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.

Winter Blues Fest

Nov 30, 2013

The Cincy Blues Society (founded in 1990) celebrates over two decades of supporting the blues with its hottest Winter Blues Fest line-up yet! On February 7 & 8, 2014, The Phoenix will be rocking with more than 25 of the best local blues bands and two amazing touring headliners. There will be four stages.  Headliners include Tinsley Ellis and Janiva Magness.   Food will be available.  Tickets $20 per night or $35 for the weekend.  Tickets at

The Blues - 11/30/13 show

Nov 24, 2013

We're going to have some fun tonight with music from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Adams and Ike & Tina Turner.  Plus local favorites Bam Powell and Tickled Pink.

The Blues - 11/23/13 show

Nov 18, 2013

Songs on this program includes favorites like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lonnie Mack, Leon Russell and Ken Nordine. 

Concert calendar...Sonny Moorman's at McCauley's Pub in Sharonville on Monday, 11/25 and Willie's Sports Bar in Lawrenceburg on Tuesday, 11/26.  And at the Aronoff in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, 12/6, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

November 9th Blues show

Nov 6, 2013

The Blues this Saturday night at 11pm will be a fun one!  Music from favorites like Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, and Aretha Franklin.  Plus, songs by Sonny Landreth and Leon Russell who are coming into the area for concerts next week.

October 19th Blues show

Nov 3, 2013

A wide variety of songs from Gov't Mule's new 2 cd set to Magnolia Mountain and Allen Toussaint!

A one-hour special featuring the King of Cincinnati Boogie Woogie, Ricky Nye.  He recently came into our studio and talked with Lee Hay about the upcoming 14th Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit at the Southgate House Revival on Saturday, November 9th.  Ricky discussed his blues background, mentoring young players, his 2014 European concert tour, and some of the musicians who'll be at this year's Piano Summit.  The special airs this Saturday night, 11/2, from 11pm-midnight.  Lots of music, too!

Join us Saturday night, October 26th, between 11pm-midnight for a Halloween edition of the Blues with Lee Hay.  You'll hear favorites like Tom Waits and Dr. John, plus lots of Halloween-related songs and sound effects.

Tom Waits bulletin

Oct 16, 2013

Tom Waits, Sinead O'connor and Lucinda Williams have signed on to record tracks for a new Blind Willie Johnson tribute album - if fans fund the project online.

The Blind Boys of Alabama and Rickie Lee Jones have also agreed to perform a Johnson cover for the album following the launch of a crowdsourcing campaign on Tuesday (15Oct13).

A post on the project's new site reads, "Our mission is to shine a light and acknowledge this important and influential artist currently representing mankind in outer space.

This week’s Blues show will feature a mix of new and archival blues recordings. Some of the new releases this year include Paul Allen, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Amos Lee.  The show ends with some favorites by Jeff Black, the Allman Brothers, and local guitar wizard Scotty Anderson.

This week’s Blues show starts off with a new song from German musician Tony Hudspeth called “Good Times.”

Kudos to Steeplejack Music in Germany for sending us his cd.  The rest of the program features some of my personal favorites like “Nite Mist Blues” by the Monty Alexander Trio, plus Chet Baker and Johnny Adams.

The Blues show with Lee Hay this Saturday night, July 27th at 11pm, will feature August blues concerts/festivals in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Besides music from various featured musicians, there will be interviews with Peter Frampton, George Hibben from Rookwood Pottery, plus Marcos Sastre and Rick Leighton from the Bluebirds. 

A letter from our friends at the Cincy Blues Fest:

Cincy Blues Fans: 

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, is a five-part series hosted by Lee Hay and is produced to honor the label’s impact on Cincinnati and music.

The series includes interviews with former King musicians, music historians, and music fans. A roundtable discussion of King Records moderated by music journalist Larry Nager and including Otis Williams and the Charms (Jimmy Railey, J.J. Peterson, and Rufus Allen), session drummer Philip Paul and his wife Juanita, and vocalist Keith Little is also featured.

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part I 

The Blues: February 9

Feb 11, 2013

We Were Here

Jan 19, 2013

A rebroadcast of the first hour of the award-winning special “We Were Here” will be aired Saturday, January 19th, at 11pm.  This special was produced by Lee Hay in 2003 as an outgrowth of her blues show and the discordant atmosphere between the races in Cincinnati.