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.

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
Alligator Records' website

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. 

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.

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 Lifehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=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, Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music which came out in the 1990’s.

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