The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

This summer, we're sharing specials about King Records that I've produced over the past 10 years or so leading up to the 75th anniversary celebration of King Records on August 25th.  Details of the event are still being worked out, so as soon as they become available, I'll post on this website.

On this King Records special on July 7th at 11pm, you'll hear about jump blues artist, Bull Moose Jackson, who ruled the R&B charts from the late 40s and early 50s. Bull Moose Jackson, best known for “Big Ten Inch,” had his first big hit in 1947 with “I Love You, Yes I Do,” which is widely accepted as the first R &B single to sell a million copies. Jackson had 12 hits from 1946 to 1952 on the R& B chart.

On this King Records rockabilly special, Saturday, June 30th at 11pm, the King of Covers, Delbert Barker, is featured.  Mr.

This Saturday night, June 23rd at 11pm, you'll hear a King Records special about three musicians who recorded country music there.  In 2008, I spoke with Orangie Ray Hubbard, Jr Spivey, and Herman Cress about their work at King Records.  Orangie Ray Hubbard came into the studio on 5/20/08 and returned a second time with Jr Spivey on 8/5/08.  I also had a  conversation with Herman Cress on 10/14/08.  Herman Cress played upright bass in Orangie Ray Hubbard's band with Jr Spivey on guitar.

During this one-hour special, you'll hear Orangie talk about his roots in Barbourville, KY, his life in Detroit, and his move back to Cincinnati and his musical career.   He discusses payola, Rusty York's studio, Syd Nathan, and Louis Innis.  Jr Spivey shares his memories of recording with another King Records musician, Hank Ballard, as well as recording with Orangie Ray Hubbard and playing with Lonnie Mack. Herman Cress also remembers Ray Pennington, Lucky Records, and playing with Orangie.  In addition to these interviews, you'll hear some of the songs recorded by Orangie Ray Hubbard at King Records and another by Herman Cress.

Beginning this Saturday night, June 16th at 11pm, on The Blues, we're going to repeat some of the many specials I've produced over the years since 2007 about King Records and the talented musicians who recorded there.  This King Records special begins with a 2010 phone conversation I had with Bill Beach who was born in Glencoe Kentucky in 1932.  

This week's blues show, Saturday, June 9th at 11pm, starts off  with guitarist Eric Clapton and Ronnie Kole from New Orleans.  The second set features Charlie Musselwhite, Emmylou Harris and Anders Osborne.  And the second half of The Blues includes the music of Harry Connick, Jr.; Johnny Adams; Nina Simone; B.B. King; Ike & Tina Turner; and Delbert McClinton.

Walker Funeral Home / Provided

Waddell Falland, who recorded on King Records, passed away May 29, according to Walker Funeral Home. He along with Jimmy Railey were both members of The Solars, Bobby and the Expressions and The Famous Flames.  

This week's edition of The Blues, Saturday, May 26th at 11pm, features interviews with three blues musicians:  Ben Levin, EG Kight, and Marcia Ball, plus songs by Trombone Shorty and Galactic who are coming to the PNC Pavilion in August.


This week's blues show, Saturday, May 19th at 11pm, begins with the legendary Koko Taylor along with Robben Ford and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters in the first set.  The second set features Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Ruth Brown, Brad Hatfield, and guitarist Johnny A.  Joe Louis Walker starts off the third set followed by Debbie Davies, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, and Joanna Connor.  And, John Mayall takes us out with "Congo Square."

The Blues: 5.12.18 show

May 10, 2018

On this week's blues show, Saturday, May 12th at 11pm, we'll start off with a song from Tom Jones and Jeff Beck followed by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Hugh Laurie.  The second set features Tom Waits, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, and Ray Charles.  Irma Thomas starts off the third set along with Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, and Terence Blanchard.


This week's blues show, 11pm Saturday night, May 5th will feature a variety of musicians including Chris Stapleton and Deep Purple.  The first set begins with Alabama Mike from a compilation release in honor of Howlin' Wolf.  This tune's followed by Howlin' Wolf, R.L. Burnside, and The Medicine Men with Lance Boyd who'll be performing Friday, May 11th on the Cincinnati Guitar Festival stage at the Madison Theater in Covington.  Brian O'Donnell previews the event with Bob Nave in an interview that'll air on VXU's "Around Cincinnati" program Sunday night, May 6th at 7pm.

This week's show at 11pm, Saturday, April 28th, starts off with a little boogie woogie from our own Ricky Nye followed by Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, the Jambalaya Cajun Band, and Zachary Richard.  The second set features the Honey Island Swamp Band, Galactic, Dr. John, and the great Louis Armstrong.  The Rebirth Brass Band starts off the third set followed by the legendary Professor Longhair, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Pentones and finally Johnny Adams.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is running from April 27th to May 6th this year.  If you're a music fan and have never been, I'd strongly suggest you add a visit to your bucket list.

The Blues: 4.21.18 show

Apr 22, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, April 21st at 11pm, starts off with local guitarist Kelly Richey, Gov't Mule, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  The second set features Eric Clapton, The Doors, Derek & the Dominos, and Tina TurnerBob Dylan, Corey Harris & Henry Butler, and Ricky Nye end the show in the third set.

This week on the Blues, Saturday, April 14th at 11pm, the first set includes songs by Tony Joe White, Patty Larkin, Kurt Elling, and Dave Frishberg.  The second set of vocalists include Joss Stone, Mavis Staples (Memorial Hall 4/20) and Irma Thomas.  And, the show closes with Tommy Castro (Southgate House Revival 4/20), Leon Russell, Shemekia Copeland, and two from Johnny Adams.

Cincinnati's a popular stop for many nationally known blues artists, and we also are lucky to have so many talented musicians making Cincinnati their home.  So, I thought it'd be fun on this blues show, Saturday night, April 7th at 11pm, to spotlight musicians who have gigs booked here.

The first set begins with blues legend Buddy Guy followed by Walter Trout, Sonny Moorman who has an incredibly busy schedule, and Noah Hunt who's coming to the Ludlow Garage with Jason Dennie.

Mavis Staples is playing Memorial Hall and will probably sell out her April 20th show.  Also heard in the second set of The Blues are the Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb'Mo, and Taj Mahal.  And, the show ends with Todd Rundgren, Peter Frampton, and Steely Dan.

The title track from Marcia Ball's new Alligator release, Shine Bright, begins this week's blues show on Saturday night, March 30th at 11pm.  Also featured in the first set is music from King Records legend Freddie King, as well as Robbie Robertson & Galactic, and finally Robben Ford and the Blue Line.

Muddy Waters begins the second set followed by Debbie Davies, Shannon Curfman, and Gov't Mule.  And ending the program are songs by Hot Tuna, Dr. John, and Tom Waits.

This week's blues show, Saturday, March 24th, at 11pm starts off with a song by EG Kight followed in the first set with music from Eva Cassidy, Garland Jeffreys, and Sweet Honey in the Rock.  The second set features an acapella Todd Rundgren, Corey Harris & Henry Butler, Marc Broussard, and Gov't MuleJohnny A. begins the last set which also includes Curtis Salgado, Honey Island Swamp Band, and ends with vocalist Janiva Magness.

The Blues: 3/17/18 show

Mar 19, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, March 17th at 11pm, starts off with another song from the new Jimi Hendrix studio release, Both Sides of the Sky.  This is followed in the first set by songs from Charlie Musselwhite and two from Delbert McClinton who'll be headlining the Cincy Blues Fest in August.  

The second set features Curtis Salgado, Shemekia Copeland and Big Joe Turner.  And, turning to the last set of the blues show, music from a new release by Chicago's Nick Moss Band, Lou Reed, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, March 10th at 11pm, you'll hear a set devoted to the Goshorn Brothers at the end of show.  But, we'll begin with a retrospective of sorts, starting off with two songs from a new studio Jimi Hendrix cd, Both Sides of the Sky.  One of the songs is "Woodstock" with Stephen Stills doing vocals/organ.

Other musicians you'll hear during this hour include Janis Joplin, the Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Derek & the Dominoes, and Cream.


The Blues: 3.3.18 show

Mar 1, 2018

On this week's blues show, Saturday, March 3rd at 11pm, Big Maybelle starts the music off with "Rain Down Rain."  She's followed by songs from Nina Simone, Ruth Brown, and Lou Rawls.  The second set features Etta James, Long John Baldry, Hugh Laurie and Leon Russell.  Johnny Adams begins the third set of the show with the title track of "Real Me," and then you'll hear from Chet Baker as well as Ann Chamberlain & Eddie Morgan.  Ending this edition of The Blues, Ernestine Anderson and Billie Holiday.

The Blues: 2.24.18 show

Feb 25, 2018

This week on The Blues, Saturday evening at 11pm on February 24th, you'll hear from musicians both local and national who'll be performing in Cincinnati during the upcoming months.  The first set starts off with guitarist Sonny Moorman who has regular gigs at McCauley's Pub and is playing other venues, too, this coming week.  You'll also hear from Kelly Richey, Noah Hunt with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, and Buddy Guy.  

This week on the Blues, we'll celebrate female musicians on Saturday night, February 17th at 11pm.  We'll start off in the first set with Bonnie Raitt, Joan Armatrading and Jonell Mosser.  The second set begins with Mavis Staples who's coming to Memorial Hall in downtown Cincinnati April 20th, Irma Thomas, and ends with Abbey Lincoln.  Elaine Diehl's interview with singer/songwriter Tracy Walker celebrating her 25th anniversary in the music world follows.

This week's blues show starts off with one of my favorites by Diana Krall, "Peel Me A Grape" followed by a song from John Coltrane's Ballads cd and one by Kurt Elling.  Dave Frishberg begins the second set along with Harry Connick, Jr., Leon Russell, Prince, and ends with Mary Ellen Tanner singing with the Lee Stolar Trio.  And the show ends with Etta James, Miles Davis, Johnny Adams, and Philip Paul.

The Blues: 2.3.18 show

Feb 4, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, February 3rd at 11pm, starts off with the Sonny Moorman Group, Gov't Mule and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  The second set features Shirley Johnson, Leroy Ellington & E-Funk, Deborah Coleman, and the Yardbirds.  And ending the program with the third set are the High Street Rhythm Rockers and the Monty Alexander Trio.

The Cincy Blues Society is sponsoring their annual 2018 Cincy Winter Blues & Heritage Festival at Duke Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd.  There'll be more than 40 acts on 5 stages including Alligator Records recording artist Tinsley Ellis who'll be performing the first night at 9:15pm in the BB King Room.

The Blues: 1.20.18 show

Jan 22, 2018

This week's blues show, Saturday, Jan.20th at 11pm,  starts off with Tinsley Ellis, a blues musician who's performing in Cincinnati on February 2nd at the Winter Blues & Heritage Festival at Duke Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.  You'll hear a song from his new Alligator release, Winning Hand.  This song is followed by one from Curtis Salgado/Alan Hager who've also got a new Alligator release, Rough Cut.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's celebration on Monday, January 15th, I've produced a one-hour tribute in his memory. Sweet Honey in the Rock, Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, along with Eddie Harris and Les McCann will be featured in the first set.

The Blues: 1.6.18 show

Jan 7, 2018

This week on The Blues, January 6th, 2018 at 11pm, a repeat of a show from 2013 which begins with George Thorogood & the Destroyers and ends with John Mayall.  Other musicians featured in the first set include Janiva Magness and Tommy Castro.  The four songs in the second set are from Thom Chacon, Chet Baker, Shemekia Copeland and Little Feat.  Southern Hospitality starts off the third set followed by Sena Ehrhardt and Van Morrison.  And finally ending the show, Janis Joplin from 1968 and John Mayall, 1969.

 

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, December 30th at 11pm, we'll look back at some of the musicians we lost in 2017.  The show starts off with Gregg Allman and an Allman Brothers song which included drummer Butch Trucks.  We'll also hear from Steely Dan in the first set...Walter Becker was one of the co-founders of the group.

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