The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

This week on The Blues, Saturday, October 21st, at 11pm, you'll hear a conversation with Ben Levin and Ron Esposito recorded in WVXU's studio on Monday, October 16th.  They discuss Ben's new blues cd, "Ben's Blues," which was recorded at Ultrasuede Studio here in Cincinnati.

The Blues: 10/14/17

Oct 16, 2017

The week's blues show, Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 11pm, begins with blues legend Albert King.  The rest of the first set features Laura Nyro, Eva Cassidy, and Harry Connick, Jr.  

WVXU will air a one-hour special about rock legend Tom Petty on Saturday night, October 7th at 11pm.  Produced by documentarian Paul Ingles, Tom Petty - Live and Kicking It: An Appreciation is a music-intensive hour of live performances.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who just finished up a national tour recently, Petty's passing by cardiac event Monday, October 2nd, stunned his many fans from his decades of performances.

The Blues: 9.30.17

Oct 1, 2017

This week on The Blues, 9/30/17 at 11pm, the show begins with Catfish Keith who's starting a tour of England and Europe 10/6/17.  Also in the first set, St. Paul & the Broken Bones.  They're coming to Lexington, KY 11/15 & 11/16.  The 11/16 show is almost sold out.  For some reason, I only became aware of them when I saw an interview with the lead singer Paul Janeway with Charlie Rose this week.   You'll also hear songs by Mark Nomad and Porter Nickerson.  Porter Nickerson is Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson who'll be performing at the Ludlow Garage on 10/26.  Michael Grayson recently spoke with them for our music website, Local Exposure.

Brian Powers

King Records Month: 5 Royales


This week's blues show, Saturday, September 16th at 11pm, starts off with a set of music by Hugh Laurie, Ernestine Anderson, and the great Charlie Musselwhite.  The rest of the show we've turned over to award-winning music historian Dave Lewis who's done a great deal of research on the life, music, and radio programs by Ohio native Frank Crumit.

Celebrating King Records Month: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

In honor of Cincinnnati's celebration of King Records in September, I produced a special about Hank Ballard & the Midnighters which will air on Saturday, September 9th at 11pm and again Sunday, September 10th at 7pm.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke by telephone recently with the two remaining Midnighters, Billy Davis and Norman Thrasher.  They've both been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Midnighters.

This week on The Blues, Saturday evening, September 3rd at 11pm, you'll hear an interview I recently recorded with Garland Jeffreys, plus a couple of his songs.  The rest of the program will be in honor of the hurricane victims of Harvey and Katrina.  It's only been 12 years since Katrina hit New Orleans.  Since then, a number of musicians have released cds inspired by Katrina's devastation.  

The Blues: 8/26/17 show

Aug 28, 2017

This week's show, Saturday, August 26th at 11pm starts off with Irma Thomas and Charlie Musselwhite.  You'll also hear Tony Joe White plus BB King & Eric Clapton from their Riding with the King cd.  The second set begins with Koko Taylor and Lonnie Mack, then ends with Gov't Mule and Greg Schaber & High Street.  And, the program ends with Wynton Marsalis and Ken Nordine.


The Blues: 8.19.17 show

Aug 16, 2017

This week's edition of The Blues, Saturday, August 19th at 11pm, starts off with Candye Kane who died May, 2016 of cancer at the age of 54.  She's followed in the first set by a new one from Rick Estrin & the Nightcats on Alligator, Tony Wessels & the Revolvers from Georgia, and ends with a favorite by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Sweet Georgia Brown."

The Blues: 8.12.17

Aug 9, 2017

On this Saturday Blues show at 11pm on August 12th, we'll hear a repeat of the April 16th, 2016 blues program.  The show begins in the first set with Gary Moore, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, and Joe Bonamassa.  The second set features Yusuf Islam, Cassandra Wilson with a song tribute to Joni Mitchell, Stanley Jordan, and Nina Simone.  And the blues show ends with The Doors at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

The Blues: 8.5.17 show

Aug 2, 2017

Marcia Ball and Shemekia Copeland start this week's edition of The Blues on Saturday, August 5th at 11pm. Both have won 2017 Living Blues awards.  We'll also hear from Leon Russell and Holly Cole in the first set. Holly Cole's song is from a tribute album of all Tom Waits-composed songs.

Joe Santangelo dropped by the WVXU studio on March 2, 2017, to talk with John Kiesewetter about his work with his brother Dino which has led to his production of the wildly successful Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium. This year's festival runs from July 27-29 in downtown Cincinnati.

Stay tuned for an interview with Ricky Nye by Ron Esposito which will air on both Around Cincinnati and The Blues sometime in October before the shows!

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