Listen: Episode 1624

Courtesy Shakedown Records

Courtesy Shakedown Records

This week’s shift inside the workshop features the new album by The Soul of John Black, as well as a cool Diddley meets Hendrix interpretation of “Who Do You Love?” and a pair of teenage brothers who have already been playing music for newarly ten years!

One of my favorite forms of the Blues is the North Mississippi Hill Country style, and that style is being kept alive by some sincredibly talented folks. One of those men is Lightnin’ Malcolm, and he’s released a brand new album. The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Gettin’ Dark” by Lightnin’ Malcolm. It comes off his highly anticipated new release Foot Soldier. Malcolm went back to his beginnings on this disc, opting to perform as a one man band for all but two of these tracks. He wrote all of the songs on the disc, and produced the record, as well!

You can find out more about this CD, get Malcolm’s tour schedule, and much more on his official website,

1. The Soul Of John Black – Thursday Morning – Early In The Moanin’
2. Reverend Freakchild – Who Do You Love – Illogical Optimism
3. Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen – Beggin’ Jesus – Love & Life
4. The Low Counts – Cant’ They See – Years Pass By
5. Ramblin’ John Jennings – I Saw A Wheel – Illogical Optimism
6. McDowell Brothers – Jam – Tribute To Inspiration
7. The Peterson Brothers – Don’t You Lie To Me – The Peterson Brothers
8. AG Weinberger – Standin’ Around Cryin’ – Mighty Business
9. The Nighthawks – Jana Lea – Back Porch Party
10. Billie Williams – Runnin’ Back – Billie Williams
11. Anni Piper – Blackberry Brandy – More Guitars Than Friends
12. Janiva Magness – When You Hold Me – Love Wins Again
13. Lightnin’ Malcolm – Gettin’ Dark – Foot Soldier

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Playlist for the Week of September 3, 2012 w/Shawn Hall

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The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Shawn Hall is one half of the Canadian Blues duo The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, playing harmonica and singing alongside guitarist Matthew Rogers. The pair are building a fast following with their truly original take on classic Blues styles. Deeply influenced by legends like BB, Freddie, and Albert King, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Willie Dixon, the guys approach their music with a completely do-it-yourself method.

Shawn Hall joined Johnny Full-Time on the telephone to discuss The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer name, their music, the new album Checkered Past, and when fans in the US might expect to see the band live. There’s also music from the band featured throughout the program, as well as legends Bo Diddley and Terry & McGhee. Check out their website –

This week’s selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Glass House,” from Albert Cummings’ new record No Regrets, which is available now. For complete information, visit

Playlist Format
Artist – Song Title – Album

1. The Harpoonist and Axe Murderer – Wake Up – Checkered Past

2. B.B. King – Working On A Building (Excerpt) – B.B. King Sings Spirituals
3. The Harpoonist and Axe Murderer – Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover – Checkered Past
4. Bo Diddley – You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover – His Best
5. The Harpoonist and Axe Murderer – Shake It – Checkered Past
6. The Harpoonist and Axe Murderer – Roll With the Punches – Checkered Past
7. The Harpoonist and Axe Murderer – By and By – The Harpoonist And The Axe Murderer
8. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Drinking in the Blues – Absolutely The Best
9. The Harpoonist and Axe Murderer – She’s Got – The Harpoonist And The Axe Murderer
10. Albert Cummings – Glass House – No Regrets