The Blues with Lee Hay

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The Blues: 8/13/16

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.

The Blues: 8/6/16

Aug 15, 2016

This program is a summer repeat of the January 4th, 2014 program featuring a number of lesser known musicians like Quinn Sullivan, Meschiya Lake, and Ron Sorin.  The last set though begins with Ray Charles and ends with Bonnie Raitt.

Saturday, July 30th at 8:00pm:

WVXU celebrates the life and music of Larry Goshorn with a lively roundtable discussion and a selection of his recordings.

The Blues: 7.23.16

Jul 19, 2016

This week's program is a repeat of a program from February 21st, 2015.  The show begins with the Blues Brothers & Friends and a lively rendition of "Green Onions."  This song is followed by the Allman Brothers and Sonny Moorman.  The second set features Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor and Tommy Lee Cook.  After this,  in the 3rd set, Big Mama Thornton, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Groove Holmes.  The show ends with Ronnie Earl's "Beautiful Child."

The Blues: 7.16.16

Jul 14, 2016

Robben Ford starts off this week's program with "Chevrolet" in honor of the recent races at Kentucky Speedway.  I had a great time exploring the Crosley exhibit which featured turntables, retro furniture, and jukeboxes.  Getting back to the music you'll hear on this show, there are songs by Janis Joplin, Susan Tedeschi, Aerosmith and Gene Harris, too.

The Blues: 7.9.16

Jul 14, 2016

This week's show starts off with Eric Clapton and T-Bone Burnett.  You'll also hear in the first set from Tom Waits and Ken Nordine.  There's also a song later in the show from Peter Frampton who'll be on Riverbend's stage with Gregg Allman on July 19th.  And during the last set, you'll hear songs by Etta James and Shemekia Copeland.

The Blues: 7.2.16

Jul 14, 2016

Some of the great musicians you'll hear on this show include Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, and Sonny Landreth.  The 3rd set features Delbert McClinton, Dwight Yoakam, Leon Russell and Aretha Franklin who's playing Riverbend with the Cincinnati Pops on July 24th.  And the show ends with John Mayall, "The Laws Must Change."

The Blues: 6.18.16 show

Jun 15, 2016
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This week's show starts off with one of my favorites, Leon Russell's "A Song for You."  In the first set you'll also hear from Garland Jeffreys, Jonell Mosser and Gov't Mule.  The second set includes Lucinda Williams who's in Europe for most of her June and July shows this summer.

The Blues: 5/28/16

Jun 1, 2016

  This week's blues show starts off with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble which is followed by music from guitarist Carolyn Wonderland and actor/musician Hugh Laurie.  The second set begins with Dr. John and Tom Waits along with New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams.  And the rest of the blues program includes songs by Wilson Picket who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, the legendary Koko Taylor, Led Zeppelin, and ends with John Mayall's "Congo Square."

The Blues: 5/14/16

May 17, 2016

This week's blues show begins with a song by Eric Bibb, "Like Aretha Loves to Sing."  He's on tour in the United Kingdom this month.  And, Aretha Franklin is coming to Cincinnati to perform with the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend this summer on July 24th.  That's a must-see performance by a music legend!

The Blues: 5.7.16

May 10, 2016

This week's blues show opens with Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots.  Mr. Wainwright was born in Georgia and ended up in Memphis.  The Sonny Moorman Group and Lonnie Mack are also heard in the first set.   The second set starts off with the Kentucky Headhunters...a song entitled "She's Got to Have It" from their Alligator release, Meet Me in Bluesland.  You'll also hear from Big Joe Duskin, Ricky Nye and H-Bomb Ferguson.

On July 16th, 2011, a one-hour special honoring the 70th birthday of guitar legend Lonnie Mack was broadcast on The Blues.  The special featured conversations with music historian Brian Powers, King Records recording engineer Chuck Seitz, and guitarist Stuart Holman who played with Lonnie Mack in the 1970's.

Lonnie Mack Special

Apr 25, 2016
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Originally aired on July 16, 2011:

A one-hour special about legendary guitarist Lonnie Mack will air Saturday night at 11pm during the Blues show on WVXU/WMUB.

From Indiana and a well-known guitarist in clubs around the area for many years, Lonnie Mack will be celebrating his 70th birthday on Monday, July 18. He now resides in Nashville and rarely makes personal appearances these days.

The Queen of Boogie Woogie from San Francisco, Wendy Dewitt, the Queen of Boogie Woogie from San Francisco, and her drummer Kirk Harwood will perform two concerts here in Cincinnati with our own world-famous Boogie Woogie maestro, Ricky Nye.

The Blues: 4/16/16

Apr 18, 2016

This week on The Blues, we'll begin the show with Gary Moore's version of "Stormy Monday" featuring Albert King.  We'll also hear from Little Charlie & the Nightcats and the popular guitarist Joe Bonamassa in the first set.  The second set features Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Cassandra Wilson performing one of  Joni Mitchell's songs, Stanley Jordan's "All Blues," and the great vocalist Nina Simone.  And, the program ends with "When the Music's Over" by the Doors from their 1970 Wight Festival performance.

The Blues: 4.2.16

Apr 3, 2016

This week's Blues program starts off with Robben Ford & the Blue Line,  as well as Luther Dickinson from the Alligator release "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson," Cyndi Lauper, and Holly Cole who's playing shows in Ontario.  The second set inclues songs by Charlie Musselwhite, Wilbert Longmire, Tom Waits and Louis Armstrong.   And finally, the show ends with Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Jeff Beck and J.J. Cale.

Robben Ford will be appearing at Martin Marietta Theatre in Harrison High School (Harrison, Ohio) on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm.    His album, Into the Sun, that came out last year has been getting good reviews.  Tickets for the Harrison show are available through the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society. 

The Blues: 3.19.16 show

Mar 20, 2016

Starting off this week's Blues show is "Hear Me Lord" by blues legend Bonnie Raitt who'll be playing Fraze Pavilion on August 30th with the Richard Thompson Trio.  That's followed by Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris and the Blind Boys of Alabama. 

The Blues: 3.12.16 show

Mar 15, 2016

This week's blues show starts off with "Swan Blues" from King Pleasure's album, Moody's Mood for Love which was recorded in 1962.  This is followed in the first set by Johnny Adams, Kurt Elling and Tom Waits.

The second set of the program begins with Jon Cleary's "Frenchmen Street Blues" from the soundtrack to "Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series Season 2".  Jimmy Witherspoon and a classic Red Garland song "Skinny's Blues" from a 1961 session at Van Gelder's studio complete the set.

The Blues: 3.5.16 show

Mar 7, 2016
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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.

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