Thanksgiving Blues 2015 (Episode 1547)

This week brings us the semi-annual Thanksgiving edition of the program, featuring a mouth-watering selection of songs in all flavors of the Blues. It’s an impressive spread of food themed tracks for your holiday season soundtrack, with all but two of the songs coming off 2015 releases – an impressive feat for a themed episode.

Courtesy ManHatTone

Courtesy ManHatTone

We were fortunate to even have a featured selection from “Johnny’s Mailbox” that fits right in with the Thanksgiving topic. “Mama’s Cookin'” comes off the new album by Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans. The new CD, That’s What They Say, is available now from ManHatTone, and it includes 15 songs. You’ll find guests on this disc like Gina Sicilia, Mike Welch, and Dave Gross. As always, Brad Vickers and company create original music and play covers that keep the American Roots music traditions of the past alive.

“Mama’s Cookin'” is a tribute to mothers everywhere who strive to keep our bellies full. It was written by the Vestapolitans’ Margey Peters, and she also takes lead vocals on the tune. Other than the opening cover of Tampa Red’s “Seminole Blues” and the traditional song “Don’t You Love Your Daddy No More,” all of the songs on the record are original compositions. You can learn more about Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, That’s What They Say, and the tour schedule online at BradVickers.com

In addition to the music, I found a fascinating short film about the history of poke sallet, or polk salad. This video is courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Joe York. Enjoy the video, and consider making this southern favorite a part of your spread.

1. Crissinger – I Love To Eat – Blues Expression
2. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials – Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits –
The Best Of Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials (2015)
3. The Texas Horns – Home Cookin – Blues Gotta Holda Me
4. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Cornbread – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
5. Lonnie Mack ft. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Oreo Cookie Blues – Best Of Lonnie Mack (2015)
6. Georgie Bonds – Butter Your Biscuit – Hit It Hard
7. James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox – Polk Salad Annie –
Guitar Heroes
8. The Alastair Greene Band – Red Wine Woman – Trouble At Your Door
9. The Beat Daddys – Pie or Cake – Hoodoo That We Doo
10. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Puddin’ Pie – Good News
11. Delta Moon – Jelly Roll – Low Down
12. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans – Mama’s Cookin’ – That’s What They Say

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Out of a dozen songs featured on this week’s show, eight of them come off albums never before featured on the show! It’s a great selection of songs that unintentionally leans a little guitar-centric; but you’ll also hear a little Soul Blues, some incredible piano work on the closer, and a killer harmonica accompaniment on the opening track.

Courtesy Blind Pig

Courtesy Blind Pig

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “If It Ain’t Got Soul, Part 1” by Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots. It comes off their new CD, Boom Town, which is available now. The album marks their label debut with Blind Pig Records, although Victor had worked with the label previously through his side project, Southern Hospitality.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the place to hear tomorrow’s legends today, and Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots are doing an incredible job of positioning themselves for that legendary category in the future. If you scroll below this week’s playlist, you can watch the official music video for another one of Boom Town‘s songs, “Stop Bossin’ Me Baby.” Click Here to visit VictorWainwright.com

1. Sugaray Rayford – Take It To The Bank – Southside
2. The Josh Garrett Band – Same Boat ft James Johnson – Honey For My Queen
3. No Refund Band – Bought & Sold – Current State Of Blue
4. Amanda Fish – Watch It All Burn – Down In The Dirt
5. Neil Barnes – Just One Word – Hyde & Seek
6. J.B. Hutto – Hawk Squat [Alternate Take] – Hawk Squat Deluxe Edition
7. Albert Lee, James Burton, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox) – Country Boy
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8. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – When I Cross The Mississippi ft Tab Benoit
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9. Roy Rogers – Don’t You Let Them Win – Into The Wild Blue
10. Morgan Davis – Heat Wave in Alberta – I Got My Own
11. Voo Davis – Cajun Sun – Midnight Mist
12. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots – If It Ain’t Got Soul – Part 1 – Boom Town

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