Blues and News: Freebase Ain’t Free


This episode aired on Sunday, March 12th, 2018. Holle Thee Maxwell returned to the program to discuss her new book, “Freebase Ain’t Free” which is slated to release in the Fall. The book talks about her experiences with the late Ike Turner and provides a different perspective on his character. Below is the playlist from the show:

Midnight Creeper – Luther Allison
Blues Power – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Flamin’ Mamie – Koko Taylor
Reap What You Sow – Otis Rush
My Babe – Little Walter
Proud Mary – Holle Thee Maxwell
Black Names Ringing – Chicago Beau
Only When You’re Lonely – Holle Thee Maxwell
God Bless THEE Child – Holle Thee Maxwell
I’m an Old Dog – Latimore
Sue – Bobby Rush
Stealin’ Your Love – Deitra Farr
Turn On Your Love Light – Bobby “Blue” Bland
We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Blues and News: Latimore

This episode of Blues and News aired on March 4, 2018. I had the pleasure of interviewing the legendary Latimore. We discussed his illustrious career, experiences in the music industry, and more. Below is a playlist from the show:

Smokestack Lightnin’  – Howlin’ Wolf
I Ain’t Drunk – Albert Collins
You Shook Me – Etta James
Further On Up The Road – Keith Little
Snatching It Back – Clarence Carter
Woman to Woman – Shirley Brown
Keep The Home Fires Burning – Latimore
Let’s Straighten It Out – Latimore
City Limit Musicians – Sharrie Williams
Shake The Sheets – Latimore
Even When I Win (Seems Like I Lose) – Otis Clay
We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Blues and News: Cicero Blake

This episode aired on Sunday, February 25th, 2018. For this episode of Blues and News, I interviewed the legendary Cicero Blake! We talked about his music, experience in the music industry and more! Listen to the interview below in the archived recording. Here is a playlist from the show:

Just Enuff Rope – Theo Huff

Bit Her in the Butt – Johnny Drummer

Dip My Dipper – Cicero Blake

Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl – Katherine Davis

How Much Longer – Deitra Farr

Be Careful with My Heart – Cicero Blake

The Nightshift – Cicero Blake

Old Woman – Koko Taylor

Old School Blvd. – Dorothy Norwood

Ready or Not – Gospel Four

Let’s Straighten It Out – Latimore

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Blues and News: Sharrie Williams

This episode of Blues and News aired on Sunday, February 18th. I interviewed the Princess of the Rockin’ Gospel Blues, Sharrie Williams! We talked about some of her upbringings, experience in the music industry, and more! For more information about Sharrie, go to her website: www.sharriewilliams.com.

Below is the playlist from the show:

I Can’t Leave – Benny Turner

The Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest – Henry Gray

Blues Lover – Sharrie Williams

I’m Lost Without You – Oscar Wilson

Just Like A Dog, Barking Up The Wrong Tree – Big Mama Thornton

Stay Out The Kitchen – Mable John

City Limit Musicians – Sharrie Williams

Big Fall – Sharrie Williams

They Made a Blues Fan Out of Me – Denise LaSalle

Be Careful With My Heart – Cicero Blake

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

 

Blues and News: Chicago Beau

This episode aired on Sunday, February 11, 2018. I interviewed author, musician, and co-founder of the Chicago Blues Experience, Chicago Beau. We discussed his upbringings, experience on the Blues scene, the Chicago Blues Experience, and more! Below is a playlist from the show:

Stranded in St. Louis – Little Al Thomas

I Love Being Here With You – Ernestine Anderson

Poor Man Blues – John Primer

Trying to Live My Life Without You – Otis Clay

How Can I Miss You, When You Won’t Leave – Vance Kelly

First Thing on My Mind is You – Chicago Beau and Sunnyland Slim

Black Names Ringing – Chicago Beau

How Much Longer – Deitra Farr

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Blues and News: Willie Kent

For this episode of Blues and News which aired on Sunday, February 4, 2018, I interviewed Valarie Kent, the daughter of the late Blues Legend Willie Kent. We talked about her father’s musical career, experiences on the music scene, and her book titled, “He’s Got The Bass” a Willie Kent biopic. If you are interested in purchasing the book, then you can go to this link.

Below is the playlist from the show:

No Headstone On My Grave – Esther Phillips

Walking By Myself – Jimmy Rogers

Rock This House – Eddie Shaw

Don’t Mess With My Baby – Willie Kent

3-6-9 – Willie Kent

Call Me The Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf

Blues Lover – Sharrie Williams

I’ve Never Found a Girl – Tyrone Davis

Further On Down The Road – Keith Little

I’m Through With It – Deitra Farr

Bit Her In The Butt – Johnny Drummer

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Blues and News: Johnny Drummer

For today’s show that aired on January 28, 2018, I interviewed the legendary Johnny Drummer. We talked about his experiences in the music industry and more! Below is a playlist from the show:

Rockin’ in the Juke Joint – Johnny Drummer

Jackpot – Mr. Sipp

Slicker Than You – Vance Kelly

I Don’t Want Nobody Hanging Around – Bobby Rush

I’m Through With It – Deitra Farr

Turn Up! – Mike Wheeler

Bit Her in the Butt – Johnny Drummer

Ain’t No Secret in a Small Town – Johnny Drummer

Don’t Try To Judge Me – Sharon Lewis

Respect Yourself – Otis Clay

Only When You’re Lonely – Holle Thee Maxwell

What About My Love – Dante Hall

At The Meeting – The Sensational Nightingales

I’ve Been Dipped in the Water – Inez Andrews

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Big Maybelle

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Blues and News: January 21, 2018


There was no guest for this episode of Blues and News. However, as always there was plenty of great music and phone calls from our friends. Below is the playlist from the show:

Working Man – Otis Rush
Crazy ‘Bout My Baby – Snooky Pryor
Moving On – Vance Kelly
Handy Man – Zora Young
Hoochie Coochie Woman – Big Time Sarah
My Turn, My Time – Deitra Farr
Black Nights – Koko Taylor
Don’t Try To Judge Me – Sharon Lewis
Ball ‘N’ Chain – Big Mama Thornton
I’m A Lover Not A Fighter – Lazy Lester
The Sky Is Crying – Elmore James
Don’t Start Me To Talkin’ – Sonny Boy Williamson
Love To See You Smile – Bobby “Blue” Bland
Snatching It Back – Clarence Carter
Only The Strong Survive – Jerry Butler
What About My Love – Dante Hall
I Hear You Thinkin’ – Bobby “Blue” Bland
Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins Singers
We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

 

Blues and News: Denise LaSalle Tribute

This show aired live on Sunday, January 14th from 6 to 8 pm CST. This was a tribute to Denise LaSalle who passed away on Monday, January 8th. I replayed clips of the interview I did with her back in December of 2016. We also heard from a few of our loyal listeners who expressed their thoughts and condolences to the Denise LaSalle family. Below is the playlist from the show:

Trapped By A Thing Called Love – Denise LaSalle
Find a Fool – Koko Taylor
The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
Love Reputation – Denise LaSalle
5-10-15 Hours – Ruth Brown
Now Run and Tell That – Denise LaSalle
Good Man Gone Bad – Denise LaSalle
You Just Can’t Take My Blues – Little Milton
I’m Through With It – Deitra Farr
Blues Party Tonight – Denise LaSalle
God’s Got My Back – Denise LaSalle
When The Gates Swing Open – Otis Clay
I’m Still The Queen – Denise LaSalle
We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

 

Blues and News: January 7, 2018


Happy New Year! This is the recording of the first Blues and News Episode of 2018. There were no guests scheduled on this episode. For the next show on January 14, 2018, I will be hosting a tribute to the late Denise LaSalle. Below is the playlist from the show:

Iceman – Albert Collins

My Heart Is Hangin’ Heavy – Jimmy Burns

Down Home Blues – Z.Z. Hill

Your Husband Is Cheatin’ On Us – Denise LaSalle

One Heartache Too Late – Dorothy Moore

I Can Take You To Heaven Tonight – Otis Clay

Lovey Dovey – Clyde McPhatter

Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown

I Wish You Love – Gloria Lynne

Take Out Some Insurance – Jimmy Reed

Mean Red Spider – Muddy Waters

Further On Up The Road – Keith Little

How Much Longer – Deitra Farr

What About My Love – Dante Hall

I Hear You Thinkin’ – Bobby “Blue” Bland

I Wanna Go (Part 1 & 2) – Dorothy Norwood

Lord, Lord You’ve Been So Good To Me – The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi

Poor Man Blues – John Primer

How Can I Miss You, When You Won’t Leave – Vance Kelly

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker