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.

The Blues: 3.5.16 show

Mar 7, 2016
Photo by Rick Olivier

This week's blues show, Saturday, March 5th at 11pm, begins with the Doc Robins Band, Lisa Mann and ends with Van Morrison and New Orleans favorite Johnny Adams. 

During the second set, you'll hear from Matt Anderson, Bobby Rush, and the Inner City Blues Band.  The rest of the program features Vinx, Chet Baker, Diana Krall, and Gov't Mule.

The Blues: 2.27.16 show

Feb 29, 2016

This week's show begins with New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams and Nashville's Jonell Mosser.  You'll also hear Lucinda Williams's song "God Don't Never Change" from the great new Alligator release, God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, as well as "How Long Watchman" from Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir.

The Blues: 2.20.16 show

Feb 22, 2016

This week on The Blues, the spotlight's on a new Alligator Records release, "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson".  This compilation has a talented group of musicians contributing songs from the Blind Boys of Alabama to Rickie Lee Jones.  On tonight's show, the first set features 2 songs by Tom Waits, one from Lucinda Williams, and another from Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi from this album.

It's a lovey-dovey blues show tonight with some of my favorites from Aaron Neville to Ernestine Anderson and Harry Connick, Jr.  The show begins (11pm on February 13th) with Ernestine's version of "Please Send Me Someone to Love" which is followed by Little Milton (with help from Delbert McClinton), Larry Goshorn (from his new cd, I Wish I Could Fly), and Bonnie Raitt's "Cure for Love."

This week, February 6th at 11pm, we're travelling down to New Orleans for a taste of music you might hear during their Mardi Gras celebration!  The show begins with two of my favorites, Lil' Band O' Gold and ReBirth Brass Band, followed by the iconic Professor Longhair and then the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

The Winter Blues Fest will happen again this year at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati on Friday & Saturday evenings, February 5th and 6th.  The headliners this year are the Nick Moss Band on Friday night, and Carolyn Wonderland along with the Tullie Brae Band on Saturday night.

The blues special tonight, January 30th at 11pm, will feature music by Carolyn Wonderland and many of the talented blues musicians who perform in the Cincinnati area. 

The Blues: 1/23/16 show

Jan 26, 2016

This week's edition of The Blues includes folks like Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, and Leonard Cohen.  You'll hear Dylan's classic Grammy-winning,"Gotta Serve Somebody," Cocker's "Respect Yourself," and Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat."

Tonight on the Blues at 11pm, a special in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The show begins with an uplifting version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the Monty Alexander Trio and then Sweet Honey in The Rock.  You'll hear the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, and the Reverend King.

Other gospel selections are performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, the Birmingham Sunlights, and Mahalia Jackson. 

The Blues: 1/9/16 show

Jan 9, 2016
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Texas bluesman Long John Hunter passed away this past Monday in his home Phoenix, and his song "Time and Time Again" begins this week's blues show.  After that, Hank Crawford's version of the classic, "Misty", Lou Rawls with "I Just Want to Make Love to You, " and "Breakin' Out" by Shemekia Copeland.

The Blues: 1/2/16

Jan 3, 2016

We'll start the new year out with classic songs from the past.  The show begins with Albert King's classic, "Born Under a Bad Sign" followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cream's "Stormy Monday" and "Statesboro Blues" by the Allman Brothers 1971.

The second set starts off with Etta James and Cyndi Lauper (Cyndi Lauper's award-winning Broadway play is coming to the Aronoff this week - Kinky Boots).  Sonny Landreth and BB King complete the second set of the program.

A Celebration of Bonnie Lou

Dec 28, 2015

Bonnie Lou passed away on December 8th here in Cincinnati.  Her passing was marked with newspaper obituaries across the country including the New York Times.  She was a legend and a wonderful entertainer.

Tonight, December 26th at 11pm, you'll hear a one-hour celebration of her life.  John Kieswetter shares some of his memories of Bonnie Lou.  You'll also hear an interview of her and music historian Randy McNutt in our studio in November, 2007.  Plus, lots and lots of her recorded songs, many of them recorded at King Records, which earned her an honored place in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame

She lit up a room when she entered, and her laughter and smiles were infectious!  She'll be missed.

The Blues Christmas show

Dec 20, 2015

This year's Blues Christmas special on Saturday night, December 19th at 11pm, starts off with BB King, Booker T & the MGs, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Etta James and Aaron Neville.  The second set begins with Houston Person's "Merry Christmas Baby," followed by Marcia Ball, Leon Redbone, Allen Toussaint, and the Marcus Roberts Trio.  And finally, the show ends with local favorites, The Steve Schmidt Organ Trio,  then the Persuasions, James Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas" recorded at King Records, and the Blind Boys of Alabama performing "Last Month of the Year."

The Blues: 12/12/15 show

Dec 9, 2015

This week's show begins with Robben Ford's "Chevrolet"...I love songs about cars...and ends with another favorite, Ken Nordine from his Word Jazz cd.  You'll also hear Jimmy Witherspoon live with the Robben Ford Band in 1994...Live at the Mint...and Susan Tedeschi before she married Derek Trucks.  The second set features Aerosmith, the legendary Janis Joplin, Little Milton and Tracy Nelson's classic "Mother Earth" with Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar.

The Blues: 12/5/15 show

Dec 6, 2015

This week's show begins with Debbie Davies and one of my favorites, Delbert McClinton.  During the first set, you'll also hear from Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings and the great Nina Simone with "I Shall Be Released" recorded in 1969.  The second set starts off with Muddy Waters with Vinx, Leonard Cohen and Tommy Emmanuel following.

Tommy Emmanuel will be performing a sold-out show in Cincinnati on Wednesday, December 9th, at McAuley Performing Arts Centre.  It's his "Classics + Christmas tour."

The Blues: 11.21.15 show

Nov 22, 2015

This week on the Blues we'll start off with a song by Corey Harris & Henry Butler, "There's No Substitute for Love" from their Alligator release "vu-du menz."  This is followed by Taj Mahal and Tony Joe White.

The second set features Amos Lee, Van Morrison/Tom Jones, Garland Jeffreys, and Michael McDonald.  Michael McDonald has been nominated to be inducted into the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame.