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.

This will be a fun show.  It begins with songs by Eden Brent, Peter Karp and an instrumental by Trombone Shorty.  The next set features Garland Jeffreys who was in town last night, and Harry Connick, Jr. 

Then, Brother James stops by to talk about Whiskey Shambles' new cd, Loose Change for a Broken Man.  He talks about how long the band's been together, songs on the album, and winning the 2014 Northeast Ohio Blues Challenge which means they're now going to the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January to compete. 

Tune in Saturday night, November 1st, at 11pm, for a preview of Ricky Nye's 15th Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Summit!  During this hour special, music historian Dave Lewis sits down with world-class boogie woogie musician, Ricky Nye, to talk about this year's piano summit.  They discuss the players who'll be in town for this one...Chris Conz from Switzerland, Luca Sestak from Germany, and Chase Garrett from Iowa well as some of the history of boogie woogie.

The Blues: 10.25.14 show

Oct 20, 2014

With Halloween around the corner, I thought it'd be fun to include Dr. John's "Ki Ya Gris Gris" from one of my favorite albums by him, Anutha Zone.  The show starts off with Gov't Mule who's bringing their Young Mule Halloween show to the Taft Theatre 10.31.14.  You'll also hear from the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, the Blues Merchants, and Cream live at Royal Albert Hall in 2005.

The Blues: 10/18/14 show

Oct 16, 2014

This week's show begins with Janiva Magness who'll be performing on the Woodsong's Old Time Radio House in Lexington on Monday, 10/27.  She'll be followed by the Neville Brothers, Keb' Mo' and Deanna Bogart.

Later in the show you'll hear from Groove Holmes, Harry Connick, Jr., and the Blind Boys of Alabama.  And The Blues will end with "Just a Closer Walk to Thee" by the KSO Newport Ragtime Band from a cd they put out in 2010.

The Blues: 10.11.14 show

Oct 6, 2014

I went into an unplanned direction on this Saturday's show.  Sometimes music will take you on a voyage, and so it goes.  I had a stack of cds on my desk that I had pulled for the show.  The top one was Wynton Marsalis's cd "The Midnight Blues: Standard Time vol.5."  It had kind of a jazzy blues feel, and a new path was forged.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended the deadline for entering songs to November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail.

Judges this year include: Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, Bastille, J. Holiday, Sara Evans, DJ Snake, Avicii, McCoy Tyner, Garbage, John Hiatt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gerald Casale (Devo), Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic), Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group); and many, many more.

The Blues: 10.4.14 show

Sep 29, 2014

This week's program begins with Eric Clapton's unplugged "Walking Blues" followed by T Bone Burnett, Tom Waits and another favorite Ken Nordine.  The second set features the Honey Island Swamp Band, Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills, Dylan and Peter Frampton.  And finally the third set begins with a new Elvin Bishop release followed by Shemekia Copeland, Etta James, and ends with an instrumental from Joey DeFrancesco.

The Blues: 9.27.14 show

Sep 25, 2014

This week's Blues show (Sat night 9.27 at 11pm) begins with the title track from the new Alligator Records release by Marcia Ball called "The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man."  This is followed by the Bluebirds version of Tom Waits' "Low Side of the Road."  You'll also hear Gov't Mule who's coming to the Taft on Halloween night, Charlie Musselwhite, and ends with J.J. Cale.

This week's program begins with vocalist Madeline Peyroux who has a new cd coming out in October and has a handful of concerts lined up in December.  You'll also hear from Tom Waits, k.d. lang and Peter Frampton.  There are also songs by blues legends like John Mayall, Koko Taylor and the late Johnny Winter.  And the show ends with the Blind Boys of Alabama and Delbert McClinton.