The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

Blues lovers will enjoy spending Saturday nights listening to their favorite music with longtime blues host Lee Hay.  You'll hear a mix of artists singing the blues from various genres of music.  From Ella Fitzgerald to Johnny Adams to Delbert McClinton and Jimi Hendrix.

To see the complete listings with playlists for various blues shows, please click on the headline of each show where you'll also find the audio for each show.

If you've got any blues requests for future shows, please send me an email at Lhay@wvxu.org.  Thanks for listening!

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."  

In honor of the importance of King Records, I decided to devote this year's Christmas special to some of the talented musicians who recorded at King.  This year's one-hour Christmas special will air on Saturday night, Christmas Eve, at 11pm and be repeated on Christmas Day, December 25th at 7pm.

The Blues: 12.10.16 show

Dec 12, 2016

This week's Blues show on Saturday night, December 10th at 11pm, features songs from a few of the blues compilations in our library.  The show begins with Little Johnny Taylor and BB King frm the Super Soul Blues, Vol.II cd.  You'll also hear from Michael Bloomfield, Anders Osborne, and Debbie Davies in the first set.  

The Blues: 11.26.16

Nov 28, 2016

This week's holiday edition of The Blues which airs on Saturday, November 26th at 11pm, is a show of what I call "comfort music."  We start off with favorites the Goshorn Brothers, John Mayall, Garland Jeffreys, and Van Morrison.  

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It's been a tough couple of weeks for music lovers with the passing of music legends Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen, and Mose Allison.  On this week's blues show, Saturday, November 19th at 11pm, a musical tribute.

The Blues: 11/12/16

Nov 14, 2016

This week on The Blues, local guitarist/producer Marcos Sastre begins the show with "Pack It Up."  You'll also hear Derek Trucks, the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule in the first set.  The second set features Jorma Kaukonen, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.  Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch concert lineup for 2017 is on sale, and most of it seems to have sold out already.  I would have loved to have seen Bruce Cockburn.  I remember standing in line outside Bogart's many moons ago to see him.  

The Blues: 11.5.16

Nov 9, 2016

This week's blues show on Saturday, November 5th at 11pm, starts off with a song from a new album by Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials on Alligator Records.  That's followed in the first set by Etta James, Leonard Cohen, and Nina Simone.  The second set features music by James Blood Ulmer, BB King/Eric Clapton, and Sweet Honey in the Rock.    Garland Jeffreys begins the third set and also included in that set are the Subdudes who'll be playing the 20th Century in Oakley on December 1st and the Blind Boys of Alabama who'll be on stage at the Ludlow Garage on Friday, November 11th.

This Saturday night's program from 11pm-midnight is all about Halloween.  You'll hear a couple of songs by Dr. John, "That Old Black Magic" and "Marie Laveau."

Dr. John is playing very few concerts these days according to his website, so if you get a chance to see him, take it!  He'll be in New Orleans at the end of December on 12/27 & 12/28 at Tipitina's if you want to treat yourself to a trip to New Orleans.

The Blues: 10.15.16

Oct 16, 2016

This week's show begins with a song by Hound Dog Taylor and his  Houserockers in honor of the passing of his drummer, Ted Harvey, on October 6th.  This song is followed by Howling Wolf, Shemekia Copeland, and Amos Lee who playing Indianapolis on October 26th.

The second set starts off with Freddie King, a song recorded here at King Records, in 1960 with Philip Paul on drums.  You'll also hear from Etta James, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, and Maria Muldaur.

The Blues: 10.8.16 show

Oct 9, 2016

The blues are back after a fun five weeks of specials about Cincinnati's King Records.  This blues show starts off with "Goin' Down Slow" by Tom Jones and Jeff Beck followed by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Hugh Laurie in the first set.  The second set begins with Tom Waits and Delbert McClinton, as well as Marcia Ball (who'll be coming to Ludlow Garage's stage on October 14th) and Ray Charles.  And finally, Irma Thomas sings "Dr. Feelgood" at the beginning of the third set, and you'll also hear Johnny Adams, Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi, and Terence Blanchard's "In Time of Need".

Join us Saturday night, October 1st at 11pm, for the second part of a two-part spotlight on the talented songwriter/producer Henry Glover.  This special will focus on his post-King Records career.

Henry Glover was undoubtedly a major force behind the success of King Records.  Tonight, you'll hear about his years at King Records, and next week in part 2, you'll hear about Henry Glover's post-King Records career.

In this third installment of a September celebration of King Records, the spotlight's on R&B singer Roy Brown who had a significant influence on the early development of rock 'n roll and wrote the classic jump blues song "Good Rocking Tonight.”

This Saturday night at 11pm, September 10th, the spotlight's on King Recording musician Wynonie Harris.  You'll hear from his son, Wesley Devereaux from his home in Omaha, and also Tony Collins who lives in England and wrote the biography, Rock Mr. Blues: The Life & Music of Wynonie Harris.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke with both of these guests recently.  You'll also hear from special guest Elwood who introduces the special and one of the songs.

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