The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

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!

The 3rd Annual Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival Presented by Jack Daniel’s will feature two days of BBQ, whiskey sampling and outdoor entertainment July 21, 5-10pm and July 22, 11am-10pm in Blue Ash's Summit Park. This free event will feature a number of barbecue restaurants:  Eli's BBQ, Pit to Plate, Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House, Sweets & Meats BBQ, BrewCity Sausage Co., The Beerded Pig, and Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ, and a special bourbon burger from Sammy’s Craft Burgers Beers. More than 50 varieties of bourb

LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct. 21~28, 2017:

LIMITED VERANDAH CABINS available

Saturday night, July 15th at 11pm on The Blues, the spotlight's on the Tedeschi Trucks Band who's bringing their "Wheels of Soul" tour to Riverbend on July 21st and the following night, July 22nd, up at the Rose Music Center at the Heights.  The tour also features the Woods Brothers and Hot Tuna on stage with them.

So, on this blues show, we'll start off with a song by Susan Tedeschi, "Back to the River."  After this, you'll hear a phone interview by Ron Esposito with Susan Tedeschi.  She talks about her Cincinnati connection and music career.  Ending this set will be two songs by the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

After that, there'll be three songs by the Wood Brothers, too, and three after that by Hot Tuna.  Hot Tuna of course features Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady from Jefferson Airplane.  Legends, indeed!  

King Records continues to be recognized for its significance to Cincinnati through radio documentaries airing on WVXU and WMUB.  The series of radio documentaries which aired in September, 2016, for King Records month have won two awards, both in the radio documentary category, the Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communications and Ohio’s Society of Professional Journalists.

In honor of the NASCAR races down at Kentucky Speedway this week, I thought it only appropriate to pull out some road songs to share with you.  So, I started off with Lonnie Mack's "Riding the Blinds", Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz," then some Eric Clapton and Sonny Landreth. 

The second set begins with "Cadillac Women" by Charlie Musselwhite, "Solid Gold Cadillac" by Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88's, followed by Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, and Kelly Richey's "Fast Drivin' Mama."

Sonny Moorman's Group starts off the third set with "Take the Motorway,"  then Johnny Winter's "Maybellene", "Two Lane Highway" by the Goshorn Brothers, and Bruce Springsteen's classic "Pink Cadillac."

And, the last set features Bonnie Raitt's "Slow Ride" and Tom Waits "Ol' 55".  

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