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Full-Time Blues Radio began in June of 2008, as local radio news personality “Johnny Full-Time” John Luttrell began volunteering at University of Evansville station, WUEV-FM – the area’s only source for Blues music on the local airwaves. The show evolved into a weekly, syndicated program spotlighting the best in new and independent Blues music, airing on stations throughout America and internationally on Radio New Zealand.

episode1626After more than eight years hosting and producing Full-Time Blues, JFT is moving into a position of full-time work outside of broadcasting that will not allow for weekly production of this show in the quality that listeners deserve. This edition of the program provides our host an opportunity to express sincere gratitude to the listeners, look back on great moments in the show’s history, and play some of his favorite songs. It’s a blowout celebration of the greatest music on Earth!

This is not the end of our program forever, though, as it becomes an occasional hobby instead of a weekly career. Stay tuned to this website for updates and future episodes as they become available. May God bless you and yours now and in the future.

1. The Cold Stares – Jesus’ Brother James – Hot Like Waco EP
2. Boscoe France – Good Day For The Blues – Live In Studio Performance
3. Vaughan Brothers – Tick Tock – Family Style
4. Joe Bonamassa – Three Times a Fool – Black Rock
5. Rob Stone – Wonderful Time – Gotta Keep Rollin’
6. Blind Dog Gatewood – Flip, Flop, and Fly – Live In Studio Performance
7. B.B. King – Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens – Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan
8. Willie Nelson – Funny How Time Slips Away – Milk Cow Blues
9. Eric Bibb – Buckets of Rain – Diamond Days
10. Ronnie Earl And The Broadcasters – What Can I Do For You – Living In The Light
11. The Beat Daddys – Train In the Distance – Live At The Quincy Blues Fest 2007
12. The Band – I Shall Be Released – The Last Waltz

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Out of the 13 songs played this week, seven of them come off brand new arrivals to our studio. There is a great Soul Blues to kick it off, some Blues Rock, a little acoustic music, some Country influence, and a pair of North Mississippi Hill Country songs!

Courtesy Muskett Music

Courtesy Muskett Music

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Sweet Mary Jane,” by the Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band. It appears on the new album, Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn, which is available everywhere beginning February 16, 2016.
Click Here to hear samples of every song on the CD

Dave Muskett has had impressive showings at the International Blues Challenge the last three years in a row, finishing in the top eight at the 2016 event. Click Here for complete IBC2016 coverage, including video performances!
If this album would have arrived two weeks ago, it would have been the featured selection for our IBC preview episode So, it was a no brainer to feature it, this week. Remember, you can find out more about Dave Muskett at his official website,

1. The Rhythm Express – Seven Day Lover (ft Michael Dunston) – Seven Day Lover (Single)
2. Cécile Doo-Kingué – Manic Depression – Anybody Listening, Pt. 2: Dialogues
3. Janiva Magness – When You Were My King – Original
4. Joanne Broh Band – Gettin’ Old Blues – Wicked Cool
5. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Method To My Madness – Method To My Madness
6. R.B.Stone – Hill Country Stomp – Some Call It Freedom (Some Call It The Blues)
7. Markus James – For Blind Willie – Head For The Hills
8. Dennis Jones – Mr. Right – Both Sides Of The Track
9. Hot Roux – Can’t Get You Off My Mind – Stranger’s Blues
10. Sandy Carroll – Headin’ Out On Empty – Last Southern Belle
11. Karen Lovely – Company Graveyard – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
12. David Gogo – There’s A Hole – Vicksburg Call
13. The Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band – Sweet Mary Jane –
Recorded Live At The Slippery Noodle Inn

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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

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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This week, you will hear a couple live cuts, some guitar based Blues, a healthy amount of harmonica, and a set of spiritually influenced tunes. The vast majority of songs played this week are 2015 releases, with more than half of the playlist coming off brand new arrivals to the studio.

Courtesy Deep Fryed Records

Courtesy Deep Fryed Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Struttin'” from the sophomore album by Nikki Hill, Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists. The album is available now from independent label Deep Fryed Records. You can purchase it through all major digital retailers like Amazon.

Nikki has had a whirlwind career, thus far. She is solidifying herself at the forefront of the vintage R&B revolution by crafting authentic original music in a classic style that could easily fit in any era. A few years ago, she wasn’t even singing professionally; but the encouragement of her husband, Blues guitarist and singer Matt Hill, placed Nikki in the spotlight, and we all found out it’s where she belongs. She released an EP in 2012, a second EP and her debut full length album in 2013, and toured extensively before heading into the studio with her band to craft this new CD. You can find out more about Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, Nikki Hill, and her tour schedule on her official website

1. Kevin Selfe – Don’t Tear Me Down – Buy My Soul Back
2. Calvin Conway – Ring Me When You’re Ready – Dark Horse Deluxe
3. Westside Andy – Just Cuz – Blues Just Happen
4. Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys – One Way Love Affair – Watch Your Step
5. Lonnie Mack – Riding The Blinds (Live) – Best of Lonnie Mack
6. Karen Lovely – Always Love you (Ben’s Song) – Ten Miles Of Bad Road
7. Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames – Take Me Back – Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
8. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Scream at the Night – So Delicious
9. Sam Butler – Lead Me Father – Raise Your Hands!
10. Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires – Adam and the Devil – Distillations of the Blues
11. J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – God Fearing People – Wild Moon
12. Nikki Hill – Struttin’ – Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists

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Episode 1542: Smokin Joe Kubek Tribute

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It’s been an emotionally taxing week for everyone associated with Full-Time Blues Radio. This week’s program features two tributes in the first half of the program. First up, we revisit a 2010 telephone conversation that johnny Full-Time had with Smokin’ Joe Kubek. Kubek passed away Sunday October 11, 2015, after suffering a fatal heart attack. You’ll also hear a pair of songs by Joe and his musical partner, Bnois King.

Johnny Full-Time also takes the opportunity to pay tribute to a personal friend, radio veteran Dave Lyons, who, coincidentally, passed away the same day as Joe Kubek. Dave was a veteran of the radio business for more than three decades, and worked in the Evansville, Indiana market for the majority of it. JFT remarked, “Dave and I crossed paths often in a professional setting. Then, I got to know him outside of work through a mutual friend we shared. I enjoyed the brief time I got to share with Dave; and I was looking forward to reconnecting with him following my move back home. I’m heartbroken I missed that chance.”

Courtesy Stony Plain

Courtesy Stony Plain

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a song simply titled “You,” by the Canadian trio MonkeyJunk. The men have put together a new album titled Moon Turn Red, which is available now from Stony Plain. The album features 10 tracks, nine of which were written by the band themselves or in collaboration with others. The 10th song is a cover of David Wilcox’ “Hot Hot Papa.” Wilcox joined the band for the recording.

You can find complete information on all things MonkeyJunk at their official website,, and be sure to scroll below this week’s playlist, and watch a video featuring MonkeyJunk discussing their sound, the new album, and more.

1. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Lone Star Lap Dance – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
2. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – My Best Friend – Close To The Bone
3. Ian Siegal – Preachin’ Blues/Live So God Can Use You/You Got To Move – Man & Guitar
4. Robert Johnson – Sweet Home Chicago – The Complete Recordings:
The Centennial Collection

5. The Jimmys – Funk Schway – Hot Dish
6. Reverend Freakchild – All I Got Is Now – Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues
7. The Claudettes – You’d Have to Be Out of Your Mind (To Play These Blues) – No Hotel
8. The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson – Superman Blues –
Meet Me In Bluesland
9. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson – I Want To Be Loved –
For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters
10. MonkeyJunk – You – Moon Turn Red

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