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Courtesy Connor Ray Music

Courtesy Connor Ray Music

This week’s playlist features some big time new releases, including Albert Castiglia and Eric Bibb, along with some terrific indpendent albums. There’s a selection from the new release by Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues covering Country legend Jerry Reed. That CD, Give It Away is literally being given away, for a limited time!
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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “She’s A Keeper” by Mark May Band. It comes off the new album Blues Heaven, Mark’s sixth. The disc is available from Connor Ray Music. You can learn more about Mark and his music on his official website

1. Elam McKnight – Radio (Single)
2. Albert Castiglia – Where the Devil Makes His Deals – Big Dog
3. Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin – Let Me Love You – Stormy Water
4. Cara Being Blue – Can’t Catch You – Full Throttle EP
5. Sugar Brown – Goin’ Down South – Poor Lazarus
6. Eric Bibb And North Country Far – The Happiest Man In The World – The Happiest Man In The World
7. The Ragpicker String Band – Blue Monk – The Ragpicker String Band
8. Mike Eldred Trio – Baptist Town – Baptist Town
9. Nikki Hill – Mama Wouldn’t Like It – Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists
10. Mac Arnold And Plate Full ‘O Blues – Amos Moses – Give It Away
11. Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between The Lines – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
12. Chris Stapleton – Sometimes I Cry – Traveller
13. Mark May Band – She’s A Keeper – Blues Heaven

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Favorite Albums of 2015 (Episode 1550)

This week brings 2015 to a close with a listen to songs from Johnny Full-Time’s favorite albums released in 2015. Instead of telling you what we think is the “best” new music each year, JFT combs through all of the music that flowed into the studio over the last 12 months and hand picks tracks from his favorite discs. There is some amazing material here; but we’d like to hear from you! What was your favorite song, album, or episode of Full-Time Blues Radio this year? let us know in the comments section here OR at our Facebook page.

And, be sure to look below the playlist, this week, for a music video by JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci. They recorded Blind Willie Johnson’s song “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” for their new album Dirty Memory, one of John’s favorites of 2015.

1. Amy Helm – Spend Our Last Dime – Didn’t It Rain
2. Ian Siegal – Heavenly Houseboat Blues – The Picnic Sessions
3. Pokey LaFarge – Cairo, Illinois – Something In The Water
4. N.M.O. – Annabel – Freedom & Dreams
5. Albert Cummings – Movin’ On – Someone Like You
6. The Beat Daddys – You Made Me Cry – Hoodoo That We Doo
7. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Jason Solo – Dirty Memory
8. Muddy Waters 100 – Forty Days and Forty Nights ft. Gary Clark Jr.- Muddy Waters 100
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – King of the Blues – Terraplane
10. Leo “Bud” Welch – So Many Turnrows – I Don’t Prefer No Blues
11. Bobby Rush – Hey Western Union Man – Chicken Heads:
A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush

12. JD McPherson – Mother Of Lies – Let The Good Times Roll

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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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Thanksgiving Blues

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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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