The Blues with Lee Hay

Saturdays at 11 PM

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

The Blues: 2/28/15

Mar 2, 2015

Debbie Davies begins this week's Blues show which airs on Saturday, February 28th at 11pm.  She's followed by Bobby Blue Bland, Cassie Taylor and John Mayall in the first set.  The second set features guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, Bonnie Raitt, Amos Lee and the Fairfield Four.  Note: There's a link to Cincinnati photographer Michael Wilson on Amos Lee's website.  Roomful of Blues, EG Kight, The Band, and Sonny Landreth finish out the show.

On October 1st, 1996, the Blues Brothers and some of their friends got on stage to open the Chicago House  of Blues.  So, this week's show which airs on Saturday, February 21st at 11pm begins with the beginning of that evening's show which is followed by the Allman Brothers Band and the Sonny Moorman Group.

You'll also hear from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor and Billie Holiday in the 2nd & 3rd sets.  And, closing out the show is an instrumental piece, "Beautiful Child," by guitarist Ronnie Earl whose song "Linda" is the opening/close of each week's blues show.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced that the acclaimed conductor, composer and pianist Charles Floyd will lead its hugely popular annual Classical Roots concert on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Music Hall. 

Mr. Floyd will lead the full CSO, along with the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir which is comprised of over 100 singers representing dozens of area churches.

This was a fun show to put together since I enjoyed listening to lots of favorites this morning.  It was hard to narrow down the songs to share for this lovey-dovey edition of The Blues.  But, we'll start off with one of my favorites from back in the day, Leon Russell's "A Song For You," from his self-titled album on Shelter Records.  That's followed by Shemekia Copeland's, "Happy Valentine's Day," Etta James' classic "At Last," and then Leonard Cohen, "I'm Your Man." 

Janis Joplin was one of the iconic singers from the 60's free spirit scene.  Her flame burned brightly for the few years she performed on stage from the Monterey Pop Festival to her death too soon in 1970.  I didn't get to see her perform when she appeared at Music Hall, but there are still fans around town who did. 

http://www.bixbeiderbecke.com/

This coming Saturday night, January 31st, at 11pm, The Blues will begin with a just-released collaboration of Gov't Mule and John Scofield from their new cd, Sco-Mule.  "Hottentot" will be followed by Miles Davis's "Tutu" and Joe Cocker's "Respect Yourself."  The second set will feature Keb'Mo, Eric Bibb, and Cyndi Lauper.

And, the third set is a commentary by music historian Dave Lewis on the musician Bix Beiderbecke who was born in 1903 in Davenport.  Dave's research details Bix Beiderbecke's connections to the Cincinnati area.

Proceeds from this concert will benefit Play It Forward which helps support local musicians in time of their need.  The show starts on Saturday, Feb.7th at 8pm at St. X. 

Here's a link to Gem City's video for their song, "They Know Me."

Photo by Rick Andress

During this one-hour special that'll air at 11pm on Saturday, January 24th, you'll hear an interview by Stuart Holman with Sonny Moorman, and then later in the show, you'll hear an interview I did with Kelly Richey in the Corbett Studio.

Photo by Rick Andress

Sunday, January 18
Sonny Moorman's "Road to Memphis" Party
Enjoy a special Sunday evening celebration with the Sonny Moorman Group as they kick-off their trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis--over 120 acts who have been judged to be the best in their region, competing to see who will be judged the best in the world.  Come out to support our local winner!
$10 admission includes catered homemade appetizers!  Showtime 6 PM.

The Blues: 1.10.15 show

Jan 4, 2015

This blues show begins at 11pm on Saturday night, January 10th, with a great version of "Stormy Monday" by Gary Moore with help from Albert King.  You'll also hear during the show "All Blues" by Stanley Jordan, and songs from Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson, and Little Charlie & the Nightcats.  Ending the show is "When the Music's Over" recorded at the the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 by the Doors.

The Blues: 1.3.15 show

Dec 30, 2014

We're going to start the year out with a song by Irma Thomas, "Got to Bring It With You" which was recorded in New Orleans in 2009.  The first set also features Charlie Musselwhite, BB King & Eric Clapton, and finally Tony Joe White.  The 2nd set begins with Koko Taylor and Lonnie Mack, plus Gov't Mule and Greg Schaber and High Street from 1997.  The last set begins with Wynton Marsalis's "Midnight Blues" and a word jazz piece by Ken Nordine.

Three acts have been signed for the Cincy Blues Fest on August 7th & 8th.  Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro and Samantha Fish will all be coming to Cincinnati to perform.  They'll all be performing on the main stage.

The Blues: 12.27.14 show

Dec 21, 2014

The last blues show of 2014 begins with local favorite and a world-class pianist, Ricky Nye.  There are also songs by Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Johnny Adams.  The last set features the Bluebirds Big Band, Steely Dan and Mark Murphy.   

City Lights has released a new book of the lyrics of Van Morrison called "Lit Up Inside" which came out in late October, 2014.

Photo: Eric Krause

The Claudettes will be returning to Cincinnati for a show at MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street, in Over the Rhine, on Sat, 12/20.  Show begins at 10pm with no cover.  Information: 513-381-6687  or  http://www.motrpub.com/.

Blues Christmas!

Dec 14, 2014

Whether you're wrapping presents, drinking spiked eggnog, or partying with friends, you'll want to turn your radio to this blues Christmas special Saturday night, December 20th at 11pm.  The show begins with the Steve Schmidt Organ Trio & Bill Caffie singing "Merry Christmas Baby."  Other local musicians on the program include Scotty Anderson, "Away in a Manger,"  Bam Powell's "Another Waffle House Christmas," and "Silver Bells" by the Goshorn Brothers.  You'll also hear from James Brown, BB King, and the Blind Boys of Alabama with special guest Aaron Neville.  Ending this Christmas spe

The Blues: 12.13.14 show

Dec 7, 2014

This blues show starts off with a new cd to the station by the Huntertones put out by the Jazz Arts Group in Columbus.  The cd's listed as by the Dan White Sextet, but they've since changed their name to the Huntertones.  The rest of the first set features Galactic, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Later in the show, a fun set that begins with Ry Cooder and Sacred Mushroom, and ends with Cold Blood and the classic "Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers.

We're going to start off with a great vocalist who can really swing, Ernestine Anderson, and her version of "Please Send Me Someone to Love."  She's recorded over 30 albums and has been nominated for a number of Grammys.  This will be followed by the Monty Alexander Trio's 1976 recording of "Drown in My Own Tears" and the Blind Boys of Alabama. 

The Blues: 11.29.14 show

Nov 23, 2014

This show starts out with Deanna Bogart on her Blind Pig Records release, Real Time, and she's followed by Dr. John, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, and Cincinnati's Blues Merchants.  The next set features Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr, and Johnny Adams with Duke Robillard on lead guitar along with pianist Jon Cleary.  The third set begins with Billie Holiday and Roy Orbison, along with Van Morrison and Delbert McClinton.  This edition of the Blues ends with legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, Riveria Paradise.

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