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.

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 Life  

 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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:

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 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 Blues: 6.20.15

Jun 18, 2015

This Blues show will air on Saturday night at 11 o'clock on June 20th.  You'll hear in the first set, Shemekia Copeland, Magnolia Mountain, Van Morrison, and "After You've Gone" from Hugh Laurie's New Orleans release.  The second set starts off with another Louisiana musician, Anders Osborne, who's followed by a song from Gov't Mule...who'll be at the NiFi Festival at Kentucky Speedway the end of August...and Etta James.

The Blues: 6.13.15 show

Jun 8, 2015

This week on the Blues, Saturday night at 11 o'clock on June 13th, you'll hear the great BB King doing "Early in the Morning" with help from Van Morrison.  You'll also hear from the Neville Brothers in the first set.

The Blues: 6.6.15 show

Jun 4, 2015

This week's Blues show, 11pm on Saturday, June 6th, begins with New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis, the great blues singer Nina Simone, and Cincinnati's own jazz legend Jimmy McGary.  Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be performing at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center on Saturday night, July 11th, and then heading up to the Rose Music Center at the Heights concert venue the next evening, Sunday, July 12th.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night at 11 o'clock, May 30th, you'll hear lots and lots of talented local musicians.  You'll also hear songs from a couple of new cds recently received from Alligator and Blind Pig Records.  And finally, the show will end with a personal favorite by the late great tenor saxophonist Jimmy McGary.

This week on The Blues, at 11pm on Saturday, May 23, a tribute in honor of the great iconic blues man BB King, who passed away last week, May 14, at the age of 89.  This broadcast, hosted by Keb' Mo', is a PRI re-broadcast of their 2005 special, “Riding with the King: A Birthday Tribute to B.B. King."