The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

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 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."

The Blues: 5.16.15 show

May 19, 2015

This week on The Blues, Saturday evening, May 16th at 11pm eastern, the first half of the program features two sets of music followed by an interview about the Jazz Houses app of New Orleans. 

The Blues: 5.9.15 show

May 11, 2015

There's a mix of new and old, familiar and not so much so on this week's Blues show which airs on Saturday, May 9th at 11pm.  The show begins with "Speeding Blues" by Philip Gibbs along with Minneapolis musician Ken Valdez.  Then, Cincinnati favorite, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band with lead vocalist Noah Hunt.  They'll be on stage at Huber Heights with Jonny Lang on June 24th, and they'll also be touring with Van Halen.

This week's Blues show on Saturday, May 2nd at 11pm starts off with "Bring on the Music" by Gov't Mule with vocals by Ty Taylor and written by Warren Haynes.  That's followed by songs from JP Jones as well as Sonny Landreth who's playing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival tomorrow, Sunday, May 3rd.

Charlie Phillips

We're coming up on the 91st anniversary of the birth of blues vocalist Big Maybelle, May 1st, 1924, who lived in Cincinnati during her career and recorded at King Records.  Through the research of music historian, Dave Lewis, you'll hear the story of her career until her death on January 23, 1972 in Cleveland and also lots of her music. 

This week's Blues show begins with vocalist Madeleine Peyroux who'll be appearing in Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 21st at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley and performing with the Ric Hordinski trio.  Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John and Eric Bibb are also featured in the first set.  Dr. John's coming to the Taft Theatre on May 20th.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birthday (4/7/15), I've put together a one-hour special celebrating her work that'll air on Saturday, April 11th at 11pm.  You'll hear from jazz vocalist Amy London, former WNOP disc jockey Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, and musician Ron Esposito who interviews John Szwed about his new book on Billie. There are plenty of songs by Billie Holiday as well as tunes performed by four vocalists who recorded tribute albums of her work...Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Rosemary Clooney, and  Cassandra Wilson.

This week on The Blues (April 4th at 11pm), you'll hear a number of musicians with tour dates in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Local blues guitarist Sonny Moorman begins this week's edition of the Blues, which will air at 11 o'clock on Saturday evening, March 28th, with a song from his group's latest cd, "Lucky 13."  The rest of the first set includes Gov't Mule and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  They begin a European tour on April 10th and when they return to the states, they'll be performing at Huber Heights on June 24th.

Chicago Blues Festival's website

The headliners of this year’s 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival will include Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal Trio, Toronzo Cannon, Syl Johnson, Clarence Carter, Zora Young, Big Bill Morganfield, Mud Morganfield, Bobby Dixon, Alex Dixon, Billy Branch and others who will be performing at the Petrillo Music Shell, June 12–14, in Grant Park. The three-day festival, presented by the City of Chicago, will also feature tributes and a special centennial concert honoring Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon on Sunday, June 14.

This week on The Blues, which'll air at 11pm on Saturday, March 21st, the show begins with a song written by Jimmy Smith "Bayou" and is played by the great Joey DeFrancesco.  This is followed by Ruth Brown with a recording she did in 1989, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" with Grady Tate on drums and altoist Hank Crawford. 

This week on The Blues which airs Saturday night at 11pm on March 14th, 2015, we'll start off with a birthday salute to the great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy who performed in Cincinnati many times over the years. He turned 83 on March 14th in Englewood, New Jersey where he's now living.

Cincinnati acquires Jazz Hall of Fame

Mar 10, 2015

For those who appreciate music, recognizing the great artists who work so hard to create it is quite important. Musicians devote their lives to composing passion into impacting melodies that serve to move the soul. To recognize the artist for their work is to let them know we appreciate their gift, and thank them for sharing it. There are many award organizations that exist for this reason, such as the Grammys and Hard Rock, but those only begin to touch on the number of musicians who deserve our gratitude. 

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For years, a lot of people who live in the Cincinnati area knew to pay attention to what Larry Nager was saying. Whether it was a concert review, a profile of a musician or news about upcoming record releases, people might spend money, sometimes lots of it, based on what he wrote -- first, for the afternoon paper, the Post, then for the "winner" in the battle for print allegiance, the Enquirer.

When was the last time you heard King Pleasure on the radio?  Well, here's your chance to hear a song from his Blue Note release, Moody's Mood for Love, recorded in NYC in 1962.  He's followed by a 1994 song by New Orleans favorite Johnny Adams, I Cover the Waterfront.  I thought it'd be fun to include Kurt Elling's version of Theodore Roethke's