The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

The Blues: 4/1/17 show

Apr 2, 2017

The Sonny Moorman Group starts off this week's edition of The Blues at 11pm on Saturday, April 1st.  They're followed by Gov't Mule and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  The second set includes Shirley Johnson, Leroy Ellington & E-Funk, Deborah Coleman, and the Yardbirds.  And, the show ends with the High Street Rhythm Rockers and the Monty Alexander Trio.

Concert notes: 

4/8 - Noah Hunt - Live at the Ludlow Garage

4/21 - Mackfest - Tribute to Lonnie Mack - Madison Theater, Covington

5/2 - Johnny A - Redmoor

The Blues: 3/25/17 show

Mar 27, 2017
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This week's program which airs at 11pm on Saturday, March 25th, starts off with the Claudettes who'll be performing at MOTR Saturday, April 8th.  Also heard in the first set are Zac Harmon, Shemekia Copeland, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  

The Blues: 3.18.17

Mar 15, 2017

This week's blues show on Saturday night, March 18th at 11pm, starts off with Joe Louis Walker who's playing Jazz Fest the first Sunday, 4/30.  The rest of the first set includes Big Joe Turner and the great Nina Simone.  

The second set of this blues show begins with Muddy Waters, plus a tribute to the master by Charlie Musselwhite.  Janis Joplin's "Ball and Chain" from Monterey 1967 finishes the set.

The Blues: 3.11.17

Mar 12, 2017

This week on The Blues, Saturday night at 11pm, March 11th, 2017, the show begins with some vintage Ike & Tina Turner followed by Shemekia Copeland, Otis Spann and Cream.  The second set starts off with Cincinnati's Sonny Moorman Band as well as Bob Weir, Bill Withers, Bobby McFerrin, and Ken Nordine.

The Blues: 3.4.17 show

Mar 2, 2017

This week's blues show, which airs 11pm on Saturday, March 4th, begins with a new Alligator release by Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio.  Elvin Bishop was a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 60's.  The rest of the first set features Delbert McClinton, Eli Cook (who tours around Virginia), Debbie Davies, and the great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The Blues: 2.18.17

Feb 16, 2017

Vocalist Al Jarreau begins this edition of The Blues which airs on Saturday night, February 18th at 11pm.  I played his music for years on my jazz shows.  The first set also includes the legendary voices of Ray Charles, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin.  The second set features Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Witherspoon doing the King Records song, Good Rockin' Tonight, and ends with Gov't Mule and k.d. lang.  And ending the show, are songs by Abbey Lincoln, Larry Kinley, and Harry Connick, Jr.  

Two events of note:

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This Saturday evening on the Blues, February 11th at 11pm, some of my favorite lovey-dovey songs from some of my favorite musicians.  The show starts off with Leon Russell's, "A Song for You," followed by Shemekia Copeland, Etta James' famous "At Last," and Leonard Cohen performing "I'm Your Man."

Peter Frampton starts off the second set which also includes Diana Krall's, "Peel Me a Grape," and the classic Miles Davis tune, "My Funny Valentine."  

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, with around 70 categories this year, will be presented on Sunday, February 12th at 8pm.  So, on Saturday, February 4th at 11pm, you'll hear a special Grammy edition of the Blues.  We’ll start off with music from some of the blues-nominated musicians including Lurrie Bell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Janiva Magness.  

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Allman Brothers Band co-founder Butch Trucks passed away Tuesday night, January 24th, in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69.  He was the third member of the original Allman Brothers Band to pass away.  Guitarist Duane Allman died in 1971 and bassist Berry Oakley a little over a year later.  The band including Butch Trucks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

The Blues: 1.21.17

Jan 19, 2017

While I was dusting this morning at home, I saw a few cds that I hadn't heard for awhile, so they'll start off this week's blues show that'll air on Saturday night, January 21st at 11pm.  The first set begins with Jonny Lang's "Lie to Me" followed by Delbert's classic "Under Suspicion,"  Johnny A.'s "Get Inside," and ends with one of my favorites by Bobby McFerrin, "Sweet in the Mornin'."

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 special begins with a recitation of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by legendary King Records drummer Philip Paul.  This reading is followed by James Brown's "Signs of Christmas," and later in the show you'll hear Brown's holiday song, "Merry Christmas, I Love You." Other popular King Records rhythm and blues recording artists include Bill Doggett, Hank Ballard, Charles Brown, and Freddie King.  

If you enjoy country and bluegrass music, you'll be treated to songs by the Stanley Brothers, Reno & Smiley, and Cowboy Copas.  There are also several songs by musicians you may not have heard of like Lillian Brooks, Amos Wilburn, and the Soul Comforters.

Merry Christmas! 

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.

  On Saturday night, September 3rd at 11pm, join me for the first of five one-hour specials on King Records as part of the celebration of King Records in September.

The Cincy Music Series is bringing Marc Broussard to Cincinnati on Saturday, September 10th at 7:30pm at the St. Xavier Performance Center.  I've been playing his music on The Blues show for a number of years.

The Blues: 8.27.16

Aug 23, 2016

This week's summer repeat is a program from March, 2013 and includes music from Tracy Nelson and Bobby "Blue" Bland in the first set.  In the second set you'll hear Corey Harris and Dr. John, as well as the Allman Brothers, guitar legend Albert King, and Bob Dylan in the third set.  And the last set features the great New Orleans musician Johnny Adams, vocalist Eva Cassidy, and guitar master Tommy Emmanuel.

The Blues: 8.20.16

Aug 23, 2016

The summer repeats of The Blues continue with a show from November, 2012, which begins with Van Morrison's "Open the Door" and also includes songs by Miles Davis and Marcus Miller.

The Blues: 8/13/16 show

Aug 15, 2016

This week's program is a summer repeat of the November 22nd, 2014 program.  The first set features George Thorogood, Junior Wells, John Mayall, and Saffire: the Uppity Blues Women.  In the 2nd set, Tony Joe White, Tracy Nelson, Charlie Musselwhite, and jazz great Billie Holiday with "Solitude."  And finally, you'll hear Albert King, Debbie Davies, and Miles Davis in the last set of the program.

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