The Blues with Lee Hay

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The Blues: 5.7.16

May 10, 2016

This week's blues show opens with Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots.  Mr. Wainwright was born in Georgia and ended up in Memphis.  The Sonny Moorman Group and Lonnie Mack are also heard in the first set.   The second set starts off with the Kentucky Headhunters...a song entitled "She's Got to Have It" from their Alligator release, Meet Me in Bluesland.  You'll also hear from Big Joe Duskin, Ricky Nye and H-Bomb Ferguson.

On July 16th, 2011, a one-hour special honoring the 70th birthday of guitar legend Lonnie Mack was broadcast on The Blues.  The special featured conversations with music historian Brian Powers, King Records recording engineer Chuck Seitz, and guitarist Stuart Holman who played with Lonnie Mack in the 1970's.

Lonnie Mack Special

Apr 25, 2016
Russell House

Originally aired on July 16, 2011:

A one-hour special about legendary guitarist Lonnie Mack will air Saturday night at 11pm during the Blues show on WVXU/WMUB.

From Indiana and a well-known guitarist in clubs around the area for many years, Lonnie Mack will be celebrating his 70th birthday on Monday, July 18. He now resides in Nashville and rarely makes personal appearances these days.

The Queen of Boogie Woogie from San Francisco, Wendy Dewitt, the Queen of Boogie Woogie from San Francisco, and her drummer Kirk Harwood will perform two concerts here in Cincinnati with our own world-famous Boogie Woogie maestro, Ricky Nye.

The Blues: 4/16/16

Apr 18, 2016

This week on The Blues, we'll begin the show with Gary Moore's version of "Stormy Monday" featuring Albert King.  We'll also hear from Little Charlie & the Nightcats and the popular guitarist Joe Bonamassa in the first set.  The second set features Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Cassandra Wilson performing one of  Joni Mitchell's songs, Stanley Jordan's "All Blues," and the great vocalist Nina Simone.  And, the program ends with "When the Music's Over" by the Doors from their 1970 Wight Festival performance.

The Blues: 4.2.16

Apr 3, 2016

This week's Blues program starts off with Robben Ford & the Blue Line,  as well as Luther Dickinson from the Alligator release "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson," Cyndi Lauper, and Holly Cole who's playing shows in Ontario.  The second set inclues songs by Charlie Musselwhite, Wilbert Longmire, Tom Waits and Louis Armstrong.   And finally, the show ends with Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Jeff Beck and J.J. Cale.

Robben Ford will be appearing at Martin Marietta Theatre in Harrison High School (Harrison, Ohio) on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm.    His album, Into the Sun, that came out last year has been getting good reviews.  Tickets for the Harrison show are available through the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society. 

The Blues: 3.19.16 show

Mar 20, 2016

Starting off this week's Blues show is "Hear Me Lord" by blues legend Bonnie Raitt who'll be playing Fraze Pavilion on August 30th with the Richard Thompson Trio.  That's followed by Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris and the Blind Boys of Alabama. 

The Blues: 3.12.16 show

Mar 15, 2016

This week's blues show starts off with "Swan Blues" from King Pleasure's album, Moody's Mood for Love which was recorded in 1962.  This is followed in the first set by Johnny Adams, Kurt Elling and Tom Waits.

The second set of the program begins with Jon Cleary's "Frenchmen Street Blues" from the soundtrack to "Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series Season 2".  Jimmy Witherspoon and a classic Red Garland song "Skinny's Blues" from a 1961 session at Van Gelder's studio complete the set.

The Blues: 3.5.16 show

Mar 7, 2016
Photo by Rick Olivier

This week's blues show, Saturday, March 5th at 11pm, begins with the Doc Robins Band, Lisa Mann and ends with Van Morrison and New Orleans favorite Johnny Adams. 

During the second set, you'll hear from Matt Anderson, Bobby Rush, and the Inner City Blues Band.  The rest of the program features Vinx, Chet Baker, Diana Krall, and Gov't Mule.

The Blues: 2.27.16 show

Feb 29, 2016

This week's show begins with New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams and Nashville's Jonell Mosser.  You'll also hear Lucinda Williams's song "God Don't Never Change" from the great new Alligator release, God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, as well as "How Long Watchman" from Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir.

The Blues: 2.20.16 show

Feb 22, 2016

This week on The Blues, the spotlight's on a new Alligator Records release, "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson".  This compilation has a talented group of musicians contributing songs from the Blind Boys of Alabama to Rickie Lee Jones.  On tonight's show, the first set features 2 songs by Tom Waits, one from Lucinda Williams, and another from Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi from this album.

It's a lovey-dovey blues show tonight with some of my favorites from Aaron Neville to Ernestine Anderson and Harry Connick, Jr.  The show begins (11pm on February 13th) with Ernestine's version of "Please Send Me Someone to Love" which is followed by Little Milton (with help from Delbert McClinton), Larry Goshorn (from his new cd, I Wish I Could Fly), and Bonnie Raitt's "Cure for Love."

This week, February 6th at 11pm, we're travelling down to New Orleans for a taste of music you might hear during their Mardi Gras celebration!  The show begins with two of my favorites, Lil' Band O' Gold and ReBirth Brass Band, followed by the iconic Professor Longhair and then the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

The Winter Blues Fest will happen again this year at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati on Friday & Saturday evenings, February 5th and 6th.  The headliners this year are the Nick Moss Band on Friday night, and Carolyn Wonderland along with the Tullie Brae Band on Saturday night.

The blues special tonight, January 30th at 11pm, will feature music by Carolyn Wonderland and many of the talented blues musicians who perform in the Cincinnati area. 

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