Blues and News July 2, 2017: Stan Mosley

For this edition of Blues and News, I interviewed Legendary Soul Singer, Mr. Stan Mosley! We talked about his 48-year career in the music business, latest projects and more! For more information about Stan Mosley, go to Below is the playlist from the show:

User – Linsey Alexander

Cold Women With Warm Hearts – Magic Slim

I’m Coming Home – Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows

They Made A Blues Fan Out Of Me – Denise LaSalle

Let Me Love You Baby – Mike Wheeler

Anybody Seen My Boo – Stan Mosley

You Ought To Be With Me – Stan Mosley

My Problems – Stan Mosley

Give Me The Green Light – Omar Coleman

Be Careful With My Heart – Cicero Blake

Don’t Make Me Wait – Vance Kelly

Two Trains Running – Marquise Knox

Your Sweetness is My Weakness – Latimore

Something’s Got A Hold On Me – Etta James

The Real Deal – Sharon Lewis

Got Me Accused – Bobby Rush

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Bonus Tracks:

Straight From The Heart – Irma Thomas

Rock Me – Stan Mosley

Blues and News, June 25, 2017: Matthew Skoller

Matthew Skoller - Steven Gardner

Photo Courtesy: Steven Gardner

For today’s program, I had the pleasure of interview Blues Harp Master, Matthew Skoller. We talked about his experiences on the Blues Scene, his latest CD Blues Immigrant and more! Below is the playlist from the show:

Jivin Around – Gene Ammons

It Don’t Make Sense (You Can’t Make Peace) – Willie Dixon

Get Down to the Nitty Gritty – Matthew Skoller

Blues Immigrant – Matthew Skoller

Only in the Blues – Matthew Skoller

The Devil Ain’t Got No Music – Matthew Skoller

My Get It Done Woman – Matthew Skoller

Big Box Store Blues – Matthew Skoller

Caress Me Baby – Matthew Skoller

Don’t Lose Your Eye – Sonny Boy Williamson

Smokestack Lightning – Howlin’ Wolf

Ain’t Nothing You Can Do – Bobby “Blue” Bland

Walking The Back Streets and Crying – Little Milton

I Wanna Thank You – Mavis Staples

Interlude (Miracle Blessing) – Jackson Southernaires

Miracle Blessing – Jackson Southernaires

Something’s Mighty Wrong – Tyrone Davis

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Blues and News, June 18, 2017: Katherine Davis

On this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing my good friend, Recording Artist/Actress/Educator: Ms. Katherine Davis. We talked about her experiences growing up, musical influences, experiences on the music scene and more! She will definitely be back for a Part 2, because there is so much more to learn about her illustrious career. For more information about Katherine Davis, you can go to her website at Below is a playlist from the show:

Good Morning Blues – Della Reese

Voodoo Daddy – Lonnie Brooks

What a Difference a Day Makes – Katherine Davis

These Men Look Good To Me – Mississippi Heat ft. Katherine Davis on Vocals

Tight Like That – The Dixie Stompers Featuring Katherine Davis

Don’t Cross Me – Mississippi Heat Featuring Katherine Davis on Vocals

Excuse Me – Mississippi Heat Featuring Katherine Davis on Vocals

Good Thing Baby – Brother Jacob w/Katherine Davis

Need a Little Sugar in my Bowl – Katherine Davis

Going Fishing – Katherine Davis

Can’t Let Go – Koko Taylor

Long As You’re Mine – Jimmy Burns

I Forgot to Remember – Denise LaSalle

What Three Old Ladies Can Do – Vance Kelly

Blues Immigrant – Matthew Skoller

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker


Blues and News, June 11, 2017: Paul Benjamin

Photo Courtesy: Philip Alexander

For today’s show, I interviewed Paul Benjamin, Chairman of the Board – Blues Foundation, and Organizer and Promoter for the North Atlantic Blues Festival. We talked about the history of the North Atlantic Blues Festival, the Blues Foundation, and tips/advice for musicians, promoters, etc. Below is a playlist from the show:

Don’t Jump My Pony – Denise LaSalle

Just Enuff Rope – Theo Huff

Brand New Cadillac – Mike Wheeler

Ride My Automobile – Mary Lane

Crazy Mixed Up Word – Billy Branch & The Sons of the Blues

Je Me Souviens – Mississippi Heat (Featuring Deitra Farr on vocals)

Get Down to the Nitty Gritty – Matthew Skoller

Jackpot – Mr. Sipp

Back Door Man – Howlin’ Wolf

Nine Below Zero – Sonny Boy Williamson

Shake the Sheets – Latimore

What Three Old Ladies Can Do – Vance Kelly

Make Me A Pallet On The Floor – Katherine Davis

In The Basement – Etta James with Sugar Pie DeSanto

Shake A Little Something – Karen Wolfe (with Denise LaSalle)

I Hear You Thinkin’ – Bobby “Blue” Bland

Sufferin’ with the Blues – Billy Flynn

Mr. Sexy Man – Nellie Travis

Trying to Make a Living – Demetria Taylor

I’m Coming Lord – The Canton Spirituals

I Can Love You Like A Woman – Koko Taylor

Too Late To Try To Do Right – Johnnie Taylor

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Bonus Tracks:

Fine Seasoned Woman – Toronzo Cannon

It’s Mighty Hard – Katie Webster

Blues and News, June 4, 2017: Vance Kelly

For this edition of Blues and News, I interviewed Wolf Recording Artist, Vance Kelly. This past weekend, he celebrated 38 years in the Blues Industry. During our interview, we discussed his experiences as a Blues man, some of the people he has worked with and what to expect from him in the future. He is also performing at the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival on Sunday, June 11th at 2:15 at on the Crossroads Stage (Millennium Park).

Below is the playlist from the show:

The Jam – Vance Kelly

I’m in the Wrong Business – A.C. Reed

New Life – Little Johnny Christian

Change My Mind – Vance Kelly

Don’t Make Me Wait – Vance Kelly

Members Only – Vance Kelly

You Steppin’ Out – Vance Kelly

Doing My Own Thing / I Can’t Get Next To You / I’m A Bluesman – Vance Kelly

You Gonna Make Me Cry – Lavelle White

I’ve Got To Use My Imagination – Bobby “Blue” Bland

Cold World – Toronzo Cannon

Romance in the Dark – Katherine Davis

You Got To Know How – Katherine Davis

I Want To (Do Everything For You) – The Raelettes

Move From The Hood – Luther Allison

Those Lonely, Lonely Nights – Johnny Guitar Watson

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker

Blues and News 5/28/17: Dr. Mable John

Today’s show is dedicated to the memory of one of our loyal listeners, Ms. Tremaine Simon.

For today’s show, I had the utmost privilege of interviewing Grammy and Academy Award-Winning, Dr. Mable John. Dr. John was the first lady to be signed to Tamla (Motown) Records and is best known for her hit, “Your Good Thing (is About to End) on Stax Records which peaked at #6 on the R&B Charts in 1966. She also was a Raelette behind Ray Charles for several years.

During the interview, Dr. John shared stories about her experiences with her brother, the late Little Willie John, Tamla (Motown) Records, Stax Records, Ray Charles and much more. Click on the link above to listen to the show in its entirety.

For more information about Dr. Mable John, you can go to Below is a playlist from the show:

Next week, I will be interviewing Wolf Records Recording Artist, Vance Kelly. You do not want to miss that show!

Below is a playlist from today’s show:

Don’t Burn Down The Bridge – Albert King

Three into Two Won’t Go – Z.Z. Hill

Keep Your Mouth Shut and Your Eyes Open – Koko Taylor

Fever – Little Willie John

Able Mable – Mable John

Bad Water – The Raelettes (Mable John on Lead Vocals)

Your Good Thing Is About To End – Mable John

How Much Longer – Deitra Farr

Who You Callin’ Baby – Redd Velvet

She’s Better Than You – James Carr

You’re The One – Memphis Slim and Buddy Guy

My Babe – Little Walter

Rockin’ Daddy – Howlin’ Wolf

How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf

Don’t Answer The Door – B.B. King

Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker

Stay Out The Kitchen – Mable John

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker






Blues and News: May 21, 2017

On Sunday, May 21st, I aired an interview with Donna and Lisa Pellegrino from the Kingston Mines Blues Club. We talked about the history, legacy, and future of Kingston Mines. I had a great time interviewing them.

Sunday – Thursdays, college students (and faculty) can get into the club for free. Fridays- Saturdays, college students(and faculty) can get a discounted rate. You need a valid ID for the discounted rates, and you must be 21 years or older to go to Kingston Mines.  They offer two bands on two different stages, every night.

Kingston Mines is open every day of the year (including holidays).  They are located at 2548 N. Halsted Street. For more information about the Kingston Mines, then you can visit their website at

Doc Pellegrino is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In February of 2004, Doc was awarded the “City Partner Award” from the University of Illinois Alumni Association for his “outstanding contribution to the vitality of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Metropolitan Area. His daughter Lisa Pellegrino and son, Frank Pellegrino are also UIC Alumni.

Below is the playlist from the show:

Down Home Blues – Willie Clayton

A Fool For You – Valerie Wellington

Too Many Highways – Eddie Shaw

Angel of Mercy – Carl Weathersby

Spider in my Stew – Willie Mabon

Cry To Me – Solomon Burke

Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding

Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You – Wilson Pickett

Bread of Heaven – Johnny Dodd

Touch Me Lord Jesus – Margaret Allison & The Angelic Singers

My Heart is Hangin’ Heavy – Jimmy Burns

Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown

Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore

Leavin’ – Tyrone Davis

Still Called the Blues – Johnnie Taylor

We’ll Meet Again – John Lee Hooker