on The Blues, Saturday evening, January 14th at 11pm, one of my favorite programs in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   You'll hear a great version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the Monty Alexander Trio, followed by Sweet Honey in the Rock and Dr. Maya Angelou. 

There's also music from the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, and Aretha Franklin.  Other gospel songs are sung by the Birmingham Sunlights, Patti Labelle and the great Mahalia Jackson.

The Blues: 1.7.17 show

Jan 8, 2017

This week's blues show, 11pm on Saturday, January 7th, begins with a great cd produced by Marcos Sastre and Larry Goshorn, Shades of Blue.  The song's "Pack It Up" which is followed by Delbert McClinton (who's having a cd release party at the Madison in Covington on Feb. 25th), Shemekia Copeland, and a Putumayo release called "Blues Lounge."  

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