Lebanon, Ohio is gearing up for its annual free street music-filled party, the Lebanon Blues Festival, on Saturday, August 5. 

Susan Tedeschi is an acclaimed blues singer/guitarist who is touring again this summer with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, an amalgamation of her band, her husband Derek Truck's band, plus other favorite musicians. 

Author J.M. Dupont wanted to tell the story of blues legend Robert Johnson in a completely unique format, and he has. 

September is King Records Month in Cincinnati. WVXU will pay tribute with four special episodes of Lee Hay's Blues show (Saturday nights at 11pm starting September 3). 

Local musician Chuck Brisbin is in our studio with Bob Nave to preview the upcoming Cincy Blues Fest

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.

Shakedown Soul is the title of the 16th album from local guitar legend Kelly Richey.

Playhouse in the Park’s Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre will be heating up the holiday season with some of the best blues music ever written in their production of Low Down Dirty Blues.

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.

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.

Blues music legend George Thorogood is back on tour this summer and will be playing at the new Rose Music Center at The Heights near Dayton with fellow guitar wizard Brian Setzer.

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: 5.9.15 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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.

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."

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.