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.

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.

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

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.