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.

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...

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 third set starts off with the Gene...

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." And...

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. And finally, the Blues show ends with a set which includes Groove Holmes, the Derek Trucks Band...

Sadly, the great Allen Toussaint passed away this past Monday while on tour in Madrid. His presence was a given in New Orleans for years and years. Such a talent. So, in his honor, the first two songs of this week's blues show on Saturday, November 14th, at 11pm, will feature Mr. Toussaint followed by "Precious Lord" by the Blind Boys of Alabama. I've also included in this program an interview Rick Pender did with Dan Wheetman, the music director of "Low Down Dirty Blues" that's running at...

Steve Gebhardt: Cincinnati Filmmaker , a one-hour special looking at two films by this Cincinnati native, will be re-broadcast on WVXU/WMUB on Saturday, November 7, at 11pm . Mr. Gebhardt passed away at his home in Cincinnati on October 15 at the age of 78. He had visited the WVXU studio several times over the years to talk about his film career with Frank Johnson, Ron Esposito, and David Delegator. To read Steve Gebhardt's obituary in the New York Times, click here . David Delegator interviewed Steve Gebhardt on May 25, 2011 about two of his films, Carla Bley’s jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill and Twenty to Life: The Life and Times of John Sinclair . (Here's a clip from Twenty to Life : aTQg-7ewgy4 ) This one-hour program includes music from Carla Bley’s “Escalator Over the Hill” album, John Sinclair’s albums, and John Lennon’s song, “John Sinclair.” [ Carla Bley is a jazz composer, big band leader, and musician who was well-known in the 1960’s free jazz movement. John Sinclair is a poet, disc jockey, and political activist who recorded a jazz album with Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cincinnati on January 15, 1994. He was a longtime New Orleans resident where he did a blues show on WWOZ for many years, and he has recently lived in Amsterdam for at least 5 years where he produces his own internet radio show. He was also the first manager of the seminal, protopunk Detroit band, MC5. Steve Gebhardt founded the UC Film Society in 1961 and later taught film courses at Antioch College and the University of Cincinnati. After moving to NYC, he filmed many world-famous musicians including John Lennon & Yoko Ono and the Rolling Stones. Mr. Gebhardt also worked on the film, B ill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music which came out in the 1990’s.

It's my favorite holiday of the year, and how lucky this year to be able to share some of my Halloween cd collection with you. (Saturday night, October 31st at 11pm) The theme music for this Halloween special is Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield . Please note that there aren't any breaks during this one-hour special, but the playlist will be listed on this webpage. So tonight, you'll hear a must-have on any Halloween special, and that's the one-and-only Dr. John . There's also music from Marc...

The Blues: 10.17.15 show

Oct 19, 2015

This week on The Blues, we'll start off with the great vocalist Ernestine Anderson with a rousing rendition of "Please Send Me Someone to Love" with an incredible backup group, Ray Brown on bass, pianist Monty Alexander, and Richmond native, drummer Jeff Hamilton. You'll also hear in the first set from Jeff Beck, Cyndi Lauper and Tom Waits. The second set features Robben Ford & the Blue Line, the Kentucky Headhunters and Gov't Mule. Tickets went on sale last week for their 12/30 and 12/31...

BB King Blues special!

Oct 5, 2015

This past summer, I produced a one-hour special featuring the music of blues legend B.B. King who passed away on May 14th, 2015. I had planned on airing the special in mid-September in honor of his 90th birthday on September 16th, 2015, but due to the King Records specials which aired throughout September, the B.B. King special was postponed. So, this coming Saturday night, October 10th, at 11pm on WVXU/WMUB, it's a tribute to B.B.King! You'll hear music he recorded between the years 1963 to...

The Blues: 10.3.15 show

Oct 1, 2015

On this week's Blues show, you'll hear a number of new releases we received over the summer including cds from The Claudettes , Shemekia Copeland, and Zac Harmon in the first set. You'll also hear local favorites Sonny Moorman and the Goshorn Brothers. Later in the show, there are songs from Albert Cummings, Debbie Davies, Leonard Cohen and Eric Clapton. Note: Shemekia Copeland 's on tour and her closest date to Cincinnati was at Frankfort, Kentucky on September 29th. She's promoting her new...

Larry Nager

During the month of September, the legendary recording studio King Records will be celebrated across Cincinnati with various programs. Beginning on Saturday evening, August 29th at 11pm here on WVXU/WMUB, the King Records salute gets underway with the first of five programs dedicated to the musicians who recorded at King Records on Brewster Avenue. The five King Records specials on WVXU: 1. King Legacy - This program features a conversation I had with music historian Brian Powers and Steve...

The Blues: 7.11.15 show

Jul 16, 2015

This week's show, which airs at 11pm on Saturday, July 11th, starts off with two songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan, followed by songs from Lonnie Mack and Joe Louis Walker. The second set features Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison and Johnny Adams with Dr. John on piano. The third set features Bernie Pearl who's a Long Beach-based guitarist and then Ry Cooder. Candye Kane and Wynton Marsalis along with Eric Clapton finish up the show on the fourth set of The Blues.

Local musicians featured!

Jul 9, 2015

This week on the 4th of July Blues show, which airs at 11pm, the first set features the Goshorn Brothers, the Sacred Mushroom, Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Noah Hunt on vocals, and the Bluebirds. The second set starts off with blues singer Sweet Alice Hoskins, then blues guitarist Kelly Richey and her band, and finally the Blues Merchants with Amy McFarland doing the vocal work. The final set of the blues show starts off with the great guitarist Lonnie Mack who's now living in Nashville. Also...

The Blues: 6/27/15

Jun 25, 2015

A group called The Claudettes start off the first set of this week's blues show on Saturday evening at 11pm on June 27th. Also featured in the first set are local musicians Ricky Nye, as well as Larry and Tim Goshorn. There's also a song by Bob Dylan, "Man of Constant Sorrow." The second set of the Blues begins with Shannon Curfman, "I Don't Make Promises," then you'll hear Gov't Mule, Bobby Blue Bland, and E.G. Kight. Three master bluesmen are included in the third set: Albert King, Stevie...